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8 - Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom

Masse selve for remainder of season


Daily Sports Editor
Michigan tight end Mike Massey
will miss the rest of the season after
sustaining a knee injury in the third
quarter of Saturday's 28-16 win over
The senior will
undergo surgery NOTEBOOK
this week, Michi-
gan coach Lloyd Carr said during
his weekly press conference yester-
day afternoon.
"Massey was a wonderful com-
petitor, a guy that brought a lot to
our team," Carr said. "He was out-
standing on our special teams, and
he'd done a great job at tight end.
We're going to miss him."
Although Massey caught just
four passes this season, his absence
creates problems for an offense that
frequently uses two tight-end sets.
Likely replacement Carson Butler
provides more of a receiving threat,
but the team will still need help
from that position.
Yesterday's depth chart listed
redshirt sophomores Butler and
Chris McLaurin as possible start-
ers with converted fullback Andre
Criswell at third string. Carr also
mentioned freshman Martell Webb
could see more playing time.
"We have some guys who are not
as experienced, obviously, as Mike
was, but they are all guys we can
depend on as a team," Carr said.
As for other injuries, Carr
remained tight-lipped. He said he
wouldn't know until today about
the right guard situation or the
status of starting linebackers John
Thompson and Chris Graham.
Butthe depthchartmightprovide
a clue.At right guard, third-stringer
Tim McAcoy - who left Saturday's
game early - was still listed as the
starter. Both Thompson, who didn't
dress Saturday, and Graham, who
also left the game early, graced the
depth chart as starters.
Special changes?: Kicker Jason
Gingell has done everything to
prove he's an excellent kicker in
practice. Too bad he hasn't done the
same in games.
With Gingell just 3-for-9 on the
year, Carr said he will give K.C.

Lopata a shot to win the position
this week in practice. Although
sophomore kickoff specialist Bryan
Wright was also listed as a possibil-
ity on the depth chart, Carr didn't
mention his name during his press
Gingell has struggled since his
two blocked field goals - neither
necessarily his fault -helped Appa-
lachian State upset Michigan. He
has missed his last three attempts
and booted two wide right against
Carr said he believes Gingell's
confidence is the issue.
"I have all the confidence in
Gingell, and yet at every stage in (a
player's) career, there are guys who
struggle," Carr said. "You just have
to dig deep and find a way to get
your way out of it. As coaches and
as teammates, we'll try to help him
do that."
Summer school blues: A Big
Ten rule preventing early entrants
from using summer-school grades
to boost their first-senester grade
point average cost freshman safety
Artis Chambers his season, his high
school coach said.
Along with two other freshmen,
Chambers enrolled at Michigan in
the winter semester to join the team
for spring practice. But because of
Chambers's first-semester grade
point average, Michigan tried
to count summer-school classes
toward his GPA.
Although NCAA rules allow
the use of summer-school grades
toward eligibility, the Big Ten does
not, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Snider coach
Russ Isaacs said.
"It's sad for everybody. It's unfor-
tunate," Isaacs said. "I don't know
(if) anybody's at fault - just a mis-
Michigan reported the viola-
tion to the Big Ten Thursday,
immediately after catching it,
Athletic Director Bill Martin said.
The conference's Compliance and
Reinstatement Subcommittee will
make a decision about any penalties
- including a possible forfeit of the
Penn State game - within the next
two weeks.
Carr would not comment on the
situation yesterday.


Tight end Mike Massey is helped off the field after his third-quarter season-ending knee injury. Massey played a crucial role in Michigan's two tight-end sets.

Maravic hopes to pace M'

For the Daily
With the season getting under-
way, the Michigan men's tennis
team is looking to build on its
strong 2006-07 campaign.
Last season, the Wolverines
posted a 20-7 record en route to a
second-round appearance in the
NCAA Tournament.
Michigan has eight return-
ing players, including lone senior
Matko Maravic. Maravic, Mich-
igan's Most Valuable Player for
the past three years, is coming off
a career season in which he was
selected as an International Ten-
nis Association All-American in
doubles. In addition to beingMich-
igan's first All-American since
Dan Brakus in 1994, Maravic also
served his way to Michigan's first
Big Ten Singles title in 10 years.
Rewarded for his stellar year,
Maravic will begin the season
ranked No. 21 in the nation. He is
the first player under Michigan
coach Bruce Berque to crack the
top 25.
But for the Croatia native, his
personal accomplishments and
the team's success are one in the
"We have progressed every year
since my freshman season," Mara-
vic said. "One of my personal goals
this year is to take this team one
step further and reach the round
of 16 (in the NCAA Tournament)."
Michigan has not advanced past
the second round of the NCAA
Tournament in 9 years, but it has
its strongest incoming recruits in
recent seasons.
Jason Jung highlights the
impressive class, which features
two top-10 nationally ranked
juniors. Jung, who was a blue-
chip recruit and at one point No. 1
in tennisrecruiting.net's rankings,
won the International Federation
Hong Kong Open when he was just
14 year old.
Through early practices, Jung
is already earning praise from his


