The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 13, 1998, Page 11, Image 11

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    NU falls
to Aggies,
beats Jays
TENNIS from page 10
“I was two points away from a victo
ry and just couldn’t close it out,” Moran
said. “He came up with enough big
points to beat me.”
In the other matches, Nebraska
senior Magnus Grahn outlasted Brent
Horan 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 and NU junior
Joakim Larsson lost to A&M’s Cody
Hubbell in straight sets 6-4,6-3.
McDermott said he expected his
team to compete with Texas A&M, but
it lost because of the Aggies’ psycholog
ical edge.
Matt Miller/DN
NEBRASKA JUNIOR Oinko Verzi, the Husker’s No. 1 singles player, defeated
A&M’s Shawn Madden Sunday at Woods Tennis Center.
“We can play with them,
McDermott said. “They’re just a little
ahead in the mental department.”
Verzi said while he saw a moral vie
tory in nearly beating the Aggies, it rung
“We’re getting tired of having of
moral victories.”
bophomore steps up m wm
By Darren Ivy
Assignment Reporter
For all those rookie Comhusker vol
leyball fans who thought they saw All
American Lisa Reitsma on the court
Saturday against Wisconsin-think again.
It was sophomore Nancy
Meendering - same high school, same
position, same handed and, at times
Saturday, same type of player.
Meendering’s 24 kills led the
Huskers to a 9-15, 15-9, 15-13, 15-12
and 15-7 win before an estimated 500
fans at the NU Coliseum.
“I felt I had something to prove,”
Meendering said. “I didn’t play very
well in Hawaii, and I wanted to show
coach and the team I can do it”
NU Coach Terry Pettit said he was
pleased with Meendering’s improved play
along with good
tempo on offense.
“I thought our
team played hard,”
Pettit said. “The
tempo allowed our
middle hitters and
nght-side hitters a lot
of opportunities”
took advantage of
those opportunities. pattit
The Hull, Iowa,
native, who said she wants to be as
much of an impact player as Reitsma,
had 45 attempts. During the third game,
she pounded down 12 kills to help NU
come back from a 4-7 deficit
Meendering wasn’t die only person
who came up big.
Junior Tonia Tauke posted 22 kills
and hit .439. Senior Megan Korver
pounded 16 kills, and junior Mandy
Monson had 12.
Sophomore Angie Oxley led NU with
18 digs, and senior Fiona Nepo had 17.
Pettit said the match was better than the
one against Hawaii over spring break.
“We played crisper,” Pettit said?
“Wisconsin is better than Hawaii. They
are much more experienced. They are a
top-10 team.”
Nebraska returns to action Saturday at
home for a tournament with Arkansas,
Creighton, Kansas and Kansas State.
Track teams make strides
By Andrew Strnad
Staff Reporter
After an airline fiasco last week in
Fresno, Calif., which almost cost it the
meet, the Nebraska track team respond
ed with a pair of successful meets last
Comhusker jumpers and throwers
put up several NCAA qualifying perfor
mances at the UTEP Track Invitational
in El Paso, Texas, while a group of
sprinters and middle distance runners
did the same at the Tom Botts
Invitational in Colombia, Mo.
In El Paso junior Shane Lavy won
the high jump with a season-best jump
of 7 feet 4 inches, an NCAA provision
al mark.
Senior Chris Wright also had a pro
visional mark by winning the long jump
with a leap of 25-7.
■V TT •»
n ushers drop
2 of 3 against
No. 13 Aggies
BASEBALL from page 10
Pete Lythgoe.
“Luckily, this was a day where the
wind was blowing out of the yard, and I
was able to get enough of it to drive it
out of here,” Scheschuk said.
In the second game, it was
Scheschuk again who dealt two blows
to the Huskers by driving two pitches
over the fence.
“These were big games for us in
terms of positioning for the Big 12
Tournament,” Scheschuk said. “They
took the wind out of our sails on Friday,
but we bounced right back today and
that’s what good teams do.”
For the Huskers (14-14 and 2-7),
the loss knocked them back into last
place in the Big 12, putting a damper on
Van Horn’s hopes of playing in the Big
12 Tournament.
The Huskers will play Northern
Iowa on Tuesday before returning to
Buck Beltzer Field on Friday for a
three-game series with Oklahoma.
