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The Michigan Daily. Thursday, February 14, 1985 Page 9

Bo inks 27

new gridders

By PHIL NUSSEL
Let it be known that Bo Schembechler
couldn't care less that porge Perles is
having a good recruiting year in the
state of Michigan, because the veteran
Michigan coach had a banner year
anyway, signing 27 high school seniors
yesterday, according to sources at WJR
radio in Detroit.
Only six of the soon-to-be Wolverines
are from Michigan while eleven come
from Ohio. Two come fro;n Florida and
Illinois.
ONE OF THE most impressive
prospects in this year's crop is 6-5, 225
outside linebacker Brent White, out of
Dayton Stibbens High. White, accor-
ding to sources at the Dayton Daily
News, is one of the best football players
in the midwest. WJR's Frank Beckman
believed that White is Michigan's top
signing.
"The reason why (I chose Michigan)
was that I was that much impressed
with the facilities," White said last
night. "Bo Schembechler is a very im-
pressive coach. He took a personal in-
terest in me. He's a class act all by
himself." White, who runs a 4.6 in the
40-yard dash, chose Michigan ahead of
Michigan State and Ohio State.
It was clear yesterday that Schem-
bechler was looking for help in the
quarterback department - five were
signed yesterday. One of these was Cin-
cinnati Princeton's Mike Taylor, an
outstanding prospect.
"(CHOOSING Michigan) was based
upon a quality education," said Taylor,
who wants to major in engineering. "Bo
Schembechler recruited me himself.
That had a lot to do with it."
In addition to Taylor, Michigan inked
three other seniors out of Cincinnati:
defensive backs Rick Hassel and Mike
Edwards, and offensive guard David
Weil.
Hassel, brother of ex-Wolverine
linebacker Tom Hassel, has many of his
brother's qualities, according to Cin-
cinnati Purcell head coach Herb
Woeste.

"HE'S JUST an outstanding athlete,"
Woeste said. "He's a strong hitter, he's
aggressive, he's got good speed, and he
has a good sense of knowing where the
ball is going to be."
Hassel (6-0, 185) credits his family for
his signing with Michigan. "I just think
that everyone in my family wanted me
to go there," he said last night. "I really
didn't think about going anywhere
else." Hassel added that he was
recruited by Wisconsin, Indiana, and
Boston College (his brother Jim played
there).
Weil, out of Cincinnati Colerain, is a
6-4, 232 offensive guard. He" decided to
go with Michigan last month after a
visit to Ann Arbor. "Probably their
reputation as far as academics and
athletics impressed me the most," Weil
said yesterday.
"All of the coaches were so nice and
knew what they were doing. That was a
big deciding factor."
ACCORDING TO a source at the Cin-
cinnati Enquirer, Weil started the '84
season at tight end, but was moved into
the line after an injury. It was only then
that the scouts discovered him.
Schembechler landed another top
Ohio linebacker in Fremont Ross' Chris
Simmons (6-2, 235). His coach, Pete
Moore noted, "He is one of the best
linebackers we've had here. He's got
good size, strength, ability, and
agility."
Simmons, with his 4.75 speed, was
also an outstanding tailback last
season. Ross just missed a state playoff

berth.
Among Michigan's top catches in the
Detroit area was Dearborn Divine
Child's Sean LaFountaine, a 6-0, 185
wide receiver. "Once he gets a football
into his hands, he can make a lot of
things happen," commented Divine
Child head coach Wes Wishart.
"HE'S GOT a great sense of seeing
the field, and a natural ability to catch a

football. He's just a hard-working
young man, pretty much all business.
The only other wide receiver inked
yesterday was Titusville, Florida's An-
thony Mitchell, also a quarterback can-
didate.
Daily sportswriter Mike Redstone
filed a report for this story.

Daily Photo by KATE O'LEARYI

(Danius Barzdukas (right) spikes one as teammate Tom Franke tries to block
during last night's practice at the CCRB.
W
inning isn't the only
thing for men spikers

By JOHN LAHERTY
Enough statistics, rankings, and
glory-boys. Put a hold on "winning
is everything" attitudes and
recruitment infractions. Instead,
let's kick back, relax and take a lookI
inside the fun-filled, action-packed
world of the Michigan men's
volleyball club..
That's right, men's volleyball here
at Go Blue U is a club sport. Of
course, everyone knows what club
sports are, one step up from in-
tramural, and about three miles
below varisty. But before any
assumptions are made concerning
the present state of volleyball af-
fairs, let it be known that these guys
can play.
IN THE LAST few seasons, for in-
stance, the Wolverines graduated
from club league to varsity league
play. This -means that although
Michigan is a clubsteam composed
entirely of walkons, has no recruit-
ment, no scholarships, and limited
resources, much of its competition
comes from other schools' varisty
squads, which can and do recruit.
Despite this obvious stacking of
the odds, along with coach Martin
McFadden's concern that his
players aren't as competitive as
they could be, the spikers have
amassed an even 3-3 record, in-
cluding an impressive win against
Bowling Green State University
early in the season and a heart-
breaking loss to Notre Dame, on
February 1.
McFadden is in his second season
as coach of the squad, and par-
ticipated in Michigan volleyball
himself for three years while com-
pleting his undergraduate work.
With an obvious love for both the
game and his team, McFadden's
competitive temperment seems to
be a bit greater than that of his
squad, at least during practice. -
"I REALLY enjoy teaching these
guys, and seeing them progress in
the sport," McFadden claimed. "I
feel, that we have a fairly well
organized program, but sometimes
the guys just seem a little too
relaxed."
All right, so they cheat on the ten
pushups they're supposed to do as
punishment for each net-serve. And
maybe they do smile a little too

much during drills. Come game-
time they can produce some very
watchable volleyball.
Led by captains Tom Franke and
Barry Epstein, the spikers do
remarkably well with their limited
experience and ability. "The team
was looking very good at the start of
the season," said Franke, a first-
year grad student. "The guys were
working very well together, and the
season appeared to be very
promising." .
INJURIES, however have had a
say in the team's progress. "Due to
a couple of injuries, we're having to
play guys at positions they're not
used to in order to fill holes," Franke
said. "That makes everything
tougher."
McFadden looks for guys with ex-
perience, flexibility, agility, and
height to play for him, but the team
doesn'ttcut anybody. "Anyone who
wants to can join," he claimed.
However, the coach is also quick to
point out, "I decide who starts."
The team is sponsored by the
Recreational Sports Department,
which supplies the squad with
uniforms, funds for road trips, prac-
tice and game facilities, and of cour-
se volleyballs.
WHEN THE Wolverines go out of
town overnight, they sack out almost
anywhere. "Fraternity houses,
apartments, you name it," said
sophomore Marc Miner.
"Sometimes the seats on the bus
start to look pretty good." Away
games include. visits to Chicago,
Purdue, and Penn State.
They have fun, they learn, they
travel-it sounds like an ad for the
U.S. Navy. But the noteriety, the
pep rallies, the big-college crowds
and the hotel reservations don't
exist for this school's men's
volleyball squad.
So why do they do it?
"Winning," said Coach McFad-
den. "The best part of college
volleyball is the thrill of winning."
Perhaps, but that's not the whole
story. As spiker Gregg Davis said,
"Road trip parties are the reason for
college volleyball."
Don't look now, coach, but I think
they're cheating on their pushups
again.

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