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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 24, 1990 - Page 9

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by Sarah Osburn
Daily Sports Writer
Losing the first two Big Ten
games was not the way the Mich-
igan volleyball team had hoped to
start the season. On Friday night,
the Wolverines( 0-2 Big Ten, 1-9
overall) lost to Northwestern (1-0, 6-
5) in five games, and on Saturday
they lost to Wisconsin(1-0, 11-4) in
"Everybody we talk to, parents
and opposing coaches, tell us how
much we have improved," Michigan
assistant coach Jim Smoot said. "It's
hard to believe when you are still
losing, but I think that we are
starting to believe that we can beat
some of these teams."
The Wolverines won game two,
15-6, and game four, 15-11, in the
series against Northwestern. Julia
Sturm, senior middle blocker, and
Hayley Lorenzen, sophomore outside
hitter, were the team's- stand-out
"There are times when the team
as a unit has played well, and there
are times when an individual has
played really well," Smoot said. "I'd
like to see us put it all together."
The Wolverines were swept by
Wisconsin: 15-2, 15-11, 15-7.
0Wisconsin is ranked 17th in the
nation and third in the Big Ten.
"We have moments of brilliance,
and then we have moments when we
lose focus of what we are doing,"
Smoot said. "We need to get so we
can do it all the time, then we will
be okay."
The team has been plagued by
injuries this season. The starting six
players have never been on the court
at the same time. Tarnisha Thomp-
son, though she saw her first action
this weekend, is still slowed by the
ankle she sprained a week before the
first match. Sophomore Michelle
Horrigan didn't travel because of
severe shin splints.
To prepare for this weekend's
games against Indiana and Ohio
State, Smoot says the team will
* work on varying its offensive attack.
"Our offense is too predictable.
We are going to try to get a little
more of a varied attack," he said.

Blue rip
by Ryan Schreiber
Daily Football Writer
If the first play from scrimmage
is any indication of a game, Jon
Vaughn certainly set the tone. The
sophomore tailback cut back to his
right, slashing in his distinguishable
fashion, and scampered for 43 yards.
"I was talking with (Jarrod)
Bunch before the game and we just
thought, 'Let's just break the first
play,"' Vaughn said.
Vaughn continued to enjoy a
perfect afternoon, churning out 288
yards and three touchdowns,
establishing himself as a true
Heisman trophy candidate, and
leading Michigan to a 38-15 victory
over UCLA.
But Vaughn was not about to
give himself any credit, deferring all
of the acclaim to his gargantuan
offensive line.
"I think you could pick anybody
out of the stands and they could have
run as well as I did," he said,
"because the offensive line was
blocking great for me."
While that may remain in
dispute, everyone had their own
definition for the success of the
Michigan tailback.
"I think it's 60 percent offensive
line and 40 percent Jon Vaughn,"
said quarterback Elvis Grbac. "Our
offensive line has guys that have
been there through a lot of games
and they've been playing well #nd
we expected that from them.
"Vaughn has a knack just. of
filling the holes, but, of course, our
offensive line creates big holes for
him. When he sees a bit of daylight,
he breaks. He's got strong legs and
he just opens his eyes really well
when he goes through the hole and
that's what makes him a really good
back," Grbac added.
"Right now it's about 95 percent
line and about five percent me,"
Vaughn said, "because if nobody is
in your way, you can run. I just
want to run where nobody is at and
See UCLA, Page 14

Michigan running back Jon Vaughn fends off UCLA free safety Eric Turner on his way to a big gain in the third quarter. For the day, Vaughn rushed for
288 yards on 32 carries for the second-highest, single-game total in the history of Michigan football.

Wolverine tailback puts the 'H'

Gary Moeller, while impressed with Jon
Vaughn's 201-yard effort against Notre Dame,
had this to say at last Tuesday's teleconference:
"If he keeps getting 200 yards a game then I'd be
very, very pleased if I could get 2400 yards out of

Vaughn, only a
sophomore and obviously
trying to please the coach,
happily obliged Saturday by
running, and running, and
running, for 288 yards.
2 88 yards. That's
enough to change the motto
for Michigan's running
game from 'three yards and
a cloud of dust' to 'thirty
yards and an APB.'
It's longer than a walk
to the Frieze building -
from anywhere on campus.

