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Ice hockey
vs. Ohio State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Volleyball
vs. Northwestern
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Keen Arena

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, November 21, 1990

Page 8

oSU
hockey:
the other
battle
by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
This is what college sports are all
about. Michigan vs. Ohio State.
Maize and Blue vs. Scarlet and Gray.
A knock-down, drag-'em-out, back-
yard brawl between two teams that
just don't like each other much.
Oh, wait. This is hockey.
While it's true this rivalry may
not be as intense on the ice as it is
on the gridiron, there still is no love
loss between these teams.
Ohio State (4-5-1 in the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association; 6-5-
1 overall) are off to a sluggish start
this season while the Wolverines are
flying high, but that doesn't mean
this the series will be lopsided. Last
year, the Wolverines were unable to
beat Ohio State, tying two and los-
ing two against the fifth-place Buck-
eyes.
"Ohio State always seems to play
well against Michigan," Wolverine
coach Red Berenson said. "They cer-
tainly want to beat us."
The rivalry may be more impor-
tant to the Buckeyes than to the
Wolverines, who list Michigan State
and Bowling Green as their most-
hated opponents, but Berenson
knows the importance of these

BARQUIST LEADS HARRIERS TO 13TH
Michigan falters at

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Roberts
games from experience.
"In the past, these have been cru-
cial, turning-point games," he said.
"There's a lot of emotion in this
series. These will not be quiet
games."
The Wolverines may have to go
without starting left winger David
Roberts. Roberts cut the bottom of
his right foot in an accident after last
Saturday's game with Lake Superior
State, and as of yesterday, he was
still questionable for the weekend.
The Ohio State attack is led by
both the old and the young. Senior
left winger Paul Rutherford and
frosh right winger Mike Merriman
are 1-2 in scoring on the team.
Sophomore goaltender Mike
Bales has been trying to keep the
Buckeyes afloat on the other end of
the ledger. Bales has allowed 3.56
goals per game and boasts a save
percentage of .900.
Last weekend, the Buckeyes were
swept by Western Michigan, which
dropped them into a sixth-place tie
with Michigan State.

by Kevin Sundman
Daily Sports Writer
On Monday, the Michigan men's cross country team
headed into the NCAA Championships in Knoxville,
Tennessee with high hopes. Confident and ready to run,
the Wolverines knew they could perform well, but had
no room for error.
"We can finish as high as 3rd," coach Ron Warhurst
said last Friday, "and as low as 15th."
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the latter of the
two proved to be more prophetic. The team finished
13th in a field of 22 and came away from the meet un-
happy with their effort.
"We are a little disappointed with our performance,"
said Warhurst. "We know we could have done better."
Arkansas and Iowa State dominated the meet as ex-
pected finishing first and second respectively. Particu-
larly discouraging for Michigan was the third place fin-
ish of Notre Dame, a team the Wolverines nearly de-
feated in the districts a week ago. Also Texas, who fin-

ished fourth, and Wisconsin, the Big Ten champions
who placed ninth, were teams that the Wolverines had
defeated this season.
The team's performance could have been attributed to
the nature of the course. The opening mile was entirely
downhill and created a hectic early pace.
"We just went out too fast," said Warhurst, "and we
couldn't hold the pace."
On a bright note, the Wolverines' top runner, senior
Brad Barquist, finished 31st running a career best time
of 30:08 to earn the team's lone All-American honor.
Junior Dan Oden and sophomore Jason Colvin also
turned in impressive performances, but overall, the team
did not run as well as expected.
The finish did little to damper what was an excep-
tional season for the Wolverines. Three invitational vic-
tories and a seventh place ranking in the polls were
indications that this was one of the team's best seasons
ever.

