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Page 12- The Michigan Daily -Friday, October 20, 1989

Blue crew travels

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Derrick Walker, Michigan tight end ar
Wolverine charge into Iowa City to fac
H1AWKEYES
Continued from page 1
"The noise when it comes down
to the field will be absorbed in the
new grass," Schembechler joked. "It
won't bounce off the artificial
grass."
Whether or not the fans throw
things at Schembechler and
company, or hoot and howl as if
they were calling hogs to the trough,
Michigan needs to change its luck in
Iowa City if it hopes to continue
their quest for a conference
championship.
Most indications are that Taylor
will be directing the Wolverine
offense against the Hawkeyes (3-2,
1-1). But according to Schembechler,
redshirt frosh Elvis Grbac may also
see action.
"Whoever I decide to start at the
end of the week will be out there,"
Schembechler said. "I don't know
why people make such an issue out
of this. I have two quarterbacks who
I have confidence in."
Grbac added: "It's kind of weird
with Michael back. You don't know
who's going to start. I think it will
probably go back to him."
But Fry is preparing his Iowa
team as if Grbac will be barking out
the signals.
"I haven't seen Taylor this year, I
don't know if coach Schembechler is
going to change up his offense," Fry
said. "I'm anticipating Grbac will be
their quarterback. We're preparing to
go against Grbac."

JOSE JUAREZ/Daity
d senior co-captain, leads the
ce the Hawkeyes tomorrow.
The Iowa attack revolves around
the running of sophomore Nick Bell,
who was named Midwest Offensive
Player of the Week after gaining 217
yards and rushing for three
touchdowns against Wisconsin. Bel 1
presents special problems because he
weighs 255 pounds.
"They've got some really good
running backs who run hard,"
Michigan linebacker Erick Anderson
said. "Bell's a load to bring down.
And he's not lumbering either, he's
quick and agile."
Schembechler added: "At 255
pounds, he's a substantial tailback."
Redshirt sophomore Matt Rod-
gers, son of Boston Celtics coach
Jimmy Rodgers, has taken over the
quarterbacking responsibilities from
senior Tom Poholsky.
"(Rodgers) knows a lot about
winning and losing, and not losing
his poise," Fry said of his
inexperienced quarterback. "But he's
still in the learning process."

by Phil Green
Daily Sports Contributor
This Sunday, Michigan's crew
team will be competing in the Head
of the Charles meet in Boston, and
as team member and secretary Jon
Block commented on the race's
uniqueness, "It's not like something
you'd see on TV."
This is the big event of the fall
season. Called a "head race", the
Head of the Charles competition
runs against the clock with each boat
beginning about 10 to 20 seconds
apart. The more publicized races,
like those seen in the Olympics,
take place in the spring as six-person
boats or shells sprint directly against
each other.
Michigan sends three boats: a
women's shell with eight rowers and
two men's boats, one "lightweight
eight," with eight competitors at an
average weight of 160 pounds, and a
four person heavyweight shell. Each
boat also has one coxswain to coach
and guide the team during the race.
Team member Tom Welch em-
phasizes that "a lot of the race
depends on the coxswain and how he
The Iowa defense is led by All-
American linebacker Brad Quast. The
Hawkeye defense, without Quast,
struggled at the beginning of the
season, surrendering 44 points to
Oregon, 21 to Iowa State, and 22 to
Tulsa, but has looked better in recent
weeks.
"Early in the year, they had
injury problems with Quast, their
big linebacker," Schembechler said.
"But they're playing much better
since the opening ball game."
Michigan has its own injury
problems, as defensive captain J.J.
Grant will miss the game after
undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery
Monday. He is expected to be out at
least two weeks, and will be replaced
in the starting lineup by John
Milligan.
Fry was less than optimistic
when assessing his team's chances
tcn.okrow against Michigan.
It would be wishful thinking or
dreaming to think we have a chance
to beat them," Fry said. "We'll give
it our best."

takes the turns."
Last season, in the club division,
the women's shell placed third out of
about 100 schools. The squad hopes
to repeat or do even better this year
where the field of each race is
expected to consist of 35 teams.
With perennial powerhouse Wis-
consin and the entire Ivy League
participating, the men's lightweight
championship event looks to be
hotly contested. "Our coach wants us
to finish somewhere in the teens,"

'M' women's soccer streaks into final
home match of the season on Saturday

by Dan Zoch
Daily Sports Contributor
The Michigan women's soccer team is currently
riding a five-game winning streak with the last three
victories coming on the road. Tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
at Mitchell Field, the team takes on Indiana Uni-
versity for their last home game of the season.
In the last two weeks, the Wolverine squad has
beaten Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Miami of
Ohio, Ohio State, and Oakland University to improve
their record from 3-5 to 8-5. Michigan beat OSU, 4-
2, with less than a half hour's rest from the team's 4-
0 win over Miami of Ohio.
This drastic improvement began after a close 4-2
loss to Michigan State earlier this month. More
efficient ball control and passing aroused the team's
offense, along with reliability up the middle and a
strong bench.
"We really started to click as a team," said junior
forward Crista Towne of the team's improvement in
recent days. "The eight freshman are getting used to

playing with the older girls. We're really starting to
look good as a team."
Senior forward Heidi Seiffert's scoring burst
during the Wolverine streak produced five goals and
an assist. Recent strong performances have also come
from first-year forward Molly Douma and senior team
captain Amy Stock, who together have six goals and
three assists.
On defense, goalkeeper Crissy Rice has stifled the
opposition, holding them to a minimum, allowing
the offense could build momentum.
In Wednesday's victory over Oakland University,
Michigan won by a score of 2-1 with goals coming
from first-year defender Kari Andrews and Seiffert.
In last year's match with Indiana, the Wolverines
lost a tough game in overtime to the Hoosiers.
According to junior Leslie Martin, the Hoosiers are
"always one of the toughest teams in the Big Ten."
The game should be a good warm-up for upcoming
tournaments at Ohio State, Oct. 27-29, and Indiana
University, Nov. 5-6.

Welch explains. "But I think we can
do even better than that."
"We're looking to do a lot better
than last year," Block added. "We
have a pretty experienced boat this
year, with a lot of third-year rowers."
Crew member Dan McCosh said,
"If we get the boat moving the way
we should be able to, we can do
really well. Having confidence and
really focusing together as eight
guys will be the key."
The four-man heavyweight craft

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returns two rowers from last year's
Dad Vail championship crew, Peter
McIsaac, this year's team president,
and Bill Hall. With their experience
and talent, this year's heavyweights
look to perform well again.
Junior Scott Bolden, part of the
"lightweight eight," expressed the
general feeling of the entire team.
"It's gonna be tough," Bolden said.
"We've been working real hard and
taking our lumps in preparation for
this race."

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