The Michigan Daily - Saturday, October 29, 1983-- page 9
By BARB MCQUADE
David and Goliath had a rematch last night. This time
Goliath won. l
The Michigan volleyball team came out on the short end of
a battle with a dominant Purdue squad, losing 3-0 at the Cen-
tral Campus Recreation Building.
MICHIGAN HURLED spikes at Purdue all night, but the
Boilermakers were able to match every blow. Even the
powerful hitting of Michigan sophomore Jennifer Hickman
couldn't stop the Purdue onslaught.
Purdue drew the first blood, scoring the first point of the
match on an ace hit by Joan King. She set the pace for the
} Boilermakers, as they continued to dominate play all
Despite lopsided game scores of 15-9, 15-6, 15-6, Michigan
did have its moments, looking sharp on defense at times and
managing to set up some impressive offensive attacks.
Hickman and Rogers led the way in the Wolverines' hitting
game. They both connected consistently and made good use
of Kim Edwards' pinpoint passing. The Michigan hitters had
trouble keeping the ball on the court, though, sending many
of their hits out of bounds.
IN ALL THREE games, Michigan stayed even with Pur-
due in the early going. But as soon as the Wolverines seemed
to slack off on defense, Purdue went to work. The Boiler-
makers took advantage of the lapses, finding holes in
They showed why Purdue is ranked eighth in the nation and
first in the Big Ten as the Boilermakers used the whole court
to place their hits sharply and accurately.
Despite the loss that brought Michigan's overall record to
15-12 and 4-9 in the Big Ten, head coach Sandy Vong didn't
seem too disappointed with his team's performance.
"WE PLAYED DECENT," said Vong. "I thought we were
going to pull this one out of the fire for a minute there, but we
just didn t pull it off.
"(Purdue) is tough, but they really didn't play very well
tonight. They gave us a chance. We just couldn't capitalize.
We had a hard time keeping the ball in."
Senior Barb Bensing tried to hide her disappointment after
"Purdue is beatable," said Bensing. "We played well
tonight, but not well enough."
The Wolverine will hope to play Goliath for a change in
their next game when they host Central Michigan Tuesday
night. But they had better bring their slingshots - just in
Senior captain Alison Noble, shown
here setting the ball for a spike, gave a
noble effort, but to no avail, as the
Wolverines lost to Purdue in straight
games, 3-0. The loss dropped Michigan
to 4-9 in the Big Ten, 15-12 overall.
Hawkeyes break stickers, 5-1
By EDA BENJAKUL
Despite a 5-1 loss to Iowa yesterday,
the Michigan field hockey team conten-
ds itplayed one of its better games.
"We played very well today,"
Wolverine assistant coach Karen
Collins said. "The score was not indic-
tive of our play."
Iowa coach Judith Davidson agreed
"Michigan played a strong game," she
said. "We were close to the last minute.
The game could've been won by either
THE SCORE WAS kept close, with
Iowa leading 1-0 until the second half
when junior forward Maura Brueger
scored the only Michigan goal.
Three minutes later, Iowa took the
lead with a goal by Mary Koboldt and
Michigan's fine first-half defensive per-
formance broke down.
"We hustled a lot and held through
most of the game," Brueger said. "We
played a quality passing game in the
first half, but resorted to hitting and
running towards the end."
Wolverine forward Lisa Schofield
said, "This was the best game we've
played. We were fired up going into the
game especially since Iowa is ranked
third in the nation. We played an inten-
se game and had a lot of strategic sup-
port. They just capitalized on our
IN THE FINAL 10 minutes, Iowa
broke out and scored threegoals.
"Michigan was never out until those
last 10 minutes," said Davidson. "Their
play makes field hockey better in the
Iowa forward Ellen Egan, who scored
four of the Hawkeyes' six goals in last
week's game, was held to only one in
yesterday's contest. Davidson
suggested that Michigan goalie Jonnie
Terry was the main reason for Egan's
"MICHIGAN HAD strongerplay
today," said Davidson. "Their
goalkeeper played extremely well. She
kept many shots away from Ellen."
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Detroit Pistons' Cliff Levingston (53) moves the ball downcourt while Boston
Celtics' Dennis Johnson defends in last night's NBA season opener for both
teams at the Pontiac Silverdome.
Pistons top Celtics
in opener, 127-121
By RANDY SCHWARTZ
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC - Last night's Pistons-
Celtics game at the Silverdome was the
NBA season opener for both teams -
and it showed. Fans were treated to an
exciting game that featured skill, ac-
tion, finesse, mid-season intensity and
plenty of sloppy play as Detroit sur-
prised Boston, 127-121.
Kelly Tripucka and Bill Laimbeer
engineered the Piston victory with 26
points apiece. Kevin McHale led the
Celtics with a 25-point effort.
AS INTERESTING as the game's
outcome, though, was the officiating.
With the regular NBA referees on
strike, 'Continental Basketball
Association officials were used. Five
technical fouls were called during the
game and tempers often flared.
"If you don't have anything nice to
say you don't say it," Celtic star Larry
Bird said when asked about the quality
Piston players were less harsh in
their criticism, or lack thereof.
jump shot with 47 seconds left in the
game. Thomas also added some in-
surance points when he stripped Boston
center Robert Parrish of the ball, was
fouled, and sank both free throws.
The Piston locker room was euphoric
after the game.
"It's a nice way to start," beamed
first-year coach Chuck Daly. "One win
doesn't make a season but I saw some
good signs defensively, especially in the
Nets 126, Hawks 108
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -
Guard Otis Birdsong scored 17 of his 27
points in an explosive first half when
the New Jersey Nets opened a 26 point
lead on their way to a 126-108 victory
last night over the Atlanta Hawks in the
National Basketball Association season
opener for both teams.
Birdsong converted 12 of 14 field
goals on an assortment of layups and
jump shots and forward Buck Williams
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