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Page 8 The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 13, 1984
'Shaky' spikers top


Quick on the Draw I
By Mike McGraw

With Cherry in Pontiac .. .
... Bowl season no longer safe

UIC in thre
No one seemed happy with anyone's
performance following Michigan's vic-
tory over Illinois-Chicago in women's
volleyball last night at the CCRB.
The match went to the Wolverines in
three straight games, 16-14, 15-13, 15-13,
but it was not a pretty victory.. The
squad looked "shaky the whole time,"
according to head coach Barb Canning.
THE FIRST game saw Michigan fall
behind, 7-3, victimized by a five-point
string of serves by Chicago's Gert
Riordan. The Wolverines were forced to
play catch-up the rest of the way, and
almost let the game get away from
them, as the Flames were serving for
the game, 14-12. A clutch block by setter
Andrea Williams turned things around,
however, and Michigan followed with
four straight points for the victory.
Chicago took charge at the start of
the second game, cashing in on the
Wolverine's mistakes and gradually
built themselves a 13-6 cushion. At that
point, however, the Flames completely

e straight,
fell apart, failing to score another point
as Michigan ran off nine straight en
route to a 15-13 win.
"We started making a few errors, the
officials called a terrible game, and af-
ter that we put pressure on ourselves,"
said Flame head coach Don August.
"The officials were calling two dif-
ferent games out there, one for our
team and another for their's."
MICHIGAN looked strong in the third
game, jumping off to a quick 9-2 lead,
riding out a Chicago comeback attem-
pt, and locking away the match 15-13.
The Wolverines have nine days off to
prepare for their Big Ten opener at
Purdue on September 22. Coach Can-
ning said it will be time well spent. "We
need to eliminate some of the mistakes
we made tonight, get some passing, and
work on polishing our plays," she said,
adding that one of Michigan's biggest
problems is lack of aggression.
The victory boosts Michigan's record to
6-0, and dropped Chicago to 10-3.

My worst nightmare became a reality during the
summer. The NCAA granted permission to hold a
Cherry Bowl post-season contest this December 22
at the Silverdome. My gosh, what if Michigan
stumbles a bit this season and winds up 7-4. I could
find myself packing my bags at Christmastime not
for Pasadena or New Orleans, but for Pontiac. I of-
ten wake up at night screaming after dreaming
about this.
Luckily, the date of the game falls very close to
the end of finals and Michigan usually avoids con-
flicting bowl practice with study days. A more
likely possibility for this contest would be Michigan
State, especially since ex-Spartan mentor Muddy
Waters is on the selection committee. Six wins and
MSU could be basking in the festive holiday at-
mosphere of Detroit's northern suburbs this
December. The school would probably enjoy it.
Other football observations.. .
A win against Washington Saturday will probablyu
assure the Wolverines of a New Year's Day bowl.
Don't expect them to lose any more than twice
during the Big Ten schedule and two victories over
top-20 non-conference opponents would look quite
good to the Orange or Sugar Bowl people should
Michigan not win the Big Ten.
Don't read Sports Illustrated's
football preview ever again. It's bad
enough that it picked Michigan
number one last year, but the
Wolverine preview of this year
deserves the whole bowl of cherries.
Early in the story, SI reports that
the Michigan defense will not be as
good as in years past because it was
"decimated by graduation." In ac-
tuality, the team lost three starters
on defense. With that in mind, it's a
wonder they managed to field a
team at all this year.
It's hard to understand why Ohio
State was being tabbed so often as
Big Ten favorites. Apparently, the
experts noticed two big names on the
Buckeye roster-Mike Tomczak and
Keith Byars-and that OSU plays

the conference contenders in Columbus. That
makes them think the Bucks must be the ones to
beat. In reality, the team with the best defense wins
the Big Ten (that's a fact, you can look it up) and
that will be either Iowa or Michigan this year.
They're full of great ideas out on the west coast.
For example, UCLA offers its football fans Scaled
Ticket Prices. A seat to watch UCLA battle Oregon
or Oregon State costs $10. But when Nebraska
comes to town, the tickets go for $17.50. Cross-town
rival USC's visit to the Rose Bowl merits $20.
Meanwhile, season tickets to all seven Bruin home
games are $95, but if you purchase all the games ex-
cept USC, the price is only $55. Still not as cheap as
a trip to the beach, though.
When you walk into a movie in Southern Califor-
nia this fall, you'll be treated to a five-minute adver-
tisement before the feature presentation, en-
couraging you to go out to the lobby and buy UCLA
season tickets. Wonder if Don Canham thought of
doing that?
Things to look forward to besides football.. .
Last summer, basketball ref and camp organizer
Sandy Sanders warned us to watch out for Roy Tar-
pley, the guy would be much improved. And he was

