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Sports Monday Trivia
Who won last year's Rose
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports
'M' Sports Calendar
Fraternity Standing
'M' Hockey Coverage
Get Rich Quick
Rose Bowl Preview
'M' Football
Wrestling Notebook
Top 25 Basketball


The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- December 11, 1989

'M' Icers
by Andrew Gottesman
Daily Hockey Writer
igan State Spartans unloaded their
potent offense on Michigan this
weekend and deposited the Wol-
verines firmly in the middle of the
CCHA, with 5-3 and 11-4 wins.
State (15-3 overall, 14-2 in the
CCHA) jumped out to early leads in
both games. Though Michigan (10-
6-1, 8-6-1) mounted threats in each,
the Wolverines were unable to pull
off a victory in either contest.
Michigan senior goalie Warren
Sharples, who bore the brunt of both
first period Spartan barrages before
being replaced by sophomore Tim
Keough, could not explain
Michigan's early problems. "There's
no excuse for coming out on our
heels two nights in a row."
* Spartan Shawn Heaphy tallied a
hat trick in each game and teammate
Craig Shepherd turned the trick
yesterday. Four other Spartans scored
for Michigan State during the
"We didn't program anything like
that," Michigan State coach Ron
Mason said, after notching his 300th
career Spartan victory. "We just
wanted to play our game."
The Wolverines, who are tied for
fourth in the CCHA, managed to
reverse the tide only in the second
perI(d of both nights, during which
they scored six of their seven goals.
After falling behind, 5-0, at only
3:30 into the second period yes-
terday afternoon, Michigan exploded
for four goals in seven minutes to
pull within one score of the Spar-
tans, who are tied for first in the
league. Junior center Jim Ballantine
initiated the Wolverine drive at 7:18
of the second period. Mike Moes
then took advantage of a Spartan
penalty to score a power play goal.
Down 5-2, and with a comeback
on Michigan's minds, Denny Fels-
ner further reduced State's lead. "We
were off our game and getting
fancy," Mason said. "I was looking
t the clock to see when we could go
into the lockerroom."
But Heaphy knocked in his second
score of the period, Jason Woolley
notched his first goal of the series,
and the Spartans added four more
goals to extinguish the Wolverine
see ICERS, Page 2

Michigan rises


Duke in O
by Taylor Lincoln
Daily Basketball Writer
Rumeal Robinson hung suspended in mid-air, then
seemed to inexplicably shift to his left and rise still
higher as he put in a soft shot off the backboard.
The basket was called off when the referee noticed
that Robinson had been the beneficiary of some illegal
assistance by teammate Loy Vaught.
"(Alaa) Abdelnaby was defending Robinson," Vaught
said. "I didn't think Rumeal could get up that high so I
gave him a lift. I moved him up, over, everything."
Robinson's apparent defiance of gravity was
symbolic of Saturday's Duke-Michigan game, which
seemed to constantly eclipse itself in a display of
athletic superlatives.
Sean Higgins' two free throws in overtime finally
sealed the 113-108 victory with 1.9 seconds remaining
- and not a tenth of a second sooner.
It was a game in which the eighth-ranked Wolverines
(5-1) proved that they belong. As Terry Mills said after
the game, "We proved that we are a top five team."
Ironically, it was Mills absence which did as much
as anything to prove that Michigan can play with
college basketball's best. With four-minutes
remaining, Mills fouled out. Duke's Greg Koubek made
both ends of the ensuing one-and-one, giving the Blue
Devils a five-point lead.
With redshirt center Eric Riley in Mills' place,
Michigan battled back. Vaught stepped out of the lane
to hit a twelve-footer to even the game at 89.
Meanwhile, Higgins was unflappable, making two
top-of-the-key three-pointers. "Higgins was tremen-
dous," Krzyzewski said. "If he just had a second, boy,
boom, it's gone. I thought (Glen) Rice had graduated."

IT thriller
Robinson nearly ended the affair in regulation. His
baseline jumper off the dribble over the extended arms
of Duke guard Bobby Hurley gave Michigan a 94-92
lead with just under four seconds remaining.
When Hurley's desperation shot bounced off the rim
it appeared the game was over, but Duke's Greg Koubek
was there for the put-back as time expired, knotting the
score at 94-94.
Despite playing without Mills, the Wolverines big
men gave them them a lift in overtime. Vaught scored
six of Michigan's first eight points, giving him a
career-high 27. Higgins scored seven of his career-high
A pivotal play in the overtime came when Riley
extended himself fully to block a shot by Duke's
Christian Lacttner. The ball went out to Robinson who
went the length of the court for a lay-up, putting
Michigan ahead 105-101.
It was the Wolverine's first four-point lead since
they had led 69-65. Though sixth-ranked Duke (3-2)
threatened to tie several times, the Wolverines never
relinquished their lead.
"It was questionable (if it was goaltending)," Duke
coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "But people were
astounded that it was blocked."
The overtime was merely an encore to an already
exceptional performance. In the first half, Michigan
used a combination of accurate shooting and bruising
rebounding to open up an 18-point lead with just over
three minutes to go in the half.

