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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1983-- Page 3-D

look for
big year,
after best

One of the best kept secrets in Michigan sports is ready for
what should be another fine year.
The Michigan field hockey team, coming off its best record
ever, 13-3, returns its potent scoring duo of Kay McCarthy
and Lisa Schofield. That should spell trouble for the
Wolverine opponents this season.i
MCCARTHY, a senior who plays the link position, led all
Michigan scorers last year with 21 goals and eight assists.
What is remarkable abnout McCarthy's goal total is that she
scored them on only 45 shots on goal - an amazing 47% suc-
cess rate.
Schofield, a junior forward, nailed down 11 goals and six
assists. Most of her goals, however, came at the early part of
the season as her production tailed off in the Wolverines' last
few games.
If Michigan had a problem last year it was beating the
highly-ranked teams. While the Wolverines, who were
ranked in the top ten themselves for much of the season,
breezed past clubs like Albion and Toledo, their three games
against top ten teams all ended in hard-fought defeats.
Perennial powerhouse Northwestern downed Michigan, 3-0, at
Evanston and highly-regarded Iowa nipped them, 2-1, at
home (Ferry Field).

THE WOLVERINES' big showdown came against even-
tual national champion Old Dominion in a game played
indoors in the football fieldhouse. Michigan fought Old
Dominion to a scoreless deadlock before the first-ranked
team managed to score late in the game for a 1-0 victory.
Fifth-year coach Candy Zientek does have some holes to
fill. Gone from last year's squad are forwards Marty Maugh
and Sara Forrestelk, and halfback Dee Jones. Zientek is coun-
ting on players like Denise Comby (five goals, four assists),
Jamie Fry, Alison Johnson, and Bridget Sikon to pick up the
One thing Zientek can certainly count on is good
goalkeeping. She has one of the best, junior Jonnie Terry,
who has started since her freshman year. Terry appeared in
14 games last season and picked up six shutouts. Whether
Terry will get enough defensive help remains to be seen.
Terry's backup is senior Nancy Hirsh, who had an excellent
.952 save rate in part-time duty last year.
The Wolverines will get a big lift if senior Heidi Ditchen-
dorf can make a strong comeback this season. The Ann Arbor
native was named co-captain last year before a leg injury
forced her to watch the 1982 season from the sidelines.


Harriers to chase

It seemed that wherever the Michigan men's cross
country team went last year, it was being badgered
by a pack of runners from Madison. The Wolverines
finished second to Wisconsin at the Big Ten meet and
the NCAA districts-then watched the Badgers win
the national title while Michigan settled for sixth.
The harriers might also have finished second in the
nationals if it wasn't for a key tumble taken by one of
Michigan's top runners early in the season. Fresh-
man sensation Chris Brewster from London, Ontario
fell on the stairs in South Quad last October and broke
his ankle, finishing him for the rest of the season.
"IF BREWSTER had run at the nationals, we
would have finished second instead of sixth," com-
mented coach Ron Warhurst, who is entering his ten-
th season as coach of the Michigan harriers.
So, the top marks at the NCAAs were-instead han-
dled by the departed Gerard Donakowski, who placed
seventh-the third American to cross the tape-and'
returning senior Brian Deimer, who took 18th in the
a his season Warhurst is looking for Diemer and
Brewster to lead the chase for supremacy in the Big
Ten, but it won't get any easier this season. "Wiscon-
sin and Michigan will be the top two in the conference
this year with Indiana being improved," said
Warhurst. "But Wisconsin is returning its whole
team, so I don't think we have that much of a chance
at improving on our Big Ten finish."
BUT THE WOLVERINES may be able to fare bet-
ter in the NCAAs this season since the team will be
strong from top to bottom, giving Warhurst a lot of
Returning from last year's squad are juniors Jim
Schmidt, Bill Brady, and Dennis Keane, all of whom
ran among Michigan's top seven. There are also
three runners who were red-shirted last year who
could step into the lineup this fall. These include
eniors Doug Heikkine and Evat Moore and
sophomore Bob Vandenburg:.
.The team will receive another bonus if Warhurst is
able to sign the recruits he is after. Already Michigan
has a commitment from Joe Schmidt, the younger
brother of teammate Jim, who was Michigan state
ebampion in cross country last year. There are also

