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SPORTS

Page 9

the Michigan Daily

Wednesday, October 6, 1982

ANN ARBOR ALWAYS HOME FOR NO.13

Bostic
By BARB BARKER
For Wolverine strong safety Keith
Bostic, this weekend's Michigan-
Michigan State matchup is more than
just a traditional intra-state rivalry.
Last year the 6-1, 228-pound senior,
ailing from a stomach injury, was for-
ced to view the battle for state gridiron
dominance from the East Lansing
sidelines. That was the only game he
has missed since he won the starting
position last season.
"I FEEL I let the team down last
year by not being in the game," Bostic
Said. "The week before, I fell on the
ball in Indiana and lost 10 pounds in
three days. This game is a lot bigger for
a% me than some of the other players."
The soft-spoken, self-described
family man also hinted at a special af-
fection for the intrastate rivalry. Bostic
grew up in Ann Arbor where he was
weaned on Wolverine football. He ear-
ned six letters in football, basketball
and track at Pioneer High School before
joining the Michigan squad.
"All Iever really wanted to do as a
kid was play football for the
SCK Wolverines," he said. "I would never
's miss a game when I was growing up. It
st was like a dream come true when I got
to come here."
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INITIALLY, the dream bore a few
rough edges. When Bostic first reported
to the Michigan lockerroom an-d
discovered his jersey would bear num-
ber 13, he was a little unnerved.
"I remember I just looked up at the
locker and thought 'hey what is this
doing here,' " he recalled. "I talked to
my mom that night and she said just to
keep it. I guess it hasn't been too bad."
Although Bostic saw some offensive
action at Pioneer, he was assigned to
the defense at Michigan. He admitted
that sometimes he wishes he was on the
glory side of the field, but is happy with
his role on the team.
"I MADE A commitment to coach Bo
(Schembechler) when I came here," he
said. "He asked me to go to defense,
and I did. I think he's made a good
decision."
It only takes a glance at Bostic's
collegiate statistics to conclude he's
found a home in the defensive secon-
dary. The education student was named
honorable-mention All-American by
Football News last year, snagging 74
tackles, three interceptions and two
fumble recoveries.
"I saw Bostic play in high school and

I knew he was a natural," said Schem-
bechler at a press conference Monday.
"Bostic is a good player. I think he's a
key guy for us back there."
IN LAST weekend's game, Bostic had
a stab at offensive glory when he inter-
cepted a Hoosier pass and ran for 51
yards. "I really thought I had a touch-
down on that one," he recalled. "I
didn't think I stepped out of bounds."
Comparing this year's Michigan
squad with others he's played with,
Bostic said it was an adjustment
playing this year, because the players
are so much smaller. He added,
however, that this team has, or rather
lacks, something that plagued last
year's team.
"I think last year's pre-season hype
was a distraction," he said. "For some
of the players in the past, it's caused a
big problem. People try to predict
whose going to go in what round of the
draft. We can just go ahead and play
football, and whatever else comes is af-
terward."
And that's the way Bostic likes it. He
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time, but this weekend he plays the
game he has been looking towards all
season.

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Daily Photo by BRIAN MA
Keith Bostic, Michigan's strong safety, has set his sights on this week
game against Michigan State. Bostic is especially anxious to play again
the Spartans, because he missed last season's game with an injury.

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Michigan women's volleyball team lost its eighth match of
the season, and its third this year to a hustling Wayne State
team last night at the Central Campus Recreation Building,
15-9, 9-15, 15-10, 15-8. The loss left the rebuilding Wolverine
spikers with an 8-7 record.
Although in many sports Wayne State may be lightly
regarded, the spikers felt no shame in losing to the Tartar
spikers last night; the Wolverines lost to a scrappy,
dedicated, experienced team.
"YOU HAVE to go out and beat Wayne State, they don't
beat themselves," said coach Sandy Vong. "People don't
give them enough credit. They do nothing fancy, they're
highly disciplined."
Part of the reason that many fans may not know of
Wayne's talent is that in volleyball it is a Division II school
(Michigan is a Division I school).
'"They have to beat Division I teams to get into the Division
II playoffs. They have aflot of incentive. They had more in-
centive to win tonight than we did," added Vong.
The match started out well for the Wolverines as they
broke ahead, 7-3, in the first game. It was at this point,
however, that Michigan's youth and inexperience presented
itself, as Wayne St. took the next 11 points. The Wolverines
* came back to take the next game, evening the match, 15-9,
behind the play of Jeanne Weckler, Alison Noble, and Sue
Rogers.
The Tartars won the pivotal third game of the best-of-five
match, relying on their characteristic consistency, good
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:

