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Page 12 - The Michigan Dily - Friday, October 17, 1986
IOWA, MI ESOT A TO PROVIDE STIFF COMPETITION

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By ERIC MAXXON
Imagine this:
You are the first-year coach of a
young, inexperienced volleyball
team in the Big Ten, where all the
competition is stiff, and you've lost
your first five matches. Coming
up, you face two tough opponents
on consecutive days, and
YOU'RE COMING off a dis -
appointing weekend in which you
swallowed two bitter defeats.

Things look pretty grim, right?
Well, not so, at least according
to Michigan volleyball coach Joyce
Davis. And she should know,
because that's the situation she
faces as she prepares her team to
face Iowa and Minnesota this
weekend.
One of the team goals for the
Wolverines this year was to finish
in the top five in the conference.
Despite their 0-5 conference record

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(8-8 overall), Davis says, "We have
good reason to be optimistic.
We're not out of it."
THE WEEKEND'S matches
will be key to getting back in it.
On Friday, they meet surprising
Iowa, whose only loss so far has
come at the hands of conference
favorite Illinois. "They present real
problems," says Davis. "But
nothing we can't defense."
Iowa is led by Ellen Mullarkey,
who leads the conference in ace
percentage and is eleventh in hitting
percentage. Other standouts are
Toni Zehr, second in the conference
in ace percentage, and Kari Hamel,
last week's Big Ten player of the
week and second in hitting
percentage.
MINNESOTA will also be
tough, but their performance this
season has been more inconsistent.
They are led by senior middle hitter
Pam Miller. Their principal
weapon, however, is sophomore
Buenos Aires, Argentina native
Andrea Gonzales. Nominated for
player of the week honors last
week, she was All-Big Ten as a
freshman. As Davis says, "She can
really sky."
The key to success this weekend
will be defeating the mental

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en win
problems that plagued the squad last
weekend, according to Davis.
Outcome of the matches will be
based "solely on what happens on
our side of the net," she says.
"It's a matter of persistence.
Which team lasts longer mentally
and physically will win."
The players for Michigan that
will be most important are co-
captains Lisa Vahi and Jane
Hickman. These two, says Davis,
need to "lead in mental preparation
and be competitive." Being at
home will also help.
Last weekend's matches, at
Indiana and Ohio State, were closer
than the scores would indicate,
according to Davis. There were
encouraging signs, notably an
improvement in blocking. "We
just didn't score," she says.
The home crowd should be "a
definite edge," as the Wolverines
look for their first conference win.
"The players are still getting used
to me. We have to continue to
push hard, and have to go out
expecting to get [that first win]."
Though things don't look good
now, "We're getting better," Davis
insists. The rest of the Big Ten-
might be in for a surprise.

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Hoop time!
Philadelphia 76ers center Jeff Ruland (43) draws a foul from Dallas
Mavericks center James Donaldson (40) during the first quarter of NBA
exhibition action Thursday night in Dallas.

Gretzky kidnap plot revealed in court

EDMONTON, Alb. (AP) - A
cocaine smuggler given immunity
from prosecution testified he and
four Alberta men plotted to kidnap
Wayne Gretzky in 1985, and a
spokesman for the firm that handles
the NHL star's business affairs said
yesterday Gretzky has had extra
security since 1982.
A 42-year-old cocaine smuggler
from Alabama told Court of

Queen's Bench Wednesday he and
the men met in a motel room in
Edmonton in May of 1985 and
talked about kidnapping Gretzky.
THE WITNESS testified that
during the discussion one of the
men said: "If we kidnap him with
the playoffs coming up they'd pay
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that," said Gretzky when told about
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1982 hostage incident at the home
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owner of the Edmonton Oilers.
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necessary," said Barnett, who
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season activities.

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LAKE FOREST, ILL. (AP) -
Led by quarter back Jim McMahon,
the Chicago Bears were growling
yesterday over the team's
acquisition of quarterback Doug,
Flutie, the 1984 Heisman Trophy
winner out of Boston College.
"Where's the loyalty?" shouted
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Ditka and team management for
acquiring the rights to Flutie from
the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday,
moments before the end of the
trading deadline.
MCMAHON even poked fun

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with the No. 22 on it. Flutie's
Boston College No. was 22.
"I ignored it," said Ditka of the
jersey.
But Ditka fired this salvo at his
grumbling players: "I frankly don't
give a damn. Players don't run the
ballclub. They play-football."
"Ditka talks about being loyal to
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training camp," said McMahon.
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came back swinging at a press
conference yesterday.
"All right - get rid of the
economic debate and get rid of the
debate over the criminal system -
that's all irrelevant," said Blanchard.
"Look at what's happened to
Griddes during my tenure. We've
got great games, a great sponsor
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you ask for?"
Lucas stood up, a smug look on
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"Folks, this manyis a fraud!" he
screamed. "What he hasn't told you
is that he's really Ray Knight of
the New York Mets, and he's been
off playing baseball for Houston
and the Mets the last few years,
letting someone else run the state
government.
"I ask you this - do you really
want a New Yorker running this
fine state? I think not."
The crowd rose to its feet,
anlauding thunderously.

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1. Iowa at MICHIGAN
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2. Michigan State at Illinois
3. Indiana at Minnesota
4.Wisconsin at
Northwestern
5. Ohio State at Purdue.
6. Alabama at Tennessee
7. Syracuse at Penn State
8. Oklahoma State at
Oklahoma
9. Georgia Tech at Auburn
10. Arkansas at Texas
11. USC at Arizona State
12. North Carolina State at
North Carolina
13. Air Force at Notre Dame
14. Penn at Navy
15. Holy Cross at Army
16. Oregon State at Arizona
17. Stanford at Oregon
18. Kansas at Kansas State
19. Grambling State at
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