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“Our only goal is to take it one
game at a time. If we win each inning
of every game, we’ll win that game
and move on to the next.”
The question may be what each
game this weekend has in store. There
could be an offensive barrage, as both
teams rank in the top 20 in the nation
in hitting. Nebraska ranks 20th and
the Cowboys are 11th.
The weekend could also be a pitch
ing duel, as Nebraska pitchers lead
the Big Eight with a combined 3.83
earned run average.
Boyd said the pitching staff would
use scouting reports to find the weak
nesses of the Cowboy lineup.
Coach John Sanders said the pitch
ing staff of Oklahoma State could be
fairly formidable as well.
Sanders said Oklahoma State proba
bly would start junior right-hander
Brad Gore on Friday.
“They are pitching very well and
they are on a good roll,” Sanders said.
Leading the offense for Oklahoma
State is third baseman Lou Lucca.
The senior is hitting .439 with 40
runs, 45 runs batted in, 30 walks and
12 home runs. Centerfielder Danny
Perez is leading the Cowboys in aver
ages with a .440 mark. He also has 29
RBI and 11 stolen bases.
Dale Hagy is leading the Huskers
offensively. The second baseman has
eight home runs and 30 RBI.
Sanders said the opportunity to
watch two teams tied at the top of the
conference standings should provide
fans with a lot of excitement.
“We want to see a lot of fans down
here this weekend.”
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teammates will play Oklahoma State Friday and Oklahoma Saturday. Both matches begin at 2 p.m. at the Cather-Pound courts.
NU tennis teams brace for Big Eight’s best
By Jeff Singer
Staff Reporter
Both the Nebraska men’s and
women’s tennis teams will try to play
the role of spoilers this weekend when
they battle two of the Big Eight’s top
Both squads will be finishing the
home portion of their conference
schedules against Oklahoma State on
Saturday and Oklahoma on Sunday at
the Cather-Pound courts.
The men begin play at 9 a.m. and
the women compete at 2 p.m. both
On the men’s side, the Comhuskers
will attempt to slow down the Okla
homa Stale juggernaut and keep the
Cowboys from winning another con
ference title. The defending Big Eight
champions beat Nebraska 7-2 last year
in Stillwater, Okla.
American Heart
In Sunday’s home finale, the Husk
ers will attempt to repeal last season’s
success against the Sooners, when
Nebraska posted a surprising 6-3 win
in Norman, Okla.
Nebraskacoach Kerry McDermott
said being the underdog this weekend
would be a positive thing for his squad
“The pressure this weekend is on
our opponents, and since there’s not
much pressure on us, hopefully we’ll
be able to play good tennis," McDer
mott said.
McDermott said his team was
capable of surprising both teams.
“On paper we’re supposed to go 0
2, but if we play at a higher level and
our opponents play down a little bit,
we can pull the upset,” McDermott
Nebraska is 1-1 in Big Eight play
following last weekend’s victory over
Iowa State and loss to Colorado in
Lincoln. The Huskers, 7-8 overall,
will try to continue individual confer
ence title hopes this weekend.
No. 2 singles player Karl Falkland
is the only Husker who is undefeated
in Big Eight play at 2-0 and is on track
to net his first individual singles title.
The junior from Sweden said his
success this season had been a sur
“Starting out the year, I wasn’t
looking to win the Big Eight in singles,
but now I’m in position to win it,”
Falkland said. “It’s going to be do or
die for me this weekend. If I go 1-1
I’ll still be in it, but if I go 0-2 I’m
pretty much out of it.”
On the other side of the net, the
women will also be looking to pull
some upsets this weekend, after start
ing conference play l-1 The 4-4
Huskers will try to avenge last sea
son’s road losses to the Oklahoma
schools. Nebraska was beaten 9-0 by
Oklahoma State and 6-3 by Okla
Coach Scott Jacobson said he would
be happy with his team members as
long as they gave their best effort
against the schools that finished first
and second at last year’s Big Eight
Tennis Championships.
“If we split this weekend, I’ll be
happy. That would be a great accom
plishment,” Jacobson said. “But un
less somebody goes in the tank, I’ll be
satisfied with whatever happens this
Nebraska’s No. 6 singles player
Tina Coutrctsis said despite playing
the Big Eight’s best, the Huskers were
going to give their all this weekend.
“They’re definitely the top two
schools in the conference, but we’re
going to play to win since we have
nothing to lose,” Coutrctsis said.
Track team to compete on home ground
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By John Gardner
Staff Reporter
Track and field fans will finally
gel a chance to see Nebraska compete
The Huskcrs will host the Nebraska
Invitational at Ed Weir Stadium Sat
urday at noon. The meet will feature
men’s and women’s teams from Colo
rado State, Kansas Slate, Missouri
and a men’s squad from Minnesota.
Nebraska coach Gary Pepin said
this meet would be a refreshing change.
“It’s real nice to have a home meet
and not be on the road traveling,”
Pepin said.
This weekend’s affair is a scoring
meet, which, Pepin said, suited him
fine. But he said he wouldn’t run his
athletes to death.
“We will place our entries so we
don’t gel embarrassed in any events,”
Pepin said. “At the same time, how
ever, we don’t want to wear anyone
out or gel them injured, so we won’t
be doubling and tripling our athletes
in events.”
Pepin said he would use many
athletes this weekend, but that wouldn’t
be the case later on this season. He
said he would prefer they trained more
than they competed.
‘‘Especially since it’s an Olympic
Year, they will be training all year,”
Pepin said. ‘ And the better they get,
the fewer meets they will need.”
Nebraska has a few Olympic pros
pects right now.
Kevin Coleman, with his indooi
national championship loss of 65 feet,
9 3/4 inches, has qualified for this
summer’s Olympic Trials in New
Stephen Golding has hopes of
competing for his native Jamaica this
summer. Mark Jackson has his sights
set on representing Canada and Travis
Grant plans to give the U.S. Olympic
Trials a shot as well.
All told, Pepin said a lot of those
ath letcs would compete sparingly this
“We’ll need to be careful not to
run them in too many meets,” he said.
Pepin said the quality of competi
tion would be high enough this week
to give his teams a chance to see
where they were at and keep improv
“There should be good competi
tion in all events, and hopefully we’ll
continue to make progress in all ar
eas,” he said. ‘That’s important at
this point in the season, to keep get
ting better.”
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she could rest after the season.
Four other regionals will take place
this weekend, with the winner of each
earning an automatic berth in the
NCAA Championships in St. Paul,
Seven other teams will receive at
large bids that are decided by team
Last year, five teams from Ne
braska’s regional advanced to nation
als. That could happen again this year,
Walton said.
“If we finish worse than fifth in
this meet and score 192 points, it will
not matter,” Walton said. “We will
have to have the best meet this year to
go to nationals.
“That does not mean adding any
thing to our routines; we just have to
hit them.”
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the rest of the coaching staff expects,”
Wolforth said. ‘‘It’s what the players
expect that is important.”
Wolforth said he also thought it
was reasonable to believe the Husk
ers could finish off the weekend as
the Creighton Tournament Champi
The tournament will include Ne
braska, Creighton, DePaul and Mis
souri-Kansas City.
“It’s a wide-open field,” Wolforth
said, “but it is certainly within the
realm of possibility that we would
. come home wilh the championship.”
Wolforth said he would do every
thing in his power to help his team
continue its winning streak, even if it
meant breaking the rotation and ex
tending Shandy’s playing time.
“We’re in a part of the season
where we have to start winning ball
games,” Wolforth said. “I will do
everything I can as a coach to help
them gain momentum going into the
Big Eight Tournament?’