right. This summer, Sanders touted sophomore An-
toine Joubert as MVP material. That's great news
for those of us who have been watching the Judge
since he was a junior in high school.
Speaking of the hoopsters, despite the premature
loss of Eric Turner and Tim McCormick to the NBA,
the Michigan basketball team will do better than 10-
8 in the Big Ten. Turner was a great talent, but the
guy just wasn't fired up about playing college
basketball. And without McCormick, the dismal
Wolverine offense of last year will be forced to do
something other than spend two minutes of each
possession looking inside for the big men. Tarpley,
Joubert and Richard Rellford are ready to come in-
to their own on the court. And if freshman Gary
Grant can play well at guard opposite Joubert, it
should be an exciting year at Crisler, especially now
that the Big Ten has added the shot clock.
In a couple of years, we could have another sports
dynasty on our hands, the Michigan hockey team.
Former NHL Coach-of-the-Year Red Berenson is an
amazing acquisition not only for the school but for
all of college hockey. The former Wolverine All-
American doesn't have the talent yet to challenge
Michigan State for the CCHA championship, but the
recruiting pull he brings with him
will be tremendous. You could make
up a CCHA all-star team with
players that wanted to come to
Michigan but either weren't
recruited by or didn't like for-
mer coach John Giordano. The
promise has always been there and,
now, the Wolverines have a man that
can bring it about.


Positions are now available on the following Regental and University Committees:
Board of Control of Intercollegiate Athletics
Civil Liberties Board
Research Policies Committee
Residency Appeals Committee
And Many More!
Stop by the MSA office for a full listing of open committee positions.
Applications are available now.
DEADLINE for submitting applications is THURSDAY,
SEPTEMBER 20, 1984 - 5:00 P.M.
For more information contact Laurie clement, 3039 Michigan Union, 763-3241


. One last thing: The Cubs will win
the World Series and the earth will
be a happier place because of it.

Tomczak and Byars
... big names on a weak team



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The Daily sports staff has literally
been flooded with phone calls concer-
ning the selection of this week's football
contests for Griddes. A few astute
Gridde players recognized that the
Boston College-North Carolina contest
is not this weekend but the followin
weekend. Sorry. We goofed. Consider
that game a freebie.
Most of the calls, however, dealt with
the Husky Wimps vs. Daily Libels con-
test. Let it be known here and now that
a winner must be selected for this
heated rivalry! Many a Gridde player
has lost the chance for a free, one-item
small pizza from Pizza Bob's simply
because he or she failed to pick a win-
ner in the Daily Libels game.
One more word to the wise: the
Libels lose about as often as the
University decides to forego collecting
tuition payments. Almost never. So
hang up your phone and bring your
picks to the Daily, 420 Maynard, by
Friday evening.


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1. Washington at MICHIGAN (pick score)
2. Washington St. at Ohio State
3. Notre Dame at Michigan State
4. Miami (Fla.)at Purdue
5. Minnesota at Nebraska
6. Penn State at Iowa
7. Syracuse at Northwestern
8. Kentucky at Indiana
9. Wisconsin at Missouri
10. Illinois at Stanford
11. Auburn at Texas
12. Alabama at Georgia Tech.
13. Oklahoma'at Pittsburgh
14. Boston College. vs. North Carolina
15. SMU at Louisville
16. Utah at Tennessee
17. Temple at Rutgers
18. Fullerton St. at Idaho
19. Marshall at Eastern Michigan
20. Husky Wimps at DAILY LIBELS


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of assault
NEW YORK (AP) - Mark
Gastineau, the New York Jets' All-Pro
defensive end was convicted yesterday
of misdemeanor assault in a nightclub
The six-member Criminal Court jury
acquitted another member of the Jets4
quarterback Ken O'Brien, of similar
charges stemming from the fight last
year at Studio 54.
Football league leader in quarterback
sacks, was convicted of a single count
of the three third degree assult charges
lodged against him. He faces up to one
year in jail and a $1,000 fine, but
prosecutor Jeffrey Schlanger said such
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