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Field Hockey
vs. Ohio State
Tomorrow, 6:30 p.m.
Oosterbaan Field House

SPORTS

Volleyball
vs. Penn State
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
University Park
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The Michigan Daily Thursday, October 10, 1991
5M' spikers give MSU blues
Wolverines capitalize on frosh Aimee Smith's nine kills

age 9

Wooster

bysAdam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
At yesterday's "State Pride"
Michigan volleyball match against
Michigan State, which the
Wolverines won, 12-15, 5-7, 15-17,
15=4, 15-8, the word for the night
wats 'out.'
" First, as in side-outs. Posses-
sion changed hands over 100 times,
extending the match to 1:55 in a
sweltering Keen Arena.
Or, as in time-out. Michigan
State coach Ginger Mayson used any
Ind every opportunity to stop play,
*nd her stratagem paid off. The
&partans won all but two of the
points following their time-outs.
And finally, "yer out." In
gamde five, which was played in
"rlly scoring," where points are
awarded on every point, a State ball
handling error at the net finished
the resurgent Spartans.
"I don't know if it's supposed to
be as tough as we made it,"
ichigan coach Peggy Bradley-
Poppes said. "But every time you
play Michigan State, you can throw
everything out the door. This is the
best I've seen them play."
A combination of factors al-

lowed Michigan State (0-5 in the
Big Ten, 2-13 overall) to jump to an
early lead. First was the Spartans'
blocking strategy. As Michigan (3-
2,15-4) set up a return, State sent
three or four blockers to the net,
forming a wall and challenging the
Michigan hitters to hit long.
"You never know what to ex-
pect," said middle blocker Michelle
Horrigan. The sophomore led both
teams with 24 kills, despite a nag-
ging case of shin splints which
forced her to rest intermittently.
Michigan State's unique game plan
created another problem - an un-
easiness among the Michigan play-
ers on the court.
"We did start a bit hesitantly,"
Horrigan admitted.
Horrigan and the potent
Wolverine offense looked ready to
take over in the second game. After
the Wolverines fell behind 1-3,
Horrigan's ace sparked the Maize
and Blue on a 14-4 run, evening the
match score at one game apiece.
Things looked grim for the home
team when State came from down 7-
2 and 10-7 to take the third game,

17-15. But in actuality, this was the
end of State's fun for the evening.
The Wolverines allowed just 12
scores in the final two games
"If you play with a lot of emo-
tion, good things are going to hap-
pen for you," junior setter Tarnisha
Thompson said.
The Wolverines played the last
game with their characteristic
"reckless abandon." After taking
the fourth game 15-4, Michigan
jumped out to an 13-4 lead, led by
frosh middle blocker Smith's two
kills and a block. The Wolverines
cruised to the victory from there.
Michigan State turned in a far
stronger performance than most ex-
pected, and most would say that.
they had nothing of which to be
ashamed.

Middle blocker Aimee Smith digs the ball earlier this season. It took five
games for the Wolverines to finish off the Spartans last night.

