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Tournament gives Huskers confidence
■ The men's tennis team won eight of 11
matches at the season-opening Harvard
BY GABRIEL STOVALL
Nebraska men’s tennis coach Kerry
McDermott had at least eight reasons to
smile after this weekend.
That’s because NU began its fall season
by winning 8 of its first 11 matches and plac
ing two Huskers in the Flight A semifinals at
the Harvard Invitational last Friday at
Nebraska also had much success against
Harvard team, which is ranked in the top 50
Hence the feeling of confidence exuded
“I think our team got a good feeling from
this tournament,” McDermott said. “Now we
feel like we can play against anyone. We feel
we can be a top-50 team.”
No Husker showed more confidence
than senior Adman Hadzialic, who finished
as runner-up in Flight “A,” competition but
made a champion-like impression upon his
“Adman really stepped up during this
tournament,” McDermott said. “He played
outstanding. He was almost flawless.”
Hadzialic defeated fellow Husker Lance
Mills in the semifinals to advance to the
championship match, where he was defeat
ed 6-1, 7-5,6-4 by winner Oliver Choo.
Other teams competing included
Alabama, Rutgers, MIT and St. Johns.
McDermott said he was somewhat dis
appointed that more Ivy League teams were
not competing. But he called the tourna
ment a good way to measure his team’s tal
“We saw enough to know what we did
good and where we need to improve,” said
McDermott, who is in his 20t" season as
“We feel like a pretty veteran team with a
lot of young guys competing for spots and
pushing the rest to get better.”
This year, the Huskers return five of its
top seven players from last year, including
one of its best performers in junior Mills,
who spent most of last season nursing injury.
Four freshman have also joined the
squad this season and have already made an
impact, McDermott said.
Nebraska will try to improve on its sea
son-opening success when it goes to com
pete in the ITA All-American tournament
Oct. 6th in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Celtics'Pierce stabbed in face
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Paul Pierce, an emerging star
on the Boston Celtics, was
recovering Monday after being
stabbed in the face, neck and
back at a night ckib.
He was with several friends
when!n he was attacked during
a fight in the pool room of the
Buzz Club in the city’s theater
The 22-year-old Pierce was
treated at New England Medical
Center, police spokeswoman
Mariellen Burns said. The hos
pital would not release informa
tion except to say he was in fair
"He's doing fine. We’re all
hoping for a speedy recovery,”
coach Rick Pitino said as he left
WBZ-TV reported that
Pierce had been hit over the
head with a bottle and that most
of the stab wounds were super
ficial except for a 7-inch deep
cut to his sternum.
Several stations reported
that teammate Tony Battie was
with Pierce at the club early
There were no immediate
arrests, and it was unclear what
role Pierce might have played in
the incident, Burns said.
Celtics players, coaches and
officials visited Pierce through
out the day Monday. His family
was en route from California.
"He was very lucky,” said
K.C. Jones, a former Celtics
standout and coach. "He had
the angels on his side.”
The nightclub will be cited
for allowing an attack on its
premises, Burns said. She said
there have been several other
violations there in the past year,
including at least two assaults.
Pierce was to report for the
start of training camp next
He apparently was in
Massachusetts to participate in
Red Auerbach’s charity golf
tournament Monday in Salem.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound
Pierce played forward and guard
last season for a team trying to
break a streak of five seasons
without making the playoffs.
He averaged 19.5 points and
ranked second in the NBA in
steals with 2.08 a game.
Former NU swimmer
Alshammar gets silver
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Former NU swimmer Therese
Alshammar captured a silver
medal in the Olympic 50-meter
The medal was Alshammar's
second silver and third medal
overall of the Sydney Olympics.
She finished second in the 100
meter freestyle, and captured a
bronze with Sweden’s 4x100
meter relay team.
Current Husker Adam Pine of
Australia also got into the NU
medal parade, winning a silver as
a member of the host country’s
400-meter medley. Pine didn’t
participate in the finals but did
swim the third leg for the
Australian team in the prelimi
Benson named Big 12's
top defender of week
FROM STAFF REPORTS
There’s a reason for all the
% shutouts the undefeated
Nebraska women’s soccer team
has posted this fall.
The Big 12 recognized one of
those reasons Monday, as NU
senior defender Jenny Benson
was named the Big 12 Defender of
Benson, who garnered All-Big
12 honors last season before
switching to defender in the off- ‘
season, has helped the NU
defense post eight shutouts in 10
games this season. Last weekend,
Nebraska blanked Baylor and
Creighton, extending its scoreless
streak to 420 minutes.
The Huskers, who remain
third behind Notre Dame and
Clemson in the latest NSCAA poll,
will return to action on Friday
when they .travel to Missouri.
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Mouton said NU’s goal is no
different from other successful
programs across the country.
“We are not asking ungodly
things,” he said.
One thing the coaches are
asking is that the Huskers come
together as a group.
