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Volleyball
at Iowa
Tomorrow, 8:30 p.m.
Carver-Hawkeye Arena

SPORTS
Thursday, September 26, 1991

Football
vs. Florida St.
Saturday, 12 noon
Michigan Stadium

The Michigan Daily

Page 9

Sikkila carries 'M'
golf to fourth place

by Jim Foss
Daily Sports Writer
The opening tournament of a sea-
son can tell a team exactly what it
needs to do in order to improve. The
Michigan men's golf team now
knows that it has to have consis-
tency from all of its players in or-
der to win tournaments.
Riding the strong performance
of Denny Sikkila, the Wolverines
finished fourth in the Northern In-
tercollegiate Golf Tournament
Tuesday.
Sikkila shot a three-round total
of 214 (74-70-70) for the second-
best individual performance on the
Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.
Curt Sanders of Ohio State edged
out Sikkila for individual medalist
honors, finishing at 213.
Michigan coach Jim Carras felt
that the tournament provided a
mixed review for the Wolverines.
"I am happy in the sense that we
finished fourth and still didn't play
particularly well," Carras said.
"Our players realize that if they had
played well we could have won the
tournament."
The tournament was dominated
by the Big Ten conference, with the
top five places in the 17 team field
going to Big Ten schools. Ohio
State, which put together a strong
final-day performance, won the
tournament with a score of 878.
Wisconsin finished in second place
and Minnesota took third. The Bad-
gers and the Golden Gophers shot
880 and 881, respectively.
Michigan finished fourth at 894,
and host team Iowa rounded out the
top five with 898. Last year's Big
Ten champion, Indiana, did not fin-

ish in the top five. This may have
been due to their coach's decision to
let several new golfers gain experi-
ence in this early season tournament.
Individually for Michigan, An-
thony Dietz also had a good tour-
nament. Dietz finished fifth overall
with 217 (73/74/70). Senior Dean
Kobane, who had the third-best
stroke average in- the Big Ten last
year (73.5), carded a 228 (75/80/73).
Carras saw promise in the per-
formances of several of his players
throughout the tournament.
"Our top two players (Sikkila
and Dietz) played very well, and
Dean Kobane had one bad hole the
last day that kept him from placing
higher," Carras said. "We can use
this as a stepping stone."
Rounding out the scoring for the
Wolverines were James Carson and
Bob Henighan. Carson shot 236.
(80/77/79), while Henighan finished
the tournament at 238 (80/80/78).
Carras felt that the team's per-
formance at the Northern Intercol-
legiates showed that it is capable of
playing well in the future.
"We are going to have a very
strong squad, and a very competitive
squad," Carras added. "What hurt
us here was that we had to count an
80, 80, and a 78. We had to count
those (scores), when we should be
throwing out 75's and 76's. Those
80's should be throwaways."
Next on the Wolverines' fall,
schedule is the Fall Buckeye Classic
at Ohio State, Oct. 5-6. The teank
will hold a qualifier a few days be-
fore the tournament in order to de-
termine which players will make
the trip.

Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard makes a catch against Maryland last season. This Saturday, Howard
will face his toughest test of the season by working against Florida State defensive back Terrell Buckley.
Out of the shadow

