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SPORTS

Volleyball "
vs. Eastern Michigan
Sept. 11,7:30 p.m.
Varsity Arena

Page 21

Friday, September 7, 1990
'M' VOLLEYBALL LOSES HOME OPENER
Bradley-Doppes era
begins with five losses

by Phil Green
Daily Sports Writer
Despite the addition of a new
coach, Michigan's women's volley-
ball team isn't exactly tearing up the
nation. The Wolverines followed an
0-4 finish in the Boise State Tour-
nament last week with a disappoint-
ing 3-1 loss at home to Akron
Wednesday night.
Michigan began the Boise State
Tournament with consecutive five-
game losses to St. Mary's of New
York and tournament-host Boise
State. The Wolverines finished the
tournament by falling in four games
to Utah State and to Oregon in a
three-game sweep.
First-year coach Peggy Bradley-
Doppes, who brought sophomore
middle hitter Chris White with her
from the University of North Car-
olina, cites inexperience and previ-
ous failures as causes for the early
defeats.
"They (the players) have to learn
how to win, it's been so long,"
Bradley-Doppes explained.
"It feels like we're almost there,"
White added. "It's a real empty feel-
ing when you walk off the court
knowing you were so close."

The Wolverines returned from
Idaho to challenge the Akron Zips,
whom they defeated in three games
in 1987, the only time they previ-
ously met. Unfortunately for Michi-
gan, Wednesday night was a different

Chris White of Michigan tries to block a spike in Wednesday night's match against Akron. The Wolverines lost
in four games, dropping their season record to 0-5.
Blue field hockey squad takes

1 first game,

2-

by James Burgess
Daily Sports Writer
A full moon hung over Tartan Turf - and became
an element on the field - as the Wolverine field
hockey team began its season Tuesday. Michigan
notched its first victory, downing the University of
Toledo in overtime, 2-1.
"It's basically getting out those jitters - that first
game is always the toughest," head coach Patti Smith
said. "Toledo had come in with three games under
their belt, so it made it difficult for us to be in that
game groove.' We slept through the first half, but
we changed in the second."
As the full red moon melted to white, the officials
gave in to a lunacy of their own by changing the
color of the game ball. Smith took the field to
question the decision, but the officials pled poor
visibility as the cause for the rather unorthodox call.
The night took on yet more color as the Wolverines
were given the rare green card - twice - for
apparently incidental contact.

against Toledo
The oddities continued when Toledo called on its
goalie to take a penalty stroke against the
Wolverines. Clad in her heavy gear and pads, Carolyn
Pishock tucked the shot into the upper left corner for
the Rockets' only score.
Despite the irregularities, Michigan senior Josee
Charvet managed to break a 1-1 deadlock four minutes
and 40 seconds into overtime. The shot, which came
on a penalty corner, seemed to have been foiled by a
Toledo defender but then took a lucky bounce off of
first year player Kalli Hose to give Charvet the game
winner.
"You really want to set some kind of standard, a
really hard workaethic," co-captain Charvet said.
"People are looking up to you and will react to what
you do; that's really important."
Michigan will try to add to its lone victory in
three games this weekend in St. Louis. The
Wolverines takeson Southwest Missouristoday,
Louisville Saturday and Virginia Sunday.

Sturm
story.
Akron, one of the nation's best
blocking teams, jumped to a 10-3
lead in the first game, but with
White serving, the Wolverines cut
the Zips' lead to 10-7. However,

Michigan's run ended and Akron
cruised to a 15-9 victory.
Game two started ominously for
Michigan as Wolverine setter Erica
Badran-Grycan served wide. Michi-
gan quickly regained service and used
a strong net game to take advantage
of some Akron sloppiness to remain
close.
With the score knotted at eight,
White and senior middle hitter Julia
Sturm provided some much needed
offense along with a few blocks to
give the Wolverines a 14-11 lead.
Ironically, the Wolverines won the
game as Akron's kill leader, Jill
McCreary, returned another Badran-
Grycan serve into the net.
From that point, it was almost
all downhill for the Wolverines.
McCreary and sophomore middle hit-
ter Marcy Haluska dominated at the
net as the Zips won the third game,
15-9, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth game started well for
Michigan as White served the
Wolverines to a 3-0 advantage, but
Akron took advantage of some
Michigan errors and rallied to an 11-
6 lead. However, with the score 12-
8, the Wolverines went on a 5-0 run
to grab a one point lead.
Akron stopped the rally as Mc-
Creary took charge, recording the
last two of her game-high 27 kills to
give the Zips a 14-13 lead-.
"Jill McCreary and Mary Haluska
are two Big 10 level players," Akron
coach Bill Cooperrider said. "Once in
a while you get lucky. and a couple
fall through the cracks."
Akron won the contest on the
game's next point when the Wolver-
ines were unable to handle yet
another shot from McCreary.
"We had scouted them (Akron)
and knew what to do, but saying it
and executing it are two different
things," Bradley-Doppes said. "We
played like 10 first-year players."

Varsity baseball team
holding open tryouts
From Staff Reports

You've always dreamed of playing a college sport. You've dreamed of
wearing the maize and blue. And you've played baseball since that first tee-
ball practice at the age of six.
Now's your chance to fulfill those past and present dreams.
The Michigan baseball team is holding open tryouts for the upcoming
spring season today and Saturday. All those who would like to see their
baseball careers extended for a few more years should report to Ray Fisher
Stadium with their own equipment at 3:30 p.m. today and 10:00 a.m.
Saturday.

I.

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