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Page 10-The Michigan Daily -Thursday, October 12,1989
Women's soccer evens its mark at 5-5

Dan Zoch
Daily Sports Contributer
The Women's Soccer team
defeated Central Michigan University
today by a score of 4-1 at Mitchell
Field to improve its record to 5-5.
Senior team captain Amy Stock
led the offensive attack with two
goals. Senior forward Heidi Seiffert
hit a goal late in the first half and
first-year forward Molly Douma
added to the Michigan lead with a
second-half score and two assists.
In the opening moments, Central
Michigan drove the ball down the
field and scored their only goal.
"They just came down the field. We
weren't ready," said first-year
goalkeeper Crissy Rice.
"We weren't marking their

players and weren't on our toes. It
was a careless error," added mid-
fielder Amy Stock.
For the rest of the game, though,
Michigan took complete control
The Wolverine offense finished
with nineteen shots on goal as
opposed to only four posted by
CMU, two in each half. Sophomore
Heather Marshall and first-year
halfback Shannon Loper gave the
team's offense added depth. Michigan
also posted four corner kicks;
Central had none. "By that time, we
had started to play the way we
should," said forward Molly Douma.
Fifteen minutes through the first
half, Stock struck with the first of
her two goals, assisted by Douma.
Soon after, forward Heidi Seiffert hit

with her score, also assisted by
Douma. "Our passing really came
together," said Seiffert. "By then we
really were playing better soccer."
The only real threat posted by
Central after their opening score was
a four-on-goal attack late in the first
half. Goalkeeper Crissy Rice came
out and dove to the ground in an
attempt to smother the ball. A
Senior CMU forward knocked the
ball out, however, but took a shot
that was far wide of the goal.
In the second half, Stock scored
her second, assisted by Seiffert, to
take a 3-1 lead over Central. This
was soon followed by an offensive
drive led by Douma, who
subsequently scored, making it 4-1

"We played much better in the
second half," said Senior midfielder
Lauren Maszatics. "We had better
passing and movement upfield."
The defense, led by Junior Leslie
Martin and Sophomore Sandy
Najarian kept Central Michigan
scoreless after their initial goal. "Our
lead really helped the team
compensate for its disadvantages,"
said first-year goalkeeper Lauren
Odar, who kept CMU scoreless after
entering in the second half in relief
of Rice.
The team has two games this
Saturday, on the road at Miami of
Ohio and a key match against Ohio
State University.

Fisher, Ayers attend their first Tipoff Luncheon

by Steve Cohen and
Lory Knapp
Daily Basketball Writers
CHICAGO - The Big Ten men's
basketball Tipoff Luncheon-part
comedy roast, part conference to
discuss possible league changes-was
held yesterday at the Marriot Hotel in
Chicago. The affair had a few new
Making his first appearance as
head coach, Michigan's Steve Fisher
enthusiastically welcomed new Ohio
State coach, Randy Ayers, who
succeeds Fisher as the conference's
newest coach.
Ayers replaced Gary Williams,
now with Maryland.
Indiana head coach Bob Knight,
conspicuously absent the past few

luncheons decided to show up to the
annual media gathering, much to the
surprise of Illinois coach Lou


"Bob didn't come to three or four
of the Big Ten meetings, and some of
you media out there criticized him.
We even had a couple of coaches who
"I disagree with that. I sided with
Bob Knight, because, after all, you
never know when illness is going to
strike. As a matter of fact, its my
understanding that on one of those
occasions, Bob did write Wayne Duke
(former Big Ten commissioner) three
or four days in advance and told
Wayne that he was going to be sick
on that particular day."
Knight, like the other Big Ten
coaches, saluted Fisher for his
National Championship. He also
took advantage of the opportunity to
take a jab atformer Michigan coach
Bill Frieder.
"It is my observation that if the
guy (Frieder)... had let you (Fisher)
coach..., Michigan might have won
another National Championship."
Before the frivolity of the
luncheon, the coaches, in a panel
forum, discussed several issues in
college athletics. These matters
included first-year ineligibility, the
possibility of a post-season Big Ten
tournament, the proposal to shorten
the season, the distance of the three-
point line, and the question of
increasing the foul limit to six.
Michigan State's Jud Heathcote
believes that first-year students
should sit out from competition. "I

