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Hockey
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Football
vs. Ohip St.
Saturday, 12:15 p.m. (ABOJ
Michigan Stadium .
Pag6 7

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, November 22, 1989

E A

Icers try to halt skid

No.

15

I

'M' battles
,roncos for
third place
by Andrew Gottesman
Daily Hockey Writer
While most students will be
digging into their Thanksgiving
dinner this week, the Michigan
hockey team will try to dig itself out
of its current hole in a home-and-
*home series against Western
Michigan.
The series begins Friday at Yost
Ice Arena and continues Saturday at
Western's Lawson Ice Arena. Both
games begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Wolverines (6-5-1, both
overall and in the CCHA) have
dropped five of their last eight
games, including last weekend when
they were swept by Ohio State. But
coach Red Berenson is not quite
ready to panic just yet.
"We're not going to change our
game," he said. "We've just got to
play with more consistency." .
Western coach Bill Wilkinson is
just hoping Michigan does not pick
this weekend to come alive.
"You're always concerned that
They're going to right themselves
against you," Wilkinson said. The
Broncos (8-4, 6-4) have also been
struggling. After sweeping Ohio
State on the road, the Broncos came
home and split with seventh-place
Miami (OH).
Western Michigan will have a
chance to overtake Michigan in the
CCHA standings during the series.
Western enters the weekend in fifth
place with 12 points, only one point
behind the Wolverines, who are tied
for third with Ohio State.
The Wolverines will have to be
consistent when they are under heavy
pressure. Michigan has played
average hockey when down a man,
BASKETBALL
Continued from Page 1.
Despite not having Elliot and
Cook, expectations are high after
last season's 29-4 record which
included a 17-1 conference mark.
Looking to offset their loss is 6-
foot-10 sophomore Brian Williams,
a center-forward who was redshirted
after transferringfrom Maryland last
year.
Arizona coach Lute Olson looks
*to rotate Williams with another
'Our kids would
rather be looking.
down the barrel at a
team like Arizona
than a team which, no
matter how you play,
you're going to win.'
- coach Steve Fisher
sophomore, 6-11 Sean Rooks, to
cause havoc for Michigan under the
boards.
"There is the possibility that we
will have Williams and Rooks
compete in one spot, giving us a
rotation where we can have one give
us four or five minutes of intense
play and then let the other guy go

for some time," Olson said. "There
fs no question that at various times
they can be the most impressive of

Runners prove they belong

by John Niyo
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's cross country team
capitalized on its opportunity on Monday, finishing
fifteenth at the NCAA Championships in Annapolis,
Maryland.
Senior standout runner Mindy Rowand had some
welcome company on her plane flight to and from
Annapolis this weekend. She was joined by her
teammates who unexpectedly earned a bid last Tuesday
to run in the final meet.
Rowand had placed second individually at the NCAA
Regional meet to qualify automatically. The team had
not expected to receive one of six at-large bids.
Not only did the Wolverine squad participate at the
national meet, but they also proved that they belonged
there. They were better than seven other teams at the
meet, including Minnesota which had finished second in
the regional meet, but placed 21st at nationals.
"The team ran great. A lot of people will look at
fifteenth place and not think much of it, but that's
fifteenth place in the nation. This is a team that had a
lot of injuries. We were without Kim Haluscsak
(Michigan's number four runner last year as a freshman)
all season. I think it was a good strong performance,"
Rowand said.
Michigan reverted back to its usual form in
Annapolis, with veteran runners Karen Welke and
Jennifer McPeck helping Rowand lead the way and
rookies Molly McClimmon and Colleen Yuhn
providing strong help as well. Welke and McPeck had
faltered at the regional meet.
"They (Welke and McPeck) really bounced back well

from regionals. I was very pleased. We were hoping for
a top fifteen team finish. We knew we were capable o>~
something like that with a decent race," Foster said.
Rowand knew that she was capable of several things:
as well. She set out to accomplish a few goals of her
own in the last cross country meet she will run fob
Michigan. ,4
"I was shooting for a top fifteen finish, but I talked
to Sue before the race and she said I should try for to,
ten, instead. My goal was to break 17 minutes at first;
Then I saw the course and said 'No way.' The course
was brutal," Rowand said.
The course was so brutal that Rowand's Big Ten
nemesis, Indiana's Michelle Dekkers, could not run.
barefoot as she usually does. Much of the race was run'
on a gravel road making footing rough for all the
runners.
Despite the conditions, Rowand raced through the
course in 16:53.4 to finish eighth overall. Dekkers
placed third with a time of 16:36.5, while Villanova's
Vicki Huber blew away the field to finish first ink
15:59.9. Huber led her Wildcat teammates to the
national team title in the process.
Although Rowand could not beat Dekkers, the Big
Ten champion, she was able to overcome her other
conference rival, Jeanne Kruckeberg of Iowa, who had:
edged out Rowand for second place in the October 28.
conference meet. Kruckeberg crossed the finish line in
10th place on Monday.
Michigan had something to prove this weekend.
They showed everyone that they belonged among the
nation's finest teams.