Junior Scott Warren claimed the
hammer throw competition, improving
on his own provisional mark with a toss
Defending national champion
Tressa Thompson won the shot put with
a throw of 58-3, while junior teammate
Doreen Heldt won the hammer throw
with her own provisional mark of 177-3.
The Lisco native’s throw was also
good enough to set a meet record.
“Overall, we had pretty good indi
vidual performances,” NU Head Coach
Gary Pepin said.
In Columbia, it was senior Meka
Rembert who stole the show in the hur
Rembert swept the 100-meter and
400-meter hurdle races, while clocking
meet and stadium records.
Her time of 13.49 seconds in the
100-meter hurdles also was fast enough
for an NCAA provisional qualifying
mark, while her time of 57.49 in the
400-meter hurdles was an NCAA auto
matic qualifying mark.
Several other Huskers also shined at
the Botts Invitational including senior
Christina Blackmer.
Blackmer broke her own meet
record in the 3,000-meters by over six
seconds with a time of9:44.42.
Sophomore Amie Finkner did her
part by claiming the 5,000 meters.
The Husker men also got in on the
act, as two distance runners won their
respective events.
Junior Aaron Johnson captured the
1,500 meters, while Cleophas Boor won
the 5,000 meters.
Also winning for the Huskers were
junior Scott Nachtigal, who set a meet
record in the pole vault (16-6), and
freshman Kevin Grant in the long jump.
Husker women
split weekend
tennis matches
From Staff Reports
With only two weeks before the
Big 12 Conference championships,
the No. 53 Nebraska women’s tennis
team was hoping to sweep a weekend
series against conference opponents
Iowa State and Colorado on the road.
The Cornhuskers (14-7 overall
and 4-6 in the Big 12) started off
strongly, beating Iowa State 7-2 on
Friday, but fell to No. 45 Colorado 5-4
on Saturday. The win was the
Buffaloes’ second in a row.
Freshman Ndali Ijomah played for
the first time in six matches against Iowa
State. Ijomah, who has been out with
tendonitis since March 19, beat Maggi
Agustsson6-l, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.
The Cyclones won matches at
both No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. NU
won all six singles matches in straight
sets. The closest singles match was at
No. 4 singles, where sophomore Gina
Pelazini won the second set 7-6 in a
Nebraska soccer team
aearly upsets Tarheels
■ The Huskers play the
defending NCAA champs
even before falling 1-0.
By Darren Ivy
Assignment Reporter
Against the North Carolina
women’s soccer team, almost all
teams sacrifice a striker to have
an extra defender, Nebraska
Coach John Walker said.
Not Nebraska.
On Saturday, NU played the
NCAA Champion Tar Heels man
for-man, but lost 1-0 when U.S.
National Team member Lorrie
Fair scored on a header at the 70
minute mark.
Although Nebraska lost,
Walker was pleased with how NU
“I’m disappointed we lost, but
we played very well,” Walker
said. “We had several good scor
ing chances and got good efforts
from a ton of people.”
After the game, UNC Coach
Anson Dorrance came over to the
Cornhuskers’ bench and told them
how impressed he was.
NU sophomore midfielder
Amy Walsh said Dorrance told the
Huskers, ‘“No other team plays us
straight up the way you guys did
except Notre Dame. We aren’t
used to people challenging us,
and it really frustrated us. We
couldn’t get anything going.”
Walsh said she was disap
pointed after the game, but
Dorrance’s words gave her solace.
“It was nice to hear those
words,” Walsh said. “You could
tell it was genuine.”
Walker said he was proud of
how NU defenders Sharolta
Nonen and Jenny Benson matched
up with North Carolina’s potent
He also was pleased with the
scoring opportunities NU created.
Walsh said the best chance to
score came in the first half when
she shot on goal. Sophomore
Isabelle Morneau then followed
up the deflection with a volley
that the UNC goalie made an
“amazing save” on.
Although NU is winless this
spring, Walker said he isn’t con
“We could play a lot of other
teams and win 4-0 or 5-0, but that
wouldn’t do anything for us,”
Walker said. “We’ve played the
top two teams. It gives us a com
pletely realistic picture of where
we’re at.
“Against them, the speed of
play has to be great, and it raises
the level of play of our players.”
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Dean, Nebraska College of Law
Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.
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Four Person Scramble
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