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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 6, 1989 - Page 5

VOLLEYBALL
continued from page 1
"We had difficulty with our
outside game," Michigan coach
Joyce Davis said. "All three of our
outside hitters hit in the negative
numbers. When that happens it'll
kill you, and it killed us."
Marshall, who only managed one
kill, credited the team's poor show-
ing to the Buckeyes strong defense.
"Defensively they are the best team
I've seen. They just picked up
everything; they just dominated from
the start."
Ohio State wasn't too bad on
offense either. Outside hitter Leisa
Wissler spiked 12 over the net and
Lisa Vitali added 9 kills.
Michigan's Carla Hunter and
Kim Clover combined to produce a
majority of the sparse Wolverine
point total. Hunter, who had an out-
standing weekend altogether, led the
squad with 11 kills.
The Wolverine's welcome to
Bloomington wasn't any warmer, as
Indiana demolished Michigan, 15-8,
15-9, 15-12.
The 6-7 Hoosiers easily
controlled the first two matches.
Their team continuity flowed, where-
as the Wolverines continuity disap-
peared.
"When our passing is on, we can
run the middle attacks and the quick
set to hold blockers, that's the key
to our game," said Hoosier outside
hitter Diane Hoereth.
But the Wolverine passing was
the exact opposite.
"I couldn't find six players to put
on the floor all at the same time,
that could play with a level of
intensity and control," Davis said.
"Our passing was just weak and
inconsistent."
In the third and final game,
Michigan took a commanding 12-7
* led behind the strong play of Hunter.
She drilled three of her eight kills
during the game and added some
strong serving.
But then Michigan's defense left
for the bus early, as Indiana rattled
off eight straight points. The Wol-
verines couldn't even muster pos-
session of the ball once during the
onslaught.
Indiana coach Tom Shoji credited
the serving of Stacy Hughes for the
streak. Hughes had two serving aces
in the run. "The first three serves
were really tough. I don't know if
anybody could have passed those
serves," Shoji said. "Then Michigan
got a little nervous and probably
could have passed a little better if the
first three weren't so tough."
Davis put the blame on her side
of the net. "We squandered a lead and
just let them have it. We made
totally unforced errors, just mental
mistakes that cost us the game.
The only bright spot for the
weekend was the Wolverine serving.
The team lofted eight service aces
against Indiana while the squad's
service errors decreased. Michigan
had only six against Ohio State and
seven against the Hoosiers.

lviarshall Standout spiker excels
0 at the game she loves

by Theodore Cox
Daily Sports Writer
Since senior Karen Marshall joined the women's
volleyball team three and a half years ago, the
Wolverines have 8 wins and 59 losses in the Big Ten.
Often Marshall is asked, "why stick with such a
miserable team, why not just give it up and quit?"
"I don't regret playing," she replies. "It is probably
one of the most positive experiences despite the losses.
I've made my closest friends at this school through the
volleyball program. I like the social aspect of it. They
(her teammates) are great friends - I wouldn't trade that
for anything."
Marshall has been involved in one sport or another
all her life, so she wouldn't feel comfortable without
playing on some team.
"I started playing volleyball in the seventh grade; it
was the next sport after basketball," Marshall said. "I've
always been athletic. I lettered in three sports through-
out junior high and high school, including basketball,
volleyball, and softball."
Marshall has never been short of competition. Her
older sister, Julie, also played for the Michigan
volleyball team before graduating last year. The two
competed against one another all through their teens.
Since both played the same position in high school,
they were often pitted against each other during
practices. Whoever played better that day earned
bragging rights for the evening.
"It was competitive, but it was good because it
pushed both of us to try - to try harder and work hard-
er," Marshall said. "We helped each other in that way."
The elder Marshall concurs that the competition
between the two was fierce, but attributes it largely to
her sister's own passion for athletics.
"I think her aggression came from playing
basketball," Julie said. "I know every time I saw her
play, she was on the ground at least three times a game.
And in volleyball, she really enjoys hitting the ball."
After reuniting at Michigan, Karen and Julie went
from competitors to teammates. Their positions

changed, so no longer would they have to rival each
other for the starting spot on the roster. Instead, their
focus became working together.
It didn't take the Bloomfield Hills native long to
decide that Michigan was the right school for her. Not
only would Michigan allow Marshall to remain close to
home, but she could also rejoin her sister and attend
what she feels is one of the top academic institutions in
the nation.
"When I looked at schools I didn't look at volleyball
programs, so this one came out on top," Marshall said.
"I didn't know anything about the program except that
we were young. I thought it was going to be exciting,
since we had a new coach (Joyce Davis) coming in, plus
there were five other freshmen coming in with me."
As the team struggled along for the next three years,
Karen quietly became stronger every match, with last
year being by far her best. As a junior, Marshall led the
team in kills with 322, and digs with 283. Those
statistics earned her the recognition as the team's Most
Valuable Player. In addition, she earned Academic All-
Big Ten honors.
The team rewarded Marshall by naming her captain
this season. "I was really excited that they chose me as
captain. That was probably one of the highlights of the
season," Marshall said.
Frontline teammate Julia Sturm feels she deserves
such an honor. "She'll put forth 100%. You can always
count on her. She'll do anything for you," Sturm said.
As the captain, Marshall welcomed the five first-year
students Michigan added to the squad this year by
quickly making them feel comfortable with the team.
"She's really inspiring," frosh Hayley Lorenzen said.
"She brings knowledge of other teams to us."
Marshall admits that the captain position isn't that
difficult, especially since her teammates are basically
her friends. "I really love this team. We just get along
great. Of my four teams that I've played on here, this is
the one where we really click and that's why it's been
rough to see how bad our record is."

Karen Marshall has reached new heights with her exemplary play as
well as her outstanding leadership abilities.

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All in a day's work
Red Berenson may be
Michigan's hockey coach, but he
proved he could still skate... at
least against old timers.
Berenson tallied two assists as
the Wolverine Old Timers upset
the Detroit Red Wing Old Timers
10-6. Berenson is guarded by
Dennis Hextall . Michigan's all
time goal scoring leader Dave
Debol said that Hextall threatened
goon tactics during the first shift..
Debol recounted, "He said, "Slow
down or I'll chop your legs out from
under you."'
Berenson received the only
penalty of the game. Berenson
received a one second penalty for
holding after only two seconds had
elapsed in the game. It wasa
makeup call from 1972, which
referee Art Skov had missed at
that time.

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