JOSE JUAREZ/Di
Senior center Rob Brown and the rest of the Michigan squad will look to
skate past Western Michigan in a home-and-home series this weekend.

allowing 14 goals allowed in 54
attempts (.260).
They will be hard pressed to
improve upon that average, as the
Broncos enter the series with the
best power play in the CCHA. They
have capitalized on 23 of 74
attempts (.311).
"They have a prolific power play
right now," Berenson said.
But the Broncos offense does not
even need the man advantage to be a
threat. They field three 20-point
scorers in Mike Eastwood (11 goals-
12 assists-23 points), Shane
Redshaw (14-6-20) and Keith Jones
(8-12-20). Defenseman Mike Posma
(3-13-16) is fourth in scoring with

16 points. Michigan's leading
scorer, Rob Brown (5-8-13), has 13
points.
"That (Western's offense) will be
a real challenge to us," Berenson
said. "They are probably the best
offensive team we've played so far.
But maybe that's what we need right
now."
The Broncos are even dangerous
in a shorthanded situation. They
have scored eight goals when a man
down.
Western Michigan holds a 19-13-
3 edge in the series after the teams
split four games last year. Each won
once on the road and tied once on the
road.

Spartans give spikers hope in finale

by TheodoreiCox
Daily Sports Writer
The women's volleyball team has
one last match before burying this
season's last place finish. Michigan
(1-16 in the Big Ten) will travel to
East Lansing tonight to face another
powerhouse, Michigan State (3-14).
The Spartans have one win over
the Wolverines already this year.
Middle hitter Becky Belanger and
outside hitter Jill Krumm picked
apart the Wolverine defense to snatch
an early season victory for MSU at
Varsity Arena.
"We just didn't have any
blocking last time," Michigan coach
Joyce Davis said. "The main thing
that concerns me is our serve-receive
and defense against Belanger and
Krumm."
Service returning ineptitude is a

main reason for Michigan's firm
grip on last place. When a team
can't handle serves, there is no
chance for the squad to set up an
offense.
"If we play as poorly on serve-
receive as we did last weekend
against Purdue, we'll kill ourselves,"
Davis said.
Even though the game is
meaningless as far as standings are
concerned, state pride is reason
enough to play hard.
"Anytime you have a Michigan
State-Michigan match up, motiv-
ation is not a problem," Davis said.
The fact that they are playing in
their last collegiate game will
motivate Michigan seniors Carla
Hunter, Kim Clover, and captain
Karen Marshall.
All three will leave their mark in

the Michigan record book. Marshalf
is the all-time record holder for career
kills (1052) and Kim Clover holds
the record for block assists (259).
There is one more record that will
be set tonight, all-time block solos.
Clover and Hunter are battling for
the title. Hunter is the current leader,;
103 to 101 respectively.

our big people."
Williams won the ACC Rookie
of the Year award two years ago, but
with a year off from collegiate ac-
tion, Fisher wonders how effective
he will be at the start of the season.
"He's someone that you never know,
after they sit out a year, how long
it's going to take them to regain the
form they flashed when they were
getting all that publicity," Fisher
said.
Junior guard Matt Muehlebach
(7.6 points per game) will be saddled
with the job of guarding Robinson
because Olson believes he can do the
best job of keeping the All-
American candidate from penetrating.
Muehlebach is teamed in the
backcourt with Jed Buechler, another
starter on last year's squad who
averaged 11 ppg and 6.6 rebounds.
In the 1987 Great Alaska
Shootout, the Wildcats outgunned
the Wolverines, 79-64. Although
many player's remain from the two
squads, Olson believes this
weekend's game will showcase the
Wolverine's experience.
, "When we met before, we came
in as a veteran ball club, playing
like a veteran ball club," Olson said.
"They had Rumeal and (Terry) Mills
coming off Prop. 48. They were
unsettled for who was going to play
there. We took advantage of that.

Now their positions have been pretty
much established. It's a veteran ball
club with their top six. That's a big
advantage going to a first game like
this."
Fisher added: "You hope and
think that veteran players are better
able to cope and respond to early
season pressures. We weren't green
last time - we had a senior in Gary
Grant and a junior in Glen Rice, all
who started the year before. But we
did have Terry and Rumeal who were
playing their second games."
After being eliminated in the
Western Regional semifinal on a last
second three-pointer to UNLV,
Olson was rumored to be headed to
fill the vacant University of
Kentucky coaching job. After num-
bers reportedly as high $700,000
swirled in Colonel Sanders' land,
Olson announced he would remain at
Arizona, after receiving a contract
extension and raise.
While Olson remained in
Arizona, he did take something from
Kentucky. Highly touted frosh
phenom, 6-7 Chris Mills transferred
to Arizona after averaging 14.3 ppg
and snagging 8.7 rebounds in his
first year. However, Mills is
ineligible for this season. Mills had
been a key person in the NCAA's
investigation which led to
Kentucky's probation.

M'

players help USA

take silver in Taiwan

by Sarah Osburn
Daily Sports Writer
November is a great month for
baseball. Great, that is, if you
happen to be playing in Taiwan. It
was there that United States baseball
team captured the silver medal
November 12, in the second annual
Presidential Cup.
Two Michigan sophomores,
Mike Mellenytand Tim Flannely,
were part of the twenty member
USA team. .
"It was exciting just to put on a
uniform that said USA," Melleny
said. "There were not a lot of fans,
but the ones that were there were
chanting USA...It was sort of like
being in the Olympics."
The round robin style tournament
was composed of eight teams from

around the world made up of each
country's best amateur baseball
players.
The Korean team defeated the
USA team 4-0 in the final game, but
Korea had already clinched the gold.
The USA, coached by Georgia
Tech's Jim Morris, finished 9-3.
"They did what they had to do and
we didn't," Flannely said. "We had
opportunities but we didn't take
advantage of them."
The USA team did not have
much time to practice together as a
unit. They met in Los Angeles for
the first time for one night of
practice before heading to Taiwan for
the tournament.
Flannely, a third baseman hiti
.370 as a starter. Melleny, a catcher;
saw limited action, but did hit .428.

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