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Page 10 '-The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 13, 1987

SPORTS OF THE DAILY
Spartan spikers could cure 'M' blues

By PETER ZELLEN
The Michigan volleyball team is tired
of being kicked around by the Big Ten
and tonight it's going to try to remedy
the situation. Last-place Michigan State
(0-5, Big Ten) is in town for tonight's
7:30 matchup (cable channel 9).
Michigan, 1-5 Big Ten, has really
been down in the dumps because of
recent events. In the last two weeks the
Wolverines have lost their last four Big
Ten matches. They also lost their top
setter senior Lisa Vahi. She suffered a
serious ankle injury two weeks ago
during practice, not during a match as
previously reported. Vahi will likely be
out for the remainder of the season.
The Spartans have been having the
same problems that Michigan has lately.
They too lost their setter, junior Judy
Doles, who suffered a stress fracture a
few weeks ago. Doles was among the
Big Ten leaders in assists and digs per
game before she went down with the
injury.
"Michigan State also has a tough time
getting rythym on offense and passing,"
said Michigan coach Joyce Davis, "we'll
try to create the plays we want and see
what develops."
ONE OF Michigan State's healthy
players is freshman Becky Belanger.
Their best all around player, Belanger is
one of the conference leaders in hitting
and is second in digs per game. "We'll
want to know where she is on the court,"
said Davis.
Michigan State could cheer up the
Wolverines. They certainly need it after
this past weekend's performances against
Iowa and Minnesota.
Last Friday Michigan lost to the
Hawkeyes by the scores of, 17-15, 15-4,
and 15-10.
The first game was a long and see-
sawing match where the only thing that
beat the Wolverines was a lack of
players. With injuries to Vahi and junior
Carla Hunter, Michigan is basically
playing with 10 players on a 12-woman
roster.
"Depth has hurt us in that people are
having to play out of position," Davis
said, "every time it's a gamble when
you're dealing with substitutions."
NEWCOMER Cindy Maloney has
been pressed into service more often than
usual but has met the challenge well.

"Cindy has done a good job," the coach
said. "She's passed, dug, and assisted
well."
The second game was a 15-minute
blowout. Nothing went right for the
Wolverines as they lost 15-4 to Iowa,
barely getting a chance to serve.
The third game was vintage Jekyll and
Hyde. In the beginning Michigan played
poorly and was down 5-2 but junior Julie
Marshall served four straight points to
give the Wolverines a 6-5 lead. Soon
after, Michigan took a 10-7 lead. Then
the Michigan serving went ice cold. Iowa
took advantage by grabbing the
remaining eight points to win the game
15-7 and the match.
Junior Marie-Ann Davidson and
sophomore Karen Marshall had 12 digs
apiece with senior Heather Olsen
contributing 10. The team's kill
percentage, however, was a lowly .028,
compared to Iowa's .151. Michigan also
committed 27 hitting errors. Iowa's Toni
Zehr and Kari Hamel led the game with
nine kills each. Olsen led the Wolverines
with seven.
GRANTED, A loss is a loss, Davis
had a positive outlook after the Iowa
match. "The outcome was not as critical
as the performance," she said. "I'm
pleased with the effort that we've shown.
It's been more than in the last 10 days.
We've had no major breakdowns and
we're creating the situations that we
want. We have to work with a new team
now and it's looking a lot better."
Minnesota, on the other hand, took no
prisoners last Saturday. Michigan was
soundly beaten by the Gophers, 15-4, 15-
7, and 15-6.
The first game was just bad all around
for Michigan. It lasted a little under 14
minutes and Michigan spent very little
time on offense. The closest the
Wolverines got in the game was in the
first minute when they were tied 1-1. Ten
minutes later it was 13-1. Sophomore
Wendy Raber served Michigan to 13-4
but Minnesota ended it quickly.
Michigan showed spunk in the second
game. The Gophers' Missy Larsen served
eight straight points, including three aces
and gave Minnesota an 11-2 lead.
Towards the end though, Michigan came
alive. The Wolverines took away a lot of
the opposition's serves and made them
earn their points. Key blocks by

Michigan were abundant but Minnesota
pulled it out 15-7.
The third game started off well for
Michigan as sophomore Kim Clover and
freshman Julia Sturm combined with
good serving and blocking, respectively.
The Wolverines led 5-4, then they hit the
iceberg. Minnesota served seven straight
points to go ahead 11-5. Rabor helped
Michigan to another point but the
Gophers got the last four to take the
victory.
"This match was just a disaster. We
errored ourselves out (12 receiving and 13
hitting errors,)" Davis said. "We were too
inconsistent. We'd make a great play and
then a boneheaded one. You just can't do
that."
Michigan State may be just what the
doctor ordered.
Harriers run second
The men's cross country team finished
second in the 12 team Indiana
invitational at Bloomington on Saturday.
Illinois won the meet with 45 points,
while the Wolverines finished with 71,
edging out Indiana by a point for second
place. Michigan State and Iowa rounded
out the meet's top five.
Michigan's top runner was All-
American John Scherer who finished
second overall with a time of 24:05.3.
He was beaten by two-tenths of a second
by Western Kentucky's Kevin Banks
who finished in 24:05.1. The second
place finish ends an impressive two meet
winning streak for Scherer.
Other Wolverines who finished well
were Brad Barquist in eighth place, Joe
Schmidt in 18th, Tony Carna in 26th,
and Dave McKay in 27th.
The Wolverines will next compete in
the Central Collegiate Cross Country
Championships on October 24th.
-BILL ZOLLA
Kichers boot BGSU, 2-0
The women's soccer team beat
Bowling Green State, 2-0, Sunday at
Mitchell Field. The win avenged an
earlier 1-1 tie with the Falcons. Both
goals were scored in the second half. The
win evened the Wolverines record at 4-4-
4. They play today against Central
Michigan at Mitchell Field. The game
starts at 4:30.

