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Noble sparks 'M'spikers.
By LAURA CLARK
Coach Sandy Vong is a very happy
man these days.
Vong's pleasure stems from the fact
his women's volleyball team is having
its finest season in it eight year history,
sporting a solid 23-7 record.
PART OF THE success the
Wolverines have achieved this season
can be attributed to four team mem-
bers nicknamed "The Canadian Con-
The foursome, all Ontario citizens,
feature senior hitter Julie Stotesbury of
Stayner, Susan Rogers a sophomore
center-blocker from Oakville, and
freshman center-blocker Diane Rat-
nick from Agin Court. The fourth
member, of this quartet is sophomore
setter Alison Noble. Noble as a fresh-
man last year, was the only member of
the team to be named to an All-State
berth. Noble also chalks up outstanding
honors as the '79280 Canadian Athlete of
the Year in her senior year of high
school. Yesterday Noble was invited to
try out for the Canadian Junior
Throughout high school, Noble played
with her Scarborough Titans, a highly-
ranked squad based near her hometown
in Toronto's northern suburbs. The
Titans won a national championship in
1980 with _the help of Noble, Rogers and
"VOLLEYBALL is more popular and
more developed in Canada than in the
United States," said Noble "If you're
dedicated to the sport you join clubs
and not high school teams.'',
Coach Vong agreed, There's tough
competition up there. They start them
into a tough program at an early age."
But this wasn't the case for Noble.
Volleyball was just an extra curricular
activity in middle school, until her in-
terest grew to a serious dedication in
the ninth grade.
NOBLE REMAINED a hitter in her
high school years, but was coached to
set during her last year with the Titans.
"I didn't really start setting until I
came to Michigan," said Noble.
Prior to choosing Michigan for her
collegiate and athletic future, Noble
pondered such Ivy League possibilities
Daily Photo by KIM HILL
SOPHOMORE STANDOUT ALISON Noble skies high in the air to put the
finishing touches on a Michigan point in the Spikers 15-12, 15-12, 15-7 victory
over Windsor. Noble, who was named-to the All-State team as a freshman,
has been one of the main contributors to the Spikers early 'success this
season. In addition, the team has been aided by the performances of three
other women from Ontario, making "The Canadian Connection" a force to
be reckoned with in the Big Ten this year.
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as Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Why
"I KNEW A few people who went
here and really liked it. Academically
its a great school," said Noble who
presently majors in computer
Coach Vong credits his 5'9", 135 lb.
setter with her ability to boost the
"She really.picks everybody up in a
down situatin," said the coach. "She's
a tireless worker. I've never seen her
give less than 100%"
Another one of Noble's assets is her
height. Being 5'9" is helpful in playing
a sport like volleyball which uses a
seven-four-four inch net. Noble claims
that all types of height can be useful on
a team; being short is definitely not a
hinderance. Noble remains one of the
tallest Michigan players.
This weekend Noble and her team-
mates will travel to Illinois to compete
in the Big Ten Tournament to deter-
mine who is the number one team in the
conference. And if the Michigan
spikers continue their success, Sondy
Vong will still carry that consistent grin
on his face.
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