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Hockey
vs. Ohio State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
The Michigan Daily,

SPORTS
Wednesday, November 15, 1989

Men's Swimming
vs. Oakland University
Today, 7:00 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

Page 9

'M' spikers Clover and
Hunter turn small-time
backgrounds into success
by Ryan Schreiber
Daily Sports Writer
One is outlandish, the other soft spoken, yet still they are best friends
on the Michigan women's volleyball team.
"That is really weird," the flamboyant Carla Hunter said about her close
relationship with Kim Clover. "I don't know how it happened. Maybe it's
from playing the same position."
Clover, the more philosophical of the two, gave the more detailed
explanation about the seniors' friendship.
"I think part of it is that we struggled together," Clover said. "Coming
from our backgrounds, we both had to learn, it seemed like, just about
everything over again from scratch. So, we were always working right next
to each other, side-by-side."
As Michigan's dominant middle hitters, Hunter and Clover will cap
their outstanding careers against Michigan State next week. Both have
already competed in their final home contest, but not before leaving their
mark on the Michigan record books.
"Both of them will be either first or second in both block solos and
assists," coach Joyce Davis said, "and they're going to fight it out among
themselves who finishes where."
After the last two matches, Hunter's 102 career solo blocks placed her
a'
Seniors Kim Clover (left) and Carla Hunter are first and second in
Michigan's all-time records for both career block solos and assists.
just two ahead of Clover with three games remaining. In the career block
assist category, Clover holds a commanding lead over the second-place
Hunter with 256.
But if you ask them, they won't admit to any real rivalry.
"We talk each other up," Hunter laughed, "just saying, 'I'm on you,'
but that's about it. Still, we talk a lot on the court."
Clover agreed: "It gives each other good practice, too."
Despite their eventual success, neither had an easy road to Big Ten
volleyball.
"When they came here, I don't think anybody, including their high
school coaches, really felt like they belonged in the Big Ten," Davis said.
"Kim and Carla believed that they did and they were willing to put in the
hard work and time that it took to develop into the players that they are
today.
"Carla had the disappointment of being cut from the team," Davis
continued, "and then came back and made the team as a walk-on and has
since earned a full-scholarship."
Said Hunter: "I had been cut from the team, and then Joyce came to me
in the off-season in January after I had been playing intramurals. I tried out
again and I made the team, practiced real hard and, after our preseason
I ,,.
opening match, I earned a starting position on the team.
While Hunter had the notoriety that comes with an all-city selection
See SPIKERS, page 10

RILEY IMPRESSIVE AS SEVERAL PLAYERS SEE FIRST ACTION

M'

coasts by

Poland in

by Taylor Lincoln
Daily Basketball Writer
After losing 100-70 to Michigan
in an exhibition basketball game last
night, Polish national coach Janusz
Mroz was asked to compare the
Wolverines with the two other Big
Ten teams they have played -
Purdue and Ohio State.
"The Michigan team is best," he
said. "They play very quickly and
with good defense."
When informed that Mroz had
paid Michigan this high com-
pliment, coach Steve Fisher laughed.
His laughter was an appropriate
reaction to this contest, which was
an exhibition in practice as well as
in name.
The 30-point margin was decept-
ively close, as Fisher used many
different combinations of players
against a Polish team which was
easily outdistanced by the defending
National Champions.
Several Michigan players saw
their first action aside from intra-
squad games. Most visible of the
rookies was 6'11" red-shirt center
Eric Riley, who led the Wolverines
with 18 points, including several
fan-pleasing, fast-break dunks.
"I watched Terry (Mills) and
Mark (Hughes) get their dunks last
year, tonight I got my chance," said
Riley.
Riley's performance, along with
that of the starting five, highlighted
the easy victory. "In the first half
with our starting five we played
well. I liked, in particular, the defen-

