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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 15, 1990 Page 9


Blue spikers win State battle
Wolverines beat MSU in four games for 2nd Big Ten victory

by Albert Lin
Daily Sports Writer

TO liver s Twist:


icer breaks
by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer


The Michigan hockey team's top rookie scorer is suffering from some
growing pains.
First-year forward David Oliver broke his jaw in last Saturday's 3-3 tie
with Michigan State. Oliver, who has six goals and four points on the
year, will definitely miss this weekend's series with Lake Superior State.
He may also be unable to play against Ohio State the following weekend.
Junior Mike Helber will dress
for the first time this season when
he replaces Oliver this weekend.-
"Mike Helber has just been a
ictim of numbers this year," r
coach Red Berenson said. "Now
he'll get his chance to play."
Oliver sustained the injury '-
when the head of a Michigan State
player whom he was checking hit S .
him in the jaw. He skated yest-
erday, but could not participate in >
Any contact drills during the
Junior Mike Helber will dress for the first time this season when he
replaces Oliver this weekend.
"Mike Helber has just been a victim of numbers this year," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "Now he'll get his chance to play."
Oliver sustained the injury when the head of a Michigan State player
whom he was checking hit him in the jaw. He skated yesterday, but could
not participate in any contact drills during the practice.
Team trainer Kim Hart said that Oliver will have to take extra
precautions when he returns. "He has braces on his teeth now and rubber
bands that act as a splint for the jaw," Hart explained. "He's wearing a
regular helmet shield and an extra football cage to protect the jaw."
To make life even worse for Oliver, he will be unable to eat solid food
for approximately three weeks. This fact should not be taken lightly,
given the holiday that is around the corner.
"No turkey for him," Hart said, "just a lot of mashed potatoes and
LINE CHANGES: The loss of Oliver may have prompted Berenson
to change his lines for the first time this season.
"It's funny when you change things," Berenson said. "When you're
losing it's a shakeup. When you're winning, it's an adjustment."
Berenson's recent tinkering can only be interpreted as an adjustment for
the Wolverines, who are deadlocked with Lake Superior State for first
place in the CCHA.
The new lines are as follows: Denny Felsner-Mark Ouimet-Cam
Stewart, David Roberts-Brian Wiseman-David Wright, Ted Kramer-Don
Stone-Mike Helber, and Mike Stone-Jim Ballantine-Dan Stiver.
"I wasn't necessarily looking for more scoring," Berenson said. "I
mean, we lead the league in scoring now, but these might turn out to be
better combinations in terms of defense and speed."
The most interesting aspect of the shuffle is the breakup of the
Roberts-Ouimet-Felsner line, which had been arguably the most
dangerous combination in the country.

Like the soldiers at Iwo Jima, the
Michigan volleyball team raised a
flag after victory.
This flag was symbolic of the
state championship the Wolverine
squad earned by winning five games
to State's four in the teams' two
meetings this year. By winning in
four sets over the Spartans (15-11,
15-8, 10-15, 15-3) last night at Keen
Arena, the Wolverines are volleyball
champions of the state.
Michigan (6-22 overall, 2-14 Big
Ten) now has two Big Ten victories,
marking the first time since 1987
the Wolverines have had more than
one conference victory.
"We expected Michigan to come
at us like they did, but we expected
to be able to make adjustments to
keep them from doing things," State
coach Ginger Mayson said.
The Wolverines were fired up the
entire match, but as it turns out,
they had incentive to win.
After a flat practice Tuesday,
which Michigan coach Peggy
Bradley-Doppes almost cancelled be-
cause of its lack of quality, the team
came to the arena with their hearts,
but not their heads, in the match.
Bradley-Doppes told the team, "I'm
up to bribery; I'll do anything! If
you guys win, you get tomorrow
With this extra push which the
team sorely needed, Michigan dom-
inated play throughout the match.
"Look at the emotion we were
playing with and the emotion they
were playing with. Really, it should
have been the other way around,"
Bradley-Doppes said.
Julia Sturm again stood out last
night, finishing with a team-high 18
kills. Whenever the team needed a
kill or a block, Sturm was there.
"I always try to put as much
effort as I can into my play. If I do
well, the rest of the team can also
get excited, so I try to bring (my

level of play) up so everybody else
can feel (the excitement)," Sturm
Also having a big game for the
Wolverines was first-year hitter
Fiona Davidson. Davidson led the
squad with a .419 hitting percentage,
making only one error to go along
with her 14 kills. She came up big
at the end of the fourth game as
Michigan won seven straight points
on her serve to close out the match,
including four of the last five via
service ace.
To begin game three, Michigan
jumped out to the same 5-1 lead it
enjoyed in all four scoring sessions.
But the Spartans (8-22, 4-12) did not
give in, coming back to take the
"We were fighting, but we kept
expecting them to give (the game)
up easier than they did," Sturm said.
"We thought they would let
down," said setter Tarnisha Thomp-
son, who notched 49 assists. "Coach
told us to keep our feet moving, and
that's the great thing about her.
Exactly what she tells you to do,
you do it and it works."
Thompson had two great 'drops'
during the match, in which she faked
a set in the middle of Michigan's
half-court, completely fooling the
Spartan lineup, and then tapped the
ball over into a gaping hole on the
Michigan State side.
"I would never have tried that,
but Coach told me about it, and she
said to do it whenever she yelled
'Now!'," Thompson said. "Whatever
Coach says, do it."
Despite the game three setback,
Sturm "did not feel threatened that
(State) would come back and take the
whole match."
Although the scoring may not
indicate it, Michigan was comfort-
ably in control in both the first two

Senior Julie Sturm attempts a kill in Michigan's four set victory last
night against Michigan State. Sturm led the team with 18 kills.

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