T SO-GEE
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Dangers mar a

- - -
Buckeyes scheduled
sor Champaign chop
by Rich Mitvalsky
While Michigan travels to East Lansing this weekend to avenge last
'son's upset loss at the hands of negligent officiating, the remainder of
t conference's matchups should provide some excitement.
Ohio State (1-0 in the Big Ten, 4-0 overall) at Illinois (1-0, 3-1)
Florida State, the Atlanta Braves, the Kansas City Chiefs, and now the
Fighting Illini. That damn tomahawk chop is spreading like wildfire, and
although Michigan fans hold their version of "the chop" close to heart,
the original has brought about quite a bit of success. Jason Verduzco, di-
recting the conference's most potent offense, should improve upon a
lackluster 173-yard passing performance against Minnesota.
Ohio State, fresh off of a victory over Wisconsin, has played inspired
football in the absence of pre-season Heisman hopeful Robert Smith.
1owever, a stiff Illini defense - along with "the chop" - should give
scrutinized coach John Cooper and the Buckeyes a splitting headache on
Weir first road trip of the year. Illinois 41, Ohio State 28.
Iowa (0-1, 3-1) at Wisconsin (0-1, 3-1)
)4 After starting their seasons undefeated against cream-puff opponents,
b;th of these teams suffered similar fates last Saturday. Iowa spent an
$tire second half on its rump as Michigan frosh Jesse Johnson ran ram-
pant through the Hawkeye secondary.
Wisconsin's offense mustered only 28 yards rushing last weekend and
complimented its only score of the first three quarters with two late
-tpuchdowns against Ohio State reserves. However, Iowa has studied
,Wisconsin game films for nine months now in preparation for this
gplossal confrontation. Sound familiar? Well, this week the Hawks will
,rash former Iowa assistant Barry Alvarez's Badgers. Iowa 49,
,)Yisconsin 14.
Northwestern (0-1, 1-3) at Indiana (1-0, 2-2-1)
There are many positives in the Wildcat (not Mildcat) camp: the of-
fensive explosion two weeks ago in a 41-14 romp past perennial national
contender Wake Forest, and, of course, the poor play of conference rival
Michigan State.
Indiana, after cleanly disposing of Michigan State, is certainly look-
ing ahead toward its contest next weekend here in Ann Arbor. However,
eight returning starters on a much-improved defense will make sure
Northwestern remains stagnant for one more week. Indiana 37,
Northwestern 17.
Purdue (1-0, 2-2) at Minnesota (0-1, 1-3)
Quite frankly, this game has all the appeal of driving slowly through
my home state of Iowa. Neither of these teams will affect the Rose
Bowl picture, or any bowl picture for that matter. Purdue junior quar-
terback Eric Hunter, as a first-year player, was thought to possess the
talent to return the Boilermakers to their once lofty heights. He has
shown no such ability.
How can I choose a winner in this evenly matched but asinine contest?
Simple, resort to the name of the quarterback. Marquel Fleetwood, the
flashy-named Gopher QB will outduel Hunter. Minnesota 27, Purdue 17.
THE GAME: MICHIGAN DAILY AT MICHIGAN STATE NEWS:
A raging Daily staff looks to take the field in East Lansing Friday
evening at 5:30, attempting to end the State News winning streak of God
knows how many games. Seven touchdowns by ones decides the victor,
and Michigan will win this one on an option pitch-out to Ted "Bundy"
Cox for a most excellent 60-yard touchdown scamper. Michigan Daily 7,
Michigan State News 5.

by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
"This river can bite you," Jeff said.
My housemate, Jeff, is a whitewater guide in
Watertown, New York. Last week he talked me into
making one last run down the Black River with him.
With all the fun and excitement I counted on, I didn't
expect a brush with danger.
After being welcomed to Adirondack River
Outfitters, our safety guide spiced up the safety talk by
lightheartedly ribbing the customers. He told south-
paws they needed lefthanded paddles and convinced
some others their helmets were on backwards. "Have
fun, listen to your guide and stay safe," he said.
He finished his talk by introducing each crew to its
river guide. Only then did I learn my roommate had a
separate identity. On the river, Jeff became "The Boy
Wonder". He, along with the likes of other personas
Jeff the Chef, Psycho, Manchild, and Fred, comprised
the guides that lead each raft down the Black.
Boy Wonder lead us through a perfect run on the
first day. During the trip, he taught me about the
physics of the river and situations the flowing water
can present. Because of the clean run, we didn't con-
front any of the possible danger points. All I remem-
ber is water in my face and screams of exhilaration.
Enter day two. That day I made my run with Psycho
at the helm. He hit everything we missed the day be-
fore. An exhilarating run, but the river was hungry.
On a rapid known as Knife's Edge our boat came

