The Wolverine

August 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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point, MSU rattled off In the Round of 32 four straight of its own 3-0 win over Portland from 2008-11. The losState, junior Nkem ing streak ended in a Ezurike netted her 12-10 victory last fall in 15th goal of the year, which the two teams and senior goalie combined for 630 Haley Kopmeyer reyards of offense but corded her 11th shutonly 22 points. Kicker out of the season. Brendan Gibbons set 9. Walk-off celebraoff the celebration tion: Carol Hutchins' when he drilled a 38softball team was a yard field goal with heavy favorite when five seconds left. Louisiana-Lafayette 7. Slamming the door When placekicker Brendan arrived in Ann Arbor shut on Stanford: When Gibbons drilled a 38-yard field for an NCAA Super the Cardinal stood as goal with five seconds left Regional May 24-25, the last obstacle be- against Michigan State, it ended and for six innings of tween Michigan and U-M's four-year losing streak to game one, U-M was in the volleyball pro- the Spartans. control, boasting a 2-0 Photo by Lon Horwedel lead. In the top of the gram's first-ever trip to a Final Four, the Wolverines weren't seventh, the Cajuns tied the score, worried. U-M had bested Stanford in and they took a lead in the eighth. each of its previous two NCAA meet- With one on and no outs, senior Ashings (2009 and 2011). ley Lane belted a two-run walk-off After dropping game one, Michi- home run to win the contest, and the gan stormed back, earning 25-20 vic- Maize and Blue, by virtue of a gametories in games two, three and four. In three victory, took the series and adthe final triumph, junior Lexi Erwin vanced to the College World Series. delivered the deciding point, killing 10. Proving they belong: When Michian assist from sophomore setter Lexi gan's women's basketball team deDannemiller, followed by their team- parted Ann Arbor for a first-round NCAA Tournament contest, history mates rushing the court. 8. Moving on: It has been a slow was not on the Wolverines' side. In and steady climb for the Wolverines' four previous tourney appearances, women's soccer team under Greg U-M had advanced to the second Ryan, and in his fifth season, Michi- round only once, in 2001. This team gan won 16 games, including seven would not be deterred, however. in Big Ten play. In the NCAA Tourna- With four seniors scoring in double ment, U-M took a huge step forward, figures, the Maize and Blue earned advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first a 60-52 first-round knockout of Viltime since 2003 with victories over lanova, setting the stage for a new Central Michigan and Portland State. tradition of success. ❑

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