Florida State's Buckley looks. to steal Howa

by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
Now that the media has put
Michigan wide receiver Desmond
Howard into the Heisman derby,
there is no question opposing play-
ers will be gunning for him.
"Just as he made his name off
other defensive backs, they'll want
to make their names off him," for-
mer Wolverine defensive back Tripp
Welborne said..
Enter Florida State's cornerback
*Terrell Buckley: "I welcome the
opportunity to go one-on-one with
Desmond Howard. I'm not worried
- the cornerback is going to be the
best athlete on the field," the junior
second-team all-American said.
.The Mississippi native has al-
ready made a name for himself in the
South. In his first two years he has
nine career interceptions; two of
which he ran back for touchdowns.
*Street and Smith lists him as the
second-best collegiate defensive
back in the country.
Like his predecessor Deion San-
ders, Buckley is not only one of the
top defensive backs in the country,
he also returns punts with similar
explosiveness.
On his first ever punt return at
Florida State, he faked a fair catch
*by standing still for a full second
after catching the ball. He then pro-
ceeded to take a few steps as if to
walk off the field before turning on
his 4.35 speed to score a 69-yard
touchdown. It was a move that he
planned, without telling a single
coach.
Buckley is the typical Florida
State football player - 5-foot-10,
175 pounds, fast, and extremely ag-
gressive. In the Blockbuster Bowl
against Penn State last winter,
Buckley made another spectacular
punt return, running as much back-
wards and sideways as down the
field, covering over 100 yards to
gain 39.
Buckley is just as aggressive on
the defensive end. He often con-

fronts the receiver at the line of
scrimmage, bumping him before he
can start his pattern. He prides him-
self on hard hits, and he doesn't
mind going one-on-one with any
player.
"I don't know if they'll match
him up completely, but I think
they'll find ways of getting Buck-
ley on Howard," Michigan coach
Gary Moeller said. "Buckley is a
fine all-American candidate that
will be a good matchup. He presents
bigger problems because he is a bet-
ter cover guy."
Buckley is certainly not intimi-
dated by the prospect of playing
Howard.
"I play against two receivers
(Seminole wide receivers Eric Tur-
ral and Shannon Baker) as good as
him everyday in practice," Buckley
said. "I'm just gonna go and play
ball."
"That doesn't surprise me,"
Baker said in response. "That sounds
like something he'd say.".

Which brings up the other simi-
larity Buckley has with Sanders -
his mouth.
"He talks more on the line of
scrimmage than the opposing quar-
terback," Florida State wide re-
ceiver Mike Spencer said.
But during spring practice,
Buckley's antics got him in trouble
with Florida State coach Bobby
Bowden. According to the Seminole
coaching staff, Buckley developed an
attitude that he was above his
teammates. Bowden feared a return
to the problems Sanders' cockiness
brought to the team his senior
season. Bowden's solution was to
bench Buckley this summer in favor
of a redshirt frosh Corey Sawyer.
"I was in total shock," Buckley
said. "I had a great spring. It was a
messed up situation where people
got me mixed up with Prime Time
(Sanders)."
The coaches explanation to Buck-
ley was that he didn't make a proper

rrd's spotlight
tackle on one play. Something he
didn't buy: "How can you be the
best tackler on the team and on one
play become a poor tackler?"
Buckley felt the decision was
based on the politics of football.
His reasoning was the alumni and
media made the negative comparison
of himself and Sanders. They then
pressured Bowden to do something,
Buckley says.
"College football is a business.
You can't get personal with the
coaches. They are your bosses in a
sense. You just go about your busi-
ness," Buckley explained.
But Sawyer proved to be a legit-
imate threat to take Buckley's job.
Sawyer has similar speed, and
proved two weeks ago that he can
also return punts, running one back
for 39 yards against Western
Michigan.
Depth is a problem the Wolver-
ines will have to contend with
Saturday. The schedule has been kind
to the Seminoles, allowing younger
players to see plenty of action.
"It's hard to experiment when
you're playing Notre Dame,"
Moeller said. "And our young kids
have not played enough. That's the
advantage Florida State has over us.
They've had a lot of kids play in a
game situation and that means a
great deu'.!"
Buckley won back his starting
position before the season began.
His play has already produced one
interception this fall, a diving catch
against Heisman Trophy winner Ty
Detmer of Brigham Young. And
while his other statistics have been
average thus far, his concern for
what Florida State does as a team
has improved.
"I feel like it is a need for us to
win it (the national championship)
this year," Buckley said. "Other-
wise, the program will be kind of
stuck. We're tired of coming in
second."
- Shane Green contributed to
this story.

