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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 15, 1990 - Page 15

Vignevic
leads 'M,
stickers
to sweep
by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Sports Writer
A finely tuned Michigan field
ockey team is putting it into
erdrive after cruising home from
Columbus this weekend with a pair
victories over Ohio State and
William and Mary.
On a wet Friday afternoon, the
Wolverines needed an overtime goal
from sophomore forward Katie Vig-
nevic to defeat a scrappy Buckeye
team (4-7-1) and to insure Mich-
igan's 10th victory of the year by a
*ore of 3-2.
A slow first half by the Wolver-
ines kept the score close.
"Against OSU we started out a
little sluggish but we picked it up,"
Michigan coach Patty Smith said.
The team turned it around and
came out strong in the second
period, outlasting the Buckeyes with
a quick offense and a stingy defense
bolstered by first-year goalkeeper
*iki Hoover's 16 blocked shots.
Smith gave Hoover the nod over
fellow rookie Natasha Bach for both
games this weekend.
Against No. 17 William and
Mary, Vignevic exploded for two
goals early and the Wolverines (11-
3-1) held on to grab arguably their
most impressive victory of the
season, 2-1. ,
"She's a great team player,"
Watherine Epler said of Vignevic.
"She's got great stick work, and on
Saturday against William and Mary,
she really forced some plays."
Smith echoed similar sentiments
about Vignevic.
"She really came through for us,"
the coach said. "She had been
playing very well for us all season
and it was just a matter of time
0e fore she scored like this."
Along with Vignevic's heroics,
the forwards as a group led the
attack.
"Our forwards our doing a lot of
little things for us," assistant coach
Meri Dembrow said. "All of our
switching and running off the ball is
confusing the defense and opening
things up for the other players."
Conspicuously missing against
@oth OSU and William and Mary
was the large-scale substituting used -
by the Wolverines successfully last
weekend in St. Louis.
"We didn't sub at all against
William and Mary," Dembrow
noted. "We were playing so con-
sistently well that there was no need.
"All the girls on the field were
ready to play this weekend. We're on
really big roll right now. We need
o come out and crush Miami of
Ohio on Tuesday. We have to take it
to them and run up the score."

RESERVES LOOK FOR NICHE IN WOMEN'S GOLF
Dark side of ie l

by Andy De Korte
Daily Sports Writer,
Little could be worse than competing in a sport for a
whole season and getting little or no recognition.
Except being on a team and not competing.
Beginning in late August, five women on the
Michigan women's golf team - Carrie Nosenchuk,
Maura Hawkins, Jennifer Tejada, and Tegan and Tiffany
McCorkel - practiced with the rest of the team without
playing in a match all year, aside from the home
invitational.
The logistics of competitive golf simply do not
allow the whole team to play. There are 12 women on
the team and, on any given weekend, only five or six
can travel. Since the top five or six players remain con-
sistent through the season, the lineup rarely changes.
What motivates these women? Does knowing that
they probably will not play much until the following
season alter their play? The players have a multitude of
reasons and answers.
Carrie Nosenchuk, a sophomore from Cran-
brook/Kingswood High School, felt that being on the
golf team had many advantages.
"Well I really enjoy golf," Nosenchuk said. "It is
kind of addictive and playing for free is great."
Twin first-year students Tiffany and Tegan
McCorkel also explained the benefits of being a team
member.
"Obviously I really like the game, and the partial
scholarship is nice," Tiffany said.
Tegan added, "It's really nice to be able to get off of
campus once in a while and leave all of my school work
behind and forget about it."
According to Wolverine coach Sue LeClair, each of
the ladies share a number of attributes.
Foremost, the ability to compete on the collegiate
level is necessary. They obviously need to be talented
and dedicated. Most of the golfers were heralded on their
high school teams, either being number one or number
two.

If the women are not strong enough to _.y at this
level, they certainly must work to improve. 'e squads'
improvement was quite substantial.
With hard work over the summer, Carrie Nosenchuk
lowered her scores ten strokes from the previous autumn
season. "I think it's very evident to everyone that she
worked very hard over the summer," LeClair said.
"Maura Hawkins has definitely improved her game
to the point where she may travel nest year," senior
Becky Hayes said. Helping to form Hayes' opinion was
Hawkins' 80 at the Michigan Invitational.
Sophomore Jennifer Tejada is the unlucky one of the
team. With a foot injury last season and minor nose
surgery this year, her improvement has been stymied.
Working off the golf course over the summer and at
school this fall has not allowed her to concentrate fully
on her game, according to LeClair.
Tiffany and Tegan share more than their looks.
While they have both improved, they are not able to
shoot under 90 on the tough Michigan course. "They
have both improved, but not to the point where I need
them to be yet," LeClair said. "They are just having the
typical freshman problems of getting used to school and
to our course."
The five also share a bond with the other players
who were once newcomers themselves. The leadership
that the more experienced women provide is important
to the development of the younger women.
LeClair's influence is also tantamount to the
continued development of the up and coming golfers.
"She really is a great lady, very helpful, very likable.
She is really sweet and always accommodating," Tiffany
McCorkel said.
The most consistent desire among the five is the
playing time. With continued persistence and strong
play during the off-season, each of these players will be
presented with the opportunity to break into the starting
lineup next year.

First-year setter Erica Badran-Grycan serves Friday night against Iowa.
The Wolverines, still winless in the Big Ten, dropped the match.

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from themselves, that they
"expected to win." Other players
feel the same way.
Sturm feels Minnesota could
have been Michigan's first Big
Ten victim. "I really thought we

had thetgame," she said. "Even
during the fifth game when we
were playing, when we were be-
hind a couple points, I really still
thought we had this match."
The weekend losses extended
Michigan's Big Ten losing streak
to 19 games. Michigan's overall
record this year is 1-15 and 0-7 in
Big Ten play.

REVENGE IS SWEET!
Michigan battles Bowling Green
Friday, October 19th, 1990
Yost Ice Arena
Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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