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Page 8-Wednesday, January 13, 192-The Michigan Daily


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Imagine a Michigan team that plays Ohio
State, Purdue, and Cincinnati, and is still not
recognized as a varsity team. Well, with this
dilemma, Michigan's men's volleyball team
would certainly make Rodney Dangerfield
proud, for the spikers get absolutely no respect.
Although the volleyball team is not considered
by the Athletic Department as a varsity squad,
the squad is competing in a varsity division.
"WE PLAY as a varsity team, have the skill
for a varsity team, but we don't have the training
or a coach," explained team president Martin
McFadden. "Even if we did get a coach, he
would have to volunteer because we don't have
the money to hire one."
This is certainly not the kind of situation a
team hoping to earn a varsity sanction from the
Athletic Department would desire. To compound
the volleyballers woes, earning a varsity san-
ction at Michigan is not that easy. Not only does
a team have to petition the athletic office, but

they must prove that they can play competitively
as well. At Michigan, that practically means
having a nationally ranked team.
To say the least the men's volleyball team has
an uphill struggle. But this shouldn't be news for
those who have been associated with men's
volleyball at Michigan. In the past, it was a
struggle to even field a club team.
"Michigan as a state does not have high school
volleyball for men," said McFadden. "Most
universities in Michigan don't have a pool of
potential athletes to draw from, so as a result,
development of volleyball in Michigan has been
slow." To attest to Michigan's lack of quality
volleyball players, only six out of 20 players- on
the team are from the Wolverine state. In ad-
dition, Michigan volleyball does not offer
scholarships to any potential Wolverines
because the team is not sanctioned by the athlet-
ic department.
THUS, WHEN the season began, nobody on the
team had expectations that volleyball would be

considered for varsity status. However, a letter
from the coaches of the Midwest Volleyball
Association altered their skepticism. The MIVA,
a league comprised of two divisions with varsity
teams sanctioned by their schools, invited Mc-
Fadden and troops to a meeting to apply for
membership. "We were voted in, 6-0, which in-
dicates that they feel Michigan has the potential
to compete in a varsity division.''
Subsequently Michigan was placed in the sub-
division (placement in divisions is based on skill)
with Toledo, Earlham College in Illinois, Pur-
due, and Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne.
Now with a varsity schedule, volleyball's next
task was meeting the cost without the aid of the
athletic department. Although volleyball is the
highest-budgeted club sport, they only get money
for gas.
"We have to provide our own transportation,
food and lodging," said McFadden.
AS FAR AS practices go, the team has portions
of the CCRB reserved from 7 to 10 p.m. three

days a week. And despite not having a coach, the
practices are nevertheless under control accor-
ding to McFadden.
"The entire team elected a captain, Mark
Ohlhaver and an assistant, Curt Anderson, who
organize the practice and pick the starting
With organizational problems and the worries
of obtaining a varsity schedule behind them, one
may wonder what's next in store for the men's
volleyball team. Despite losing to nationally
ranked Ohio State 0-15, 8-15, 7-15 in the opening
match this past weekend, the future looks better
for Michigan volleyball.
"Our next step is getting a coach. If we had
formal training from a coach we could go beyond
expectations and we'd probably be able *to get
players from Canada."
In the end, coach or no coach, it will come
down to how the team performs on the court if it
is to become a varsity sport. "The playoffs will
be the determining factor. If we could take
second in our division it would be great."


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--Horn excels as both
gymnast and student.

Similar to the decathalon event in
track, the all-around event in gym-
nastics requires an athlete to extend his
prowess in several events. The rings,
high bar, parallel bars, side horse,
vault, and floor exercise are all part of
the all-around competition. Merrick
Horn, a top all-around performer for
the Wolverines has stretched his talents
to the fullest and recently scored a
career high 54.25 at the Big Ten In-
vitational meet last weekend.
Horn, currently a junior, transferred
from the University of Colorado in his
sophomore year and has been a
welcome Rocky Mountain addition to
coach Newt Loken's tumnblers. "My
sophomore year was a period of ad-
justment, both academically and
athletically," admits the junior gym-
nast. "This year I am enrolled in the
pre-med program and my gymnastic
scores are reflecting great progress."
THIS PROGRESS has not escaped
the watchful eye of Loken. "He is a
valuable asset to our program," the
coach said. "And this year he has
devised several unique moves within
his routine which are well received by
both the judges and the fans." Loken at-
tributes Horn's improvement and
unique moves to "self-motivation and
AP Photo. diligent practice."
This past summer Horn was selected
the ball to compete with an international lineup
onto the of gymnasts in the Maccabiah Games
held in Israel, and he finished with an
impressive eighth place in the all-
around event. Loken points to this in-

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ternational experience as beneficial to
Horn. "This achievement helped to
build Merrick's confidence and com-
posure as a gymnast," the coach
PART OF Horn's composure is due to
his extensive background in gym-
nastics. A native of Hollywood, Florida,
Horn started in gymnasitcs in junior
high school. "I participated in several

sports in junior high, though I was
small and I excelled quickly in gym-
nastics." In high school, Horn im-
proved rapidly and became a highly
recruited competitor upon graduation.
Horn headed to Boulder, Colorado for
his freshman year, and then tran-
sferred to Michigan, where he com-
peted as an all-rounder as a sophomore.
Horn's goal as a Michigan gymnast is

to help lead the team to a spot in the
national competition at the end of the
season. His philosophy on success in
gymnastics is "working hard to achieve
a well-executed routine and to always
shoot for the top." With defending Big
Ten gymnastics champion Illinois
visiting Crisler Arena Saturday, Horn
will get a chance to put his philosophy
to the test.

Heads or Tails ?
Northwest High School's Eileen Winckoski (22) keeps her eyes on
during a game against Millville at Schickshinny, Pa. Winckoski held
ball, and Northwest held onto the game.
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JUNIOR MERRICK HORN shows his skills on the rings in a recent gymnastics meet. Horn, a transfer from the Univer-
sity of Colorado, has been one of the top performers on the team this season.

Cavs trip
Jones scored five points in overtime
and helped third-ranked Virginia
rebound from a 12-point deficit to beat
Maryland 43-40 last night in an Atlantic
Coast Conference basketball game.
The Cavaliers trailed by 10 at half-
time as Maryland used its slowdown of-
fense through nearly the entire game.
After freshman Adrian Branch scored
the first two points of the second half,
the Terps led 26-14. Over the next 15
minutes, the Cavaliers outscored
Maryland 19-6 and grabbed their first
lead of the game, 33-32, with 3:01 to
play. Jones had six points in that run.
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Terps in
The Cavaliers led 34-32 after All-
American center Ralph Sampson hit
one of two free throws with 2:14
remaining, but Maryland's Herman
Veal tied it at 34 with two free throws
with 1:31 left.
Anderson honored
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Sporting
News, a weekly publication, yesterday
named Cincinnati quarterback Ken
Anderson its National Football League
player of the year and New Orleans
running back George Rogers its top
NFL rookie.
Anderson, who led the Bengals into
Super Bowl XVI, outpolled Tony Dor-
sett of the Dallas Cowboys for player
honors. Rogers rushed for 1,674 yards.
Anderson received half of 28 votes cast
by correspondents of the Sporting
News, with Dorsett receiving four votes
as runnerup. I
Additional rookies drawing support in
the Sporing News poll were San Fran-

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