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Football
vs. Notre Dame
Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m.
Michigan Stadium
The Michigan Daily
Spikers sizzling as
Rice tourney begins

SPORTS

Friday, September 13, 1991

Volleyball
at Rice-Baden Showcase Tournament
Today and Tomorrow
Houston
Page 10
Blue kickers boot
BGSU, lose Loper
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Sports Writer

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team is
off to its best start in*five years, and
hopes to keep its hot streak going
this weekend. The Wolverines (3-1)
travel to Houston for three matches
in two days at the Rice-Baden Show-
case Tournament against DePaul,
Utah, and Rice.
"We're expecting very good
competition at the tournament,"
coach Peggy Bradley-Doppes said.
Compared to last year, this
Michigan squad is a completely dif-
ferent team. A year ago, the Wolver-
ines were plagued with injuries,
most notably to middle blocker
Michelle Horrigan and outside hit-'
ter Hayley Lorenzen.
According to Bradley-Doppes,
this year's team is healthy and well-
rested. Michigan, which leads the
Big Ten with a .276 hitting effi-
ciency, swept South Florida, Toledo,
and Central Florida, falling only to
Florida, traditionally the top team
in the Southeastern Conference.
Paving the way for the Wolver-
ines' newfound success has been set-
ter Tarnisha Thompson, who was re-
cently elected team captain. The ju-
nior from Detroit Henry Ford has
averaged 5.2 assists per game, with
57 total in the first four matches.
"Tarnisha has shown excellent
leadership on and off the court,"
Bradley-Doppes said.
Michigan has also benefitted

from a quickly-maturing group of
first-year players. Aimee Smith,
from Escondido, Calif., has played
every point at middle-blocker and
already has 14 kills. Julie Scherer,
another California native, has been a
strong backup to Thompson at set-
ter. Bradley-Doppes said Robyn
Reed and LaShawnda Crowe have
been key contributors as well.
The Wolverines will need more
strong performances like these to
keep their season on the right track.
Michigan will be tested immedi-
ately when it opens against DePaul
(4-2) tonight. The Blue Demons are
led by senior outside hitter Dawn
Gura, owner of DePaul's all-time
kill record at 1,381.
"DePaul is somewhat of a sur-
prise," Bradley-Doppes said.
"They're a gutsy team."
Saturday morning, the Wolver-
ines will square off with Utah (4-
4). The Utes return seven players
from last year's team, and are led by
second-year coach Beth Launiere.
Michigan will conclude the
tournament Saturday night with a
match against Rice (5-3). The Owls,
playing in their second straight
home tournament, should give the
Wolverines all they can handle.
"They have big outside hitters,
but not much in the middle. We've
been practicing against Rice's style
of play all week," Bradley-Doppes
said.

The darkened skies were not the
only thing that loomed ominous
over the heads of the Michigan
woman's soccer team yesterday at
Mitchell Field. While the Wolver-
ines defeated Bowling Green, 7-2, in
their home opener, the specter of
losing their leading scorer crept
into Michigan's horizon.
Center forward Shannon Loper
was driving toward the goal mid-
way through the second half when a
Falcon defender attempted to steal
the ball. In the ensuing collision,
Loper was left on the ground, hold-
ing her left ankle in pain while play
halted. Loper was carried off the
field and taken to the University
hospital for x-rays.
Prior to her collision, Loper was
the catalyst of the Michigan of-
fense, scoring twice and keeping
pressure on Bowling Green's de-
fense.
"I have no idea of the extent of
the injury," head coach Phil Joyaux
said. "We hope its not serious be-
cause we can't afford to miss her.
She is playing so well."
Michigan improved its record to
6-0, which includes victories over
three varsity teams. After scoring
two goals in the first two minutes,
one on a miskick by a Bowling Green
fullback, the Wolverines underes-
timated the Falcons' (1-1) resolve

and stopped attacking.
Quickly, Bowling Green coun-
tered with two goals and ied
Michigan in check with its four-per-
son defense. Michigan continued to
shoot, but its shots were blockediby
a congested backfield. The Wolver-
ines had 17 shots on goal in the first
half, but could not tally any mnfre
scores after the initial two.
"We were overconfident in thi
first half," Joyaux said. "At h f
time we realized it was a questn
of doing the bare minimum or py-
ing a little soccer. It was also'a
question of pride."
The Wolverines opened the se5-
ond half with more intensity.
Michigan controlled the ball in tie
Bowling Green end of the fieldfor
the entire second half. The Falcons
had only one shot on goal in the
45 minutes to Michigan's 23.w,,
"We decided we really wanted
to win," forward Heather Marshall
said. "We got to the ball beter.
Phil's halftime comments got us
focused."
Marshall helped lead the second
half onslaught of the Wolveri ,
scoring two goals to add to her re
in the first half.
"We can compete with anyonr
the Midwest," Joyaux said. 'We
might lose, but no one will blow's
out.

Chris White (left) and Fiona Davidson block at the net in a match last
season. The Wolverines head next for a tournament at Rice University.

NFL owners defer World League's suspension

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GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -
The NFL deferred until its October
ownership meeting a decision on the
continued operation of the World
League of American Football.
Dan Rooney, chairman of the new
league's board of directors, said
"there was overwhelming support
by the leagues' shareholders to go
forward."
Rooney said there was strong
sentiment against suspending play

until 1993, but a decision wouldn't
be made until the Oct. 23-24 NFL
meetings in Dallas.
"I'm pleased with the way it
came out," Rooney said. "We feel
people feel it's a good league and we
are moving forward."
There had been published reports
that the NFL-sponsored spring
league would be suspended in 1992
because it lost an estimated $15
million in its first full season with

'European and American teams.
Los Angeles Raiders owner Al
Davis said, "The consensus was by
far to go ahead with the league. It
wasn't close at all for suspension.
There is no question the league has
great viability. And, as you know,
I'm a strong believer in a new
league."
Davis did say the new league
could use some changes. He sug-
gested that it do away with some of

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players to grow and develop."
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finances.
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presidents, Tex Schramm, who re-
signed long before the WLAF began
play, and Mike Lynn, who left the
position following the inaugural *.*
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