Despite getting into foul trouble and shooting only 8-21 from the field,
Michigan guard Rumeal Robinson played 39 minutes and hit several key
shots for the Wolverines down the stretch.

see DUKE, Page 6

'M swims in
by Douglas Donaldson
Daily Sports Writer

This weekend, most of the team took a short trip
down the street to Eastern Michigan while four
swimmers added frequent flyer miles and headed to
Nebraska for the Sprint Invitational. The results were
impressive on both fronts.
The Wolverines raised their dual meet record to 6-0
by defeating EMU for the sixteenth consecutive time
Friday night, 65-48. Although Michigan respects the
Hurons' competitiveness, they realize the mismatch that
occurs whenever the two teams compete.
"Eastern Michigan is a very good team for the Mid-
American Conference," Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek
said. "However, their level of athletes at their highest
are just not quite up to the level of the Michigan
Wolverine sophomore Eric Namesnik was
impressive, winning both the 1000-yd. freestyle and
200-yd. individual medley. He also placed second in the
200-yd. backstroke.
Eastern did manage to pull off two first-place
finishes, in the 50 and 100-yd. freestyle events.
However, Michigan's best swimmers in these events did
not compete in Friday's meet. Mike Barrowman, Brent
Lang, Rick Wilkening, and Jarret Winter were
competing out-of-state, in the Nebraska Sprint
The Sprint Invitational was held on Saturday

rint; beats EMU
afternoon, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Wolverines placed
third, behind Nebraska and Texas. As with last week's
Longhorn Invitational, Michigan was not as geared up
for this meet as some of the other schools. Although
the teams could bring as many swimmers as they
wanted, both Michigan and Texas brought the
minimum number of four.
Senior co-captain Brent Lang swam well, winning
both the 50 and 100-yd. freestyle events. He set a new
meet record in the 100-yd., with a time of 44:47.
"Brent beat an impressive field," assistant coach
Mark Noetzel said. "Even so, it was not a very good
time for him personally." Although they placed third in
the event, the Wolverines also turned in a season-best
time of 1:33.45 in the 200-yd. medley.
The Nebraska meet was unique, in that it was suited
entirely for television (In this area, PASS Cable will
televise the meet at a later date). This made for some
unusual circumstances, as Noetzel explained: "All in
all, it was a very exciting meet. Being tailored for TV,
it was quite different - short races that were over with
real quick."
The entire meet was compressed into a hour time-
slot, which meant that the Michigan swimmers had "an
average of only five to ten minutes between swims."
Michigan does not compete again until early
January, at the Mission Bay Invitational, in Boca
Raton, Florida. The Wolverines' next dual meet takes
place on January 12, against Stanford.

by Theodore Cox
and Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writers

Since its inception as a varsity
sport in 1973, the Michigan
volleyball team has rarely
experienced success, posting only
five winning records in 17 seasons.
However, in the past few years the
athletic department has renewed its
"commitment to excellence" towards
the program.
Earlier this fall the volleyball
team unveiled the new Varsity
Arena, considered one of finest
facilities in the Big Ten. The NCAA
allows a maximum of twelve full
scholarships per team, and the
athletic department increased
Michigan's total to twelve.
But the team still could not
improve upon last year's 1-17
conference record.
Assistant coach Youde Wang
served under former coach Joyce
Davis for two of her four seasons.
Davis resigned last week, and Wang
spoke candidly about why volleyball
at Michigan has met with less
success in recent years than any

Losing has plagued Michigan
volleyball. Last week, coach
Joyce Davis resigned. Now, her
assistant speaks candidly

Michigan women's athletics.
"I got along with Joyce very
well. That's one of the reasons she
wanted me here," Wang said. "She
knows I know volleyball much
better (than she). If I came, she told
me, 'I need your help but I will still
be head coach.' I understood that,
because I had a foreign visa for 18
months, so she knew I would not
take her job."
Wang has extended his visa, but
will not apply for the vacant job at
Michigan. Instead, he plans to accept
a position as Senior Scientist with
the University of Massachusetts next
The central problem at Michigan,
he believes, is the University's
inability to keep up with
volleyball's ascension as a national
collegiate sport.
While the University has kept
pace in terms of facilities and
resources, Wang asserts that the
people involved have not changed
with the times.
"Four or five years ago,
volleyball was not popular," Wang
said. "The coaching level was sort of
low, except on the West Coast,
when Joyce was hired.
"At that time, (the athletic
department) didn't have a lot of

Michigan captain Tanya Powell shoots over Ohio University's Amy
Barrett in the Wolverines' 75-60 victory over the Bobcats. The
Wolverines have yet to lose this season.
Perfect record remains
as women win, 75-60

by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer

The Michigan women's
basketball team rolled into new
territory on Friday night as they
stretched their record to 5-0 with a
75-60 victory over Ohio University.
No women's team has ever started a
season that well in Wolverine
"I'm just pleased because the
team is happy about what they're
doing," coach Bud VanDeWege said.
"They are into accomplishment this
year. We're doing at this stage
exactly what I indicated was one of
the big keys to this whole season.
We need a good pre-conference effort
so that we can generate some
momentum going into the Big Ten.
What we have to do now is keep it

the best offensive rebounding teams
that I have ever played in the non-
conference. I thought we were doing
a pretty good job on the boards in
the first half and we got out-
rebounded by ten."
Michigan won the inside battle in
the second half, out-rebounding the
Lady Bobcats 16-11. The inside play
has been a sore spot for Michigan
early on this season. But against
Ohio U. the team got more
production from its bigger players.
Seniors Val Hall and Joan Rieger
combined with rookie Trish Andrew
to help lift the team to the win. The
three combined for 28 points and 12
Andrew was not the only reserve
providing a spark off the bench. In
fact, the five starters actually



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