The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 23, 2001, Page 9, Image 9

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    Ringo leads by attitude
MNCOfrompagelO
ing so many goals and reaching
almost all of them as a team
and as an individual.’’
The one goal that Ringo and
her teammates strive to reach
this season is a national cham
pionship for Nebraska.
The road to the champi
onship will take another turn
this weekend when the Huskers
travel to Norman, Okla., for the
Big 12 Championships.
On the back of NU’s mind is
the stumble it took last year in
Ames, Iowa, where Iowa State
upset the Huskers for die Big 12
Championship.
The setback, the first time
in the six years of the confer
ence that NU wasn’t crowned,
fuels the competitive fire for
this year’s squad.
“Last year was kind of a
fluke for us not to win it,” Ringo
said. “I think that all the (Big 12)
teams know that we are better
than them. It is more a compe
tition for second, third and
fourth. They should know that
we plan on taking it easy, but
you never know until you walk
in and see how the judges will
be.”
Nebraska, as well as their
Big 12 foes, will began competi
tion Saturday at 7 p.m.
Huskers hope to cage Tigers
BASEBALL from page 10
Louisiana Spring Break and Jamie
Rodrigue’s five innings of work
against WSU.
"He gave us a chance to win,’’
Childless said.
Pitcher Brian Rodaway noted
that the Husker bats have been
hotter in2001, which has made up
for a weaker pitcher corps.
“But I think it’s coming
around," he said
Shane Komine, 5-1 and two
strikeouts away from the
Nebraska school record, gets the
start today. Rodrigue will follow on
Saturday (2 p.m. start), and the
starter on Sunday (1 p.m.) is still
unknown.
Softball team strives
\
to keep streak alive
FROM STAFF REPORTS
The red-hot Husker softball
team is riding on a 12-game win
ning streak. In the past seven
games, No. 18 Nebraska has
outscored its opponents 31-1,
and Husker pitchers have gone
30 innings without allowing a
run.
NU will try to prolong the
unbeaten stretch this weekend
against Missouri in the confer
ence opening doubleheader.
The Tigers (18-15) are on a
tear of their own, winning 10 of
the last 11 games. Senior pitcher
Stephanie Falk leads Missouri
with a 1.28 ERA and a 13-9 record.
Offensively, outfielder Karen
Williams spearheads the attack
with a .470 batting average.
Offense looks to fill holes
OFFENSE from page 10
mage.
"They haven’t run into
themselves very often," Tenopir
said, grinning.
Despite this spring’s circum
stances, Tenopir said that his
goals for his players remained
the same as always.
“To compete in the Big 12
conference. It’s no different
than the last 27 falls I’ve been
here," Tenopir said. “You never
want to have a falling off. We
want to have players who can
execute our offense. The goal is
always to have a team that is
competitive.”
Tenopir knows that in
Nebraska’s style of play, the
team success will only go as far
as the performance of his line.
“It all starts there (the offen
sive line), in any scheme,”
Tenopir said of the team’s suc
cess. “We’ll have a good line; it’ll
just take us a little time to gel.”
I Men hope to see double
■McDermottsaid doubles'wins
would turn his team around
BYVUCE KUPPtG
In college tennis, doubles
may count for only one point
But it’s often the most impor
tant point
For the Nebraska men’s tennis
team, the doubles have often
been the difference in a near
upset
The Comhuskers (6-8,0-2)
have lost five one-point matches
this season, all which could have
gone the Huskers’ way had they
won die doubles point
"The doubles point is just so
for big for us because we fed like
we can always win three out of six
singles, but getting that fourth
one has been tough for us," Coach
Kerry McDermott said. “The dou
bles point helps get some
momentum going into singles."
A strong start at doubles
could be pivotal to a Husker upset
this weekend when they face
three opponents who have been
ranked in the top 75 most of the
season.
Today, NU travels to 15th
ranked Texas before heading to
No. 64-San Diego on Saturday and
San Diego State on Sunday.
McDermott said a win or two
this weekend could be a major
turning point for the Husker team
that has struggled recently, drop
ping seven of its last eight match
es.
In contrast, die women’s ten
nis team (13-2,1-2) has a five
match winning streak heading
into Sunday morning's match at
TtexasTtech (6-5,2-4).
Haying against seven ranked
opponents in its last eight match
es, NU has gone 6-2 with die two
losses coming to top-20 teams on
the road. That has been enough to
propel the Huskers into the top 50
at 49th, the best ranking in school
history.
Like the men, the NU
women’s doubles have often been
reflective of the Huskers’ per
formance this yean In all but one
of their wins, the Huskers also
won the doubles point
Freshman Elissa Kinard, who
[days No. 2 doubles, said winning
doubles put the strain on NU’s
opponents.
“When you win the doubles
point you go into the singles with
less pressure because you only
have to win half of them,” she
said. “It also helps with confi
dence."
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