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Hockey vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Women's swimming
vs. Pittsburgh
Friday, 6:00 p.m.
Matt Mann Pool

The Michigan Daily Thursday, November 8, 1984 Pag 8
IN SEARCH OF COMPETITION

'M'floor
By JERRY MUTH
So they aren't the Islanders or the
Oilers. And they don't play the same
kind of game as the Red Wings. But that
doesn't stop the Michigan Floor Hockey
club from having a good time.
John Tobin, a senior, said the
casualness of the club is what attracted
him to the sport at the university. "It's
not cutthroat competitive like some
other sports," said Tobin.
BECAUSE he had played some in-
tramural floor hockey in high school,
Tobin decided to check out floor hockey
at Michigan as a sophomore. He had
such a good time in the club, he con-
tinues to play and now serves as the
club president.
Basically, floor hockey is just like ice
hockey, explained Tobin, except players
wear shoes instead of skates, aren't
required to wear protective gear, and
use a ball in place of a puck. "There's
not that much bodychecking in-
volved-the whole club is pretty infor-
mal," Tobin added. "Mainly there's a

: hockey:
lot of speed" in the game, with physical
contact deemphasized.
Adding to the casualness of the club is
the informality surrounding floor
hockey itself. The club doesn't follow
any specific rules. Instead, the rules
are adapted to the location of the game,
taking into account whatever subtle
nuances apply to that "arena." This
The Club
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year the club's "rink" lies within the
friendly confines of the Sports Coliseum
at Hill and Fifth Streets.
SENIOR MIKE Pfeffer is another
floor hockey fanatic. His freshman
year Tobin told him to check out the

The casual club

club. Pfeffer obliged and he, too, en-
joyed the laid-back atmosphere of the
club. "I played intramural floor
hockey in high school, but I've never
been into ice hockey-just floor and
street hockey." John Tobin's younger
brother, Tom, used to play in a large in-
tramural league in high school. Now he
claims he plays because "it's the only
regular exercise I get."
Junior Mark Chappel points out that
unlike ice hockey, floor hockey relies on
even more basic skills. "You don't
have to be a good skater to play floor
hockey," said Chappel. The emphasis
is on running, in addition to skills like
stick-checking from ice hockey.
According to John Tobin, there are
quite a few "total hockey zealots" in the
club. "They're used to playing hockey
in the streets of New York and
Michigan. You won't find too many
California boys out there." Others in
the club like Chappel agree. Chappel,
who's played floor hockey ever since
grade school, estimates that about one-
third of the club is from the New York
and New Jersey area. Chappel, who
has even done research on floor hockey,
said, "Out on the east coast, floor
hockey is a pretty big thing. It's

organized (there) like little league
baseball."
RIGHT NOW, according to the elder
Tobin, the approximately 30 hardcore
members divide up and play among.
themselves on Monday and Thursday
nights from 7-10 p.m. But "the biggest
restriction is people," says the club
president, because two squads have
only five men per team. "We don't ad-
vertise our club, but anyone is welcome
to play," he added. "We're non-
discriminatory; even girls can play."
The floor hockey club is considering
merger with another league. Accor-
ding to Chappel, the club is looking into
the possibility of joining the Dearborn
men's floor hockey league, which con-
sists of 12 teams. The club may join the
Dearborn league in January.
Wherever they play, John Tobin and
the club members agreed that the
club's informality is what they enjoy.
"It's pretty friendly, with no real
strategy," added the elder Tobin. And
although the players receive no formal
recognition for their play, they give
themselves a casual pat on the back
when they dish out an assist or score a
goal. John Tobin decided, "a good time
is basically what it is."

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Daily Photo by DAVID FRANKEL
A member of the Michigan floor hockey club stickhandles the ball up the
floor. The club plays two days a week at the Sports Coliseum and welcomes
anyone who would like to join.

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Blue bucks
still
flowing
freely

By DOUGLAS B. LEVY
When a big-time college football power suffers a mediocre
season, there is often a noticeable drop in alumni support.
This has not been the case at Michigan this season, according
to associate athletic director Don Lund.
Reporting at last night's Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics meeting, Lund noted that primary alumni fund-
raising clubs are being more supportive than ever.
THE VICTORS Club has a membership of 704, while the
Maize and Blue Club stands at 664. Both figures are the
highest ever.
Members of the Victors Club commit themselves to
donating $1,000-a-year for ten years. Maize and Blue Club
members donate $150 per year for as long as they like, with
all proceeds going to the Athletic Department.

