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14A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 15, 2004

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Trio leading
the way for
Wolverines
By Johnm Stiglich II
Daily Sports Writers
"The task of the leader is to get his people from
where they are to where they have not been. "
- Henry Kissinger
With just two tournaments left on the schedule before
the Big Ten Championship, men's golf coach Andrew
Sapp may have found the players to lead Michigan to its
first Big Ten title since 1952. Thus far, the Wolverines'
leadership has come from sophomore Christian Vozza,
freshman Kevin Dore and senior Rob Tighe.
Vozza and Dore have competed for Michigan in
every tournament this spring. In each of the past two
tournaments, Vozza and Dore havefinished first and
second, respectively, in Michigan's individual scores,
leading the Wolverines to a third-place tie and 14th
place in those tournaments.
"(Vozza and Dore) are taking the reigns of this team
late in the season, and that's what you need people to
do," Sapp said.
Their improved play has encouraged them to take
on greater leadership responsibilities. While Sapp
stresses their ability to lead by example, Vozza and
Dore each believe they have other qualities that
enhance each of their evolving roles on the team.
"I try to lead by work ethic," Dore said. "I'm a first-
year player, so I tried to blend in and be a good sup-
porter at first. I try to help the other guys work hard,
but I'm not a vocal leader."
Sapp agrees that Dore has a very hard work ethic,
adding: "His hard work is paying off, which is good to
see because you hate to see players work hard and not
get the dividend."
Like Dore, Vozza exhibits leadership by example,

Goldstein keeps busy
in quest for a'full
Michigan experience'.

FILE PHOTOS
Left to right, Kevin Dore, Christian Vozza and Rob Tighe have stepped up their games and are looking to lead
the Michigan men's golf team to its first Big Ten title since 1952.

but he is more vocal in his role.
"I try to encourage every guy on the team," Vozza
said. "If they make a birdie, I'm happy for them. I
really want the team to get better."
Vozza has also taken some of the team's freshmen
under his wing, picking them up for practice and help-
ing them improve their games.
"I know the guys look up to me not just because
I've been playing well recently, but also because I'm
good friends with them "Vozza said.
Although their leadership is an important factor in
the team's recent improvement, Vozza and Dore can-
not do it all by themselves.
"We also need others to step up and do the very
same thing that Christian and Kevin have been doing,"
Sapp said.
Senior Rob Tighe is one golfer who has improved
his play in recent weeks and taken on a larger leader-
ship role. Tighe - who played in 12 tournaments his

junior year - has played in only four tournaments this
season due to injury. Tighe earned a spot in the lineup
via a qualifying round before the Jim Hackler Tourna-
ment in March. He has not looked back since.
"(Tighe's) consistent play has filled a need of ours,"
Sapp said.
As one of the upperclassmen who contributes regu-
larly, Tighe can draw upon his past experiences to
motivate the team, especially as the Big Ten Champi-
onship approaches.
"I'm one of the only guys on the team who has been
to Big Tens, so I can lead in that way, by experience;"
Tighe said. "A lot of the guys have played a fair
amount this season, but I think that my experience can
be helpful."
Together Vozza, Dore and Tighe lay claim to Michi-
gan's top three scoring averages this season. Their con-
sistent play and steady leadership have translated into
greater success for the Wolverines.

By Max Kardon
For the Daily
On the surface, Lindsey Goldstein
appears to be an average freshman liv-
ing on the Hill, but she is much busier
than most 18-year-olds.
Her hectic schedule doesn't involve
countless hours of hitting the books.
This weekend, you won't find her
anywhere near a library, and you can
be sure that she'll enjoy her share of
Champaign.
Illinois, that is.
Goldstein is a member of No. 25
Michigan women's tennis team, deep
in the thick of Big Tenicompetition.
This weekend the team's pitted
against the Fighting Illini. The ami-
able native of Highland Park, Ill.,
lives in the shadowy world of the stu-
dent-athlete, a universe foreign to
classmates who have yet to wake up
before 10 a.m. since football season.
She has been putting in her time and
paying her dues since she first stepped
onto campus.
Goldstein gets through grueling
days on four hours of sleep regularly,
often studying past four in the morn-
ing and then waking up for class at
eight. After classes, she has practice.
After practice, she has mandatory
study table. There is no rest for the
weary, even during offseason.
Goldstein faces the task of locating
a tennis oasis in the concrete jungle of
New York City this summer, where
she will intern at PMK Publishing
Company while maintaining top ten-
nis form.
Goldstein's best friend Arielle Mey-
ers is perplexed by her dedication: "I
don't understand how she finds a bal-
ance. If it were me, I would snap. Yet
she still manages to find time to chill.
Astounding."
You will probably not find her
name in the box score. She has played
in, and won, just one dual match this
season. As the ninth player in a rota-
tion of eight, Goldstein often finds
herself on the fringes playing exhibi-
tion matches while her teammates
compete.
A smile never escapes her face,
and she is the first person to give
vocal and emotional support to her
teammates.
At a school where athletes are often
placed on a pedestal, Goldstein prefers
a more low-key approach to her rigor-
ous schedule of studying, athletic
training and competition, and executes
all at a high level. She has spurned the
convenient housing location on Cen-
tral Campus reserved for athletes,
choosing to live with the general
freshman population of Couzens Resi-
dence Hall. She is even a member of
the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
"I wanted to meet more people and
be able to relax," Goldstein said. "I
knew I'd be involved with a lot of
other athletes through the team, and I