run of the rapids
over the drop too far to the left on a right turn. As hard
as we paddled, we couldn't make the hard right re-
quired. Psycho yelled, "High side right!" three times
before the current slammed us into the wall. This
command told the crew to get to the right side of the
boat. When we hit the wall, the current pulled the bot-
tom half of the boat under water, and one lagging crew
member with it. "We got a swimmer!" Psycho yelled.
Jeff's talk reminded me that Knife's Edge is so
named because the wall is undercut from the flowing
water; basically it's the top of an underwater cave.
Getting trapped under the cave is dangerous; under the
cave and the boat could be fatal.
We struggled to free our raft from the Knife's
Edge, and other raft guides looked for the swimmer.
And kept looking.
Twenty seconds later he popped up about 100 feet
down river. Gasping as he broke the surface, he caught a
rope and was pulled into another raft.
He was safe, but we were not totally out of trouble.
It took a few minutes before we could raise the buried
side of the raft against the rushing whitewater. At any
time, had another crewman slid down from the high
side of the raft, the current would have sucked him or
her under the boat as well. Finally we pushed off.
The water splashing up against us was 57 degrees
that day. Psycho, who didn't wear a wet suit, had sweat
beading on his forehead. "We almost lost one," he said.
The river took a bite, but its prey got away.

walks by'
'M in 2=-i
vict ory
by Shawn DuFresne
WOOSTER, Ohio - The Michi-
gan men's soccer club lost a hear-
breaker yesterday to Wooster, 2-1.'
Although the first half ws
scoreless, both teams had excellent
opportunities to score."j1
Wooster forward K.C. St. Jonhn
got a breakaway fifteen minute
into the first half, but Michigdn"
goalkeeper Marc Kuiper made t,e
save. St. John later had another
chance to tally, but his shot struck
the crossbar and bounced out.
Michigan's Kelley Kuehne afio
had a chance to break the deadloik
but his effort was swallowed upy
Fighting Scot goalkeeper Drew
Nelson. At halftime, Michigan
coach Aaron Smith told his club to
concentrate on controlling the pace.
"We had to stop dribbling the.
ball, and instead pass it up and get
rid of it," Smith said.
Michigan forward Guy Metzger
responded seven minutes into tl
second half when he worked his way
through two defenders and chipped
the ball in, giving the Wolverines a
1-0 lead.
Wooster forward Chris Bond
knotted the score ten minutes later
when he headed the ball into the net:
after receiving a pass from Mphatso
Namwali.
Michigan forward Jaan Douma
had a chance to put the Wolverines
back in the lead, but his attempt
sailed high of the net.
With six minutes left in, the
game, Wooster used its secret
weapon again - its head.
Alan Banda crossed the ball to
teammate Eric Bell, who directed
the ball past Kuiper to give the
Fighting Scots the lead, 2-1.
"The last five minutes we played
very intense. That's how we haveo;
play the whole game," Smith said.
"I was very happy with Metzger's
performance and Marc Kuiper, who
made a lot of saves and kept us in the
game."
"We dominated the game, but we
just couldn't put the ball away,"
Michigan's Tim Puckett said. "We
got real in to the game when we got
behind, but it was too late."
"Our intensity level kept fluc-
tuating," Wolverine Dick Hillary
said. "We have to work on keeping a
high intensity level for all 90
minutes."

Blue lacrosse withstands Oberlin rally

by Bruce Inosencio
The men's lacrosse team handily
defeated Oberlin, 10-7, at Palmer
Field Sunday. The matchup found
the Wolverines pitted against a tra-
ditionally strong Oberlin squad.
Oberlin's lacrosse organization
is a varsity sport. When a club team
like Michigan beats a varsity foe,
the victory is that much better. But
the triumph was not as sweet as it
could have been. Oberlin traveled
with only 13 players, all of whom
were running ragged by the final
horn.

Michigan led at the half, 9-2, and
proceeded to pull its starting mid-
fielders, attackmen, and defensemen.
While the score suggests that the
Wolverines let Oberlin back into
the game, Michigan was always in
control.
A lopsided contest like Sunday's
gave the Blue a few opportunities to
experiment. Each of Michigan's 50
players saw action in the contest.
Goalie Pete McPartlin, who
played only during the first half,
felt that it was good for the

younger players to get a chance to
contribute.
"It was great that we had the
opportunity to fit everyone in,"
McPartlin said. "But it's too bad
we let them get close near the end."

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