Lund also reported that donations specifically to the
Athletic Department's tutorial program were higher than
ever. According to Director of Athletics Don Canham, his
department spends upwards of $125,000 per year to tutor
Wolverine athletes.
Michigan may be on the verge of constructing a new pool
for the varsity swim teams. Such a project has been ap-
proved by the Board and University president Harold
Shapiro. The new pool could cost as much as $4.5 million and
Canham is currently searching for ways'to reduce the con-
struction costs.
Canham wants to build a new pool to allow Matt Mann pool
to be converted into an all-purpose facility. Renovation costs
of Matt Mann would run about $450,000, and the new set-up
would be able to house women's basketball, wrestling,
volleyball and gymnastics.

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By JIM GINDIN
Former Canadian national volleyball
team member Andrea Williams has
captained the Michigan squad through
a disappointing but promising season.
Her energy and knowledge have served
as a model for the younger players.
"She's captain because of her-on-the
court emotional stability," said coach
Barb Canning. "She performs well un-
der pressure. When there are strategy
changes, she is aware of what's going
on without being intimidated."
WILLIAMS' ABILITIES stem from
her experience playing on the Canadian
national team. For three years, the
team practiced six hours a day in
preparation for the 1984 summer Olym-
pics.
That preparation ended abruptly in
the Olympic Trials at Indianapolis last
year with a loss to Cuba. Finishing
third in the region, Canada was not
among the eight teams invited to Los
Angeles. After that disappointment, ten
of the players, including Williams, quit
the squad.
"Losing to Cuba, which was so much
better, was not as disappointing as
losing to EMU tonight (Tuesday)," said
Williams. "You could have played the
best game of your life (against Cuba)
and still not have won. . . It was most
disappointing when Cuba boycotted the
Olympics."

WHEN CUBA DECIDED not to go to
Los Angeles, Team Canada was in-
vited, but the team that was put
together was very inexperienced and
lost badly.
Williams went to Cedarbrae high
school in Scarborough, Ontario where
she played tennis, basketball, ran
track and field and was on the swim
team in addition to playing volleyball
for five years. As a junior and senior,
she was named the school's Athlete of

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She attended York University in
Toronto her freshman year and the
University of Ottawa in 1982-83 before
being recruited by former volleyball
coach Sandy Vong to attend Michigan.
WILLIAMS WAS only allowed to
practice with the team last year, but
this season, as the captain, she's been
"one of the leading forces on the team,'
said Canning.
"She (Williams) is more of a deman-
ding role model, representative of the
type of person and team I want. I don't
want players willing to accept
mistakes."
Williams' demands on herself carry
over to her off-the-court life. "She's en-
thusiastic and outgoing," said senior
Joan Potter. "She has a high energy
level-her activities mean a lot to her.
She's very people-oriented."
LAST YEAR Williams was a news
and sports writer for the Daily and in-
tends to .return to writing after the
volleyball season ends. She is also a
member of Adara, the secretive senior
honor leadership society, consisting of
22 women seniors most involved in
campus leadership, and is part of the
Business Intern Program, a very selec-
tive group which trains students in
various job-related activities.
A communications major, Williams
intends to make a career in some form
of news writing.
"She has a real good balance between
her sports and academics," said Pot-
ter. "She's able to leave her academics
behind on the court and doesn't bring a
bad volleyball game back to her
studies."
Her attitude toward volleyball reflec-

ts her success in her activities and
academics. "I hate losing more than
anything," said Williams. "This team
has lost more this season than I think
the rest of the teams I've been on have
lost combined.. . there will be surprises
next season. We have to prove
something."
I GRIDDE PICKS e
Ronald Reagan tried what many
students have been trying for years, to
play Griddes by absentee ballot. Sorry
Ronnie, I can't let you or Nanners play
unless you stop by the Daily and drop
off your picks. Then you can share your
free, one-item, small pizza from Pizza
Bob's with the rest of the 230 millior
other unlucky Americans who didn't
win. Show'em how it's done Nanners?
1. Minnesota at MICHIGAN (pick score)
2. Ohio State at Northwestern
3. Illinois at Indiana
4. Michigan St. at Iowa
5. Purdue at Wisconsin
6. Washington at So. California
7. Houston at Texas
8. Nebraska at Kansas
9. Florida St. at So. Carolina
10. Maryland at Miami, Fla.
11. Georgia at Florida
12. Army at Boston College
13. LSU at Alabama
14. SMU at Rice
15. TCU at Texas Tech
16. Missouri at Oklahoma St.
17. Wake Forest at Duke
18. Stanford at Arizona
19. William and Mary at Colgate
20. Miinesota Golden Showers at Daily
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