The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 27, 1981-Page 9
FIRST LEAGUE CROWN EVER FOR 'M' WOMEN
Blue spikers win Big
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
THE MICHIGAN SPIKERS go up for the kill in a practice last night. The
Michigan volleyball team captured the Big Ten championship trophy (in-
sert) over the weekend, the first conference crown ever for a woman's team
Club Sports Roundup
The Michigan sailing team traveled to Colpmbus, Ohio for the Ohio State
Halloween Regatta last Saturday, competing against 15 teams from the
Midwest. The event was won by Miami of Ohio, followed by Cincinnati, with
Michigan finishing third, only three points out of second.
In the 'A' division, Jqrge Freeland skippered and Cher Hardy crewed for
the Wolverines. In the -B' division, finishing second were Dave Brede, the
skipper, and crew Kris Meyer.
. Next week, the sailors travel to Boston for the prestigious Schell Trophy
Race, and will also send a team to Cincinnati for the Cincinnati Regatta
Eleven memberg of the Michigan team traveled to the Select Five Tour-
nament in Milwaukee last weekend. The team ran into some difficulty,
losing to both the Chicago Select Five and a team from Indiana. However,
the Michigan team defeated the Illinois Select Five team on Sunday, the last
day of the tournament.
In other rugby action, Michigan's second team visited Battle Creek on
Saturday, playing to a 7-7 tie. Mark Hoch scored a; three point penalty kick,
and Tom Ribonia scored a ,try (four points) to account for the Wolverine
The Michigan Rowing team went to Boston on Sunday, Oct. 18 for the
highly competitive Head of the Charles Regatta race. This three-mile race,
which is usually dominated by Harvard, the other Ivy League schools, and
Wisconsin, is the biggest in the country. Michigan had three boats entered in
three different events.
In the Men's Lightweight Eight, the Wolverines finished in 30th place, with
a time of 17:52. In-Women's Club Eight, Michigan finished in third place,
with a time of 19:51..Michigan also finished in 38th spot in the Mixed Eight
division race with a time of 19:08.
The Club Sports Roundup relates briefly the activities of the
Michigan club sports during the previous week. This week's infor-
mation was compiled by Daily sports writer James Lombard.
By BOB WOJNOWSKI
To hear Sandy Vong tell it, he'd been
"If they knew they were going to win
it, they sure didn't tell me," said Vong,
Michigan's women's volleyball coach,
now in his eighth year at the helm.
WHAT VONG was talking about con-
cerns a number of firsts.
First, the Michigan women's
volleyball team won the Big Ten Cham-
pionship at Illinois over the weekend,
which is the first such championship for
the volleyball team. Likewise, it's a fir-
st for Vong, the only volleyball coach
Michigan has ever had.
And lastly, the most significant first
is the fact that the spikers' champion-
ship play over the weekend has earned
them a spot in the record books as the
first Michigan women's team in any
sport to win an official Big Ten Cham-
pionship. This is discounting the women
swimmers' championships in 1976-79,
which came before the Big Ten of-
ficially sanctioned the sport.
"IT WAS JUST a very pleasant sur-
prise," understated Vong, describin'g
the team's win. "What more can I
Playing the type of teamwork
volleyball that Vong steadfastly
preaches, the Wolverines swept to the
conference title by..winning five of six
matches in the tournament.
On Friday, Michigan opened with a
15-7, 15-9 victory over Michigan State,
which set up a crucial math against
Northwestern, the second-seeded squad
in the tournament and the tenth-ranked
team in the nation.
THE WOLVERINES swept to a 15-9,
\15-9 win over the Wildcats in a match
that Vong called "the early turning
The win over the Wildcats, who
routed Michigan in the regionals last
year, was the confidence-booster the
Wolverines needed going into further
pool play'on Saturday.
Needing just one victory out of their
first two matches on Saturday, the
Wolverines dropped a heartbreaker to
Minnesota, 15-17, 10-15, but rebounded
to defeat Wisconsin handily, 15-5, 15-3,
which sent Michigan to the semi-finals.
AND IT WAS the semi-final match
against Purdue, the top-seeded team in
the tournament, which Vong called the
"overall turning point."
"The match against Purdue was
without question the big one" said
Vong. "We were building confidence as
the games wore on and when we beat
Purdue, we were then very confident."
The winpver the Boilermakers, a 15-
13, 15-11, 1513 nailbiter, was, in Vong's
estimation, typical of the entire tour-
"ALL THE GAMES were close, just
like the whole tournament," explained
Vong. "It was very much like the Big
TH E DA ILY
ARE A GREAT
WAY TO GET
Ten football race this year. Anyone
could've won it."
With the top two seeds disposed of,
the championship game pitting sixth-
seeded Michigan against fourth-seeded
Ohio State was almost anti-climactic.
The Wolverines swept the Buckeyes, 15-
5, 15-10, 15-13, and handed Vong his
greatest coaching thrill.
"As far as winning championships,
since it's the first, it has to be my
biggest thrill," admitted Vong. "But
other things touched me as well.
"IN THE PAST years, the girls
sometimes haven't wanted to play as a
team. But when I see these kids start to
practice my coaching philosophy, it's
The coaching philosophy of which
Vong speaks is one of teamwork,
selflessness and sacrifice. It is an edict.
which he never ceases to preach and
practice. When asked about a player,
he talks about the team.
"Everybody did an outstanding job,"
he said. "It was, as all volleyball is, a
total team effort.
so far," said Vong. "You want to
believe they can do even better, but in
retrospect I don't know if they can."
On the horizon for the Wolverines are
the regionals nextemonth, and if suc-
cessful there, the nationals in
Tallahassee, Fla. in December.
WITH THE Big Ten Championship
now securely under his belt, Vong said
that he sees no reason why a national
championship can't be next.
"I was always confident in them (the
Wolverines)," said Vong. "But they
have to have the confidence in them-
"The nationals have always been a
goal for us. When we jel, we'll be able to
play anybody. This was not a fluke, we
took it to everybody."
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Tuesday, October 27
"BUT DIANE Ratnik played very
well and was named to the All-
Tournament team," added Vong.
"Diane's just a total player."
It is evident that Vong holds a special
place in his heart for this year's team.
"Without question this is my finest
team," he said. "In terms of wins, (28-8
record), of course, but more importan-
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AND WHAT lies ahead for this year's
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