Saturday, 12 noon
vs. Ball State
The Michigan Daily
Friday, September 21, 1990
by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Contributor
This week's Big Ten schedule is
highlighted by No. 1 ranked Notre
ame traveling to East Lansing to
ace Michigan State. Two intrastate
rivalries, Iowa State at Iowa and
Southern Illinois at Illinois, also
are scheduled for this weekend.
Here's a closer look at this
week's Big Ten match-ups.
Notre Dame (1-0) at MSU (0-
0-1) This will be the game of the
week in the Big Ten. MSU's of-
fense is led by senior quarterback
an Enos and second team All-Big
Ten receiver Courtney Hawkins.
Notre Dame All-American corner-
back Todd Lyght is doubtful after
suffering a hamstring injury against
The Spartans defense is surpris-
ingly vulnerable this year especially
at defensive back, so it will be up
to Rick Mirer and Raghib Ismail to
exploit this weakness for the Irish.
ith Notre Dame coming off an
emotional victory, and Rick Mirer
facing his first road game, do not be
surprised if MSU jumps out early
and hangs on for the upset.
So. Illinois (2-1) at Illinois (1-
1) This battle of Illino
turn out to be much
Illinois is coming off a
23-22 victory over C
week and faces a weak
AA team at home. L
Illini to roll to an easy
Minnesota (1-1) a
(2-0) Nebraska has nati
onship aspirations, an
for Minnesota to pu
them. Nebraska's tale
will be led by quarter
Joseph and tailback Le
While the offensei
points, the Cornhu
defense should easi
Iowa St. (1-1) at
This in-state rivalry m
decided last week wh
star running back Blais
quarterback Chris Ped
Minnesota game w
Bryant will be ques
week while Pedersen
Look for Iowa's front
fense to dominate
quarterback Matt Rodg
enough offense for a H
Missouri (1-1) at
MSU hosts Big
Ten's big game
is should not 0) Both Missouri and Indiana are
of a battle. coming off big wins against weak
n impressive opponents. Look for Missouri run-
olorado last ning backs Ronnell Layhill and
k Division 1- Michael Jones to provide the offen-
,ook for the sive punch for the Tigers, but Indi-
victory. ana should prevail as underrated ju-
at Nebraska nior running back Vaughn Dunbar
onal champi- slices through a porous Missouri
d do not look defense.
t an end to Temple (1-2) at Wisconsin (1-
nted offense 1) Former Notre Dame assistant
back Mickey coach Barry Alvarez notched his
odis Flowers. first victory last week against Ball
is piling up State. Even though Temple is
sker's tough coming off a 28-0 whitewash of
ly stop the Austin Peay, look for Wisconsin to
win this battle of ineptitude behind
Iowa (1-0) a superior (relatively speaking)
ay have been defense.
en Iowa State Northwestern (0-1) at Rice (1-
se Bryant and 1) This is one of those games that
ersen left the someone has to win and it should
ith injuries. be Rice. Both teams have good
tionable this receivers in first team SWC receiver
is doubtful. Eric Henley and second team Big
seven on de- Ten receiver Richard Buchanan. The
and junior Owls should have the advantage
ers to provide with quarterback Donald Hollas
awkeye win. handling the chores against a
Indiana (1- typically weak Wildcat defense.
Spikers start season
Two road games to open Big Ten schedule
by Sarah Osburn
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team
opens its Big Ten season on the road
this weekend, taking on North-
western tonight and Wisconsin
Saturday night. The Northwestern
contest will be the team's first game
with starting setter Tarnisha Thomp-
Thompson, a sophomore, had her
season-best game last year against
Northwestern with 27 assists.
Though she saw only limited action
last year playing in 22 games, coach
Peggy Bradley-Doppes was im-
pressed with her spring season.
"I am hoping she will have a big
impact," Bradley-Doppes said. "We
have a tendency to lose it. We will
be leading and we will let the oppos-
ing team catch up, and instead of re-
alizing that is normal, we let it get
The Wolverines are 1-7 thus far
and assistant coach, James Smoot
lists the team's problems as: weak
side-out offense, bad choices in at-
tacking and weak offensive choices.
"It's a new team and a new sea-
son, but there is still residual from
last season that needs improvement,"
he said. "Two middle blockers, Julia
Sturm (senior) and Chris White
(sophomore) have played really well.
Andrea Lucadam, a freshman, has
played well, especially on defense.
We need consistency, but our defense
has been strong and we have had
Michigan has a young squad this
year, with Sturm being the only se-
nior. "During one match we had five
first-year players on the court at the
same time," Bradley-Doppes said.
Last year Michigan finished last
in the Big Ten with a 1-17 record.
"We graduated our three best players,
there was little or no recruiting and
most coaches would probably expect
an even weaker season," Bradley-
Doppes said. "But I don't. I feel that
we can establish ourselves, not just
in style, but in our record as well."
Northwestern has traditionally
had a strong volleyball program.
Stickers face young BSU foe
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by Matthew Dodge
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan field hockey team
may be in for a long weekend.
Playing two difficult games in three
days is a lot to ask of any young
squad. But with a little luck, the
Wolverines will be walking around
Monday with smiles on its faces.
Friday afternoon, Michigan plays
Ball State at home in a non-
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conference matchup. The game had
been scheduled for 3 p.m., but is
being changed to a new time because
the football team has a practice
scheduled at Tartan Turf at the same
time as the hockey game. Who
would you guess has been given
priority? The match had not been
rescheduled by the time this article
This game is a rematch of last
season's game in Muncie, Indiana,
where the Cardinals shut out the
"We lost to them last year. This
year we'll hopefully have the upper
edge," said coach Patti Smith.
And they should. Ball State is 1-
4 this year.
Both teams are extremely young.
The Michigan roster includes six
first-year players. But Ball State has
six frosh in the starting lineup.
As the newcomers get their feet
wet, two Cardinal veterans are
keeping the team afloat: senior right
midfielder Kelly Vrooman and right
back Angie Pendleton. They have
been struggling to help the team
survive a very difficult early-season
It won't be out of the fire until
Ball State coach Karen Fitz-
patrick pointed to the schedule as the
reason for the 1-4 slump.
"It's been against tough, competi-
tion, like Northwestern, Iowa, and
Massachusetts, three Top-20 teams,"
said Fitzpatrick. "We have six
freshmen starting. It's tough because
we have less experience."
The home field will be of great
help to Michigan. The Wolverines
play their home games at Tartan
Turf, which may cause problems for
a Cardinals team that works on
natural turf at home.
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