Women's golf looking
to regroup at Illinois

by Dan Linna
The Michigan women's golf
team is looking to rebound from a
disappointing finish at the MSU
Spartan Invitational. The team will
get its chance this weekend at the
Lady Northern Intercollegiate
Tournament.
In the Spartan Invitational,
Michigan charged out to the lead
with a team record 304 in the first
round. The Wolverines dropped to
fourth in the second round with a
316 and plummeted to a ninth-place
overall finish Sunday. Michigan
coach Sue LeClair wants to avoid a
similar collapse this weekend.
"I expect us to be in maybe the
upper six of the field," Coach Sue
LeClair said. "There was no reason
we shouldn't have stayed in at least
fourth last weekend, but we just got
too tense.
The Lady Northern Intercolle-
giate Tournament is being held at
the University of Illinois' Orange
Course in Savoy, Ill. The 19-team
field will tackle the 5,891-yard
course, playing 18 holes each of the
three days.
Among those participating in the
annual tournament are the defending
champs, Minnesota, as well as the
rest of the Big Ten squads. Also
competing this weekend are Butler,
Bowling Green, DePauw, Ferris
State, Illinois State, Iowa State,
Notre Dame, Wisconsin-Whitewa-
ter and Northern Illinois.
"We have some excellent teams
coming this weekend," Illinois
coach Paula Smith said. "Indiana has
a strong team and Minnesota has
been playing particularly well."
In a preseason poll, Golfweek
magazine rated Iowa No. 15 in the

nation and Illinois No. 20. Renee
Heiken of the Illini was named a
pre-season all-American and was
ranked as the ninth best individual
in the country.
For the Wolverines, junior Wen-
dy Bigler leads the way with a 79.7
stroke average. She was the only
Michigan team member to shoot
under 80 in the team's final round at
MSU.
"We should do well this week-
end," Bigler said. "We would like
to finish in the top three. I think we
learned from last weekend what it
means to finish up well and have;
three good rounds together instead-
of just one or two.
"We need to realize that you
can't count strokes. You just can't
play golf and be counting strokes.
We have to just play the best we can
and be confident in ourselves that
we have played well. We shot thatn
304, and we can do it again. We have
to be confident that we can play
with any school out there."
The upcoming invitational tour-
nament is required for all Big Ten
teams. Each team's finish will de
termine the seeding for the Big Ten
tournament in the spring, which
will be held on the same course.
"It is important for us to come
in at least the top six so we don'(
have to tee off from the back-nine in.
the spring," LeClair said.
"We don't want to say that this
is 'the' tournament of the fall,"
Bigler added, "because that just adds
pressure that we don't need. Sure
it's important, but it's just another
tournament, and we just want tc
improve our game as a whole and
keep scoring better as a team."

Florida State's Terrell Buckley can be just as dangerous a return man as
Michigan's Desmond Howard. Here he returns a punt 63 yards for a
touchdown against East Carolina.

Women 's soccer mov

by Tim Rardin
The Michigan women's soccer
team headed into Livonia to play its
fifth varsity opponent in School-
craft yesterday. They left with a 7-0
win and a perfect 10-0 record on the
season.
The Wolverines, who lost to and
tied Schoolcraft in two games last
year, recorded their first victory
against the squad.

goal. Two scores from senior for-
ward Heather Marshall off assists
from Karen Jones and Steinhebel
made the score 3-0 at the intermis-
sion.
The offense continued where it
left off in the second half, dominat-
ing play on both ends. Sophomore
Lisa Ashton scored on an assist
from Lyrna Siklossy. Fellow
sophomore Alicia Stewart was as-

es to -0
tional tournament qualifier. The
team takes on Marquette and Illi-
nois Saturday. Sunday will match
the Wolverines against the defend-
ing national club champions, Min-
nesota.
Marshall said that the squad
will take each game as it comes, but
admitted, "We're really looking
forward to playing Minnesota. If
we win this weekend, we pretty

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