opener
sive part," said Fisher.
Rumeal Robinson scored 13
points with four assists, and kept the
offense flowing when he was in the
game. Sean Higgins added 16 points
and seven rebounds.
With just over 10 minutes
remaining in the first half, Fisher
substituted Riley, Chris Seter,
James Voskuil, Tony Tolbert, and
Michael Talley into the game.
Michigan's 23-11 lead was soon
clipped to 39-35 before Michigan
pulled away to a 51-36 halftime lead.
"The second unit was an abom-
ination," said Fisher. "They played
scared, like they were afraid they
were going to make mistakes.
"In the second half when we
filtered them in with the other guys,
they played better," he added.
First-year guard Tony Tolbert
struggled, shooting two-for-nine
from the field. But Fisher is not
concerned. "Tolbert is a better player
than you saw tonight. I'm not
worried about Tony's shooting
because we know he can shoot."
If any revelation can be gained
from a pre-season game against an
inferior opponent, it might be
Fisher's frequent use of a three-guard
offense in the second half. According
to Fisher, this might be an indicator.
"We might use Rumeal, Talley, and
Calip all at once with Terry and
Loy," he said. "That might create
some mismatches for us."
Calip agreed. "I feel pretty good
about that," he said. "It might get us
an advantage on quickness."

JOSE JUAREZ/Daily
Rumeal Robinson, senior captain of the defending national champion
Michigan Wolverines, skies for a dunk against the Polish National team.

CCHA Scorecard

Standings
TEAM (OVERALL)
Michigan State (8-2-0)
Lake Superior (9-1-0)
MICHIGAN (6-3-1)
W. Michigan (7-3-0)
Ohio State (4-5-1)
Bowling Green (4-6-0)
Miami (3-4-3)
Ferris State (1-6-3)
UIC (1-9-0)
Scoring
NAME
Kip Miller, MSU l
Pat Murray, MSU 1
Darryl Noren UIC I
Eddie Choi, OSU
Dwayne Norris, MSU I
Paul Polillo, WMU
Jim Dowd, LSSU
Nelson Emerson, BGSU
Derek Higdon, OSU

W
8
7
6
5
4
3
1
1
1
GP
10
10
10
8
10
8
8
8
8

L
2
1
3
3
3
5
4
6
9
G
15
6
9
10
9
6
3
4
7

0
0
1
0
1
0
3
3
0

P£."
16
14
13
10
9
6
5
5
2
Pts.
27
23
18
17
17
16
16
15
14

Goaltending
NAME
Brandon Reed, LSSU
Darrin Madeley, LSSU
Mike Gilmore, MSU
W. Sharples, UM
Jason Muzzatti, MSU
Mike Power, WMU
Mike Bales, OSU
Marc Felicio, FSU
Rob Laurie, WMU
Mark Michaud, MIA
Gary Mangino, UIC
Mike Williams, FSU
Paul Connell, BGSU
Dave DePinto, UIC

a G&A& . =
4 9 2.40 .900
4 102.51 .901
4 102.94 .877
9 262.96.894
6 18 2.97 .860
4 15 3.94 .864
8 35 4.34 .874
7 25 4.39 .870
5 20 4.79 .841
7 29 4.90 .869
5 19 5.25 .840
6 25 5.49 .831
5 30 6.43 .808
7 48 7.54 .811

Saturday's results
Michigan State 5, Bowling Green 4 (OT)
Western Michigan 7, Ohio Statc 6
MICHIGAN 4, Ferris State 0
UIC 10, Miami 7
Lake Superior 8, St. Cloud 3
Tueday's games
Wisconsin at UIC
Friday's games
Lake Superior at Bowling Green
Ohio State at MICHIGAN
Miami at Western Michigan
UIC at Ferris State
Michigan State at Boston College
Saturday's games
Lake Superior at Bowling Green
Miami at Western Michigan
UIC at Ferris State
Michigan State at Boston University

A
12
17
9
7
8
10
13
11
7

Friday's results
Michigan State 11, Bowling Green 3
Western Michigan 7, Ohio State 4
MICHIGAN 5, Ferris State 4
Miami 7, UIC 3
Lake Superior 5, St. Cloud 3

Murray
Sunday's games
MICHIGAN at Ohio State

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