two other very high-caliber recruit
on their way to Michigan.
WARHURST feels that the tea
not having a tremendous amount
season and plans to continue that F
was good to only run six races bf
easier not having to race every wE
st. "It also helped to run at Ii
nationals. This year the NCAA
University in Pennsylvania, so if i
the team out there for an invitation
Also on the agenda will be two
traditional races, the Springban
London, Ontario to open the seas
Michigan State dual meet, this yea
Last year Michigan thumped the
the University Golf Course and
should be similar in result, which
Wolverines' record in dual m
Warhurst's tenure to 13-0.
Women eighth in '82
Despite aheartbreaking finish in
pionships, the women's cross cou
from obscurity last season to post
year ever by placing eighth in t
The harriers finished third in th
Iowa City, behind the host Hawke3
but the next week the Wolverines d
those teams and every other foe to
the NCAA District meet. The diff
weeks was the result of an unfortu
in the final moments of the confere
yards from the finish chute. Ex]
her from getting up right away
several valuable places.
"Sue started out too fast at Big T
anything left at the end," sa
Kraker Goodridge. "Her inexperie

Badgers again
s that could also be that race."
So although the Wolverines topped all Big Ten op-
ponents in both the district and national races, they
m benefitted from were credited with only third in the conference.
of competition last THIS YEAR, though, the Michigan women will be
practice. "I think it back to try again and coach Goodridge feels they
efore Big Tens, its have a good shot at improvement. With the loss of two
eek," said Warhur- of its top four runners, a good recruiting year should
ndiana before the fill the spaces and make the team deeper, and
ks are at Lehigh possibly tougher to beat, than last year's squad.
ts possible I'll take "We have our number one runner, Lisa Larsen,
ial." returning, along with numbers three and five, Sue
Schroeder and Judy Yuhn," said Goodridge. "Plus
of the Wolverines' we're looking to get three or four recruits with very
k Invitational in strong potential so our overall team could be better
on, and the annual than last year. Wisconsin and Iowa will be the teams
r to be held in East to beat in the conference, but we'll definitely be con-
Senior Larsen, from Battle Creek, returns to try
Spartans, 15-50, at and become an All-American for the third straight
this year's race year. Last season she placed 25th at the nationals in
would stretch the Bloomington, Ind. to attain the honor along with the
eet action during graduated Melanie Weaver, who took 33rd. The Lar-
sen-Weaver duo placed second and fifth respectively
in the Big Ten.
BUT THE KEY to the team's success will be the
strength of its freshmen. At this time the only one to
Sthe Big Ten chain-.give a commitment to Michigan is Jennifer Rioux,
nthy eaig teppehaout of Livonia, who finished second in the class 'B'
intry team stepped state cross country meet. Goodridge, however, ex-
it m nstionaessul pects several blue-chip runners to be on their way to
;he NCAA national Michigan.
ie Big Ten meet at When they get here, those freshman will be looking
at an improved schedule that Goodridge hopes will
yes and Wisconsin, feature more fine teams and conference opponents,
efeated easily both than ever before.
take first place in "We're going to travel to Wisconsin-Parkside for
terencen o the two our first invitational this year instead of opening at
nate turn of events Eastern Michigan, but the rest of the schedule hasn't
nce race. been finalized yet," said Goodridge. "We're trying to
fell down only 100 line up some teams for a home meet and if everything
haustion prevented works out, we'll be gong to a big invitational at Cal-
and Michigan lost Berkley."
The opponents and results of the Michigan women's
ens and didn't have cross country team keep getting bigger and this fall
.id coach Francie one will be able to see if upward movement in this
nce just hurt her in sport continues. - MIKE MCGRAW

Daily Photo by JON $NOV
Junior Deborah Holloway watches as senior Carla Dearing returns a shot
against Ohio State last year.
Sp ikers'goal:
regain old for-m,

The 1982 season was not kind to the
women's volleyball team. After earning
a berth in the AIAW finals in 1981,
Coach Sandy Vong saw his squad's
record slip to a dissapointing 11-18,
good for ninth place in the Big Ten.
And while nobody likes to hear ex-
cuses, Vong has some pretty convincing
ones. For instance, only two starters
and four other members of the 1981
squad returned, leaving Vong with
eight new faces.
"IT'S PRETTY difficult to do
anything with incoming freshmen,"
said Vong, who will begin his tenth
season as head coach this fall. "They
usually arrive in late August and our
matches begin the first week in Sep-
tember. They have a lot of adjusting to
go through in a very short period. It
usually takes at least a year to a year-
and-a-half before they begin to show
any contributions to the team."
Another problem Vong faced was the
lack of any senior leadership,
something that he says is an important
team element.

