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petes in the
high bar portion
of the Huskers'
dual win over
Air Force. NU
record to 4-3
with the win.
Ijomah powers tennis to Big 12 win
BY VINCE KUPPfG
Slow start, strong finish.
That was the story for Ndali
Ijomah Sunday as the 59^
ranked Nebraska women’s ten-,
nis team took on Southwest
Missouri State at Woods Tennis
Trailing 5-1 in the first set of
the No. 3 singles match, Ijomah
picked up nine consecutive
games en route to a 7-5, 6-3 win
over SMS’s Oyuki Cruz.
“I just wasn’t playing good,”
Ijomah said of the start. "I felt a
little out of it, and nothing was
Said Coach Scott Jacobson
of NU’s lone senior: “She always
plays with a lot of heart. That’s
what you expect out of your sen
iors, that kind of leadership, and
someone that’s never going to
Ijomah’s win, NU’s fourth,
clinched a Cornhusker victory
over the Bears, who won the last
two matches to make the final 4
The slow start, strong finish
story was not much different for
Ijomah’s doubles match.
Teamed up with Amy Frisch, the
NU No. 3 doubles team trailed
4-0 before going on a roll to
defeat Cruz and Ala Alvarez, 8-6.
“It’s like I’ve been down all
day,” Ijomah said. “YVe found a
way to win. Doubles helped give
us energy to pull out wins in sin
Ijomah’s doubles win helped
give the Huskers the doubles
point as NU picked up two of
the three doubles matches.
The 4-3 decision was NU’s
closest of its 10 wins this season.
“Southwest Missouri State
played well, and we were fortu
nate to get the victory,”
On Saturday, NU picked up
its first conference win with a
dominating 7-0 victory against
The Huskers picked up all
six singles and two of three dou
bles matches to improve their
record to 1-2 in the Big 12
NU returns to action next
week with three matches in
California, starting with a match
against 71st-ranked Penn State
on March 11.
In men’s tennis action, NU
(5-5, 0-2) fell to 56th-ranked
Boise State on Sunday in a 5-1
loss after nearly upsetting 17tfl
ranked Oklahoma State (5-2) on
Saturday on the road.
Dropping all three doubles
matches, NU won three of six
singles matches in a 4-3 team
loss to OSU.
At No. 1 singles, Lance Mills
came up short against OSU’s
“It’s like I’ve been
down all day. We
found a way to win.
Doubles helped give
us energy to pull out
wins in singles."
NU tennis player
53rcl-ranked Matt Prentice, 6-4,
“It was close to being an
upset, but we just didn’t finish it
off.” Coach Kerry McDermott
said of the OSU match. "This
team is on the verge of winning
some big matches."
The Huskers return to action
next week with four matches in
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Men's gym back
on track with win
■ NU's Fournier captures the
all-around title as the Huskers
easily dispatch of Air Force.
BY KRISTEN WATERS
This was more like it.
After struggling last week
end against No. 1 Oklahoma
and No. 7 Iowa, the Nebraska
men’s gymnastics team had no
trouble against 17th-ranked Air
Force Academy on Sunday.
The Huskers posted a score
of 206.1 to easily best the
Falcons, who managed a
“We are really pleased scor
ing a 206,” Coach Francis Allen
said. “We got the support out of
the guys, which is something
we missed at OU.”
Nebraska swept the top
three places on the vault, paral
lel bars and horizontal bar.
Huskers also won the floor,
pommel horse and rings titles.
NU recorded a team-season
high on floor with a score of
Senior Grant Clinton led the
llusker domination by winning
the floor and rings, tying for
first with teammate Martin
Fournier on the vault and plac
ing third on high bar.
Clinton scored a 9.0 on
vault, which w'as his first
attempt at vault this season
after having surgery on his knee
earlier in January.
“It was a good vault - I
think.” Clinton said. “I kicked
out a little early. Maybe I was a
Junior Martin Fournier cap
tured the all-around title with a
score of 51.250. Fournier fin-'
ished first on pommel horse
with a score of 8.3, horizontal
bar with an 8.7 and tied on vault
with a season-high score of 9.0.
Fournier also finished second
on parallel bars with a score of
Freshmen Steven Friedman
finished second in the all
around with a score of 50.850
after scoring a career-high
9.050 on rings for a second
place finish. Friedman also
placed fourth on the floor, par
allel bars and horizontal bar.
Despite Nebraska's impres
sive showing against Air Force,
Allen is still looking for
“We missed a little today,”
Allen said. “We hit about 73 per
cent of our routines, and right
now we should be hitting about
Senior Jason Hardabura fin
ished third in the all-around
with a score of 50.650, which is
a low tally for the 1999 NCAA
Said Allen: “We didn’t really
get a productive day out of
Jason. I think if he would have
been on today, maybe we
would have scored around a
“We should expect to see
more out of Jason next weekend
Snyder wins Big 12 title
CHAMPS from page 12
didn't get to wrestle to earn his
first NCAA bid, but was thrilled
to receive one.
“It means a lot to me,” he
said. “I’m really happy. I’ll take
wrhat I can get even though it’s
not the way I wanted. I got a
whole new chance to get what I
want. It’s a whole new day.”
Another Husker making his
first appearance at NCAA’s will
be Conner, a senior.
Conner, ranked 12th at 174
pounds, showed signs of bril
liant wrestling after he lost his
opening match to Missouri ’s No.
10 John Kopniski. Conner
fought back through the conso
lation bracket to the third-place
match where he nearly pinned
Kopniski before triumphing 9-4.
Conner, who Manning said
could earn All-America honors
at the NCAAs with the wrestling
he showed, said the biggest fac
tor in his run to the NCAAs was
The senior said he was final
ly feeling healthy after being
plagued by a knee injury last
“Knowing it was my last
year, I wanted to give it all I had
and put all the things that were
bothering me behind me in the
past," Conner said.
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