Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Friday, October 9, 1987
MICHIGAN, BGSU ATTEMPT TO FILL HOLES
Icers open with Falcons
BY ADAM SCHRAGER
Both teams have lost major
contributors from last season. Both
teams are relatively young and
inexperienced. Both teams have been
practicing vigorously. Both teams
"We are as ready as we can be,"
said Michigan hockey coach Red
Berenson about this weekend's
series with Bowling Green. "We
have gone over as much as we can.
We are enthusiastic and in essence,
we want to play."
Tonight's game at Yost Ice Arena
and tomorrow evening's at Bowling
Green will answer many questions.
The most prominent of those
concern Bowling Green's capability
to defend its regular season Central
Collegiate Hockey Association
championship and Michigan's
ability to challenge for that title.
THE WOLVERINES lost one
key member on both the offensive
and defensive units, but with the 10
players returning from their 1986
recruiting bonanza, the outlook is
good. The losses of Brad Jones
(graduation) and Jeff Norton (U.S.
Olympic Team), provide the
opportunity for others to flourish.
Junior captain Todd Brost and
senior right wing Brad McCaughey
will be counted on this season to
score more with the absence o f
Jones, last year's leading scorer.
Junior Myles O'Conner leads the
defensive core, while sophomore
Warren Sharples, who won the job
the second half of last season, will
ALL MY MUFFINS
be in goal.
The Falcons' goalie of the past
four years, Gary Kruzich, has
graduated leaving that position as the
most important problem for head
coach Jerry York. Kruzich was a
two-year All-American who
compiled an 83-31-4 record in his
tenure with the Falcons. He also was
the only goalie to ever backstop a
team in the NCAA championship in
his first year as a college hockey
"KRUZICH was absolutely
amazing in his four years here,"
York said, "but now he is gone and
we have to replace him. We are
trying to break in two new, young
goaltenders, so they will both play
this weekend. This will be a very
good test for them."
The then with the dubious
distinction of trying to replace
Kruzich are Paul Connell and John
Burke. Both will receive a chance to
play this weekend against the
Wolverines and try to help BGSU
recapture its 24-6-2 record of last
Offensively, the Falcons also
suffered some setbacks, losing their
two high scorers, lain Duncan
(graduation) and Paul Ysebaert (pro
contract signee). Junior Greg Parks,
senior Don Barber, and sophomore
Nelson Emerson will be counted on
to score in this series between the
second- and fifth-ranked teams in the
CCHA Preseason Coaches Poll.
The series is very important to
the Wolverines, who after winning
last season's home opener against
the Falcons proceeded to drop three
straight, including the season finale
that clinched the CCHA
championship for Bowling Green.
"It is important that we play well
at Bowling Green on Saturday," said
Berenson. "That rink is as tough a
rink as we will play in all year. If
we play well there, it will give us
momentum in our upcoming road
series at Miami (Ohio) and Ohio
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The Michigan volleyball team
has really been hit hard this past
week. Last weekend it lost two
important Big Ten matches to
Wisconsin and Northwestern and
also lost one of its best players.
The Wolverines hope to make
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First the Wolverines were swept
by Wisconsin, 3-15, 8-15, 10-15,
and then lost to first-place
Northwestern, 0-15, 2-15, 2-15.
This dropped their record to 12-6, 1-
3 in the Big Ten.
"After last weekend we've got to
get some stability and regain our
confidence,"said coach Joyce
Davis,"we had no rythym in offense
and we weren't playing with
authority, that's why w, lost."
Worst of all is the *act that the
team may have lost senior co-
captain Lisa Vahi for the rest of the
season due to an ankle injury
suffered during last weekend's
matches. The 5'7 setter is
Michigan's career leader in kills,
total attempts, service aces, assists,
digs, and matches played.
"With Vahi out we need
everyone on the roster," stated
Davis. "Our other senior co-captain
Heather Olsen has been doing a
terrific job as setter."
Junior middlehitter Carla Hunter
has returned to the team after a knee
injury and that should help ease the
pain. She played sparingly last
weekend and is now able to play
whenever needed but as Davis said,
"Carla has to get her speed back.
Right now, because of the time off,
she's playing at freshman level."
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.out with injury
The Wolverines can expect
some top-notch volleyball against,
Iowa and Minnesota. The Buckeyes
are led by senior Ellen Mullarkey.,
She is among the Big Ten leaderss
in hitting efficiency and kills pere
game. She had a bad game the lasts
time Minnesota faced Michigan but%
Iowa has good ball control and
plays consistently so as not to relyg
on Mullarkey heavily.
Minnesota has in its court first
team All-American junior Andrea
Gonzalez. She is third in the Big
Ten with a .433 hitting percentage
and leads the conference in kills;
with 6.09 per game. The Gophers
also have sophomore Lori Miller
who has a .342 hitting percentage'
and is second in the conference in'
blocks per game with1.56.
Davis feels that improvement is
definitely needed if Michigan is toy
win. "These two clubs are very:
offensive. We've got to serve tough[
and aggressively and keep oust
blocking steady, which it's been
recently. If we can't do that we're in,
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