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Swimming
vs. Bowling Green
Today, 4 p.m.
Canham Natatorium
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Football
vs. Illinois
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

Tuesday, November 8, 1988

Page 7

Spikers suffer yet
another set-back

JESSICA GREENE Daily
First-year student Sean Victor swims the butterfly stroke in Friday's Maize and Blue Intrasquad meet at Canham
Natatorium. Victor, a high-school All-American, finished third in the 100-yard butterfly competition.

Natatorium

to be

unveiled

BY JODI LEICHTMAN
The Michigan men's swimming
team dives into its season today
against Bowling Green.
Excluding the alumni and intra-
squad scrimmages held last week,
this competition will mark the first
official dual meet held at the Don
Canham Natatorium.
Head coach Jon Urbanchek says
be considers the event a practice
meet. "It's just an idea of where we
are," Urbanchek said.
Senior Marty Moran, one of this
year's tri-captains, shares
;Urbanchek's views. "It gives us a
chance to race other people other
,than ourselves," Moran said. "So far,
we've just been racing each other."
According to Moran, "Both teams
(Michigan and Bowling Green) will
be swimming tired.
"Dual meets are just some
competition so we can see how we're

doing in comparison with other
swimmers and other teams," said
senior tri-captain Alex Alvizuri.
"Usually when we train we like to
have meets to break away from our
training - something different in
our schedule."
Alvizuri, sophomore Mike
Barrowman (the third tri-captain), and
junior Brent Lang will not be
participating in this meet because of
their late return from the Olympics
this fall. All three will return to the
squad in January.
"I think we'll still be able to do
okay without them this term, but
next term we'll need them," Moran
said.
The team's main focus this year
is the NCAAs, "But the Big Ten is a
very big meet," Moran said.
The meet will begin at 4:00 p.m.
There is no admission charge.

Women face Falcons
The Michigan women's
swimming team kicks off its season
today against the Bowling Green
Falcons.
The Wolverines are coming off an
eighth-place finish in the NCAA
Championships last year, and are
hoping to improve upon that mark.
But at this point of the schedule,
Michigan head coach Jim Richardson
isn't necessarily looking to repeat
last year's performance.
"I think we have the opportunity
to do as well as we did last year, but
every season is a new season,"
Richardson said.
Richardson said he is presently
more concerned with watching split
times and endurance than speed
itself. "This is our preparatory phase
of the season," he said. "We're
trying to get people down to their

swimming weight and to swim
intelligently."
Bowling Green, second in the
Mid-American Conference last
season at 8-2, is led by Andrea
Szekely in the freestyle and relay
events, and Shari Williams in the
freestyle and backstroke.
ERIC LEMONT

BY ERIC LEMONT
The good news is that the
Michigan women's volleyball team
did not extend its 13 game losing
streak in the Big Ten. The not-so-
good news is that they lost to non-
conference opponent Notre Dame last
Saturday.
It took the 24th ranked Irish just
53 minutes to defeat the Wolverines
15-5, 15-6, 15-5.
Michigan ended the game with a
-.013 hitting percentage,
committing more errors, 21, than
kills, 20.
"Our serve reception wasn't
executed very well and that made it
difficult to generate our offense. That
was indicated in our hitting
percentage," said head coach Joyce
Davis.
DAVIS said Notre Dame's
coverage off Michigan's blocks was
above average. "We had some blocks
that against most teams would have
been scores," she said.
KP ren Marshall,.who led the
Wolverines with a .105 hitting
perccntage, said the team just didn't
communicate well on the court.
Marshall though, like Davis, is
putting the loss and the season in
perspective.
"I think we're handling it (the 14
match losing streak) better than most
people think," Marshall said. "We
realize we have had a tough season
but we also see that with six games
to go we could get three wins. We're
not giving up."
Davis is also happy with her
team's spirit: "They're hanging in
there. They have as positive an
attitude as they possibly can, but its
difficult because they really want to
win. They're a very competitive
group."
D E S P I T E their record, the
Wolverines have made progress in
certain areas this season moving
from last to first in the league in
blocking and outdigging their
opponents, 663-661. In addition to
playing in a competitive conference
such as the Big Ten, the Wolverines
have also played three teams in the
top 25 nationally.

These statistics shouldn't be
overlooked when assessing the team,
Davis said: "We've had five or six
matches this year which were really
close but somebody had to lose and
we lost. Usually a team will win
half of those type of games."
Davis said the team could have
played lesser teams by "packing the
schedule," but does not believe that
would be the answer. In retrospect,

Davis
...streak continues
Davis said the schedule may be, "a
little too challenging."
For now, the team's immediate
goal is to beat Central Michigan
tonight.
"We've resigned ourselves to 10th
place in the Big Ten but we're not
giving up," Marshall said. "I know
we are going to wip a game. I really
do."
uue
ONi~

Richardson
...ready for meet

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
'Water polo team paddles to third