Barquist

Hoops Time

s here

'M' men face Athletes In Action at Palace

by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
Athletes Out of Action make up
Athletes In Action.
This is the team the Michigan
basketball squad will be in action
against tonight in the Wolverines
final exhibition game at the Palace
of Auburn Hills.
AIA is a professional team
comprised of former college, NBA,
and CBA players. Playing AIA
should preview how Michigan will
fair against the better teams in the
Big Ten. AIA (3-1) will play six Big
Ten teams in their 1990-91 schedule,
with all their games on the road.
AIA barely lost to Indiana, 107-96,
on Sunday. And last week, AIA beat
fourth-ranked Michigan State, 94-9 1.
Player/coach Lorenzo Romar is
the team's leading scorer, averaging

19.5 ppg. Playing along Romar is
forward Zack Jones (16.7 ppg) and
center Ronnie Grandison (12.2 ppg).
Grandison played the 1988-89 season
with the Boston Celtics.
"We play 26 games in November
and December and we would like to
win 20-plus," Romar said. "If we
stay healthy and can come together
as a team, I think that goal can be
attained."
Michigan coach Steve Fisher will
not be as concerned with winning
the game, as in getting a solid look
at different Wolverine lineups.
"I don't care if we win our
exhibition games," Fisher said. "But
when we open our season against
Central Michigan (Nov. 28 at
Crisler), I want the best possible
lineup."
The key players Fisher needs to

look over one more time are
forwards Chris Seter and Sam
Mitchell. Both are competing for the
last starting spot on the Wolverine
roster.
Center Eric Riley and guard
Demetrius Calip were the only two
definite starters early on, but
Michael Talley and Tony Tolbert
have stepped forward since. Seter
saw action last year when Sean Hig-
gins was forced to sit out with an in-
jury ankle. Mitchell is a 6-foot-9
forward that attended Brewster
Academy in New Hampshire last
season.
Judging from last week's sparse
crowd of 5,800 at the Palace for
Michigan's first exhibition game,
there should be plenty of seats to get
a first look at the Wolverines in the
plush arena.

College News Top Fifteen
The Cornell Sun compiles a weekly college hockey poll,
voted on by the sports staffs of 12 different college
newspapers nationwide, including The Michigan Daily.
Team
(First-Wlace votes) Record Points

1. Minnesota (8) 9-0-2
2. Lake Superior* 9-1-1
3. Northern Michigan (2) 8-1-2
4. Boston College 4-1-0
5. Maine 6-1-1-
6. North Dakota (2) 8-3-1
7. Michigan* 8-3-1
- Boston University 3-2-1
9. Clarkston 6-0-1
10. Cornell 3-0-1
11. Michigan State*4-5-3
12. Harvard 3-1-0
13. Wisconsin 7-3-1
14. Providence 6-0-1
15. Bowling Green* 6-4-2
- Colgate 4-2-1
Others receiving votes: St Lawrence
New Hampshire, Alaska Anchorage.
*Denotes CCHA Member

164
135
131
128
117
105
103
103
101
94
45
39
38
28
22
22
University, University of

Women

eye

host Auburn in Dial Classic

by Matthew Dodge
Daily Basketball Writer
The season on the brink begins
for the Michigan women's basket-
ball team Saturday afternoon in the
Deep South - the haven of national
women's hoop powerhouses. The
Wolverines, coming off their most
successful season ever, need to prove
that the program has risen to a new
level; a level on par with the peren-
nial winning programs.
Michigan continues its quest for
respect this weekend at Auburn, Al-
abama in the Auburn University
Dial Classic. The squad will play a
warmup game versus Grambling
State on Saturday at 1 p.m. If all
goes the Michigan way, the Wolver-
ines will tip off for the tourney

championship Sunday against the
second-ranked team in the country,
on Auburn's home floor.
"It's always a thrill to play a
ranked team," senior captain Carol
Szczechowski said. "It gives us
something to gun for. We have
nothing to lose, and they have every-
thing to lose."
Traveling 1500 miles over the
Thanksgiving weekend to take on
last season's NCAA tournament
runners-up is a daunting road trip for
any team. But the leader of the expe-
rienced Wolverines looks forward to
the two games.
"We played them my sophomore
year, and kept with them,"
Szczechowski said. "I look at it as
an exciting opportunity, not as say-

ing 'Oh, no we're playing Auburn."'
Season after season, the Lady
Tigers hover at the top of the na-
tional polls, due in large part to the
phenomenal talent that matriculates
at Auburn. "They get lots of talent,"
Szczechowski said. "They are so tall,
and so quick. They can all dribble,
no matter how big they are."
At the eye of this annual hurri-
cane of hoop hysteria is national
player-of-the-year candidate Carolyn
Jones. The 5-8 senior guard averaged
20.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per
game as a junior. She is accompa-
nied by three other returning starters
from last season, when Auburn was
28-7.
But Michigan head coach Bud
VanDeWege has decided not to prime
his team for the upset bid at the sake
of taking Grambling State too
lightly.
"I haven't given Auburn a bit of
thought," VanDeWege said. "It's not
one of those cliches where you take
it one game at a time. We have just
been working on our own things. I
won't look at their tape until Fri-
day."
Grambling State, straight from
Louisiana, may not give Michigan
much southern hospitality. The Lady
Tigers won the SWAC in 1990 with
a 13-1 league record.

