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Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 30, 1989

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by Peter Zellen
Daily Hockey Writer

Roberts leads by example

Three years ago, people around the Michigan
hockey team never thought highly of Alex
Roberts.
"People would ask how Michigan could
recruit someone like Alex Roberts," coach Red
Berenson said referring to the defender's play
during his rookie year. "Some thought he'd be
the least likely to be a leader."
However, times have changed for the senior
co-captain as his play and performance have
drastically improved.
"The biggest change was mostly my attitude,"
Roberts said. "When you're young you think
you're good, but you're not. In high school, I
got by on talent alone but when you get here
you're just one of 25 hockey players."
Roberts admits that his attitude and work
ethic were less than admirable when he first
arrived at Michigan and it showed on the ice.
Roberts scored only one goal and seven assists
that year while racking up 55 penalties for 117
minutes.
The Bloomfield Hills native became aware
after his first season that he was not guaranteed a
spot on the following year's squad and was

determined to remedy the situation during the
summer before his sophomore year.
"I worked hard that summer and developed a
positive attitude. I had a lot of confidence and felt
better," Roberts said.
Roberts increased his offense with four goals
and nine assists and cut his penalties down by a
third, but more importantly played a better
defensive game in that sophomore season.
"He's karned from his mistakes and other
people's mistakes and he's learned to control his
emotions," Berenson said of Roberts'
improvement.
Another factor in his improvement over the
last two seasons stemmed from a strong
influence by older players on the team.
During his first year, Jeff Norton played
mentor to Roberts. Then, after Norton left,
defenseman Myles O'Connor took Roberts under
his wing.
Roberts moved in with O'Connor last year
and has been grateful for his help. "He helped me
out a lot with my game, school and my off ice
habits," Roberts said. "Everything fell together
last year, on and off the ice."
In his junior season, Roberts had a career high
19 assists and showed a penchant for both the

power play and penalty killing units with
Berenson using him accordingly.
"Right now he's our best defensive
defenseman and he's created some offensive
opportunities. He's come along as one of the
team's most consistent workers," said Berenson.
While once it was Roberts who needed
tutelage from the older players, he has now
become one of the elder statesmen on the
Michigan hockey team.
As a newcomc , Do t, Lt. .. had a shaky start
on defense last year but was calmed down after
teaming up with Roberts. "Last year I was
inconsistent, but he's rubbed off on me," Evans
said. "We work well together and I learned a great
deal from him."
This weekend Roberts will encounter the
same task, teaming up with junior Mark
Sorenson. Sorenson has been playing left wing
all this season and is now returning to defense,
his former position.
"The coach is showing confidence in me in
trying to help other people out," Roberts said.
"Mark needs to get his confidence back because
he wants to come in and contribute."
And with a change welcomed by players,
coaches, and fans alike, Alex Roberts has been
transformed from a troubled youngster to a
defensive sage.

Wolverine defenseman Alex Roberts shows his puck-handling abilities.
In his four years, he has transformed from a player who saw little action
to a co-captain of the team.

Nadia seeks political asylum

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -
Romanian gymnast Nadia Com-
aneci, shown after her triumph in the
Montreal Olympics, has fled her
native country seeking political
asylum in Hungary according to the
Hungary news agency.
Comaneci stunned Olympic fans

in 1976 with three perfect 10's in
gymnastics competition.
Sports of the Daily
Michigan State 80, Nebraska 69
EAST LANSING - Kirk Manns
scored 19 points as Michigan State
posted an 80-69 victory over
Nebraska last night.

Women cagers face
cross-town Hurons

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by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
Tonight's game ball will be
bounced around more than usual as
the Michigan women's basketball
team welcomes Eastern Michigan to
Crisler Arena. The high scoring
Wolverines and Hurons have each
averaged more than eighty points per
game thus far.
"Eastern comes at you," said
Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege.
"They are going to force you to do
things quickly and in a hurry. They
gamble, they go for steals, they're
going to make you shoot quickly. If
you capitalize and do score off those
opportunities, then you have the
potential to score a lot of points.
But they do too."
The Wolverines will also gamble
on defense by running the full court
press throughout the game. Mich-
igan's biggest advantage comes from
their bench. The Wolverines have
nine players that will be rotated into
the line-up.
"We like to play full court
defense," VanDeWege said. "It wears
down both teams, but that is where
our bench strength helps. Hopefully
we won't lose anything when we go
to the bench. Teams that are deep
should be playing that type of
defense."
Michigan's biggest concern will

be hanging onto the ball. The team
had 23 turnovers in their first game
Tuesday night against Youngstown
State's pressure.
"Eastern's going to be a better
team," said Wolverine point guard
Carol Szczechowski. "We're going
to have to work harder. I think after
everyone calmed down we were O.K.
(against Youngstown). I'm not
worried if we can pull together
quicker."
Another Wolverine concern will
be containing the Huron's senior
forward Kelly Hebler and point guard
Latonya Watson. Both are good
shooters, and Watson is solid from
beyond the three point line.

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"This will be a dogfight,"
VanDeWege said. "Eastern is a very
competitive team and they really
come at you with excellent defensive
pressures."
Joining Carol Szczechowski, Val
Hall, and Tanya Powell in the
starting line-up that will first test
the Huron defense will be Char
Durand and Joan Rieger. Both
Durand and Rieger received the nod

JOSE JUAREZ/Daily
Tanya's big night
Michigan co-captain Tanya Powell
totalled game-high stats in four
categories Tuesday night against
Youngstown State:
Points 1 sRebounds 10
Steals 5 Assists 4

after consistent all
Tempie Brown, who
Tuesday, will also be
of the game.
"It's going to be
affair and it should be
VanDeWege said.

around play.
had 12 points
utilized much
a pretty wild
fun to watch,"

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