Every time Vong thinks of the team's
misfortunes of last year, however,
there has to be a smile on his facg as he
ponders his team's potential for this
upcoming season.
UNLIKE LAST year, Vong will be
blessed with 11 returning players and
that much-needed senior leadership,
provided by four seniors, Alison Noble,
Sue Rogers, Jeanne Weckler and Bar-
bara Bensing, a transfer from Utah
Noble and Rogers alone, though, are-
enough to put a smile on any coach's
face. Noble was third on the team in at-
tack percentage with 185; had 104 kills
and 16 service aces. Rogers, Noble's
ex-Canadian teammate, led the team
with a 216 attack percentage, was first
in kills with 136 and tied Noble for team,
lead with 16 service aces. Rogers also
led the team in blocks with 11 solo
blocks and 25 assists.
The team will also have some new
hands since Vong has a fine group of
freshnien recruits coming into the
program. Two freshmen that he men-
tined specifically are Leslie Compton
from Cincinnati and Eva Sturm from
Pidgeon, Mich. Neither is expected to
make an immediate contribution, but
Vong says he is looking for them to help
out in the future.
As for team goals this year, Vong said
he would be "tickled" if the squad can
finish in the top four of the conference,
thereby qualifying for the Big Ten

Women goers want
to leave cellar behind

Brian Diemer, Bill O'Reilly,1
againstMichigan State.

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Bill Brady, and Gerard Donakowski (left to-right) cross the finish line together last year

Sue LeClair enters her second season
as head of the Michigan women's golf
team with the task of getting the
Wolverines out of the basement.
Michigan finished in ninth place at the
Big Ten tournament last year. Only
nine schools competed since North-
western does not have a team.
LeClair's situation is made more dif-
ficult by the graduation of her top golfer,
Karyn Colbert. Colbert was the
Wolverine's most consistent player and
her loss will hurt, yet LeClair still feels
that her team can better itself.
"WE SHOULD improve," she said.
"I'm not expecting great things, but
I'm hoping to get six players that can
break 90 and that will be a big im-
provement over last year."
Since Colbert was the only senior on
last year's team, the Wolverines will
definitely have much more experience
in the coming season. The top returning
player is Luanne Cherney, a sophomore
from Bloomfield Hills. Cherney had one
of the top averages on the team last
year as a freshwomen and LeClair is
looking for her to emerge as the top
player next season. "We're expecting
great things from her," said Le Clair.
"She's really ben working this
Two other golfers back for another

year are seniors Doris Gallo of Iron-
wood, and Sandy Barron from Ann Ar-
bor. Both have experience and should
help the Wolverines next year.

Can '1' maintain foot

(Continued from Page 2)
for these running backs belongs to a
very experienced group of offensive
linemen. In all, four starters return for
their senior seasons. Guard Stefan
Humphries and center Tom Dixon, both
first-team All-Big Ten selections last
season, both return as do guard Jerry
Diorio and tackle Doug James.
The only position where a
replacement must be found is at tackle
where Rich Strenger played so capably

last season en route to becoming the
second round draft choice of the Detroit
Lions. Returning tackles from last year
who will battle for Strenger's starting
duties include seniors Ron Prusa and
Dan Yarano, junior Clay Miller and
sophomores Jerry Quaerna and Mark
Hammerstein. Miller started in one
game last year.
Should the offensive line and the rest
of the offense move the ball into field
goal range and then stall, Schem-
bechler will no longer be able to call on

placekicker Ali Haji-Sheikh, who han-
dled these duties the last three years
and connected on 12 of 15 field goals last
season. A replacement will come from
the quartet of Pat Moons, Todd
Schlopy, Mike Melnyk and Bob
The other half of the kicking game
will be taken care of by senior punter
Don Bracken who averaged 39.2 yards a
kick last season, down from 43.3 the
year before, but held the opposition to
2.9 yards per return.


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