osU
Continued from page 1
surrounding his first season with a
win over the Buckeyes. The
Wolverines (5-2 Big Ten; 70
overall) could even claim a share of
the Big Ten title with a win and an
Iowa loss.
But to do so, the Wolverines will
have to get past a tough Ohio State
squad (5-1-1; 7-2-1) which has won
five in a row - including a 27-26
upset of Iowa two weeks ago.
"I know this is an important
game for us," Moeller said. "For n,
personally, it would give me a lot 6
satisfaction. I know this is the best
Ohio State team we've faced in the
last few years."
Leading the Buckeyes is senior
quarterback Greg Frey and his
youthful backfield. Frey has
completed over 52 percent of his
passes for 1795 yards.
But the real billing for this game
could lay in who Elvis Grbac ai
Frey hand the ball off too. Tw
frosh, Ricky Powers of Michigan
and Robert Smith of OSU, will duel
each other in a battle of the running
backs. Smith has averaged 6.5 yards
per carry, racking up 1021 rushing
yards. Powers has just recently
became the main cog in the
Wolverine backfield.
While Jon Vaughn lost a step due
to an ankle injury, Powers has see@
increasingly more action, including
Saturday's career-high 127 yard
output. Powers now has 508 yards
on the year.
"I could play either one of them,"
Moeller said when asked who would
start. "What I really like about
Ricky Powers is that it bothers him
when he makes a mistake."
But make no mistake about i
Regardless of bowl implications, th
Ohio State showdown looms big in
Michigan's mind.
"It feels the same, whether it
comes down to a Big Ten
Championship or a Rose Bowl,"
Jarrod Bunch said. "The fact of the
matter is that it's Michigan and
Ohio State. If we could win only
one game all year, this would be it.
If you lose it, you feel terrible."
U-M vs. OSU
Kickoff: 12:10
TV: ABC (Channel 7 in Detroit)
Radio: WJR (760), WWJ (950)
WPZA (1050)
Stakes: Most likely, winner to Gator
Bowl, loser to Liberty Bowl.

Spikers finish up regular season at home

by Matthew Dodge
Daily Sports Writer
Consistency has been a grave concern of the
Michigan volleyball team. But this trait has be-
come just as piercing a thorn in the sides of the
Wolverines' opponents.
A team will never know when Michigan will
lay down and lose, or when it will rise up to
knock off a Big Ten power. This dual personality
is especially pronounced within the home con-
fines of Keen Arena, where Michigan meets Wis-
consin and Northwestern this weekend.
The Badgers (26-7 overall, 14-2 Big Ten),
who sit at the'pinnacle of the Big Ten standings,
will kick off the final weekend of the regular sea-

son against the last-place Wolverines (6-23, 2-
14) Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats (16-16, 7-
9) arrive for Julia Sturm's retirement party Satur-
day night.
"We want to go out in style so Julia can see
that Michigan's play has improved in her four
years," Michigan coach Peggy Bradley-Doppes.
"We want to show that she, as a player, has im-
proved dramatically."
Wisconsin has heard the news that Michigan
beat both Illinois and MSU at home in the last
two weeks, and has taken notice.
"We are focusing on Michigan, and I expect a
good match out of them," Badger coach Steve
Lowe said. "I see them as an improved team that

will battle us and play us tough.
"We are in first place right now. We need to
win both matches this weekend against Michigan
and Michigan State. The only way we can do
well is to win the first match."
Northwestern, mired in the middle of the con-
ference pack, has less incentive than Wisconsin,
which is vying for a top NCAA Tournament
seeding. But the Wildcats know that the young
Wolverines will be good.
"Anytime you play on the road, you expect
tough matches," Northwestern coach Jerry Angle
said. "We expect to have to play good volleyball
to beat Michigan."

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