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The Michigan Daily Thursday, October 6, 1983 Page 9
Spikers make he grades
By BARB McQUADE tice time every day," said Vong. That's not my belief. They
Most students believe in the old stereotype that a college need time to study."
athlete has an IQ lower than his shoe size. However, the Most players utilize the time Vong gives them. In fact, it
"dumb jock" tag cannot be applied to the Michigan women's has even become a tradition for the team to bring flashlights
volleyball team. along on the road to study in the dark.
Indeed, last winter the team's average grade point was "Studying on the road is difficult, but it can be done," said
.25, highest of any varsity team on campus. The spikers senior Barb Bensing. "You do see a lot of girls with
have held this position consistently since 1977. flashlights, but you really need them to study at night."
ANOTHER impressive statistic is the number of volleyball VONG NOTES that hitting the books can be a hard thing to
players that regularly appear on the Academic Honor Roll do, particularly after losing a big match, but also stresses the
with grade point averages at, or above 3.5. Last winter, four concept of the student-athlete.
of the team's 12 members appeared on the list. "They've got to keep things in perspective," said Vong.
According to Women's Athletic Director Phyllis Ocker, "They're students first, athletes second."
volleyball has been the most highly represented sport on the "WE TELL all the freshmen that if they have any
Honor Roll for many years now. problems they can come to us," said Bensing. "Since we've
"That team has done a super job in maintaining had a lot of the same classes they're taking right now, we
academic status" said Ocker. can usually help them out."
TO WHAT DOES the volleyball team attribute its success One interesting fact is that the team's average GPA is ac-
n.the classroom? Perhaps the influence of head coach Sandy tually higher during the fall than it is in the off-season.
Vong can be credited for some of his players' academic ac- The accomplishments of Michigan's volleyball players
complishments. have not gone unnoticed by the Athletic Department. Last
"I believe players are mirror images of their coaches," year Jeanni Weckler was named the first "Marie Hartwig
said Vong. "If I stress the importance of good study habits, Scholar," an award named after the first women's athletic
they're going to pick up on it." director and based on academic performance, athletic
Vong also pointed out that since there is no opportunity for achievement, and university community service. Vong
a professional volleyball career, his players must get more So, the next time you see a van pass by, illuminated by students first, athletes second
odt of college than just four years on the court. twelve tiny lights, you'll know it's only the volleyball team
I'M NOT going to ask them to give me six hours of prac- hard at work.
-M'-MSU telecast short-circuited

Michigan State's loss to Illinos two
weeks ago, as well as a rash of injuries,
has done more thar upset the Spartans'

coaches and players. It has also upset
the plans to have the game telecast live
via closed-circuit television at Crisler


Why did President Shapiro move his
pen house to the Union this year?
ecause his home was too small for
such a gathering? Wrong again honey.
Reliable sources say that Shapiro didn't
want anyone snooping around in his
house for fear they might find his Grid-
de picks.
"When there's food on the line there
is no such thing as being too cautious,"
Shapiro commented. "I'll be damned if
some beady-eyed football fanatic is
oing to cheat me out of a pizza. 'I'm
not being greedy, I'm just doing what
any other business man in my position
would do. Besides, if you think ex-
plaining moving the party to the Union
was hard, how would I explain picking
Indiana to beat Michigan."
You can turn your picks in at Pizza
Bob's on State St. or Church St. or at the
Daily offices at 420 Maynard. Deadline
for all picks is midnight Friday.

1. MICHiGAN at Michigan State (pick
2. Purdue at Ohio State
3. Minnesota at Indiana
4. Illinois at Wisconsin
5. Northwestern at Iowa
6. Nebraska at Oklahoma St.
7. Alabama at Penn St.
8. Florida State at Pittsburgh
9. Oklahoma at Texas
10. Auburn at Kentucky
i I- UCLA at Stanford
12. LSU at Tennessee
13. Notre Dame at South Carolina
14. Washington State at USC
15. Virginia at Clemson
16. Baylor at SMU
17 Missouri at Colorado
18. Boston College at Yale
19. Prairie View at Bishop
20. DAILY LIBELS at MSU Spatoons

Because of these setbacks to the
Michigan State football team, Michigan
promotions director Don Triveline said
ticket sales for such a broadcast were
very sparse.
"YOU USUALLY anticipate having
25 percent of your sales the week before
the game," Triveline said. "At that
point we weren't near what we'd hoped
to sell. It was cancelled because of a
lack of interest. Ticket sales were very
Triveline said that it was hoped 4,000-
5,000 tickets would be sold. When the
event was cancelled, the Michigan
ticket office had sold 250 tickets accor-
ding to an athletic department
spokesperson. Tickets were also sold by
CTC ticket outlets, but officials of this
firm refused to say how many tickets
they had sold.
This promotion for the Michigan-
Michigan S'tate game is very similar to
those done for the West Virginia-
Oklahoma and Washington-Arizona
State contests last season, Triveline
said. The only difference is that the
promotions for the latter two games
were successful.

"IN WEST VIRGINIA I'm not sure
there's much to do and football is big
there," Triveline said. "Plus,
Oklahoma was a big game. In the
Washington-Arizona State game, it
decided if Arizona State would win the
conference title. The game was at
Arizona State and they probably didn't
have a hell of a lot to do in Seattle. What
I'm trying to say is that Michigan and
Michigan State are close. It's close
enough where you can consider going to
the game. Also, if Michigan State had
beaten Illinois the game might have
been on (network) TV. If we played
Oklahoma or someone far away where
people didn't have access it might have
As for the future of this closed-circuit
concept, Triveline could give no
definite answer.
"I don't know if we'll try it again," he
said. "Personally, I think it's
something to consider."

Major League Baseball playoffs
Chicago 2, Baltimore 1
Los Angeles 4, Philadelphia 1

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