Freshman Amanda Bowery is leading a struggling Michigan offense in scoring
with four goals this season.
Blue offense led

For the Daily
It's impressive to lead any Big
Ten team in scoring.
But it's even more so if you're a
Rochester Hills native Amanda
Bowery leads the Michigan wom-
en's soccer team with four goals
this season. She also shares the
lead in shooting percentage (250)
and boasts the highest number of
shots on goal (nine).
Bowery, a nominee for the
Michigan Athlete of the Year
Award in high school, now plays
both forward and defender for
the Wolverines. Her height (5-
foot-11) and natural athleticism
make her a dominating presence
on the field.
"She's pretty versatile," Michi-
gan coach Debbie Rademacher
said. "She's really comfortable
anywhere on the field, and so I
knew that we would be using her
somewhere - if it wasn't up front
it, might be somewhere else."
Bowery isn't the only fresh-
man goal-scorer who has serious-
ly impacted the team's offense.
Forward Stephanie 'Crawford
has also helped jumpstart scor-
ing opportunities. In high school
at Novi, Crawford led her team
to back-to-back state champion-

ships. Her first career goal on
Sept. 7 was a powerful one-touch
ball that she shot past Cincinnati's
keeper to secure a 3-0 the win.
"She is quick, skillful and a
pure goal scorer," Rademacher
said before the season.
In the past, Rademacher's pro-
gram has consistently featured
prominent freshman contribu-
"The goal every year is to raise
the level of competition," Radem-
acher said. "If we can bring in
players that can push our return-
ing players, and if they earn it,
they will get (playing) time. I
don't believe that we should sit
freshmen just because they are
But while the freshmen haye
excelled at scoring, Michigan has
struggled to get the ball in the net
this season. The Wolverines lead
their opponents in shots on goal
by 32, but have not often capital-
ized on scoring opportunities.
Despite offensive help from its
freshmen, Michigan is just 2-6-1
this season.
"We have had opportunities
in every game we have played, so
thatis encouraging," Rademacher
said. "If we were sitting back and
not generating anything, then
we'd have to figure out different
ways to get goals. But right now,
we just need to get it going."

Senir Matke Maravic looks to ad Michigan this year as the lone senior on the team. Maravic is the first Wolverine to crack
the top 25 under Michigan coach Bruce Berque.

"In addition to pushing hard
in practice, Jason hits the weight
room on off-days," Maravic said.
"He is very determined and has
the potential to be a great (colle-
giate) player."
Joining Jung are Bloomfield
Hills native David Streeter, a 2006
United States Tennis Association
Midwest Indoor champion, and

fellow Californian Christopher
Madden, who was ranked as high
as No. 9 nationally.
Sophomore George Navas said
that the transition from playing
USTA tournaments in high school
to playing college tennis will be a
big change for the freshmen, but
the former Florida state junior
singles champion is confident they
can positively contribute to the

team this year.
In his first season as a Wolver-
ine, after a successful junior ten-
nis career, Navas posted a winning
record last season. He expects to
have an even better upcoming year.
"I loved every second of last
season," Navas said. "I've learned
a lot from the experience I had as a
freshman and am ready to step up
for this team."

New coach hopes to bring winning ways

For the Daily
At Florida
igan women's
tennis coach .
Ronni Bern-
steinboasted an
impressive .699 BERNSTEIN
winning per-
centage. Now,
she's looking to bring her winning
ways up north to help the Wolver-

ines improve.
"We train six days a week, and
tennis i' year-round, so it is very
demanding," Bernstein said. "I
look forward to the season andthe
challenge of taking the program to
the next level."
Though Bernstein admits she
doesn't plan to alter Michigan's
practice routine significantly, she
said her simple method of work-
ing hard but having fun is the best
option for success. 0
Bernstein has made an impact in
women's tennis since her days as a
player, when she was named NCAA

Senior Player of the Year in 1988
and won the doubles NCAA Nation-
al Championship at Miami. She's
now looking to bring her motiva-
tion to succeed to the Wolverines,
a team that finished No. 22 in the
nation last season.
"We (want) to improve on that,"
Bernstein said. "We have a very
strong returning class and have
added four talented freshmen."
The team, which opened the
season last weekend with the Wol-
verine Invitational, hopes to start
out strong and improve on its 17-
8 record with the help of its new

coach and leadership from within
the squad.
Though Michigan has not yet
named a captain, Allie Shafner is
the only senior on the team, and
so she will likely be the player the
Wolverines look up to during the
Bernstein said the team's close-
ness will help to counteract having
only one senior.
"I can see there is a tight bond
between them," Bernstein said.
"We have a lot of talent on this team
and each player will contribute and
have their role."


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