Page 12- The Michigan Daily -Friday, November 10, 1989
Spikers seek revenge*
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's volleyball team hosts Northwestern and Wisc-
onsin this weekend. And they have extra reason to want to win each re-
match. It was just four weeks ago that Michigan was swept by both schools
on the same road trip.
The Wolverines (6-15 overall, 1-13 in the Big Ten) head into the
weekend hitting .178 as a team. Their offense is currently led by senior
middle hitter Kim Clover, who boasts a .276 hitting percentage along with
35 service aces. She averaged .476 in the previ w W consin match, while
leading Michigan with 9 kills.
Northwestern (10-17, 4-8) takes the Varsity Arena court tonight. The
Wildcats feature a team hitting average of .189. Spearheading their attack is
Miriam Stariha, who is currently hitting .235.
The Badgers (18-8, 6-6) travel to Ann Arbor tomorrow night. When they
faced Michigan in Madison four weeks ago, they disposed of the Wolverines
in three games, 15-4, 15-7, 15-2.
"Our hopes for the season were to finish high in the Big Ten," head
coach Steve Lowe said. "This weekend is critical for us to get back on the
One great flaw that contributed to the lopsided score last time was, as
Wolverine head coach Joyce Davis stated, "We just didn't have any defense."
Lisa Boyd hit .500 for Wisconsin, adding five kills. Containing her this
weekend should be a difficult task, as she brings with her a .230 hitting
percentage and 104 kills for the conference season.
But Wisconsin has been plagued with injuries of late, playing without a
true setter. Liz Tortorello and Susan Temple both sat out last week against
Illinois because of injuries and are listed as questionable for tomorrow.
"We've been snakebitten with injuries, and haven't been able to compete
because of those injuries," Lowe said. --
Women open swim season
by Jeni Durst
Daily Sports Writer
Every athletic team must have them. And the Michigan women's swim
team have theirs in order for the opening of the Big Ten season this
The Wolverines begin conference competition today against Wisconsin,
moving on to Northwestern on Saturday. But Michigan has already decided
the importance of these meets in their definition of a successful year.
"We don't want to sacrifice our training for the sake of a dual meet," head
coach Jim Richardson said. "This year, our focus is the NCAA."
That focus becomes clearer with each passing day. For the first time in
history, chances are good that Michigan could have a NCAA qualifier in,
almost every event. They are striving toward this meet and, of course, the
Big Ten Championships.
Unlike some collegiate sports, dual meets have no bearing on final
conference standings. Everything is decided at a single Big Ten Champ-
ionship competition; the glory lies in this meet and the NCAA Champion-
"It's better for us to go into these (dual) meets tired because it pushes us
as a team," Richardson said. "It causes us to swim fast when it's not easy to
swim fast. That's how we find out whether they (the swimmers) have the
will to win."
Michigan's rival takes the same attitude. "We decided at the beginning of
the year that we would make no preparations for any dual meets this year,"
Wisconsin coach Carl Yohannson said. "We'll be working out at 6:15 in the
morning and swimming the meet at 6:00."
Pull my finger...
More than two months after he was banished from baseball, Pete Rose conceded he has a gambling problem on the Phil Donahue show yesterday.
Rose promised to "work hard" with a psychiatrist to kick the habit. Baseball's all-time hitting champion also said he placed his last bet a little less
than a month ago. Rose said he's unsure whether he'll apply for reinstatement as soon as he's allowed because he'd rather not speculate on the
future. Rose said friends talked to him about his gambling after the banishment and suggested he seek psychiatric help.
Men swimmers set to streak Badgers
by Michael Bess
Daily Sports Contributor
After weeks of preparation and
anticipation, the Michigan men's
swim team begins its season this
evening in Madison, Wisconsin. The
Wolverines are eager for competitive
action and are extremely confident of
their chances against the Badgers.
Wisconsin has a number of
question marks entering the 89-90
campaign. The team lost key
personnel from last year's 5th place
squad, but returns Big Ten 200-yard
backstroke champion Jack Young.
Michigan head coach Jon
Urbanchek believes his team
matches up well against Wisconsin.
"This is definitely a rebuilding year
for Wisconsin," Urbanchek said.
"They lost some key people and
have had some problems with
eligibility. They will be one of the
weaker teams we face."
Michigan will not be at full
strength. All-Americans Mike
Barrowman and Eric Wunderlich will
not be making the trip due to Friday
Barrowman is the world record
holder in the 200-yard breast stroke
and Wunderlich recorded All-
American honors in three events.
Their loss will not be debilitating,
however, as Michigan's depth should
overcome their absence.
Despite the weak opponent,
Urbanchek refuses to downplay the
importance of this weekend's meet.
"What I'm looking for is individual
improvement," he said. "The first
meet is always a yardstick for
The team is yearning to compete
against other squads after last week's
intrasquad meet. Sophomore Eric
Namesnik, who excels in relays and
the individual medley, believes the
Wolverine swimmers are ready to be
"The team is starting to come
together and is looking forward to
the season," said Namesnik.
This year's men's swim team
certainly has high expectations.
Anything short of a Big Ten
championship will be a disappoint-
ment. In fact, Wolverine swimmers
are setting their sights on a national
championship and the first step
towards that goal will be a victory
"The team and ITare ready to go,"
said Urbanchek. "We are ready to get
out of Ann Arbor."
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