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vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Keen Arena


Women's Soccer
vs. Bowling Green
Tonight, 5 p.m.
Bowling Green, Ohio

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, October 9, 1991

Page 8

Spikers seek victory,
State Pride vs. MSU

Johnson earns No. 2 spot
4|| Frosh to add depth to already-Powersful backfield

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
Tonight is "State Pride" night at
Keen Arena..It's the first leg of the
two-match volleyball series be-
tween Michigan and Michigan State,
the winner of which has the right to
display the State Pride Banner -- a
state of Michigan flag bearing the
motto "Tubor," or "I will defend"
- on its campus for the next year.
Despite posting a 2-16 conference
record in 1990, the Wolverines (2-2
in the Big Ten, 14-4 overall) cap-
tured the banner last year. Though
the teams split their matches,
Michigan won more games than the
"We have the banner, and we
don't want to give it up," coach
Peggy Bradley-Doppes said.
Despite Michigan State's 0-4
record, Bradley-Doppes is careful to
avoid overconfidence.
"When Michigan plays Michi-
gan State, in any sport, you can
throw out all the records, and all
the conference standings, because
it's going to be a great fight," she

said. "(They'll be) thinking that if
they beat Michigan, it's going to be
a big win for them."
The Spartans' attack is keyed by
5-9 senior outside-hitter Corinne
McNamara. McNamara leads State
with a .263 hitting percentage and a
team-high 49 kills.
"She's a fiery player," Bradley-
Doppes said. "Corinne gives them
offensive power, but also some good
defensive play.
"I feel the teams are very evenly
matched in terms of personnel,
though we may beha bit stronger
physically, a bit healthier," she
No Michigan player suffers
from a significant injury entering
tonight's contest, which Bradley-
Doppes credits to an improved train-
ing regimen.
"We're modifying our workouts
quite a bit, in order to keep (the
team) healthy and fresh. We hope
that way to field a healthy team, and
a very, very competitive team," she

by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
Michigan's tailback position worried coach Gary
Moeller at the beginning of the season, but in one week
it has become a strength, thanks to the play of redshirt
frosh Jesse Johnson.
It was a fluke that Johnson even saw as much action
as he did last Saturday. In the second quarter, Moeller
thought he heard one of his coaches say starting
tailback Ricky Powers had broken his hand. Later, he
discovered his assistant had actually said "helmet."
By the time the coaches knew what was happening,
Johnson had scored a 28-yard touchdown. So they left
him in, and he went on to out-produce Powers,
finishing with 202 total yards and two touchdowns.
Powers is still considered the starter against Michigan
State, but Johnson will be rotated in often.
"Jesse gives us another dimension to our offense
because he's a different type of runner," Moeller said.
"We've got some confidence in him now."
Moeller has been trying to get both Johnson and

true frosh Tyrone Wheatley into game situations more.
Johnson has only seen action in two games this year and
Wheatley didn't play in the backfield against the
Hawkeyes. With the tough schedule Michigan has had,
Moeller has been hesitant to use inexperienced players.
"We've been trying to get someone to help Ricky
Powers run the football, because I'd like to have depth
at that position," Moeller said. "I'd still like to get
Wheatley in there a little bit more, but we've always
been in a situation where I'd be afraid to try a new
tailback in there because you could mishandle the ball
with a young kid."
With Moeller's new found success in the backfield,
he might even experiment with the three back offense.
"It's something we've talked about, but we haven't
committed to it," Moeller said.
MICHIGAN MOVES UP: The Wolverines climbed
two notches in the Associated Press Top 25 to No. 5
following their 43-24 victory over Iowa. Florida State
still holds the top spot, followed by Miami (Fla.),
Washington, and Tennessee.


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Midterms deplete soccer teams' rosters

by Eric Sklar
Daily Sports Writer
Looking at the numbers, the
Michigan women's soccer team
shouldn't have too many problems
when it faces Bowling Green
tonight. The Wolverines' are 11-0-2,
W E M'
having already defeated the Falcons
earlier in the season, 7-2. However,
Michigan will not have it as easy as
it did the last time the two teams
faced each other.
This time, the Wolverines will
be missing five starters and several
substitutes because of midterm ex-
ams. The missing players include
center defenders Lori Green and
Maureen Scullen, and midfielders
Leslie Martin and Jenny Stienhebel.

"That (the missing players) is
going to hurt us," Michigan coach
Phil Joyaux said. "I think we'll
still probably win, but it's tough to
say at this point."
Although Joyaux is somewhat
concerned about the shortage of
players, he doesn't think it will af-
fect the outcome of the game.
"They are still a much weaker
team than us, and I don't think that
there's any doubt (about winning),"
he said. "With our starters there to
set the pace, I think our second
stringers would tear them apart, but
without our starters to set the pace,
it's a much bigger responsibility for
the non-starters to set the tone of
the game, and I don't know if
they'll be able to do that.

by Shawn DuFresne
The Michigan men's soccer club
travels to Wooster, Ohio, today to
square off with the Fighting Scots.
Because midterms will preclude
some of its starters from making
the trip, Michigan (5-5-1) is unsure
how it will perform. But the
Wolverines are focusing on some
important goals.
"We're going to concentrate on
keeping possession of the ball in or-
der to control the game," Michigan
co-captain Dick Hillary said. "I
think it is going to be an intense and
low-scoring game."
Wooster's record is 4-5-2, losing
its last game, 3-1, to Earlham Col-
lege. The leading scorer for the

Fighting Scots is forward Eric Bell,
who has four goals.
"We have outshot our opponents
in most of our games," Bell said.
"We just haven't been able to put
the ball in the net. All our losses
have been close."
This year has been a transitional
period for the Fighting Scots. Last
season, forward Ian Banda was the
NCAA Division III Player of the
Year after leading Wooster to a
third-place finish in the North
Coast Athletic Conference.
Wooster went on to compete in the
Division III playoffs.
Although Banda graduated, the
team still features Division III All-
American defender Mphatso
Namwali, also the placekicker for
Wooster's football team.
"We're a very competitive team
no matter who the opponent is,"
Wooster assistant coach Graham
Ford said.

by Rich Mitvalsky
The Michigan men's rugby team
captured the team collegiate cham-
pionship at the Michigan Cup Tour-
nament in Detroit this weekend.
The tournament featured a
Wolverine collegiate squad that
trounced its first two opponents -
Central Michigan "B" and Western
Michigan, 16-0 and 9-0, respectively.
Michigan then advanced directly to
the finals, where the Wolverines
polished off the Central Michigan
"A" team, 8-0.
"(Winning the Cup) was im-
pressive, because all of the Michigan
teams played in it," junior Chris
Collis said.
Team captain John Swif was also
encouraged by the team's showing.
"The collegiates played rather
tough and came together as a team,"
he said. "They finished the tourna-
ment strong and didn't allow any
points the entire weekend. This was
the first time all season that all 15

guys performed well as a whole."
Until this tournament, the col-
legiate players played mixed games
with graduate players. While this
factor provided the younger players
with stiffer competition, it also de-
nied them the opportunity to de-
velop as their own team.
"We have tried to develop each
player as an individual to this
point," Swif said. "But after this
weekend, the collegiates will play
together to gain experience for the
Big Tens coming up soon."
The Big Ten Championships will
be held the second weekend in
November, and although Swif sees@
much promise with this group of
players, he also welcomes the addi-
tion of new team members.
"Although we are at mid-season
now, it is not too late for people to
join the team," he said. "People are
always welcome to come out any

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cordially invites
to attend a presentation of the two-year
Thursday, October 10, 1991
7:30-9:00 P.M.
Pendleton Room - Michigan Union



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