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Page 10 -The Michigan Daily-- Friday, November 2,1990

Water Polo treads
into Big Ten meet

Blue seeks defense
q first league victory

by David Kraft
Daily Sports Writer

After opening the season with a
difficult schedule that led to a 2-8
start, the Michigan men's water polo
team (3-4 in the Big Ten, 8-11 over-
all) has won six of its last nine
matches, including a current four-
game winning streak.
The squad looks to continue the
trend this weekend in Bloomington,
Indiana, as it competes in the Big
Ten Championships. Michigan, the
defending champion, enters the tour-
nament as the third seed, behind top-
ranked Wisconsin and second-seeded
Northwestern.
Although not the best team by
record, the Wolverines are not lower-
ing their expectations entering the
tournament.
"Our main goal is to win the
tournament - we will be disap-
pointed with anything less than
first," coach Scott Russell said.
Russell will rely on a big per-
formance from veteran co-captain
Keith Cox, who will be competing
in his fourth and final Big Ten
Championship. Strong goaltending
from junior Michael Winkelman
will also be a factor.
"We consider (Michael) to be the
quarterback of our defense," Cox

said. "He could have a major impact
on how far the team advances."
The tournament is broken up into
two brackets composed of four teams
each. Ohio State, Purdue and North-
western are the three teams joining
the Wolverines in half of the draw
while Indiana, Michigan State, Min-
nesota and Wisconsin comprise the
other half.
After competing in round-robin
format on Friday and Saturday, the
top two teams in each division ad-
vance to the semi-finals, while the
bottom four teams compete for fifth
through eighth place.
For Michigan, the biggest test
comes Saturday when it takes on
Northwestern, who defeated the
Wolverines, 6-4 in their previous
meeting. Ohio State and Purdue also
present concerns for the Wolverines.
"OSU and Purdue are the only
Big Ten teams we haven't played, so
we have no first hand knowledge of
their talent," Russell said.
Despite these worries, Michigan
is confident that its momentum will
help carry it to the finals.
"The momentum has clearly
shifted in our favor, which should
transcend into this weekend's per-
formance in Bloomington," Russell
said.

by Albert Lin
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan volleyball coach
Peggy Bradley-Doppes has made' a
minor change in her lineup. But
she hopes it will have a major ef-
fect on the team's performance.
"We're getting beat by their
hammering the left front, just hit-
ting the ball and hitting the ball,"
Bradley-Doppes said. Middle
blocker Chris White will be
moved to right outside hitter,
switching places with Fiona
Davidson.
It remains to be seen if the ad-
justment will spark the Wolver-
ines to their first conference vic-
tory. Michigan (0-11 in the Big
Ten, 4-19 overall) gets another
two chances when it hosts Purdue
and Illinois tonight and tomorrow
night, respectively.
Bradley-Doppes acknowledges
that she is surrendering offense by
moving White, who posts a team-
leading .212 hitting percentage, to
the weak side. But she hopes the
sophomore transfer can use those
skills to stop the opposing strong-
side attacks.
Davidson, who is hitting .189
with 96 kills,wfavors the move.
She feels she hits better in the
middle, while White still hits well
from the right.'
Besides this switch, the lineup
remains the same as last Satur-
day's. Marita McCahill will again
start on the left side for the injured
Hayley Lorenzen. McCahill
should play the entire match un-
less Lorenzen can play effectively
on her bad ankle.
Four seniors lead the Boiler-
makers (8-3, 17-7) into Ann Arbor

on a four-match winning streak.
Purdue has defeated Michigan in
20 of their last 21 matches, in-"
cluding a three-game sweep of the.
Wolverines at West Lafayette last:
month.
"I know (Michigan) is working w
hard to win a conference match,"
Purdue coach Carol Dewey said.
"And it's kind of scary to play
teams like that because you know,
they can get it all together. They,
have some size and some good
athletes."
Dewey hopes to counter
Bradley-Doppes' move by isolat-
ing her hitters one-on-one with
Michigan defenders, and using here
team's quickness to its advantage.
Thus far, Illinois has been suf-
fering a subpar season with a 15-7
record (7-4 in the Big Ten). The
Illini have placed either first or
second in the conference the last
five seasons, including last year's
13-5 runner-up finish.
Bradley-Doppes attributes part
of Illinois' problems to the loss of
Laura Bush. Bush, the Illini'si
leading attacker last year, suffered
a separated shoulder October 5th
against Michigan and has not
played since. Nonetheless,
Bradley-Doppes is cautious.
"Illinois has the most gifted
team in the Big Ten, there's no
doubt about that," she said.

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Michigan water polo co-captain Keith Cox practices at Canham
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