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December 03, 1986 - Image 8

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Page 8- The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, December 3, 1986

Women cagers down Hurons

Spikers optimistic
despite bad finish

Lorea Feldman pumped in 25
points last night at Crisler Arena as
she led the women's basketball
team to a resounding 76-58 victory
over Eastern Michigan.
Feldman contributed three steals,
five assists and a team-high eight
rebounds. Hurons coach Kathy Hart
was impressed by the strong play of
the junior from Bourbon, Ind.
"As a freshman, she was
wonderful," Hart said. "(Now) she
has range beyond the three-point
play. She's a wonderful player and
eventually she will be one of the
top Big Ten players of the year. "
lead into the half, then exploded
with the first 10 points of the
second period to take command of
the game. The Wolverine freshmen
led the charge, as Leslie Spicer,
Tanya Powell, and Joan Rieger
poured in all 10 points.
Spicer finished with 11 points
and another freshman, Lisa
Reynolds, also tallied 11 to go along
with her team-leading three blocked
shots. Senior Vonnie Thompson
rounded out the double digit scorers
as she contributed .12 points, eight
-in the first half, including a nifty
driving lay-up in traffic.
Wolverine head coach Bud Van
DeWege credited his team's
quickness for the fast start to open
the second half.
"We had good speed out there
and got Eastern in a position to
take some chances, and at the end
they had to take those chances and
we opened it up a bit."

VAN DEWEGE knew he had
been through a war with the
Hurons. "Eastern is one of the
scrappiest, hardest-working teams
we'll play all year and we knew we
had to take it to them, not let them
be the aggressor."
Michigan made use of Eastern's
man-to-man defense, running every
chance it got. The Wolverines
outhustled the Hurons, and Van
DeWege again praised his team's
speed in shutting them down.
"We have good outside shooters
and this is the quickest team I've
had since I've been here. I like to
see man-to-man. Then we can use
our speed a little better. The zone
slows us down a little."
Seniors JoAnne LeFevre and
Sharon Rose paced Eastern
Michigan with 16 and 14 points,
respectively. EMU fought back in
the second half as it went on 5-0
run, but the Wolverines revived
with a 12-1 sprint of their own to
put the game out of reach.
MICHIGAN HAS its toughest
opponent coming up this Friday, as
the Wolverines travel to the
University of Virginia to battle the
highly ranked Cavaliers.
VanDeWege knows U-Va will
severely test his young's team 2-0
record. ,
"Anything could happen -
they're very talented and we want to
compete with them.
"Virginia's extremely difficult.
Coming away with a 1-1 record at
the tournament would be very

The Michigan volleyball team
ended a bittersweet season this
weekend, losing road matches to
Purdue and Illinois. The
Wolverines finished at the bottom
of the Big Ten with a
disappointing 3-15 conference
record, but have as much hope for
the future as any Michigan
volleyball team.
The principal problems over
the weekend were the same ones
that have plagued the Wolverines
all year: inconsistency and poor
Heading into Purdue, Michigan
was riding a three-match winning
streak. Purdue, meanwhile, was
riding the skids. Michigan coach
Joyce Davis had predicted, "We're
going to beat Purdue."
IT WASN'T to be, however,
as the Boilermakers pulled out a
15-12, 12-15, 15-8, 15-6 win.
The Wolverines committed 16
receiving errors and 11 service
errors en route to the loss.
"In the two most fundamental
aspects, we gave up two entire
games. And that's the match,"
said Davis. "They didn't play that
well. They just played less
poorly than we did."
Against conference champ
Illinois, Michigan succumbed
quickly, 15-7, 15-6, 15-4. A
victory over the Illini would have
been a major coup, but the loss
was still frustrating. The
Wolverines just "didn't play
well," according to Davis,
particularly at receiving service.
Overall, the weekend losses put
a damper on the team's postive
outlook after the weekend sweep
of Northwestern and Wisconsin
two weeks ago, and the
surprisingly easy win over Eastern
Michigan that followed.
THE REALITY of the team's
future didn't change, though, with
the losses. This is a team on the
way up. For one thing, as Coach
Davis points out, "There's no
other direction to go."
The Wolverines accomplished
eight of ten of the team goals they
had set for themselves, but the
season was a disappointment
because the goals they didn't
attain were the biggest ones.
Says Davis, "The two most
important goals had to do with
wins and losses." And those were
the ones they missed.
The problems they had with
inconsistency and execution are

easily attributed to inexperience.
Of the twelve players, only two
are juniors, and only one is a
senior, middle hitter Jayne
Junior co-captain Lisa Vahi
thinks the five freshmen on the
team will be much improved with
a season under their belts. "When
you're a freshman, you're scared
to make mistakes. A year of
experience makes a world of.
IN ADDITION the entire:
coaching staff was new this year.
Next year, says Davis, "we'll
know better how to prepare and
what to expect."
Next year's team also will be
improved by the addition of what.
appears to be a strong class of
incoming freshmen. Davis says,
"We're recruiting very hard," and
hints that next year's class may be
even stronger than this year's, one
of Michigan's best ever.





Daily Photo by PETER ROSS
Junior forward Lorea Feldman sparked the Wolverine offense with 25
DointS last night.

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Maybe the most important
factor for next year, however, will
be the team unity that has
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