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288 yards is 69 yards more than any player
has ever rushed against the Bruins. The old record
was held by a guy named Marcus Allen.
What? You say that Vaughn's 63-yard, change
direction and break-it-up-the middle-of-the-field
touchdown run reminds you of Allen's similar
sprint in Super Bowl XVIII? And didn't Allen
once rush for roughly 2400 yards in a season?
And didn't he win something that begins with
the letter 'h'?
Shhh. Can't say that word too loudly,
though, because this is Michigan, man. It's
absolutely blasphemous to single out a player for
his individual achievement. There is no 'I' in
'team,' remember?
Which leads to the question: Are Vaughn's
recent exploits due solely to his talent or the
talent of the offensive line? Vaughn or the
offensive line. The offensive line or Vaughn.
Reporters put the question to the players
"I'd say it's 60 (%) offensive line, 40 (%) Jon
Vaughn," quarterback Elvis Grbac said.

in Vaughn
"I think right now it's 95% line and 5% me,"
Vaughn said.
"I think Jon gives a little too much credit to
us," right tackle Greg Skrepenak said. "We could
give him 10% maybe."
But don't leave out Moeller. I mean, he
deserves at least 19% of the credit for the way he
mixes up the offense. And, the University gets
12% because they get 12% of everything. And,
well, let's just say it's impossible to
scientifically calibrate who is responsible for
Vaughn's 245 yard average per game rushing so
Anywhere else in the country, all the credit
would automatically go to the tailback. But, as
UCLA coach Terry Donahue admitted after the
game, Michigan's offensive line is "unusual."
"They were as big, as dominating, as any
offensive line I can remember," he said. "They
were absolutely massive."
When Michigan's line really gets moving and
starts to turn seams into holes into chasms, you
See LEMONT, Page 14

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by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
Last December, whenrformer
Michigan athletic director and
football coach Bo Schembechler
retired, the earth appeared to move in
Ann Arbor. Life as we knew it was
changed forever..
One month ago, Michigan
women's athletic director Phyllis
Ocker announced her retirement, but
this event was not followed by
nearly as much fanfare. In fact, the
typical reaction, if there was one at
all, was "Phyllis Who?"
What is the reason for this
discrepancy? All right, Bo was a
legend, the quintessential Michigan
man, but did he have anything to do
with the founding of men's athletics
at the university?
Ocker played an essential role in
the initial forming of the women's
Did Bo ever coach a player who
never played football in high school?
The first field hockey teams that
Ocker coached were full of first-time
Finally, did Bo ever have anyone
tell him that his players had no
business engaging in hard
Ocker did, and she still
experiences some of these social
prejudices today.
Still, no one really knows who
Ocker is or what she did for the
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In anonymity, Phyllis Ocker
leaves behind the women's
sports program she founded

university in 1961 as an assistant
professor of physical education, there
was no such thing as women's
athletics. The only opportunity for
women to compete was through
intramurals and some club teams.
Reforms began throughout the
country at the beginning of the 70's
to establish women's athletics as
varsity sports. At Michigan, the
Burns Committee pushed for these
changes. Ocker, as a member of this
committee, remembers the reception
her group received.
"This was a very new thing for
everyone," Ocker said. "The things
going on at Michigan were the same
things going on all over the country.
"There were a lot of people who
felt that young women should not be
competing hard on the athletic field."
The seed for women's sports had
not fallen on fertile ground. Even
after the university approved the
Burns Committee's suggestion that
a women's athletic program be
implemented, the athletic department
did not really know how to handle
the situation.
Then-athletic director Don
Canham was building a powerful
sports empire on the corner of State
and Hoover, and the addition of the
women's program seemed to impede
the overall success of Michigan
athletics. Consequently, women's
sports often went ignored during
their embryonic stage.
"I can imagine how (Canham)

Barrowman garners
Swimmer-of-Year title

by John Niyo
Daily Sports Writer
Mike Barrowman is the best
swimmer in the nation. Again.
For the second straight year, the
tenaciously competitive Barrowman
was named U.S. Swimmer of the
Year, while his fellow teammate,
Wolverine junior Eric Namesnik,
finished second in the voting.
This most recent award comes
just two weeks after Michigan men's
swimming coach, Jon Urbanchek,
received similar recognition, being
named the national Coach of the
Year for guiding Michigan to a Big
Ten Championship and a fourth-
place finish in the NCAA

tournament last spring.
"It's been enjoyable, to say the
least," assistant coach Mark Noetzl
said. "Being a swimmer here myself
from 1980-84, I've seen Michigan
come along way. These awards
certainly say a lot about Michigan
The award says even more about
Mike Barrowman, who is making'=a
habit of breaking records these days.
He started his string of record-
shattering performances last August,
when he lowered the world mark in
the 200-meter breaststroke,
Barrowman's best event. Then, in
See Barrowman, Page 11

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