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14 - ite Micrigan Daily - Monday, May 14, 2001
'M' tennis bounced early

Football fix
GAMEDAY 2001: The Big Ten announced the preliminary television schedule for
the 2001 football season. Michigan was guaranteed four television spots for the

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Editor
Hopes were high for the Michigan
tennis team on Thursday, when the
Wolverines were selected for their
fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tour-
nament after winning six of their last
eight Big Ten dual matches.
But after a sluggish start in its first
round match against Kentucky (15-14),
Michigan found itself with its third
first-round exit in four seasons (4-1).
"We didn't really play very well,"
Michigan coach Mark Mees said. "We
dug some holes for ourselves early, but
I think we started to play a little better
later in the match."
The Wolverines dropped the doubles
point to the Wildcats, losing at the No.
1 and No. 2 spots.

That momentum carried over into the
singles play, where junior Greg Novak
finished with the lone victory for
Michigan at the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 7-6 (3).
"Kentucky's a good team and you
just can't afford to fall that far behind,"
Mees said.
After an inconsistent and disappoint-
ing season, the Wolverines (12-10) will
use summer workouts and amateur
tournaments to improve for next sea-
son.
"Nobody on this team is satisfied or
happy at all, with where we finished in
the Big Ten or nationally," Mees said.
"This isn't what we aspire to at the Uni-
versity of Michigan. We want to be in
the top 20 and competing for the con-
ference title."
The Wolverines will return their
entire roster for next season.

upcoming season.
OPPONENT DATE TimE STATION
Miami (Ohio) Sept. 1 3:30 p.m. ESPN Regional
at Washington Sept. 8 3:30 p.m. ABC
Purdue Oct. 13 12:10 p.m. TBA
Ohio State Nov. 24 1 p.M. ABC
WOOD$ON: According to the State newspaper in Columbia,
S.C., Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson accepted in
excess of $13,000 in cash and gifts from Summit Manage-
ment during his final season with Michigan. Accepting such
gifts while competing violates NCAA rules, but it is unlikely
there will be a punishment for the Wolverines.

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By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Editor
For coaches of top ranked teams,
there is no greater fear than the lack of
motivation of one's team. That inner
demon allows for upsets and strikes
when teams least expect it.
The Michigan men's lacrosse team
fell victim to those same demons earlier
this week. After grabbing the No. 1
ranking in the USLIA at the end of the
regular season, the Wolverines were
upset by No. 9 California-Santa Bar-
bara 7-6 in the quarterfinals of the 16-
team tournament.
"For whatever reason, we have been
a little flat since our big win against
BYU a few weeks ago," coach John
Paul said. "We haven't been able to
recapture that energy and haven't been
able to put together a 60 minute game"
Santa Barbara jumped out to an early

two-goal lead while holding Michigan
scoreless until late in the second quarter
with a defensive offense and Michi-
gan's poor early shooting.
Michigan got back on track with a
goal by Kevin Chan at 3:44 in the sec-
ond quarter. Michigan then followed up
with two goals in less than two minutes
to tie the game 3-3.
"After we scored those goals we went
back to that mentality of we're the bet-
ter team we should win this," senior
defender Greg Deutch said.
After falling behind in the third quar-
ter, Santa Barbara scored two goals to
give them the lead. Michigan had one
more chance to tie the game, but Santa
Barbara won a groundball and cleared
the ball to hold on to the victory.
Michigan bounced back from the
loss with wins over Sonoma State and
California in the consolation round to
finish fifth overall in the tournament.

Recruits'
grades havw
Amaker
'concerned'
By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan basketball inked fo
recruits in the early-signing perio
but currently just one, 6-foot-
guard Dommanic Ingerson of San
Barbara, Calif., is academically el
gible.
The other three - Flint Nort
ern's 6-foot-6 guard JaQuan Har
Detroit King's 6-foot-7 forwa
Chuck Bailey and 6-foot-8 forwa
Kelly Whitney of Chicago -
yet to meet the required test scot-.
"We are concerned. We're hop
ful, but we're concerned," Michig
coach Tommy Amaker said. "It
getting late. We're already into Ma
There aren't that many more oppo
tunities to gain the necessary qual
fying test score."
If all four eventually reach t
required score and play at Mich'
next year, Amaker can sign just
more scholarship athlete this ye
as a new rule states a team cann
hand out more than five a year. B
Amaker may just hold on to th
fifth scholarship for now.
"What we're probably going to
is just use it for the next class
Amaker said. "We're going to li
and die right now with who we a
and looking for the younger ki
looking to complete their juni
year in high school. That will
us the full cycle to really recr
them this summer going into th
senior years, have a chance to g
some kids to want to come on boa
here."
Amaker had been pursuing
footer Chris Charles who had giv
an oral commitment to Seton H
before Amaker's departure.
Charles has now orally comn
to Villanova, another Big Ea
school, after considering Michiga
EDDIE'S READY: Standout fres
man Eddie Griffin, who was recru
ed to Seton Hall by Amak
discussed his decisionwith
coach while Amaker was still
charge of the Pirates.
"We talked about it. I think he h
a phenomenal freshman yea
Amaker said.
Amaker said events suc
falling hard on his knee in e
December and his brother passi
away weighed on his mind an
pushed him toward deciding t
make the jump to the NBA.
"I think he made a very goo
decision because I think he's goin
to be drafted anywhere from one t
five," Amaker said. "If you're pr
jected to be that high of a draft p
it's kind of hard not to encour
him to make that move. I thoug
that's what he was leaning towar
anyway."

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