-Associated Press
The Twins' Tom Brunansky is out at third on the relay to Detroit's Tom Brookens. But the
damage is done as two runs score on the play, giving Minnesota a second-inning lead.
Twi s end 22 year drought

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15.
A single by Steve Lombardozzi and
doubles by Dan Gladden and Greg Gagne
added two more runs.
Jeff Reardon, stopper of the Twins
bullpen, got the final four outs to clinch the
title, although he was touched for a run in
the ninth on Kirk Gibson's' run-scoring
single.
Brunansky's fourth double in the playoffs
sparked the Twins' big inning as Minnesota
knocked out Alexander after only one and
two-thirds innings.
Alexander, 9-0 since joining the Tigers in
an August 12 trade with Atlanta, is 0-5 in
post-season play.
Bert Blyleven, the winner of Game two,
allowed five hits through the first six
innings for the Twins and got the victory.
Gary Gaetti started the Twins' second
with a single, his sixth hit in 16 series at-
bats. Randy Bush walked on a 3-2 pitch and
Brunansky hit the first pitch into the left-
field corner, driving in Gaetti and Bush.

Brunansky was thrown out trying to
stretch the hit into a triple.
Lombardozzi singled, then Alexander got
Tim Laudner on a grounder that moved
Lombardozzi to second. Gladden singled
Lombardozzi home.
After Gagne was hit by a pitch, Kirby
Puckett singled home Gladden for a 4-0
Twins lead and Eric King relieved Alexander.
King got Kent Hrbek, the ninth batter ii the
inning, on a grounder for the third out.
The Tigers cut the deficit to 4-3 in the
fourth. Gibson doubled and scored on Alan
Trammell's single. Then Nokes, who hit 32
homers during the regular season, hit a 1-1
pitch off Blyleven into the lower right-field
seats for his first playoff homer.
It was the 13th homer of this series,
tying a playoff record equalled twice in the
National League and most recently in the AL
last year by California and Boston.
Detroit first baseman Darrell Evans, the
goat in the Tigers' 5-3 loss in Game 4, got a
standing ovation from the Tiger Stadium
crowd when he came to bat in the first.

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NFL STRIKE; DAY 22:
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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -
Striking NFL players, in their
attempt to defuse the free agency
issue rebuffed by the owners, met
Monday in what one union official
descibed as an angry mood as the
walkout completed its third week.
The meeting of the 28 player
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same hotel where a week ago the
players voted not to let one issue
stand in the way of an agreement.
But that one issue - free agency
- surfaced again Sunday when
management broke off six days of
talks after declaring that a new union
proposal on the issue was not a
solution.
THAT LEFT the players, who
had hoped to return in time for last
week's games, looking at a third
week of replacement games and a
fourth without a paycheck. If the
replacement players play a third
game this weekend, they would be
entitled to a share of playoff money
if their teams make it to postseason
competition.
But union officials vowed to
remain silent.
"Management a l w a y s
underestimates our strength, and in

this case, they underestimate player
anger," Doug Allen, the assistant
executive director of the NFL
Players Association, said before the
meeting.
"That anger means it's going to
get uglier and it's going to get
messier before it's over."
DURING THE talks at Tysons
Corner, Va., that broke off Sunday,
the union claimed it was dropping
it's demand for unrestricted free
agency.
It substituted a plan that would
provide right of first refusal to a
team when its player receives an
offer from another team and the
player receives compensation from
his new team based on the player's
old salary.
But Jack Donlan, chairman of the
NFL Management Council, rejected
that plan and walked away from the

table, claiming that basing
compensation on the old salary
would mean no compensation at all.;
He said that was because the salaries
of most players ending their first
contract were making too little
money to be worth draft choice
compensation.
The players, meanwhile,
maintained that Donlan's rejection
indicated that free agency wasn't the
issue.
"THEIR suggestion was to
liberalize the system and we did
that," Brian Holloway of the Los
Angeles Raiders, the NFLPA's'
assistant executive director, said
before the meeting. "We've called
their bluff."
Marvin Powell of Tampa Bay,'
the union's president, said the
owners had walked away in hopes
that frustrated players, who will have
lost a quarter of their yearly salary if
they don't play next weekend, will
return to camp by Wednesday's
deadline.
Monday, one player, rookie nose
tackle Gerald Nichols of the New
York Jets, crossed the picket lined

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