BY JOSH MITNICK
- The Michigan water polo team
placed third in the Big 10
Championships last weekend in
Bloomington, Ind. After losing a
close match to Ohio State in the
semi-finals, the Wolverines came
back in the consolation game to beat
Northwestern 12-9 for the bronze.
In addition, three members of the
squad received All-Big 10 honors.
Co-Captains Steve Kulp and John
Koupal, who provided most of the
Wolverines scoring power in the
tournament, were named to the first
team while Jeff Prince received
second team honors.
After finishing a close second to
Northwestern in last year's
tournament, the Wolverines had their
sights set on the championship.
With an 8-6 record coming into the
tournament, the squad had beaten
every Big 10 team during the regular
season, except Indiana.
HOWEVER, the Wolverines
entered the preliminary rounds at a
distinct disadvantage, missing the
service of four of the seven starters,
including goalie Todd Foley.
"We're at a disadvantage because
of injuries, but the team is pulling
together in terms of character," said
head coach Ben Quitener before the
tournament.
With only one day's notic6 and'
several hours of practice, assistant
coach Scott Russell filled in at
goalie. "We had to play a tighter
defense than usual to help him out,
but Scott came through for us,"
Kulp said.
And pull together is just what the
Wolverines did. They posted three
impressive wins in Saturday's

matches against Purdue, Iowa, and
Michigan State by scores of 16-4,
22-10, and 22-6 respectively.
KULP, who was also named as
the tournament MVP, described the
attitude of the team after the first day
as "a reserved optimism".
Kulp then added: "We knew that
Ohio State would be tough because
we saw how they demolished
Michigan State."
Despite a nagging foot injury,
Jeff Prince came off the bench to try
to aid the team in a close match
against Ohio State. The game was
hotly contested throughout, as
neither team held more than a two
goal lead.
However, not even Prince's
defensive presence could stop the
Buckeyes from scoring a goal in the
last minute, breaking an 11-11
deadlock.
"It was a really hard loss, but we
can't be too disappointed because we
played well as a team. The team
displayed a lot of character," Kulp
said.
Avenging last year's final round
defeat, the Wolverines rebounded in
the consolation match, beating
Northwestern 12-9 to take third
overall.
Despite the disappointing finish,
the team remained optimistic. "The
overall tournament play was
outstanding from top to bottom.
Every player had their best
weekend," Russell said.
Michigan is now looking ahead
to the Midwestern Regionals which
will be held in Evanston, Illinois

According to Russell: "the regionals
should be a competitive tournament.
All eight teams are of equal caliber.
Every team will be solid."

Field hockey team
drops two on road
The Michigan field hockey team
ended its season on a disappointing
note last weekend, dropping two
close matches to conference rivals
Ohio State and Northwestern.
Saturday, the Wolverines were
shut out 1-0 in Columbus, despite
outshooting the Buckeyes, 19-8.
Ohio State scored the lone goal with
only two minutes remaining, putting
a damper on a standout performance
by senior goaltender Gilian Pieper.
"Gilian really made a difference in
holding us in the game," said head
coach Karen Collins. "We just
couldn't get our attack going."
Sunday's contest in Evanston was
postponed for three hours to allow
the field to be cleared of snow.
When play finally began, the
Wolverines kept pace with
Northwestern for much of the game,
going into halftime tied 0-0. But the
Wildcats were just too much for
Michigan to handle in the second
half.
According to Collins, the
weekend marked, "a disappointing

end to a disappointing season. We're
just a step behind where I wanted to
be at this point," she said. The
Wolverines finished the season with
a record of 6-10-4 (1-6-1 in the Big
Ten).
The season was not without
highlights, though. The 7-0 victory
over rival Michigan State was a big
win for the team. There were also
individual performances that stood
out, such as Pieper, forwards Judy
Burinskas and Sara Clark, and
defender Robin Ives.
The team's biggest problem was
its inability to consistently combine
a solid defensive effort with a strong
attack. Early in the season, the
defense was the problem, and toward
the end, the offensive attack lacked
its earlier spark.
"Our concentration this winter is
going to be on finding that balance,"
Collins said. "We want to make
something happen on both ends of
the game."
Michigan will lose four seniors to
graduation, and although the bulk of
the team will return, Collins
acknowledges that the loss of players
like Pieper, Clark, and Ives will be
significant ones.
"Those are pretty big holes to
fill," Collins admitted. She added,
however, that she is hopeful that
recruiting efforts will lead to an
improved performance in 1989.
-JAY MOSES

Photojournalist
David C. Turnley
4:15 PM Wednesday
November 9th
Mr. Turnley will be presenting a self-narrated
color slide show at 100 Hutchins Hall, U of M
Law School (enter off State Street). Please
note the time is 4:15 PM, not 7:30 PM as
listed in the Observer.
are they weeps
h fvican inder apard
iPhcltIgraph) by DI)x d ( lurn lev
His pictures cut
through political
rhetoric to bring . .
a first hand account
unlike any other,
exposing the status
quo.
A Detroit Free Press photographer and a 1977 Residential College
Graduate, David Turnley's work in South Africa has won the World
Press Photo Competition's Oscar Barnack Award, an award and
citation from the Overseas Press Club, and the University of Mis-
souri and National Press Photographer's Canon Essay Award. His
photo essay on Desmond Tutu for Life magazine was voted the
best portrait personality picture story by the World Press Photo
Clm netitinn

this weekend.
The team hopes to gain
measure of revenge on Ohio

some
State.

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