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No. 32 Bears
defeat NU
7-2 in Waco
From, Staff Reports
Baylor took five of six singles
matches and two of three doubles
matches to defeat the Nebraska
women’s tennis team 7-2 Thursday
in Waco, Texas.
The 32nd-ranked Lady Bears
were led by No. 1 singles player
Barbara Navarro, who defeated
NU’s Sandra Noetzal 6-4, 6-1.
Navarro also teamed up with
Sophie Goldschmidt in the No. 1
doubles match to defeat Noetzal
and Jennifer Thoste.
The Cornhuskers’ lone win
came in the No. 2 doubles match
when Lisa Hart and Ndali Ijomah
combined to defeat Vicki Jordan
and Karin Anderson.
Nebraska will play Oklahoma
State Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.
The Huskers will play Oklahoma,
Cal State-Fullerton, Cal State
Northridge and California-Irvine
over spring break.
Coach: Juniors key to title
By Darren Ivy
Assignment Reporter
Fans attending Saturday’s Big 12
Gymnastics meet at the Bob Devaney
Sports Center at 7 p.m. may not
notice the efforts of Courtney Brown,
Laurie McLaughlin and Jess Swift.
But Coach Dan Kendig said those
junior gymnasts could be the differ
ence between winning a school
record fifth-straight conference title
and finishing second.
“Every tenth (of a point) will mat
ter,” Kendig said. “One-tenth can eas
ily lead into five-tenths. Each tenth
we save makes us that much better.”
As upperclassmen, Brown,
McLaughlin and Swift know what it
takes to win and are trying to instill
that desire in the younger gymnasts,
Kendig said.
Competition in the Big 12 meet
has increased this year with Iowa
State and Oklahoma both sending
good teams. Earlier this year, OU
defeated Nebraska 192.725-190.55,
and NU has struggled with Iowa State
both times winning by a combined
1.25 points.
Even though both teams have
improved, the Huskers still feel they
are the favorite because they are
putting it all together.
“If we hit, we will win,” Kendig
said. “We are starting to click on all
When the Huskers competed
against these teams earlier in the year,
they weren’t hitting on all cylinders,
Kendig said.
That was before the juniors got
together with the team psychologist
to discuss their leadership roles.
“I knew I was going to have to
play a leadership role, but I didn’t
know how important it was until
halfway through the season,” Swift
Once the juniors took a more
active approach, the team improved.
Brown said it has been nice to
share leadership with the other
“We know what has to be done,
and we are trying to get the under
classmen to understand that,” Brown
said. “We lead by example and hope
they will model us.”
Huskers must put aside
ghosts in return to Classic
Staff Reporter
Last year, the Nebraska softball
team rolled into the Capitol Classic
Softball Tournament in Sacramento,
Calif., looking to gain momentum.
But in the semifinal game against
Iowa the rug was pulled out from
under them.
On a squeeze play, Nebraska
freshman Jennifer Lizama, the team’s
leading hitter at the time, suffered a
concussion. On the same play, two
time All-American Ali Viola tore her
anterior-cruciate ligament and was
out for the remainder of the season.
Today, No. 13 Nebraska returns to
the scene of the crime when the Huskers
participate in the Capitol Classic
Softball Tournament in Sacramento.
“Somebody mentioned (the
injury) to Ali and I, and we just kind
of went one, two, three, breathe and
blew that away,” Nebraska Softball
Coach Rhonda Revelle said. “That
was such a different place and such a
long time ago that I don’t even think
about it anymore.”
Nebraska is a very different team
from the one that entered last year’s
tournament at 9-11. This season NU
eniers me tournament witn a 140
record and has already competed
against nine teams ranked in the cur
rent USA Today top 25 poll.
One player playing well right now
is Viola. The senior has hit eight
homers in 19 games and has 16 RBIs.
Viola’s eight home runs give her 39
for her career, a statistic which ranks
ninth in NCAA history.
The All-American shortstop from
Novato, Calif., said she doesn’t think
much anymore about the injury that
derailed some of her goals last season.
“We just want to put (the injury)
behind us,” Viola said. “We’re just
concentrating on moving forward and
trying to play to our potential at the
The Huskers opened the tournament
with a 10-1 win over Harvard in pool
play. NU will complete pool play
today against Southwest Missouri
State and San Jose State, and tourna
ment competition will start tonight.
The tournament is important for
the Huskers because it will be their
last tuneup before opening confer
ence play on March 28.
After competing in the Capitol
Classic Tournament, Nebraska will
play Sacramento State in a double
header Tuesday.
The Huskers then return to open
up at home Thursday against
Creighton before starting Big 12 play
against Texas on March 28 and Texas
A&M on March 29.
Wrestlers in
19th place
after 1 day
From Staff Reports
Backed by second-round wins
from 158-pounder Temoer Terry and
190-pounder Ryan Tobin, the
Nebraska wrestling team finished
the first day of the NCAA
Championships competition in 19th
NU scored 14 team points
through the first two rounds before a
sold-out crowd of 11,989 at the
Convocation Center in Cleveland.
“We had a lot of guys that wres
tled passive today,” NU Coach Tim
Neumann said. “We can’t wait for
something to happen. We’ve got to
go out and make things happen.”
Terry advanced to the quarterfi
nals by defeating Maurice Worthy of
Army 6-4 for his third win of the
tournament. Tobin, a No. 4 seed,
beat Chris Zike of Central Michigan
in the second round to advance.
Brad Canoyer (134 pounds),
Brad Vering (177) and J.R. Plienis
(heavyweight) all posted first-round
wins before losing in second-round
competition. Paul Gomez (118) and
Jeramie Welder (126) both lost first
round matches but stayed alive with
wins in wrestle-back matches.
The tournament will continue
today before wrapping up on
March 16 - March 20
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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