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12A - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 19, 2005

By Randy Ip
Daily Sports Writer
It's no coincidence that seniors
David Anving and Vinny Gossain
hold the best win percentage by any
current Michigan tennis duo that has
played more than one match. After
all, both were elected co-captains by
the rest of the team. Together, Anv-
ing and Gossian have complied an
impressive 6-2 record.
"I'm very comfortable with them
as a team because they've done
well," Michigan coach Bruce Ber-
que said. "Each time they've played
together, they feel like they've com-
peted well. David is very solid with
his ground strokes and returns and
Vinny is very skilled at the net.
As far as style-wise, they set each
other up very well. They both have
a very high intensity level when
they play."
But, Anving seems to have success
with whomever he plays with. Anving has
an overall record of 8-2 in doubles com-
petition this year, amassing the highest
win percentage of any of the Wolverines.
Besides playing with Gossain, Anving has
also paired with senior Josef Fischer and
freshman Matko Maravic, winning both
But doubles success wasn't easy
to come by for Anving. He was used
solely in singles competition as a
freshman. When he finally did step
on the court for doubles play as a
sophomore, he was able to pull out
just a .500 record in 10 matches. The
next year wasn't any better, and he
finished 3-4. But Anving stepped
up this year and turned his game
around. He has already amassed as
many doubles wins this year as in his
first two years combined
"No one works harder and more
consistently than him," Berque said.
"No one has a higher level of inten-
sity than Dave. That's the reason
why, when he comes to play a match,
you always know what you are going
to get out of him. Even if he doesn't
play his best, you know he will
always give it his best because he's
always done that in practice."
Although Anving has excelled in dou-
bles this year, he has struggled to find his
stroke in singles competition, compiling



Michigan junior Megan Hausmann leads the water polo team in ejections and penalties this season.
'Baby Shaq' controls center

By David Spielman
Daily Sports Writer
Megan Hausmann's water polo teammates call her
"The Diesel." Indeed, both Hausmann's game inside
the pool and her accomplishment's outside of the
water are big. The six-foot junior center plays the
most physical and important field position in water
polo - the sport's equivalent of a basketball piv-
otman. Considering her power and position, it's no
wonder that Michigan coach Matt Anderson opts to
refer to Hausmann as "Baby Shaq."
Hausmann leads the teams in drawing ejections
- or penalties - and is third on the squad with 26
goals. Because of her power, Hausmann is able to
physically dominate her opponents.
"She has the ability to play a very physical game,"
Anderson said. "The more physical a player is, the
more we try to get her the ball."
Hausmann has always been a coveted commodity.
Being from San Diego, Hausmann was surrounded
by some of the top water polo programs in the nation.
But, instead of attending a water polo powerhouse
Southern Cal., Hausmann decided to leave her native
sunny surroundings for the frigid waters of Michi-
gan. For most, this would be a difficult decision, but,
for Hausmann, the choice was simple.

"I really liked the Michigan athletic tradition,"
Hausmann said. "But even more important than the
school's history in sports like football were the great
academics that the University offered."
Her power in the pool is only exceeded by the suc-
cess in her studies. What makes Hausmann so unique
is her great mix of brain and brawn.
She is just one of 10 Michigan athletes who is
enrolled in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Anderson credits her character for her accomplish-
ments in school.
"She takes on difficult tasks and works towards them,"
Anderson said. "She's very goal-oriented and she wants to
stand out in both academics and athletics."
Hausmann herself points to her priorities as rea-
son for her effectiveness.
"I just do a lot of planning," Hausmann said. "I
don't sleep much, but sometimes studying is more
important than rest."
After becoming a Wolverine and being accepted
into the business school, Hausmann's power and per-
sistence have justified her massive nicknames.
Whether she's "The Diesel" or "Baby Shaq," Haus-
mann won't let anything get in the way of her high
"Once she gets rolling there's just no stopping
her," Anderson said.