Freehan, Leach to help run
baseball coaching clinic

almost 100 percent freshman
unhappy their freshman year, even
the ones that are playing."
Several coaches, including
Wisconsin's Steve Yoder, Purdue's
Gene Keady, and Minnesota's Clem
Haskins, embraced the idea of a post-
season conference tournament. The
reasons: the immense revenue a
tournament would bring, the chance
for a team to redeem itself from a
slow start and get a post-season bid,
and the chance for all teams to
participate in a tournament.
"Five years ago I was totally
against it (a conference tournament),"
Keady said. "Now, the Big Ten in the
last four or five years from top to
bottom has tremendously improved
everyone's program. So because of
the fact that I think some teams
develop late, of course last year, I
certainly wish we could have been
able to have a league tournament, the
way we finished. We were a lot better
at the last than we were at the start."
. "The biggest reason I would like
to see a post-season tournament come
into effect would be because of the
financial problems I think most of
our programs are going through right
now. We could use the income from
that post-season tournament."
Knight, who has won nine
conference titles in his 18 years,,
"I still remain unconvinced that a
post-season tournament benefits a kid
in any way. I would always like to
see us end the season, then prepare
for the national tournament."

Spikers start does little
to bury bad memories
By Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writer
After completing its first month of the season, the Michigan Women's
volleyball team shows no signs of improvement over last year.
The team sports an 0-5 Big Ten record, and as of the first week in
October rates last in hitting percentage (.129), last in kills per game
(11.33), last in assists per game, last in aces per game (.917), last in digs
per game (13.08), and eighth in blocks per game (2.00) - a category
hailed by Wolverine coach Joyce Davis as being the team's strength.
The attention given to such dismal statistics is not meant to harp on a
struggling team's shortcomings, but rather to question the reasoning
behind maintaining a lineup that has proven that it can not effectively
compete in the Big Ten.
There are positive lessons to be learned from losing, but if the players
have not learned them by now, they obviously never will.
To her credit, Davis possesses the keen ability to foresee what the
team's nemesis will be, as evidenced in both the Michigan State Eastern
Michigan losses.
The Spartans relied heavily on team star Becky Belanger, who Davis
labeled as being "75 percent of their offense." One must then wonder why
the team was unable to even remotely contain Belanger, who scored 5.7
kills per game against the Wolverines, two more than her normal season
Similarly, EMU standout Roxanne Munch ate up the Wolverines with
nine kills, seven digs and seven blocks in only three games. This resulted
after Davis recognized Michigan's need to shut down Munch if it was
going to beat the Hurons.
This is not to say that just knowing that an opposing player is great is
enough to contain her. The Wolverines, however, showed very little
preparedness in countering the Eastern Michigan senior.
It seems as though Davis' prognostication is effective enough, but
what about her coaching? Her team is not without talent, featuring solid
players such as Karen Marshall and Autumn Collins. But as a unit, the
team falls well short of exhibiting an ability to win. The blame for that
must fall on the coaching.
The squad shows poor displays of teamwork, makes infinite unforced
errors, and displays little character, usually folding on game point or
during a fifth game. Individual players cannot correct this on their own.
Davis must come to the realization that the Wolverines can not get any
worse, and therefore she must change the face of her team.
The team's main weakness, according to Davis, is the backcourt. The
starting lineup includes three seniors and a junior, and if they can't grasp
the idea of backcourt play, then it is up to Davis to reduce their playing
The coach's philosophy towards the backcourt lapses is that "we are a
very good blocking team so we don't see a lot of balls coming into our
backcourt, and now that we haven't been blocking as well, we don't know
how to handle them when they get past our first line of defense," she said.
Not blocking so well? Eighth place in the Big Ten is more than just
"not blocking so well."
One change that is just waiting to be made is the starting of first year
player Hayley Lorenzen. Davis' recruiting class warrants commendation,
pulling in helpful additions such as 6'1" Lorenzen and backup setter
Tarnisha Thompson. But the newcomers can only make a difference if
they play.
Lorenzen recorded a .666 hitting percentage during her action in the
Ohio State match. The team averaged .177 overall.


Future Roger Craigs and Don
Zimmers of the world take notice.
The University of Michigan is
running a baseball camp for coaches
and you're invited.
On December 8th and 9th coaches
from around the midwest and many
well-known speakers will be here to
take part in an instructional camp
designed for high school coaches.

Frank Tanana, veteran pitcher
from the Detroit Tigers, former
major league All-star and Michigan
graduate, Ted Simmons, former UM
quarterback Rick Leach, past UM
head baseball coach Moby Benedict
and current coach Bill Freehan will
all be on hand at the camp.
Those interested can receive more
information by calling 764-7549,
-From Staff Reports



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