“You could poll one or two
guys from our team, and there
would still be a substantial
amount of unity work to be
done to have our guys become
more of team,” he said.
Collier met with Ffriend and
fellow senior Cookie Belcher
after workouts on Wednesday to
discuss leadership issues.
Ffriend said the relationship
between Belcher and himself
will go a long way in determin
ing how the team gets along.
"Cookie has been here for
five years and knows the sys
tem,” said Ffriend, who has had
his differences with Belcher in
the past. “For the team to be
successful, we have to get along.
And we do get along. I really
respect the guy because he
knows what he wants.”
Ffriend said Collier told the
two they must lead by example,
and the team will follow if they
do the right thing.
Collier said he is pleased
with the efforts the two have
made in looking forward.
"They have not been full
fledged teammates yet because
Cookie was out last year,”
Collier said. "There is give and
take involved with both of
“They are very important
and are working toward that
end. I have seen significant
Despite Collier’s not being
100-percent satisfied with the
team at this point, Cochran said
the Huskers are headed down
the right road.
“We are doing things the
right way,” he said. “It has been
the ideal situation thus far for us
to get better.”
Transfer Danai Yofrng will
find out on Wednesday whether
his wrist will require surgery
when he visits the Mayo clinic.
If needed, the surgery, compa
rable to Belcher’s last season,
would require Young to redshirt.
is in line for playing time at
’small forward, left vacant by the
departure of senior Larry
Florence and the transfer of
Coslet resigns from
0-3 Cincinnati Bengals
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Unable to win, barely able to
even score, the Cincinnati
Bengals found themselves with
a new coach Monday vfith the
season all of three games old.
Bruce Coslet unexpectedly
quit as coach of the NFL’s worst
team of the past decade and was
replaced by defensive coordina
tor Dick LeBeau in the first NFL
coaching change this season.
The resignation came a day
after the Bengals lost their third
game in a row and second
straight without scoring a point.
They have been outscored 74-7
this season and haven’t made
the playoffs since 1990, the
league's longest current streak.
"He’s a good teacher... he’s
good with players,” Bengals
owner and president Mike
Brown said of LeBeau. “I think
he can step in now and get our
situation back on course as
quickly as anybody could.”
Coslet coached the New York
Jets from 1990-93 and became
coach of the Bengals in 1996.
Under Coslet, the Bengals were
7-9 in 1997, 3-13 in 1998 and 4
12 in 1999.
LeBeau said he was stunned
by Coslet’s decision.
“I tried to talk him out of it,”
he said. "He was not to be
Brown, too, was surprised.
“It was hard for me because
he’s a good man, a friend and a
good coach,” Brown said.
“That was his call and he
made it. It’s behind us now.”
Brown questions whether
the Bengals gave Coslet the sup
port he needed.
"I think we all wonder,” he
said. “If we had better answers,
maybe we would have had suc
Brown intends to continue
to run the team as general man
ager rather than hire someone
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CU looks for first win
in game against KSU
COLORADO from 9
“We were not well prepared
for that game,” Snyder said. “So it
wasn’t a smooth beginning, not a
The Wildcats seem to be
steadier in all departments this
year, even as the top runningback
and punt returner, David Allen,
has been out for three games. In
his place, receiver Aaron Lockett
has returned two punts for scores.
What scares Barnett the most,
he said, is the pressure-oriented
Wildcat defense, which has given
up 189 total yards combined in
wins over Ball State and North
Texas. Colorado had problems
against the shifty blitz packages of
“We’ve got to deal with how
they’ll come at us,” Barnett said.
Assuming the CU offensive
line can do that, there’ll be a
chance for Colorado'to expose
KSU’s cornerbacks, who play
enough man-to-man coverage to
be challenged on the deep routes.
Reciever Javon Green, along with
tight end Daniel Graham, could
see plenty of passes thrown in
Assuming they have the time,
quarterbacks Zac Colvin and
Bobby Pesavento have been able
to deliver the ball with efficiency
in 2000. Both have better than 60
percent completion rates; neither
have thrown an interception.
Barnett said Pesavento will again
get the start, and Colvin will prob
ably see time.
At runningback, CU gets
Cortlen Johnson back for
Saturday, and Barnett indicated
that Johnson would start over true
freshman Marcus Houston, who
has filled in with nearly 300 yards
in three games.
K-State’s offense hasn’t missed
many cylinders since a sub-par
opening game against Iowa.
Especially good has been Beasley,
who completed 12 of 15 passes for
202 yards and rushed for five
touchdowns against North Texas.
The senior, generously listed at 6
foot-1, has settled down into the
“He has the level headedness,
an even keel,” Snyder said. “He’ll
just the ride the tide.”
Colorado would prefer to get
off the tide it’s on. The schedule
directly afterward - games against
Texas and Texas A&M - isn't any
Barnett isn’t complaining
about it as he did before the sea
son. Now it’s about winning. The
stiff lip in the face of close defeat is
“We just want to get on top,”
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