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The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 28, 1979-Page 11
SQUAD ADAPTS TO NEW COACH
'79 field hockey looks promising

By BOB EMORY
before Phyllis. Ocker became the
full-time womens athletic director at
Michigan, one of her primary concerns
was coaching the field hockey team,
which she did from 1974 up through last
year: She has brought the program
along slowly,-one step at a time, each
year increasing the amount of games
played and the quality of opponents
played.
The victories were few in the early
years but as the quality of opponents
increased, Ocker was able to lure more
experienced players to Michigan and
last year the fruits of her labor began to
pay off. The Wolverines surprised
everyone in the field hockey scene by
blossoming into a bonafide s state
power, losing in the state finals to MSU
and making a brief but rewarding ap-
pearance in the Midwest regionals in

Wisconsin.
But if last year was a surprise and a
success then this season, which begins
today at 4:00 p.m. with a home match
against Central Michigan, should be a
real success but not much of a surprise.
The state runner-up Wolverines lost
only one player to graduation, and she
was hobbled most of the year by a sore
leg anyway. The strength of the team is
back and add to that a few promising
freshwomen and the extra year of tour-
nament experience and the Wolverines.
have to be considered a strong favorite
to win the state championship.
Ocker, of course,saw the progress her
team was making and the direction it
was headed so when she was named
athletic director during the middle of
last season, she decided to hire a full-
time field hockey coach for this year.
Enter Candy Zientek, a New Jersey

native and despite her young age, a
veteran of field hockey coaching at the
national and statewide levels. She spent
this past summer earning a field
hockey coaching certificate, coaching
at various camps across the country,

See more sports, ppgs. 12, 13

working with the national team and ap-
plying for jobs. "I applied to Michigan
not knowing she (Ocker) was looking
for a coach," said Zientek. "I also ap-
plied to a few schools that don't have
field hockey teams."
The strength of the Wolverines is in
their'superb goaltending and a strong
forward line altough Zientek feels the
team is well rounded throughout. The
netminding duties are handled by
Laura Pieri, a small but very quick

goalie who owns about 12 career
shutouts at Michigan (field hockey
records being somewhat obscure).
Most of the scoring will come from a
forward line that has had much playing
time together over the past two
seasons. Mary Callam, her sister
Alexandra, Jan Isaac and Dea Mazzet-
ta are all proven scorers and
newcomers Marty Maugh, Wendy
Clark and Dee Jones should contribute
also. Mary Callam led the team in
scoring last year and has now climbed
to within three of being the all-time
Michigan scoring leader.
She is a quick player who has a knack
for being in the right place at the right
time. Her sister Alexandra scored
several goals as a freshwoman last
year and the Michigan attack will
inevitably center around these two
Sacred Heart graduates.
This afternoon's game against Cen-
tral should bea good indication of how
good the Wolverines are this year. The
Chippewas were state champs two
years ago and have always had a
reputation for strong field hockey
teams. The two teams split their two
contests last season, with the
Wolverines 2-1 victory in Mt. Pleasant.
One interesting note on today's game.
Last year Central beat Michigan in the
season opener, 4-1. It was the first time.
the Wolverines had ever scored against
Central in their seven year varsity
history. But two months later while
Michigan was playing MSU in the
finals, the Chippewas were riding the
bus back to Mt. Pleasant.
Field hockey has indeed come a long
way at Michigan.

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USC FAVORED, BUT NO SURE BET:
Pac-0 packed with competitors

By ART REGNER
"We have to keep on improving week
after week or we won't win our con-
ference," states John Robinson, head
coach of the USC Trojans. "I've been
pleased with the intensity and en-
thusiasm that my team has displayed
so far, but we are still making too many
mistakes." G
California's } Golden Bears are
currently on top of the Pac-10 stan-
dings, followed closely by the Trojans
and the Huskies of Washington.
"People don't understanddhow even this
conference really is, there are six
teams capable of winning the title,"
said Robinson.
ALTHOUGH Robinson seems
somewhat unsure of his team's chances
of capturing the Pac-10 crown, just one
look at the team statistics for that con-
ference and you find USC is in the top
three in every categoryl
Southern Cal is the total offensive
leader with a 419.7 yard average as
compared to runner-up UCLA with a
403-yard'average. USC leads in passing
offense 168.7 to California's 139.3-yard
average. The Trojans are also the
leaders in rushing offense, averaging
281 yards to 267.3 for second-place
UCLA. USC has scored 111 points in
three games for a 37-point average per
game, tops in the Pac-10.
"Our offense has been great all year
long, but our defense has been the sur-
prise to me," Robinson said. "I knew
we'd be gobd against the rush, but I was
SCO'RES
Major League Baseball
NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 9. Pittsburgh 5
Montreal, Atlanta (ppd. rain)
San Diego, Cincinnati (ppd. rain)
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chicago 4. Minnesota 2
Boston 6. Toronto 5
New York 5. Cleveland 2

a little suspect of our pass defense."
IN TOTAL defense, USC ranks third,
allowing only 256 yards per game. They
are second in passing defense with an
85.8 average and second in rushing
defense with an 81 yard average.
Gridde
r e
Pick
Can submitting Gridde Picks to the
Daily at 420 Maynard by midnight
Friday bring you good luck? You might
scoff and say "Nawwwww", but it's
true. Consider the case of one Dallas E.
Jr. of a small school in East Lansing.
Dallas laughed when told that winning
the picks would bring him a happy,
productive life (not to mention a small
one-item Pizza Bob's pizza), but he isn't
laughing now. An accident you say, a
freak coincidence perhaps? Only the
shadow knows, but then, the choice is
yours.
1. MICHIGAN at California
(pick score)
2. Michigan St. at Notre Dame
3. Ohio St. at UCLA
4. Oregon at Purdue
5. Northwestern at Minnesota
6. Wisconsin at San Diego St.
7. Navy at Illinois
8. Iowa St. at Iowa
9. Colorado at Indiana
10. Shippensburg at Slippery Rock
(Ann Arbor)
11. Columbia at Lafayette
12. Southern Cal at LSU
13. Miami (0) at Central Michigan
14. Penn State at Nebraska
15. Pittsburgh at Temple
16. Texas at Missouri
17. Georgia at South Carolina
18. Wake Forest at N. Carolina St.
19. Auburn at Tennessee
20. Detroit School Board at DAILY
LIBELS

They are tied with two other Pac-10
teams in scoring defense, having
allowed a mere 26 points total for an 8.7
per game average.
This week the Trojans take on the
L.S.U. Tigers. Although he expects the
crowd to be vocal, Robinson believes,
"Only a football team can score points,
not a stadium. I have great respect for
L.S.U. and expect a tough game,"
Robinson said.

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