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Page 12- The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 27, 1991
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by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer

Spikers put streak on the line
by Adam Miller

Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team
finished the pre-conference schedule
8-2, having won its last five matches
including last weekend's Michigan
Classic.
This marks a complete turna-
round from last year's 1-9 start;
Coach Peggy Bradley-Doppes has an
answer.
"This is not the past. This is a
brand new Michigan program," she
said. And Bradley-Doppes hopes her
team can back up her words when
the Wolverines open the Big Ten
season tonight at Iowa and Sunday
at Minnesota.
"The team is really excited
about the Iowa match," Bradley-
Doppes said. "It should give us a
great indication of where we are."
Iowa (4-8) has been a traditional

thorn in Michigan's side. The Hawk-
eyes swept both matches last year
and dominate the all-time series,13-
3.
The Wolverines could finally be
ready to turn the tables tonight at
8:30. Iowa lost its starting six
players to graduation last year and
have a new head coach, Linda Schoen-
stedt. Still, Bradley-Doppes does
not overlook the Hawkeyes.
"It's a mystery to prepare for,"
she said. "I haven't seen them, but
we have a few highlight films. Be-
cause of the coaching change and the
graduation, you know everything
will be different."
The road trip concludes Sunday
at 3 p.m. against the Golden Gophers
(3-7).
"We'll need a whale of an offen-
sive effort in Minnesota," Bradley-

Doppes said. "(Sophomore middle
blockers) Fiona (Davidson) and
Michelle (Horrigan) will have to
come up really big. They're a
scratching and clawing team thatV
should be in the (conference) race."
The Wolverines have worked ori
their offensive technique this week;'
with extra blocking and option-shote
drills. Bradley-Doppes wants her',
players, noted for their hard-hittingr';
style, to hit well-placed shots and
not just rely on their power.
"The point is not just to hit it
hard and harder, but to put the bal
on the floor," she said.
One of the Wolverines' greatest',
concerns is the road factor. There ai6
no guarantees playing away from
home in the Big Ten conference.
"Anybody can win on any given-,
night," Bradley-Doppes said.

Yesterday, the University Board
in Control of Collegiate Athletics
held its first meeting of the aca-
demic year. Topics of discussion in-
cluded the budget, academic reform,
reaction to the Knight Commission
report, and the new basketball
ticket policy.
Bob DeCarolis, the associate ath-
letic director in charge of internal
relations, presented the financial re-
port from the fiscal year which
ended June 30. DeCarolis reported
the department had an operating
ptofit of $870,000, and increased its
total funds by $1.3 million.
The financial success can be at-
tributed to increased revenue from
the NCAA Basketball
Championships, and an increase in
royalties from souvenir sales.
This financial success pleased in-
terim Athletic Director Jack
Weidenbach.
"We had very favorable invest-
ment revenue," he said. "We had fa-
vorable gifts and good income.
"I think revenues are good, and
we have held the line on expendi-
tures, but we have also expanded our
academic support."

Stickers hit the road with optimism..,,

MIELELGUYDaily
Chris White (7) and the Wolverines travel to Iowa and Minnesota.
Women netters open season

from staff reports
The Michigan women's tennis
team will open its season today at
the North Carolina State Univer-
sity Wolfpack Classic. Competing
in this three day, four-flight singles
and doubles tournament are teams
from the Big Ten and Atlantic
Coast Conferences.
Michigan will be competing
without No. 1 singles player
Christine Schmeidel, who will be

out due to an illness. Playing in
flight-one competition will be se-
nior Kim Pratt and junior Kalei
Beamon. Senior Amy Malik and
rookie Simone Lacher will be com-
peting in flight two. Jaimie
Fielding and Liz Cygniak, two new-
comers, will be playing in flight
three. Flight-four competitors will
be senior Freddy Adam and sopho-
more Allison Schlonsky.

by Chris Carr
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan field hockey team
enters its matches this weekend
with one eye looking forward to a
promising future and one eye look-
ing back to a haunted past.
The Wolverines will take on
both Northwestern and Northern
Illinois in DeKalb, Ill. The games
mark the opening of the Midwest
Collegiate Field Hockey Confer-
ence (MCFHC) season, and the
16th-ranked Michigan squad (3-3)
has the typical "opening day" opti-
mism.
"We want to look at this as the
start of a new season," Wolverine
coach Patti Smith said. "We took
the time before practice on Tuesday
to talk about our goal to win the
conference championship, which
will give us an automatic NCAA

bid. The team has learned a lot from
the preseason games and has re-
sponded well in practice."
Michigan will open the weekend
by playing the defending conference
champion, No. 10 Northwestern (4-
2), tomorrow. In the back of the
Wolverines' minds is the fact that
Michigan has never beaten the
Wildcats.
"Being 0-18 against Northwest-
ern makes winning this game a big
goal," senior forward Kristin
Shaiper said. "No team is unbeat-
able, but we cannot get down on
ourselves if we fall behind, which is
what we have been doing lately. We
need to stay focused and keep men-
tally tough."
Northwestern opened its season
with a pair of 1-0 losses to Mas-
sachusetts and Maryland, but has
rebounded to win four straight, in-
cluding three shutouts. The Wild-

cats also have an explosive offense, *
with five of the league's top 10'
scorers. Senior all-American mid-
fielder Colleen Senich and junior'
second-team all-American mid'
fielder Kathy Halley power
Northwestern's offense.
"We cannot alter our game plan,,
to stop Northwestern's offense"
Smith said. "We have to stay fQ
cused on our own game.
"Northwestern is a very young
team, and we can exploit that. If we
come out shooting and attack those.:
young players right away, they can
be rattled."
Youth will also be a key fact~f"
when Michigan plays Northeh'
Illinois Sunday. The Huskies (1-4y"
lost 13 letter winners, including 8.
starters from last year's team whic'h
finished 6-12, but went 1-1 againgv
Michigan.

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For the Michigan men's rugby
club, Homecoming is here. This
weekend, Wolverine Rugby Club
alumni from across the country
will converge on Ann Arbor for
three days of fun and games.
The matches will feature current
Michigan rugby members taking on
their older counterparts tomorrow
at Mitchell Field. The students
will play three matches against the
"Old Boys" whose roster includes
alumni ranging in age from 22 to 42.
The younger squad has been dom-
inant the past few years, but the old
timers hope that this will be the
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All players look at the matches y
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"We want to show them what
we've got," captain John Swis said. '
Besides the chance to play rugby ;
again, the Homecoming Weekend
also gives alumni an opportunity to
reunite with old friends and meet
new members.
Beginning with a party tonight
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