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Page 8- The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday - September 16, 1991

Continued from page 1
Read was also similar to Crowe
in her impression of the
Wolverines. "I just had a great
feeling about the coach, the team,
and the reputation of the school in
general," Read said.
Despite the strain of choosing a
school, Read considers her overall
recruiting experience to have been a
good one.
Some athletes are fortunate
enough not to undergo any negative
aspects of recruiting. Setter-middle
blocker Julie Scherer of Los Altos,
Cal., was approached by about 25
schools after standing out on the
Bay Club Junior Team. One would
think that the more suitors, the
more chance there is of unethical
doings. However, according to
Scherer, this was not the case.
"Everyone was considerate and
respected my privacy," Scherer
said. "It was a fine experience; I
had no problems. Of course, it's
different for every person."
Coach Bradley-Doppes was
persuasive enough to enlist not one
but two natives of the Golden
State. Middle blocker Aimee
Smith was talented enough to turn
the heads of more than 50
institutions. She eventually
narrowed her decision down to
Notre Dame, the University of
Oregon and Michigan, and it was an
aggregation of components that
geared her toward Ann Arbor.
"The academics, coaching,
players and support were all
excellent here," she said.
However, she too encountered
some drawbacks. "I received some
nasty calls at 11 at night," Smith
noted. "And some West Coast
schools called at almost
midnight." Michigan, having the
advantage of a three-hour time
difference, was not one of the
Much like the recruits, the
coaches also express a range of
emotions about the procedure.
Bradley-Doppes, who is entering
her second and final year as chief of
Michigan's volleyball squad, has
seen it all in her 12 years as a
collegiate head coach. Her teams
have played in the NCAA
tournament, and she has received
Coach of the Year honors from
both the Mid-American and the
Atlantic Coast Conferences. Yet

Tigers lose to Brewers;
' Jays stay in front by 5 1/2

Fielder hit the longest home run.
But Dante Bichette hit the one that
mattered most.
Fielder put Detroit ahead with
his major league-leading 42nd home
run, but Bichette's tie-breaking,
two-run shot in the sixth inning led
the Milwaukee Brewers over the
Tigers 5-3 yesterday.
A day after Fielder hit a 520-
foot home run that was believed to
be the first ball to clear County
Stadium, he connected again in the
second inning for a 420-foot drive.
Detroit stayed 5 1/2 games behind
AL East-leading Toronto.
Bichette's homer came after Greg

Vaughn's double and put
Milwaukee ahead, 3-1, in the sixth.
"The thing I'm trying to do is
make contact. I said, 'Just see the
ball and make contact.' And I got
some air in it," said Bichette, who
has been on the bench recently.
Doug Henry relieved with two
on and two outs. He gave up Travis
Fryman's RBI single before closing
for his seventh save.
"Early I wasn't spotting any-
thing very well. Then it started to
click," Wegman said. "It was one of
those games where you battle emo-
tions early in the game. But I was
able to relax and take advantage of
some good pitches late in the game."

Frank Tanana (11-11) is 0-3 in his
last four starts. He gave up five hits
and three runs in six innings, with
four walks and one strikeout.
"Vaughn did a good piece of hit-
ting with the double down the
line," Tanana said. "Then I got one
(a fastball) in on Bichette and he
was strong enough to take it out of
the yard." S
The Brewers made it 5-1 in the
seventh against relievers Kevin Ritz
and David Haas. Two walks set up
Robin Yount's RBI single and
Vaughn's sacrifice fly. Detroit
scored in the eighth on Lou
Whitaker's RBI grounder.

Fielder rockets first home run
out of County Stadium confines

Outside hitter Robyn Read (left) is blocked in practice while teammate
Fiona Davidson (middle) looks on. Read is a member of the strong rookie
class recruited by volleyball coach Peggy Bradley-Doppes.

she explains that no indiscretions
occur when volleyball stars are
"I may sound Pollyanna-ish,
but I've never encountered
anything unethical," Bradley-
Doppes stated. "It's competitive,
but it's not dirty. It's a dogfight,
but it's not unethical yet. If it
(illegal doings) does occur, I don't
know about it."
Bradley-Doppes depends heavily
upon outside club teams to scout
her prospects. She utilizes
networking and scouting services
and spends four weeks on the road
every year just to attend all the
major club tournaments. The
largest of all is the Davis Cup,
which invites 400 teams from
almost all of the 50 states to
participate in a week-long
volleyball-fest. This past year,
Aimee Smith's team won the
Unlike some coaches who place
the brunt of the recruiting on their
assistants, Bradley-Doppes prefers
to do much of it herself.

"I've always wanted to become
involved in my team's recruiting,"
she said. "I want to know the
athlete myself."
As she enters her final year as
head coach, Bradley-Doppes, who is
also the Michigan Associate
Athletic Director, has mixed
feelings about her departure from
the recruiting game and volleyball
in general.
"I've enjoyed the process, but
not the travel or time," she
explained. "I've had so much fun,
it's hard to walk away. But it is
time to go."
It seems as though recruiting
has been accepted as a necessary evil
no matter what the sport. And
although it can go on in a legal
fashion, it still pressures everyone
involved. Once the process is
finished, though, the players can
reap the benefits of making it
through this period. And for Coach
Bradley-Doppes and her final
recruiting class, that is all that
matters in the end.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The re-
verberations of the shot that went
out of Milwaukee County Stadium
- a mammoth 520-foot home run
by Detroit's Cecil Fielder - still
were being heard yesterday.
Fielder's major league leading
41st home run Saturday night was
the first in Brewers history to clear
the bleachers at the stadium. Fielder
homered again yesterday.
Brewers president Bud Selig said
he recalled Joe Adcock of the
Milwaukee Braves hitting one over
temporary bleachers and out in the
Continued from page 1
Lorenzen led the Wolverine attack
with 14 kills, and sophomore mid-
dle blocker Flona Davidson fol-
lowed with 13.
Michigan's first-year class was
once again an important factor in the
team's success. Frosh middle
blocker Aimee Smith, who had ap-
peared in every game going into the
tournament, continued her streak
throughout and killed 15 in the pro-
cess. Fellow frosh Julie Scherer had
four assists in backing up
Thompson. LaShawnda Crowe and
Robin Read also saw extensive
court time.
Michigan returns to action
Friday, hosting the University of
Michigan Volleyball Classic at
Keen Arena.

mid-1950s. Orlando Cepeda hit one
all the way out against the Braves
on June 4, 1959, but the bleachers
were not as high at that time as they
are now.
Before Sunday's game the
Brewers PR department took a pic-
ture of Fielder, bat-in-hand, stand-
ing in the outfield with the score-
board in back of him with a message
regarding his huge homer.
Fielder was about the only one
not impressed with the big blow.
"I don't get off hitting long
balls. It's just another home run,"
he said Sunday. "That's about it."

Brewers players and fans sensed
the historic importance of it and
Mario Ziino, the club's director of
publications, said a "surveyor will
be brought in (Monday) to get an
accurate measurement."
Ziino said the 520-foot mea-
surement is an estimate because the
ball was found up against a trash
container in the areabehind the
The ball went out at about the
362-foot mark, over the many rows
of bleachers and also a short fence
atop them.

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