defense, and several acrobatic saves. With the score 7-3 in
favor of Wayne State, Michigan called its first of the two
allotted time-outs per game. Advice from Vong and assistant
coach Barb Canning was of no avail, however, as the
Wolverines played their worst volleyball of the evening for
the next nine points.
The score quickly became 9-3 as on two consecutive points
the Michigan front row allowed the ball to fall between it due
to poor communication. The Wolverines made their best run
of the game behind the serve of Rogers, winning three points
in a row. But with the score 11-6, a Weckler spike landed out
turning the serve over to the Tartars.
While the Wolverine fans had fewer points to cheer, the
best rally of the match was won by Michigan. The Wolverines
regained the serve with the score 13-7 after a spike by Noble.
Her spike concluded a rally that included over 80 hit, finesse,
and diving saves byboth squads.
The final game was close until at 8-8, the Tartars scored the
next seven consecutive points,taking the game and the mat-
ch, three games to one.
What may have made this loss all the more disappointing
was that the Wolverines were coming off perhaps their finest
effort of the season in their last match, a three-game victory
over Indiana.
Michigan returns to Big Ten competition tonight at 7:00
when it faces Michigan State at the CCRB. The Spartans are
a young, big, less-than-agile team. "I just hope the team
doesn't take tonight's loss too seriously," said Vong. "I hope
they will be more relaxed and just let their ability take
charge."

*NFLPA postpones all-star games

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National
Football League Players Association,
Facing a rising tide of litigation and
defections, has postponed the opening
two games in a series of 20 so-called all-
star games one week, union officials
said yesterday.
Brig Owens, an official with the
,NFLPA made the decision Tuesday to
delay the games. "Players have been
*unduly harassed by management with
temporary restraining orders barring
them from playing," Owens said, "and
we decided to await a favorable court
decision."
THE OPENING games had been
scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 10 at Robert
F. Kennedy Stadium and Oct. 11 at
Philadelphia's Franklin Field.
Because of the delay, the promoters
have decided to move the second game
to another location. The site of the
second game will be announced Wed-
nesday afternoon, union officials said.
Earlier, union chief Ed Garvey said,
"If we can't play the games because of
all the NFL legal actions, we'll call it
off." Meanwhile, no progress was
reported Tuesday in efforts to end the
15-day walkout by the league's 1,500
players.
"WE HAVE had no contact with the
union today," said Jim Miller,
spokesman for the NFL Management
Council, the owners' bargaining team."
Doug Allen, Garvey's assistant,
discounted published reports that the
union has prepared to abandon its
minimum wage scale in exchange for
the owners agreeing to a maximum
wage scale plus incentive and perfor-
mance bonuses.
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"Press reports that we have changed
or softened our offer are completely
erroneous," Allen said. "The board of
player representatives and the
executive committee are fully commit-
ted to a wage scale and the creation of a
fund based on years of sevice."
Nets sign Floyd
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -
The New Jersey Nets, yesterday,
signed their No. 1 draft pick, Eric
"Sleepy" Floyd of Georgetown, to a
multi-year contract, a team spokesman
said.
Floyd was scheduled to report
tuesday evening to the team's training
camp at Princeton University, said
team spokesman Kevin MacConnell.
Details of the pact were not available,
he said.
Floyd, the 13th player picked overall
in the 1982 draft, averaged 17.7 points
per game for the Hoyas. ]
He led the Hoyas into the NCAA
championship game against North
Carolina last March.
Melka player of the week
CHICAGO (AP)- Linebacker Jim
Melka is the Associated Press Midwest
Player of the Week on defense because

of his outstanding performance in
Wisconsin's 35-31 victory over Purdue.
Melka, a 6-1%, 235-pound junior from
West Allis, Wis., was credited with 19
tackles, including nine solos, but saved
the best for last when he returned a
punt 30 yards for a touchdown with 21
seconds to play to give the Badgers
their first Big Ten victory of the season.
Ticket-holder sues Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay
Buccaneers' season-ticket holder filed
suit against the National Football
League team Tuesday seeking $15,000
in damages because of the NFL
players' strike.
Miami attorney Ellis Rubin filed the
suit in Hillsborough Circuit Court on
behalf of David Heil, a law student at
Stetson University.
The suit charged breach of contract
and asked fora quick hearing and trial.
Heil paid for two reserved seats for
all home games. A scheduled Monday
night game between the Super Bowl
champion San Francisco 49ers and the
Bucs was cancelled because of the
strike. That's breach of contract,
Rubin contended. "I am a big fan and I
enjoy going to the games. I wouldn't be
filing this suit if I didn't feel we'd get
some good out of it," said Heil.

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