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Page 1 6- The Michigan Daily -Friday, September 8, 1989

Volleyballers open new season

New Big Ten head'
visits Ann Arbor

Doily File Photo
(aren Marshall, Julia Sturm, and Kim Clover will help propel
the Wolverines to a much improved season with their frontlin:
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By Steven Cohen
Daily Sports Writer
"New" is the operative word to-
night as the Michigan women's vol-
leyball team faces Mid-American
Conference rival Central Michigan in
its home opener. The team begins its
new season in a new home, with new
faces and a new outlook.
But it remains to be seen whether
all these conditions will lead to new
results (i.e victories). Or whether the
brand new Varsity Arena, built on
the site of the old Matt Mann Pool at
a cost of $750,000, will help the
team improve upon last year's 11-23
overall record. Or whether newcomers
Tarnisha Thompson, Hayley Loren-
zen, Michelle Horrigan, and Kathy
Melchert will help erase memories of
a 1-17 Big Ten record.
And will any of these factors aid
Michigan against the perennially
strong Chippewas, a team that owns
a 23-2-2 career record against the
Wolverines, and last year defeated
them, 15-1, 15-7, and 15-5.
MICHIGAN coach Joyce Davis
seems to think they will, due in large
part to an old incentive - revenge.
"Motivation is not a problem for
this particular team," Davis said.
"Most of the players were on that
team (which lost to CMU last year).
We let ourselves get humiliated by
our performance. I think we will
come out driven, motivated, and fired
If the season thus far is any
indication, the 1989-90 team is a
more spirited group than last year's
model. The squad defeated Virginia
Tech, Liberty University, and Vir-
ginia at the University of Virginia
invitational, making them the only
one of six schools to emerge un-
defeated. In defeating the Cavaliers of
Virginia, Michigan bounced back
from a 14-8 deficit to take the fourth
and final set, 16-14.
Central Michigan first-year coach
Kerry Robbie took note of a changed
Wolverine outlook. "They're coming.
off a pretty successful weekend,"
Robbie said. "It's a new year for a lot
of people. Joyce started to get the
players she's recruited to build the
program she wants to. I expect them
to be a much improved team."

THE TENACITY displayed at
Virginia is more of an indicator for
future success than Michigan's 3-0
record, because future Midwestern op-
ponents will provide tougher compe-
tition. Last season they jumped out
to a 10-3 record before their Bad
News Bears imitation ensued.
"This team gives me a great deal
of confidence," Davis said. "It has
already demonstrated the ability to
fight and scratch. I think this team
will fight like dogs.
"We're strong in the middle with
(Kim) Clover and (Carla) Hunter,
Autumn Collins has another year of
experience under her belt, and Julia
Sturm will be strong on the right
side." In addition senior Karen
'I think we will come
out driven, motivated,
and fired up.'
voileyball coach
Joyce Davis

By Adam Benson
Daily Sports Editor

Conference commissioner Jim
Delaney made the ninth stop on
his "Big Ten Tour" when he
journeyed to Ann Arbor yesterday
for a look at the campus.
Showtime came when Delaney
addressed the media, following Bo
Schembechler's press conference at
yesterday's M-Club luncheon. Al-
though the coach really had top-
billing, many of Delaney's
comments were worthy of
"I think that there are two
prob-lems out there," Delaney
said. "How do institutions
continue to sponsor broad-based
men's and women's pro-grams
with really only two or three real
revenue generating sports? Basic-
ally there is a tremendous reliance
on men's basketball and football
to provide the revenue base.
"At the same time, the public
is asking, and probably rightfully -
so, and the universities are asking
for more balance between
academics and athletics. They are
really focusing on men's
basketball and football. Every
time you think about new
revenues, you have to think about
the balance issue as well."
DELANEY comes to the Big
Ten from the Ohio Valley Confer-
ence, where he ruled since 1979.
He also sat on many NCAA
committees, most notably the
selection committee for the
NCAA men's basketball
The new commissioner stepped
in and removed the Big Ten's head
of basketball officials Bob
Wortmann. Delaney selected
former North-western coach Rich
Falk to replace Wortmann, and
inherit new responsibilities as the
conference's deputy com-
"Basically, year in and year
out, the Big Ten has been in the
top, not the top, but one of the
top three or four staffs in the
country," Delaney said about the
change. "If you just got your
information from television, you
would assume it is a bad college

officiating staff, that is not true.
Of the top four or five conferences
in the country, except for the Big
East, everybody else had a full-
time person. Bob did a good job,
but in a part-time capacity."
Maybe the most significant
issue Delaney will face is first-
year elig-ibility, an issue thatwill
be addressed in the near future.
"My personal feeling is that it
needs to be explored, and prpbably
explored on the national level,
rather than on the conference level.
Until the great majority. of
conferences indicate an interest in
that area I don't see the Big ;Ten
providing that kind of impetus,"


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Marshall, who led Michigan in virtu-
ally every offensive category returns.
"Nobody is a surprise to us (the
coaching staff) as not fulfilling
expectations," Davis continued.
"They're in very good condition and
have developed and matured. This
year's senior class is my first re-
cruiting class which means I selected
every athlete on the team, and I am
proud of that."
In the end, Davis feels that last
year's nightmarish season may pay
dividends in the future. "Last year's
results have absolutely nothing to do
with this year's, " she said. "As a
team it can't effect us negatively and
as individuals it will only affect us
positively. The kids that are in there,
that made it through, are champions.
They will come out victorious. They
are resolved to be in control of their
-The Varsity Arena will be
officially dedicated before the match
at a reception open to the public at
6:00. All are welcome to receive
tours of the facility. The entrances
are located on Hoover Street and in
the Athletic Administration Building
parking lot.

...new Big Ten commissioner
The commissioner looked~
forward to the upcoming football
season. Although some have
accused Delaney of being more
interested in basketball than
football and other sports, the
former North Carolina guard
down-plays those suggestions.
"There's not much I can do
about it," Delaney said about the
accusa-tions. "I played a lot of
different sports and I'm a great
college football fan. The Big Ten
cannot be healthy in producing
broad-based men's and women's
programs unless football is
healthy. For years, football
provided the revenue for
everything. I'm a great college
football fan."



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Field hockey starts '89 at 1-2
By Andrew Gottesman for two years, took over the fie
Daily Sports Writer hockey helm from ex-coach Kar
New head coach. New conference. Collins as the team joined t
New...well, same scores. Midwest Collegiate Field Hocke
Patti Smith, a Michigan assistant Con ference this year.
"Having those two years is really
going to help me in the long rung"
Smith said. "I feel confident with ths
Despite the new look, Michigan
lost two of its first three games to
begin the 1989 season.
u Think A ll The Wolverines were shut out,*
Saturday in their first game, 3-0, l>y
Look LkeThs Ball State. A trip to Miami of Ohio
the next day saw Michigan drop to 0-
2 as they were again shut out, 2-0.
But the third game, a 1-0 Michigan
victory against Toledo, saw a
scoreboard change to accompany the
listChurh ofAnn rbor other transformations.
tist Church of Ann Arbor "We definitely have improved with
Baptist Student Fellowship each game," Smith said. "Parts of our
uron (between State & Division) game are coming together."
9:55 a.m., Bible Study 11:20 a.m. Smith is hoping the improvements
upper and Fellowship 5:30 p.m. will continue as the team begins a
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