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Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 26, 1990


Spikers oul
by Andrew Brown
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's volleyball team went into this
weekend with a very difficult challenge. First, on Friday
night they faced a tough Notre Dame squad, which had
dealt Michigan its only loss of the season at the Notre
Dame Classic two weeks ago.
On Saturday, the Wolverines were scheduled to battle
Michigan State, which coach Peg McCarthy described
as "one of the quickest teams around."
As it turned out, Saturday's game against the
Spartans was post-poned due to the inclement weather.
Nevertheless, there was enough excitement provided on
Friday night between Michigan (10-1) and Notre Dame
(15-6) to last the entire weekend.
With the excitement that every Wolverine feels
before a contest with the Fighting Irish, the men's
volleyball team took the floor. From that point on, it
was a war. The outcome was in question for over two
hours until the Michigan spikers outlasted the Irish in a
fifth-game victory, 15-9
Notre Dame showed great poise with great hitting
and defense to take the first game, 15-8. Knowing that a
2-0 lead in games would be almost insurmountable,
Michigan came out quickly in game two and never
looked back. Great plays by junior Jeff Timberlake
staged the comeback as he set up his teammates for
numerous kills.
Michigan held off a late Notre Dame comeback for a
15-10 victory to even the score at 1-1.
The third game saw Notre Dame jump out quickly to
a 5-0 lead. However, a key substitution brought junior
Seth Feierstein into the lineup, where he served for six
straight points to give Michigan the momentum and an
eventual 15-8 victory, and more important, a 2-1 lead..
With the momentum on their side, the Wolverines
started game four aggressively opening an early 8-4 lead
with spikes and good defense. The game appeared all but
over, until frosh standout Rico Latham suffered an ankle
injury midway through game four. And the Wolverines
just seemed to lose their edge.
"Rico's injury really got us down," Scott Jeffs, one
of the senior mainstays, said.
From that point on, Michigan lost their poise and



eventually the last nine points of the game, leading to a
15-11 Notre Dame victory.
With one game remaining, it appeared Michigan lost
the momentum, and with a main starter now out of the
lineup, the match figured to be a struggle. However, the
down end of the injury in the fourth game seemed to
spark a positive reaction in game five. The Wolverines
flew right out of the gate with power and consistent
defensive play.
In addition, Jeffs also felt that a key substitution by
McCarthy made the difference in the final game.
"Jim Striebel coming into the lineup at 10-9, com-
bining great defense and digs was the turning point."
In the end, Michigan's power game combined with
many Notre Dame errors led to a 15-9 victory in the
decisive game.
McCarthy attributed the team's success to Jeffs.
"Scott didn't get the sets he usually gets, but he did
everything else," he said. "He played great defense and
good solid team ball." Jeffs, on the other hand, stressed
the great team play.
"We came out flat, and got a little down on Rico's
injury. However, good defense and smart shots held us
Continued from page 1
contention, and all six competed in various events over
the weekend. In the end, Junior Scott VanAppledorn
came out the winner. VanAppledorn won two events,
the 50 and 200 yard freestyles.
Besides Michigan, many other schools and clubs
were represented over the weekend, including Eastern
Michigan, Oakland University, the Ann Arbor Swim
Club, and the Windsor Swim Club. Also competing
were members of Club Wolverine, a team of Michigan
alumni and current students not on the roster. Among
those competing was assistant coach Mark Noetzel.
The Michigan Open is the last regular season event
for the Wolverines, with only the Big Ten and NCAA
championships remaining.

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Wolverine swimmer Brent Lang holds the NCAA record of 42.88 seconds in the 100 meter freestyle. Lang has
also won an Olympic gold medal in the event.

Continued from page 1
as a conference championship at the
University of Virginia and honorable
mention NCAA All-America status.
"He took me as a mark and didn't
limit himself to what I'd done," Eric
Lang says. That might be an
Brent's list of accomplishments
is lengthy. Besides being co-captain
of the team and owning a Olympic
gold medal, he won two NCAA
titles, finished first place in the 100
at Big Ten's, set a school and
NCAA record of 42.88 in the 100,
and was named to the Academic All-
America team last year alone.
The Lang brothers are somewhat
of a swimming legacy back home.
Brent owns all but three school
records at Sunset High. Of the three
he does not hold, two belong to
Eric. Ironically, those two records
are in the 50 and 100 freestyle -
Brent's bread and butter races.
"I knew as a high school
swimmer that he had great
potential," says Lang's high school
swimming coach Ardis Smith. "He
wasn't as serious about swimming
as other people were. I often thought
if he did get serious and really, really
worked hard at it that he would be
great," Smith said.
She was right.

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The intense atmosphere and
specialized training he follows at
Michigan have made the difference.
"I think it took a while for someone
to figure out that maybe Brent
should be swimming the 50 and the
100," Smith admits.
That someone was Michigan's
swim coach John Urbanchek.
But Urbanchek still gives all the
credit to his pupil. "He is great in
swimming because he makes
himself great. He wasn't born that
way. And now he's the fastest in the
world, period," Urbanchek said. Lang
and Urbanchek have worked closely
during his years here. They have
designed a workout for Lang that has
greatly increased his speed and
improved his strength.
Assistant coach Mark Noetzel is
excited by Lang's potential. "Brent
can continue to improve because
he's still relatively new to his size
and his frame," Noetzel said.
"He's one of the more sincere and
conscientious people I've known.
You find that among those people
like Edwin Moses, they're very
distinguished in the way they carry
themselves. Brent carries himself
like a true champion," Noetzel says.
However, Lang prefers to identify
with a different gold medalist -
swimmer Matt Biondi. The two
initiated a friendship in Soeul, Korea
during the Olympics. Biondi, in a
way, took Lang under his wing.
Lang recalls how Biondi, "always
had time to talk to the little guy, to
talk to the next guy. When he first
got to know me, he was willing to
spend time talking to me (to) try to
pass his knowledge and his greatness

on," says Lang. When all the press
coverage started getting Biondi
down, Lang was there to talk it out.
As a result, Lang says, "I could see
that it was gonna be something I
was gonna have to face."
Currently Lang wades through
the pool of notoriety, but before he's
done he'll be immersed in it like
Biondi. His positive outlook, and
competitive drive won't let him fall
short of that mark. His modesty and
work ethic won't let any of the
success go to his head.
His future is clearly mapped out
ahead of him. The qualities that
brought him this far will no doubt
thrust him to future excellence.
"He's got everything going for
him," teammate Scott Ryan said.
"Ten years from now he'll be sitting
in some big office and I'll be getting
interviewed by him."
But for now, Lang must
complete the task at hand which for
him is to break the American and
world record in the 100 freestyle at
the World Championships. "It's kind,
of a double edged sword, because if I
am able to accomplish my goal I'll
feel confident about leaving
"But at the same time I'd be
telling myself, 'Well Brent, you just
broke the world record you ought to
continue to swim, you've reached
your peak, it would be stupid to
stop.' I can plan ahead and say that's
what I'm gonna do, but it will be
tough decision."
Whatever Lang's decision is, he
won't stay in swimming for too
long because the rest of his life is

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