wanted the full Michigan experience."
Her idea of a 'full experience'
would leave many of her classmates
dying of exhaustion.
But Goldstein's roommate, Jackie
Cobb, thinks she has it figured out:
"She eats a lot of weird food.
Bananas, peanut butter, cottage
cheese, granola - you name it. All
on one plate."
Her eclectic choice of food reflects
on the full plate of her scholastic life.
Not everyone could stomach it. Gold-
stein wants seconds.
"I would be stressed out if I was-
n't playing," Goldstein explains. "I
need to be on the courts every day.
That's just the way I've always been.
Anything else would be weird."
In the gymnasium at Highland Park
High School, a banner immortalizes
the 2002 state championship in dou-
bles she shared with her once and cur-
rent teammate Debra Streifler. Her
profile on the Michigan team is much
more inconspicuous than the venera-
tion she was used to at home.
"It was an adjustment going from
individual stardom to the personal
sacrifice of the bench, but it's a differ-
ent arena in the Big Ten, and the
team's success is all that matters."
In a sport where the team's goals
can take a backseat to the pursuit of
individual glory, Goldstein relishes
her position as a role player.
"It's great to be part of the team
knowing that I can always do some-
thing to contribute," she said. "I sup-
port my teammates because they're
some of my best friends - we're all
really intimate. They're not as mean as
they look on the team poster," she said.
Goldstein is a key part of the
team's success, and her blood and
tears can be found in the ink that
marks the team's national ranking.
Her persistent endurance allows the
team to maintain its performance
level, and her motivation has not
waned as the season enters the home
stretch.
"Whether I am cheering them on
during their matches or giving them
a shoulder to cry on after a loss, I
am always ready to lift their spirits
and keep pushing the team on to
success," Goldstein said. "It makes it
all the more exciting when I get a
chance to play. It is a change to have
to work so hard for it, but you can-
not beat the satisfaction of compet-
ing and winning at this level of
competition."
Her hope is for the team to hoist
another banner at the Varsity Tennis
Center this year. She will probably
have to sweat out her teammates
'matches on the sideline and in exhi-
bition matches until she gets her turn,
but her enthusiasm will go
unchecked.
Only a freshman, she has time on
her side, and you can be sure she'll
enjoy every minute.

Netters get a little
culture with tunes

By Matt Singer
Daily Sports Writer

MIKE HULSEBUS/Daily
Junior David Anving, a native of Sweden, is currently in charge of picking what
music the men's tennis team listens to.

Rap. Hard Rock. Pop. European
Techno. Country. As musical tastes go,
the No. 53 Michigan men's tennis
team's preferences are as varied as their
diverse hometowns. The squad features
players from four countries and five
states, creating some major differences
in music interests.
"We're all very proud of our musical
tastes," freshman Steve Peretz said.
Music is an essential part of most
players' warm-up routines, with rap
being a particularly popular option. In
fact, one Wolverine shares a hometown
with Young HOV himself.
"I listen to my boy from Brooklyn,
Jay-Z," Peretz said.
Each individual controls what plays
in his own headphones, but just one
Michigan player can decide what plays
on the Varsity Tennis Center's public
address system before matches. Cur-
rently, junior David Anving, who hails
from Sweden, is responsible for the
warm-up mix.
Unfortunately, several of his
selections have drawn the ire of his
teammates.
"It has certain country songs on
there like ("I Love this Bar" by Toby
Keith)," junior Josef Fischer said.
"Those are not very popular with the
guys on the team."
"If you go on Billboard.com and
look at all the hits, that's what he put on
there," Peretz said. "Like Outkast and
Lil' John and the East Side Boyz -
that's a little played out"
While Anving may get some ribbing
from his teammates, his coach stands
above the musical fray. A self-pro-
claimed "classic rock guy," head coach
Mark Mees chooses not to get involved
in the team's music selections.
"Any of that stuff they throw in there,
I'm happy with," Mees said. "I try to

stay clear, make sure we have some
clean lyrics in there, and the rest is up
to them"
For the Wolverines, music is more
than just a way to get pumped up for
the match - it is a conduit for cultural
exchange. With so much foreign influ-
ence, the players are inevitably exposed
to some very different music.
"David (Anving) likes to try to cul-
ture us by showing us Swedish music,"
Peretz said. "(Freshman Brian Hung,
from Hong Kong) brings some interest-
ing Cantonese music - it's very slow,
mellow, like an '80s slow song like
'Take My Breath Away."'
Junior Josef Fischer grew up in Ger-
many but has spent six years living in
the United States. As a result, his musi-
cal tastes are eclectic, combining his
natural European love of techno with
the classically American genre of rap.
"I like everything that gets me up
and going, as long as you can get your
head bopping to it," Fischer said.
Fischer and the rest of the Wolver-
ines will have to be pumped up this
weekend, as they prepare to host a pair
of nationally ranked Big Ten schools.
With high temperatures forecast in the
70s, Michigan hopes to play on the Var-
sity Tennis Center's outdoor courts for
the first time this season. After No. 68
Purdue comes to town on Saturday,
defending NCAA champion and cur-
rent-No. 1 Illinois will roll into Ann
Arbor Sunday, riding an NCAA record
53-match winning streak.
"They're like the New York Yankees
of collegiate tennis," Peretz said.
While the opponent will be as diffi-
cult as they come, don't expect the
Wolverines to change a thing. Toby
Keith will still be blasting from the
speakers, and Michigan's on-court
approach will remain unaltered.
"We're not going to do anything dif-
ferent," Mees said. "We'll be ready to
play, and we'll do our best"

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