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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1988-- Page 7

WINTER

Icers slide,
slip through
eventful year

BY JULIE HOLLMAN
The Michigan hockey team took
its fans on a roller coaster ride filled
with stomach-turning lows and exu-
berant highs last season. After expe-
riencing the greatest win in head
coach Red Berenson's Michigan
coaching career, the Wolverines
ended their season with one of
Berenson's worst losses.
The Wolverines began the season
steadily, splitting nine of their first
11 series. But with half the schedule
completed, Michigan decided to add a
little excitement to the '88 script.
BEHIND THE strong play of
junior goalie Warren Sharples,
Michigan defeated Illinois-Chicago

5-2 and 6-3 to avenge a series sweep
from the season before. Sharples
rejected 65 shots in the weekend
series. Junior center Rob Brown,
Michigan's leading scorer on the
season, steered Michigan's offensive
power with a two-goal performance.
"This is the high point of the
Michigan hockey program since I've
been here," Berenson said after the
sweep.
But Berenson's fondest memory
was topped two weeks later.
Michigan treated its fans to its
first sweep of Michigan State in
seven years when the Wolverines
swept their arch-rival, 5-2, 5-3.
WHEN ASKED if this was
now the greatest moment in his
Michigan coaching career, Berenson
responded: "Well, I guess it is."
The high spirits, however, only
lasted a week.
The Wolverines returned to action
with a split against Western Mich-
igan and the following week ex-
perienced their first home sweep at
the hands of the eventual national
champion Lake Superior Lakers.
The fan's emotions took a sudden
nose dive, but they rose just as
quickly in anticipation of the
playoffs. The Wolverines faced
fourth-place Western Michigan in a
best-of-three series at Kalamazoo.

year, under head coach Red Berenson, Michigan won

Sharples...
team MVP.

Director
Continued fron Page 3.
Fleming said.
SCHEMBECHLER stated at
the press conference announcing his
appointment that he would work to
continue the development of wo-
men's athletics.
"Many of us would like to see an
increasing emphasis on and im-
provement in our women's pro-
grams," Regent Roach said. "We're
making progress and just want to see
continued improvement."
Women's volleyball coach Joyce
avis detailed the progress that she
as seen since coming to Michigan.
"When I came, we had half the
number of scholarships (for women)
as other Big Ten teams, and our poor
facilities made it difficult for us to
compete," she said. "I've seen fiscal
improvements, an increase in schol-
arships, and we are developing new
facilities. It took us ten years to get
behind, and it's not going to take us
ten years to catch up."
"I'M CONVINCED, because
'of the nature of the institution, that
once we get up to snuff in peripheral
things, we will be competitive."
Ocker would like to see Schem-
bechler develop promotions that will
draw more people to women's
sports.
"I would like to see the men and
women have similar promotional
activities. Particularly, we need
drives to increase our attendance. We
don't currently have good support
from the student body, and I'd like to
attract students to our events," she
said.

Davis, however, said the time is
not right for promotions - rather,
the women's sports need to wait un-
til their new facilities are completed
in 1989.
"WE HAVEN'T wanted to do
promotions because we currently
cannot handle the people we would
catch from them," she said, noting
that only 200 people can comfort-
ably fit into her team's current facil-
ity.
Perry said, "A lot of people per-
ceive that Don (Canham) hasn't done
a lot for women's athletics, but in
reality he has. Women's sports will
come on, but you can't just go
overnight and change things."
He and Davisadded that additional
funds for women's athletics may not

be the only answer.
"I don't need what football has. I
don't want it. You can't compare
volleyball and football," Davis said.
"THE BIG Ten has prioritized
women's basketball and volleyball.
There is no way to compare these to
either of the men's priority sports,
which are basketball and football."
"I don't have to go to the Rose
Bowl every year to be successful,"
she said. She added that if her team
could come in fifth in the con-
ference, and if she wins the Big Ten
Coach-of-the-Year title, then her
season will be a success.
The growth of women's athletics
is a phenomenon which began less
than twenty years ago, Davis said, a
fact which accounts for the discrep-
ancies that exist between men's and
women's sports.
"WE ARE still in our infancy.
We're not going to have 100-year-
old institutions and traditions within
a twenty-year lifespan," she said.
"We have a whole new generation of
women not knowing that women
didn't have the opportunity to play
sports, not knowing the discrimina-
tion in athletics. This is very posi-
tive because it helps raise the expec-
tations of the women and the pro-
grams they are involved in."
"People meet the demands placed
upon them. Now the need is there
and I believe the institution will
meet it," Davis added. "I don't want
to be anyplace else in the next ten

years. This is the place to be because
we're going to see fantastic
changes."
Davis sees the potential for her
team and other women's teams as
endless.
"THERE IS NO way we can
lose. We don't have to struggle for
money or academic integrity. In two
years we will have the best volley-
ball arena in possibly the country,"
she said.
Some of the members of the
University's Board of Regents feel
that Schembechler also will be faced
with making a larger decision
regarding the path college athletics
should take.
"It's a general problem, but we
need to reevaluate where college ath-
letics really fits into the educational
experience. Is bigger better? Are
college athletics becoming nothing
more than farm teams for the big
leagues? What obligations does an
athletic department have to students
not on scholarship who want to par-
ticipate?" Power asked.
Whatever decisions Schembechler
makes as athletic director, Davis
said, they will reflect what is best
for Michigan.
"The University wants to have
quality programs in business, sci-
ence, athletics, etc... and we are just
a little part of it. What we're talking
about is the University of Michigan.

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