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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 26, 1990- Page 13

looks to
by Charlie Wolfe
After starting out its season 1-2,
the Michigan women's rugby team
has strung together three wins, and
has outscored its competition by a
combined score of 72-0 in those
The defense and tackling is crisp
and the offense is proficient when it
Coach Bryn Chivers is espe-
cially pleased after last Saturday's
12-0 shutout of the Purdue Boiler-
"We've got a big squad with lots
df rookies, we've got strong for-
wards, we tackle hard, and everyone's
enthusiastic," Chivers said. "We're
playing well."
Now that the fruits of the team's
labor have grown into a 4-2 mark,
he and the Wolverines embark on a
road trip this weekend. Michigan
travels to Athens, Ohio, to play in a
tournament against Dayton and Ohio'
Michigan team president Erika
Wolf is confident that the team will
be able to stay on the winning track.
"We're looking strong and are
pretty confident right now. We're the
strongest team this side of Chicago,
and since we beat the Ohio champs
from last year (Hiram) already, we
should have no problem."
The Michigan, squad is led by
Julie Liebler and Margo Machen,
both of whom are also members of
The Eagles, the U.S. National
Rugby Team.
1.Machen didn't play in Saturday's
game against the Boilermakers be-
cause of an injury sustained while
playing with the Eagles. Liebler did
play in the Purdue game, leading the
squad by scoring two tries, which are
worth four points each. The Wolver-
Ines hope to have both of them back
together on the field this weekend.

Blue faces road foes
OSU, Indiana hope to avoid bido
upsets against volleyball team "~'"

by Matthew Dodge
Daily Sports Writer
When it formed its schedule for
the 1990 season, the Ohio State vol-
leyball team thought it was adhering
to a cardinal rule of college sports.
The OSU athletic department meant
to slot a Homecoming match that
would provide scant competition to
the powerful Buckeyes - so it
called Ann Arbor.
The Wolverine spikers play two
difficult road matches this weekend,
Ohio State (15-5 overall, 7-2 in Big
Ten) tonight and Indiana (12-7, 4-5)
Saturday. And the two opposing
coaches are expecting good things
from the young Wolverines.
Michigan (4-17 , 0-8) proved in
September that it could keep pace
with Ohio State. At home, the
Wolverines lost a strong five-game
match to the Buckeyes, a match that
opened coach Jim Stone's eyes.
"They played great defense
against us," Stone said. "I came
away from there saying 'that's a
great defensive team'. Michigan is in
a learn-ing stage, but it has good
The key to tonight's match is

whether or not Michigan can control
Ohio State offensive hitter Holly
O'Leary, the 1989 Big Ten Player of
the Year. O'Leary is second in the
league in kills per game, averaging

ally, a ranking which creates the
illusion of a mismatch.
"We must win the matches we
are supposed to win, but we also
must throw out the records," Stone
said. "You can't just throw lineups
on the court and say 'We win'. In no
way, shape, or form can we overlook
The Indiana squad echoes those
precise sentiments.
"If we look by Michigan,"
Hoosier coach Tom Shoji said,
"they're going to get their win."
Indiana began the season at the
top of the standings, but have plum-
meted to sixth place.
"If we don't play well, we're fiot
in the middle of the pack anymore,
but in the bottom," Shoji said. "We
must battle and fight hard. We want
to be considered for the NCAA tour-
"(Michigan) has a good bunch Qf
athletes, with good direction. But
hopefully they'll turn things around
after this weekend."
The Wolverines are anxiously
awaiting the verdict on junior setter
Autumn Collins' injuries, who may
miss the trip.

"She had kind of a two or three
week period where she was strug-
gling, but she's back on track,"
Stone said. "She was in a slump
when we played Michigan last time,
but her performance is significantly
better. She's now playing at a level
better than last year."
The Buckeyes rank 12th nation-

Julia Sturm prepares to spike an Autumn Collins set. The Wolverines
play at Ohio State and Indiana this weekend.


Stickers host weekend pair

by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Sports Writer
After enduring a disappointing series last weekend,
the Michigan field hockey team returns home this Fri-
day and Sunday to face talentedconference foes Iowa and
Northern Illinois.
The Wolverines (12-4-2 overall, 3-3-1 in the Big
Ten) bowed to the Hawkeyes (13-3, 5-1) last Sunday in
Iowa City, 3-1. Michigan coach Patti Smith hopes that
this Friday's outcome will be different.
"This year, more than any other year that I've been
here, I feel that we can beat Iowa," Smith said.
Smith spent this week fine-tuning her squad and
making minor adjustments in order to prevent a recur-
rence last week's outcome.
"We watched the videotape from the second half of
the Iowa game. We need to 'mark tighter' defensively
and we need to pass more. Last week we let Iowa get
too many opportunities," she said.
One aspect the Wolverines must improve upon is of-
fense. The ball was in Michigan's zone for the greater
part of the contest against Iowa. When the ball did
travel into Hawkeye territory, miscues and mishaps
soured many scoring opportunities.
Coach Smith attributed last weekend's futile display

of offensive prowess to the play of her forwards.
"Our forwards have to be more aggressive," Smith
said. "They have to pressure the ball more consistently
and use the outside of the field."
Sophomore Forward Katie Thomas is one of those
players that Smith hopes will add points to the board
for the Wolverines this weekend.
"We're confident that we can play hard against
Iowa," Thomas said. "Playing against them last Sunday
showed us that they're not infallible and that they make
mistakes also."
There is no respite for Michigan after Friday's game
against Iowa since Sunday's match-up features a feisty
squad from Northern Illinois (4-11, 2-5). Overtime was
needed the past two times that these teams have clashed.
"I think it's going to be a very tough game," Smith
remarked. "Northern Illinois will be looking for revenge
for the 1-0 overtime game."
Senior co-captain Josee Charvet knows that Michi-
gan cannot afford a mental lapse entering Sunday's
"We beat them (Northern Illinois) last year and it
was a very tough game," Charvet said. "One of our
goals that we set before the season was to beat them
twice this year."

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