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    Gymnastics
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behind Harrison’s 9.80 and 9.75s by
Richard Kieffer and Darling.
In addition, Nebraska scored a
season-high team score of 47.875 on
the pommel horse.
But things had notgoneso well for
the Huskers earlier in the competi
tion. In the floor exercise — Ne
braska’s first rotation — the Huskers
turned in a 47.475, which was their
second-lowest score of the season.
Allen said he was pleased overall
with the way the Huskers responded
to the pressure.
“Our kids kept plugging away,” he
said. “They never gave up. That’s the
kind of character I like in a team.
They scrapped all the way through.”
Nebraska’s Dennis Harrison fin
ished sixth in the all-around stand
ings with a score of 57.85 and, along
with teammate Sumner Darling
(56.55), will compete in the all-around
championships Saturday at 2 p.m.
Harrison said that being in fourth
place with two events to go was an
“eye-opener” for the Huskers.
“We got together, calmed down
and we knew what we had to do,” he
said. “No one wanted to be watching
the rest of the meet from the stands
like we were last year.”
Harrison said he hopes the mo
mentum that shifted Nebraska’s way
late Thursday night will carry over to
tonight.
“We have to do the job next time
around,” he said. “We can’t fall be
hind like we did tonight and expect to
catch up.”
Allen agreed.
“(Tonight) is a pressure event,” he
said. “It’s sweet. It’s going to be as
good a college event as you’ll ever
sec.”
NU tennis faces Buffs a 3rd time
By Jeff Singer
Staff Reporter_____
The Nebraska men’s tennis team
is hoping the third time is the charm at
this weekend’s Big Eight Tennis
Championships.
The fifth-seeded Comhuskers will
be battling No. 4 Colorado for the
third time this season. The Buffaloes
won both previous meetings.
The two teams square off in the
three-day tourney at 9 a.m. today in
Kansas City, Mo.
Colorado beat Nebraska 5-0 in
March at the San Diego Team Tour
nament and followed that effort with
a 7-2 win over the Huskcrs in Lincoln
earlier this month.
Nebraska coach Kerry McDermott
said he was anxious to get another
shot at the Buffaloes.
“The guys really want to play
Colorado and feel like they can pull
the upset,” McDermott said. “You
have to go in with a realistic attitude,
saying, ‘Why can’t we beat them a
third time?”’
Nebraska No. 2 singles player
Joseph Rahmc said having met Colo
rado twice already would help Ne
braska.
“We know how they (Colorado)
play and that they’re not much better
than us,” Rahmc said. “It’s going to
come down to how much our guys
want it.”
Rahme will be playing at No. 2
singles for the first lime this year, as
he will switch places in the lineup
with Karl Falkland at No. 1.
Falkland earned the No. 1 position
al ter posting the best Big Eight mark
on the team-. The junior from Sweden
earned a second-place conlcrcncc
finish with a 4-2 record.
McDermott said a first-round vic
tory would make Nebraska’s 8-11
year a success.
“If we win in the first round, we’ll
have accomplished our goal of finish
ing among the lop four teams in the
Big Eight and will make for a suc
cessful season,” McDermott said.
With a win over Colorado today,
the Huskers will play regular-season
champion Kansas Saturday in the
semifinals, following last weekend’s
heated match during the Jayhawks’
6-3 win over Nebraska.
Rahme said gelling another shot at
playing the Jayhawks would be the
highlight of the season.
“We want another chance to play
Kansas,” Rahme said. “If we gel
another shot at them, it’s going to be
war.”
Huskers try to avenge early loss
By Jeff Singer
Staff Reporter
The Nebraska women’s tennis team
will try to avenge an carly-scason loss
when it opens play in this weekend’s
Big Eight Tennis Championships.
The Cornhuskers will open as the
No. 5 seed against fourth-seeded
Colorado. The Buffaloes beat Ne
braska 7-2 in the regular season.
The tournament begins today in
Kansas City, Mo.
Nebraska coach Scott Jacobson said
he wasn’t surprised when learning
Colorado would be the Huskers’ first
round opponent.
“Before last weekend, it was my
expectation to be playing Colorado,”
Jacobson said. “You don’t get too
many second chances in life, bul now
we gel the opportunity to show we
can play with Colorado.”
With a win over the Buffaloes, the
women Will have accomplished their
team goal of finishing among the top
four squads in the Big Eight.
Nebraska’s No. 4 singles player
and No. 1 doubles player Rachel Collins
said the Huskers wouldn’t be happy
with fourth place.
“If we beat Colorado, the worst we
could do is finish fourth,” Collins
said. “Bul we’re not going to be satis
fied with settling for anything less
than we’re capable of.”
Tina Coulrclsis, who plays at No.
6 singles and No. 3 doubles, agreed
that the dual against the Buffaloes has
great importance.
“Wc’rc looking forward lo play
ing Colorado, because now we get
another chance to beat them,”
Coutrclsis said. “We didn’tplay up lo
our standards against them last lime,
but this lime we should.”
With a win over the Buffaloes, the
Huskers will probably take on regu
lar-season Big Eight champion Kan
sas. The Jayhawks play No. 8 seed
Missouri today.,.
The Jayhawks blanked Nebraska
9-0 last weekend in Lawrence, Kan.
No matter what the results arc this
weekend, Jacobson said he already
knows one outcome.
“Regardless of what happens, I
know our girls will fight from the
beginning of the match until the end
of the match, guaranteed,” he said.
Huskers sign Amos Gregory
From Staff Reports
Nebraska men’s basketball coach
Danny Nee announced Thursday the
signing of junior college player Amos
Gregory to a national letter of intent.
Gregory is a 6-foot-8, 270-pound
center from Aquinas (Tenn.) Junior
College.
This season, Gregory averaged 15.4
points a game and 14.2 rebounds and
was named to the 1992 Basketball
Weekly Junior College All-America
team.
Ncc said Gregory should be able lo
coniributc next season.
“We arc excited lo sign a big man
of Amos’ caliber,” Ncc said. “I be
lieve that we signed one of the best
junior college big men in the country.
He’s a strong, aggressive box player.
I’m counting on him to come in and
help us at both ends of the floor next
year.”
Gregory picked Nebraska after
considering Louisiana State and
Memphis State.
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Jenkins has a cartilage tear in her
left shoulder and is scheduled for
surgery after nationals.
, Jenkins said she had gotten used to
performing with the injury and that it
was not going to get any better.
Walton said the two had come a
long way in being able to perform
under the worst possible scenarios.
“The Masters Classic (which was
Feb. 16 in Lincoln) was the point
when the girls realized what it takes
to be competitive on the college level,”
Walton said.
Walton said he hoped Duval and
Jenkins would rcprescnl Nebraska and
the Big Eight well.
“I would like to see them go in and
hit all of their routines, l<x)k as good
as they possibly can and maybe im
press a few folks,” Walton said.
Drake
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Pepin said. “I hope lhai we don’t have
the ‘snow dog relays’ this weekend,
because if we do, we’ll be a little
short on dogs and sleds.”
During the meet, Pepin will be
inducted into the Drake Relays Hall
of Fame. Pepin said it was a pleasant
honor.
“I’ve heard I’m going to be hon
ored,” he said. “I guess it’s nice, but I
didn’t win any titles or score any
points, or win any watches or any
thing.
“I’m a lot more concerned with
how the teams do out there.”
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