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Field Hockey
vs. Central Michigan
Friday, 7 p.m.
Tartan Turf
The Michigan Daily

ySPORTS
Tuesday, September 27, 1988

Women's Volleyball
vs. Indiana
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

Pogq 9

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Spikers lose two to
open Big Ten season

KAREN HANDE LMAN/Doily
Mike Gillette, shown here practicing on the sidelines during Michigan's 19-9 win against
Wake Forest, will keep his field goal kicking duties.
Schem-- bechler says he won't
shave any of Gillette's duties

BY PETE STEINERT
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler
is going to ride it out with slumping
place-kicker Mike Gillette.
"He's too good," Schembechler
said yesterday. "I'm going to just let
him alone. I think that's what I'm
going to do."
Unlike Schembechler who has
succeeded in taking on a dual role as
coach and athletic director, Gillette's
transition as the Wolverines' kicker,

slash punter, has not been so
smooth.
THE SENIOR from St.
Joseph, Mich., has punted extremely
well, but he has connected on just
five-of-10 field goals in three games
this season. "That's unthinkable,"
Schembechler said. "He's not hitting
em like he used to."
Entering the season, Gillette had
converted 72 percent of his field-goal
tries since arriving at Michigan.
Schembechler has played with the
idea of making Gillette strictly a
punter and handing the kicking
duties over to backups J.D. Carlson
or Gulam Khan. But he has decided
to stick with Gillette for now. "I
still feel he's the one guy that can do
it (both punt and kick),"
Schembechler said. "He's a great
athlete and a great competitor."
As a first-year punter, Gillette
has averaged 45.4 yards on 15 kicks.
If he continues at the same'pace, he
will break Monte Robbins' team
record for the highest season punting
average (43.6).
IN SATURDAY'S game
against Wake Forest, Gillette pinned
the Deamon Deacons deep in their
own end with punts that went out of
bounds at the four and the two-yard
line, respectively.
"Monte could not kick 'em out of
bounds like he can," Schembechler

said. "He's amazing."
Schembechler's other concerns on
a Monday afternoon included the
state of his defensive line. Two of
Michigan's top pass rushers, John
Herrmann (back) and Warde Manuel
(neck), are out. Manuel has not
played this season.
Herrmann played injured in the
Wolverines' first three games. "He's
has not been able to play (at full
strength) all year," Schembechler
said. "He cannot move. It's really
hurt us."
The loss of Herrmann and Manuel
leaves Mark Messner and Brent
White as the only healthy defensive
tackles with experience. Sophomores
Mike Evans (6-foot-4, 233 pounds)
and Ron Zielinski (6-5, 255) may be
pressed into action.
Schembechler also said that he
will try to give tailback Allen
Jefferson some playing time
Saturday in Michigan's Big Ten
opener at Wisconsin. Jefferson has
yet to play this season due to a
nagging leg injury.

BY ERIC LEMONT
Coaches like to preach that
defense wins ballgames, but
ultimately it is up to the offense to
pull out the victory.
After two losses to open the Big
Ten season, no one knows this
better than the Michigan women's
volleyball team.
Michigan lost matches to
Wisconsin (15-12, 15-8, 16-14) and
Northwestern (15-8, 13-15, 19-17,
7-15, 15-7) last weekend as a result
of their inability to execute when
they had the ball.
In the five-game loss to
Northwestern Saturday, which took
over three hours to complete, strong
performances by Karen Marshall (19
kills, 25 digs) and Kim Clover (Big
Ten record-tying 12 block assists)
were not enough to offset
Michigan's season-high 40 errors in
the match - a statistic responsible
for the Wolverines' low .171 hitting
percentage.
While Michigan coach Joyce
Davis characterized the play of
Clover and Marshall as "excellent"
she was disappointed in the play of
the team as a whole.
"Our hitting percentage was just
not good enough to win an
otherwise close match," Davis said.
"We don't have any one individual
who can carry this team. We need all
our players playing well at the same
time."
This lack of timely play was
evidenced in the Wolverines pivotal
19-17 loss in the third game.
"We had three opportunities at
game-point," said Davis. "That was
a critical point in the match."
Davis felt that all three games
against Wisconsin were competitive
and that the Wolverines could have
won the third game with a late rally.
Team captain Marie Ann
Davidson agreed that the Badgers
three game sweep was deceiving. "If
we played up to our potential we
could have won easily," said
Davidson. "As a whole, none of us
took over and played well. We need
to play more as a team."

Davidson said that while she was
disappointed at starting out the
league schedule with two losses, she
feels that Michigan can be
competitive if the team cuts down
on offensive mistakes.
"We can play with anyone in the
Big Ten," Davidson said. "It all
matters on what we do on our side of
the net."
Runners place third
Even without the, services of
number four runner Jennifer McPeck
and number six runner Jennifer
Saari, Michigan's women's cross
country team finished a strong third
at the University of Kentucky
Invitational this past weekend.
Kentucky led the eight-team field
by tallying 32 points. They edged
Indiana which came in a close second
with 42 points, while the
Wolverines took the third spot with
75 points.. Western Kentucky
finished a distant fourth with a total
of 148.
Both McPeck and Saari were
unavailable due to previous injuries.
Their absence was felt, but that
didn'tstop some strong performances
by other Wolverine runners.
Mindy Rowand led the Michigan
attack by capturing fifth place in a
time of 18:17. She was followed by
first-year runner, Kim Haluscsak,
who claimed 12th (18:48). Carol
Boid crossed the line in 15th
position with a time of 18:56.
"Mindy ran a very .competitive
race," commented Coach Sue Foster,
'It was a competitive field and she
r ,ally held on."
'poach Foster also noted the
impk rtance of Haluscsak: "Kim did a
great job for us. She is one of the
top freshman in the country and
showed it with her fine
performance."
Other top finishers for the
Wolverines included, Karen Welke
(20th) in 19:15, Tracy Babcock
(23rd) in 19:32, Ava Udvadia (27th)
with a 19:50, and Debbie Palmer
(31st) in 20:06.
"Hopefully both Jens will be

back and healthy for the Indiana
Invitational," explained Foster. "It
really hurt us to not have McPeck
and Saari running in the race. When
we get both of them back and
healthy it will really be a boost
With them back we could be closer
to Indiana than we were last week."
The Wolverine runners will get
another shot at Indiana when they
travel to Bloomington for the
Indiana Invitational on October 8.
-SCOTT SHIGLEY
Soccer team ties two
This past weekend, the Michigan
men's soccer team recorded two ties.
On Saturday, the Wolverines played
in Evanston against the
Northwestern Wildcats. The game
was the type for those who don't
like to see scoring, as the game
ended in a 0-0 tie.
Against the University of
Illinois, Michigan found the net, but
the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Midfielder Matt Dikin scored
Michigan's first goal of the
weekend, ten minutes into the first
half. But Michigan's lead soon
disappeared. Two questionable
handball calls inside the penalty area
provided the Illini with two penalty
shots and two scores.
A dispute with the official, near
the end of the first half resulted in
the ejection of a Wolverine defender.
Michigan then had to play the last
five minutes of the first half and the
entire second half shorthanded.
Despite having a power play, the
Illini were outplayed with Michigan
outshooting the Illini 14 to one. But
the Wolverine shots could not find
their way into the goal. Finally,
with :52 seconds left, senior captain
Steve Burns poked the ball in from
the middle of a crowd. Michigan had
evened the score at 2-2. Neither team
scored again.
The Wolverines (5-2-3) are
looking to extend their eight game
unbeaten streak when they travel to
Michigan State on Wednesday.
-STAFF REPORTS

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