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Page 10- The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 10, 1989
Irish,?
High stakes for 'M'
in face-ois with ND
BY TAYLOR LINCOLN
The hockey team will take a vacation from the rigors of its battle for
second place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association with a home-
and-home series versus Notre Dame this weekend.
But it is not expected to be a stringent test. Despite their fabled
history in football and basketball, the Irish do not field a nationally
powerful hockey team.
Notre Dame downgraded its program to "club sport" status for one
year in 1983. The next year, the school reclassified it as a varsity sport,
but have been slow to award scholarships which could bring them to
competitive status.
THIS YEAR, the Irish improved their schedule to include such
teams as Western Michigan, Illinois-Chicago, and Boston College to go
along with Michigan. The impact has shown in their won-loss record as
they are 9-23-2 and suffered a 14 game losing streak at one point in the
season.
If the Wolverines win both games this weekend they will extend their
unbeaten streak to 10, but will not gain significantly in the polls.
A loss in either game, however, would be damage their hopes of
gaining one of the twelve bids to the NCAA tournament.
"When the NCAA seedings come in, we can't have lost to Notre
Dame," coach Red Berenson said. "We have nothing to win and
everything to lose."
Berenson said right winger Kent Brothers will not play because of a
bad back. He added that Jeff Urban and Todd Copeland will not dress.
In their places will be first-year players Vaclav Nedomansky and
Franz Herbert, neither of whom have seen significant playing time this
year.
BERENSON dispelled conjecture that Urban and Copeland are
sitting because of involvement in the alleged January 3rd harassment
incident.
"It's just a matter of who sits out," he said. "I don't want to sit out
Alex (Roberts) because he's working well with (Doug) Evans, and I
want to play Myles (O'Connor) because he's going for a point record.
"We need to get (Herbert and Nedomansky) in there because we need
to see how they play. We're an injury away from having to use them."
Notre Dame's top scorer is first-year center David Bankiski, who has
11 goals and 33 assists.
Irish Goalie Lance Marlear has been invited to represent the United
States in the World University Games in Sophia, Bulgaria. The team
primarily consists of players from schools not in the NCAA
tournament.

Blue needs higher
scores all-a-Round
BY JEFF SHERAN
The Michigan men's gymnastics team squares off against Iowa State
this weekend, but the team is competing against more than just the
Cyclones. The Wolverines will be battling to stay afloat among the elite
teams of the nation.
This contest is not a Big Ten conference meet, which may be of some
relief for Coach Bob Darden. The Big Ten, after all, features four top ten
teams. Ohio State is ranked first, Minnesota stands at third, followed by
Illinois at fourth, and Iowa in the tenth spot. Michigan is eleventh.
The Wolverines were ninth as of last week, but Navy and UCLA
advanced, squeezing Michigan out of the championship-qualifying group.
Therefore, the team can not relax just because Iowa State happens to be in
the Big Eight.
Darden views the upcoming meet as a testing ground for his young
Wolverines, whose starting lineup showcases four first-year competitors in
the all-around competition.
Newcomer Jim Round, who as a high school junior won the Illinois
High School All-Around Championships, anchors the lineup. He topped all
Michigan scores last weekend at Illinois, and his relentless training schedule
has prompted Darden to refer to him as,"one of the pillars of this team."
Accompanying Round on the roster are first-year gymnasts Ruben
Ceballos, John Mains, and Louie Ball. Ceballos, Ball, and Mains finished
15th, 20th, and 30th overall in the 1988 Junior National Championships,
respectively, as high school seniors. "The guys definitely have the talent;
otherwise they wouldn't have been recruited," Darden explained.'But they'll
be under a lot of pressure to prove themselves."
In addition to reclaiming a top-ten ranking, Darden is seeking to develop
a new attitude. He wants to instill in his players' minds that Michigan
belongs there. "Our previous top ten ranking was no quirk."

Leaping efforts such as this one against Ohio State has hurtled rookie 1
John Mains into a ninth-place ranking among U.S. vaulters.
Gymnasts travel to MSU

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BY MARK KATZ
For the thirdstraight weekend,
the Michigan women's gymnastics
team takes on one of the powers of
the Big Ten when it battles Mich-
igan State Sunday in East Lansing.
The Spartans, who attended the
NCAA National Championships last
season, should be "just as strong as
they were last year," according to
Michigan senior all-around gymnast

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The Wolverines hope to improve
on last week's performance against
Minnesota, when they recorded their
best score of the season with a
181.65. "If we're going to improve
on that score, we're going to have be
more consistent onhbeam and bars,"
said sophomore Christine Furlong.
"We had quite a fewsfalls there in
last week's meet."
A strong showing this week will
propel Michigan closer to their goal:
an invitation to the regional finals.
The Wolverines must compile a
score at the end of the season which
ranks among the top seven teams in
their region to qualify.
That score is then subtracted from
the average of the team's two best
home scores, two best away scores,
and the next best score either home
or away.
"Obviously, we'd like to win, but
our real goal is to try and get the
highest team score possible," first
year gymnast Diane Armento said.
"We've been up against some really
good teams this season, so our
record really doesn't show our
scoring progress."

Cagers
try for
success
on road
BY LORY KNAPP
The Michigan women' s
basketball team has a tough weekend
ahead with games at Indiana
University (12-7 overall, 5-4 Big
Ten) and Ohio State (14-5, 7-2).
The Wolverines nearly upset
Purdue and scored a come-from-
behind victory against Illinois for
their first Big Ten win last weekend.
Indiana, currently in fourth place
in the Big Ten, upset OSU last
Friday and will be geared up for the
game.
Michigan will have to rely on
their big, inside game this weekend
in order to contain players such as
Hoosier guard Ann Mooney and
Buckeye center Nikita Lowry.
Mooney is second in the Big Ten

Hall
...aggressive on the inside
in scoring, averaging 20.1 points per
game and Lowry is fifth, averaging
18.9 points.
Inside players Val Hall and Joan
Rieger must play the aggressive
style that can be successful against
shooters such as Mooney and
Lowry. Hall and Reiger scored 13
and 16 points, respectively, against
Illinois and dominated the defensive
boards.
OSU's head coach, Nancy Darsch
said of Hall. "I'm familiar with her
style of play. It will be a strong
fight, very physical game. Our post
play against their post play will be
the key."

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