Michigan senior David Anving has an 8-2 doubles record this season.

an 11-16 mark this year.
"Our schedule is a lot tougher this
year, so he's had to play higher up
in the lineup." Berque said. "With
the (wrist) injury to (senior) Michael
Rubin, Dave has had to play tougher
opponents. But he still competes at a
very high level every time. I think it's
just the tempo, and there isn't a prob-
lem with what Dave's doing. I think
he's just playing better competition."
Despite not playing up to his
expectations this year in singles,
Anving still has an impressive 53-46
record over his four years as a Wol-

verine, and Berque knows that Anv-
ing will always leave everything he
has out on the court.
"He's been a great example for
the younger guys and even the older
guys." Berque said. "He lets them
know what is expected in terms of
effort every day."
Michigan rounds out its regular
season this weekend at home against
Indiana and Penn State, starting on
Saturday against the Hoosiers. The
Wolverines will then travel to Illi-
nois for the Big Ten Championships
on April 28.

Continued from page 11A
Wilson has a great 18-2 record on
the year but has been unable take
some pressure off of Ritter's shoul-
ders in recent outings. Ritter had to
get all four wins this past weekend,
and even Hutchins has expressed
concern about that issue.
So what's the verdict on the
This year's team is hungry. It
reached the College World Series last
year but walked away empty-handed

- Michigan lost both games by one
run, including a 13-inning loss in
which they blew a 2-0 lead in the
twelfth inning. With the nucleus of
that team still returning, it's safe to
say that it still has the bad taste in its
mouth of leaving the College World
Series with an 0-2 record. Without a
few bad bounces and costly errors,
Michigan could actually be defend-
ing its title from a year ago. But
whatever doesn't kill you makes you
stronger, and the Wolverines seem
exactly that this year: much stronger.
They've been the nation's top-ranked

team for the past month - they're the
first non-Pac 10 team to ever hold that
honor in the regular season - and
they are now the hunted instead of
the hunters.
But it's no guarantee that this
year's team will even make the
College World Series. Last year's
consensus No. 1 team, Arizona,
was sent home in the regionals by
underdog Oklahoma. It's safe to
say that coming down into the final
month of play, the Wolverines will
need to be as focused as ever to get
a shot at achieving their main goal.

Continued from page 11A
Martin announced with tears in his eyes that the champion-
ship banners would be coming down from Crisler.
And this year, I had to endure standing there while the
Notre Dame and Ohio State student sections rushed past
me onto the field to celebrate wins over Michigan.
But I'll always remember being within 10 feet of Damon
Dowdell's final incomplete pass in Michigan's overtime win
over Michigan State in maybe the greatest college football
game in the University's history.
So that's it. To the hundreds of people I've worked with
over the years - I hope you've had as much fun as I did.
We're the only ones who will truly know what it feels like

to work for 15 hours on Sunday only to see people ripping
out the crossword puzzle and discarding the rest of the
paper on Monday.
To those of you that have read my work - and espe-
cially to those of you that have taken the time to write me
after reading - thank you. I've never met most of you, but
I hope I've been able to put a smile on your face or make
you think a little.
Mostly, I hope that I've been able to capture in print
those things that we all have had the privilege of experienc-
ing here.
Now, and always, Hail to the Victors.
Chris Burke can be reached at chrisbur@umich.edu
If you choose not to write him, he'll see you at The Big
House come September.





to recognize the
o members of the

Kinneret Albalak Julie Heringhausen John Picard
Aixa Aleman-Diaz Amy Hunter Ashwin Ravi
Emily Arents Rachit Jain Jessica Robins
Alicia Armbruster Veronica Johnson Chastity Rolling
Stacy Baker Anoori Kadakia Colleen Russell
Elizabeth Barrett Anuj Kapoor Cynthia Saw
Jennifer Beight Susan King Matt Scarlata
Jaime Bell Patti Knauf Melissa Schmidt
Miriam Bhimani Wai Yee Kwan D - chmuldt
William Bornstein Suruchi Lail Anar Shah
Jean Campbell Nina Lamia Zach Shell
Karen Carmichael Rachel Lang Gena Simon
Meredith Cochran Cindy Lin Sydney Simpson
Allie Dakroub Andre Lobo Nicole Sitko
Emily DeMarco Patricia Luedk Debbie Smouse
Robert Dood Grace Luo 'Rebecca Solomon
Stephanie Dunseith Jennifer Lyon Lind'say Stewart
Lynn Eckert Shirley Ma Ryan Stork
Alexander Eldred Magi ra Kenny Su
Yasmin Elsayed Sara Mai Catherine Tamarelli
Rachel Fox Olga Mantilla Meera Tavathia
Claire Friedm Angela McLeo Emily Vogel
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