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Ice Hockey
vs. Michigan State
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Volleyball
vs. Illinois
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Keen Arena

The Michigan Daily
MICHIGAN SPORTS
undue
Rookie swimmers make
big splash vs. Eastern
by Rich Mitvalsky
A test of the waters by the Michigan men's swimming team Friday
evening revealed part of a talented but young squad which defeated East-
ern Michigan University, 168-75.
The six-time defending Big Ten Champion Wolverines swam only
half of their team, allowing first-year swimmers to gain more experi-
ence in their initial collegiate dual meet.
Led by first-year freestyler Gustavo Borges, Michigan collected 11
first-place finishes in 12 races, limiting the Eagles to a 200-yard back-
stroke title.
Borges, a 6-foot-7 sprinter, touched first in the 50 and 100 freestyles,
and anchored the 400 freestyle relay to victory.
Other first-place finishers were senior Eric Bailey, junior Tom Hay,
sophomores Brice Kopas, Kevin Glass, Kent Tschannen, Rodney VanTas-
sel, and first-year swimmer Steve West.
"This meet was a test of what the freshmen could do under pressure
in their first meet at Michigan," Bailey said. "They should feel satisfied
considering the adjustment factor coming to Michigan with high pres-
sure academics and defending six Big Ten championships."
Head coach Jon Urbanchek was also positive after the swims.
"The meet was good experience for the freshmen with some good
races," Urbanchek said. "The first race is always a good yardstick mea-
suring our progress."
Field hockey hits the highway
by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan field hockey team finally got a weekend off. With at
least one game every weekend since early September, the break was well
deserved. With three games on the road this week, the break may turn out
to be a life-saver.
The Wolverines play at Miami today and at Iowa this weekend. There,
they will face Iowa and Northwestern, both Midwest Field Hockey
Conference rivals.
"We needed the rest for sure," Michigan coach Patti Smith said. "I
think that the weekend off will be good for us, and we'll be rested and
ready."
Though big games lie ahead, Smith isn't discounting the Redskins.
"We're not looking ahead to Iowa," she said. "We'd like to use Mi-
ami as a good stepping stone to the weekend. They are a real feisty team.
They'll be ready to play and we'll need to be at our best. We played our
best game against Iowa (Oct. 11). Now its our goal to play the tempo and
intensity of that game at a consistent level."
Today's game will be the Wolverines' first this year on a natural
grass playing surface. Outside of getting new shoes, the Wolverines have
not done much extra in preparation for the slower surface. "The biggest
difference is that the (penalty) corners will be slower," junior forward
Katie Thomas said. "But they have a nice field so it shouldn't be too
bad."
Kass aced by nation's best
by Chad Saf ran
Michigan tennis player David Kass lost in the semifinals of the
Volvo All-American Tennis Championships to No. 1 seed Alex O'Brien
of Stanford last week. After eliminating Kass, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, O'Brien de-
feated David DeLucia of Notre Dame for the title.
Kass, the No. 4 seed, advanced past David Merklein of Florida,
Michael Martinez of Oklahoma, and East Tennessee State's Yasser Zatini
before his three-hour match with O'Brien.
"(O'Brien's) return of serve was the best I have ever played against
on the college level," Kass said. "I couldn't serve and volley, and it took
away part of my game plan. He came up with a winner when the ball hit
the net and went over my head. Then, he hit a ball, I thought the baseline
judge made a bad call on. Then he hit another outstanding shot over my
head for a winner. He came up with the shots."
"He had an outstanding tournament and performance," Michigan
tennis coach Brian Eisner said. "He is one of five players who can win the
NCAA tourney."
Lacrosse team bucks Broncos
by Dave Cushard
Teamwork was the theme this weekend for the Michigan lacrosse
team, which handily defeated Western Michigan University, 11-4.
The team's execution on offense enabled the Wolverines (2-0) to pen-
etrate Western's zone defense. In addition, Michigan's own defense was

continually kept the Broncos from establishing offensive rhythm.
Top scorers for the Wolverines were Tony DiGiovanni, (four goals),
Dave Morath (two goals and two assists), and Steve Smith (two goals
and one assist). Goalie Peter McPartlin played the first three quarters of
the game, allowing two goals.
DiGiovani said he was pleased not only with the team's effort, but
also its ability to use almost 40 players in the game.
Michigan will compete next at a tournament in at West Virginia.

Tuesday, October 22, 1991

Page 8

Moeller delivers pitch for 'D'
Coach praises Wolverines' play inside 'strike zone'

by Matt Rennie
Daily Football Writer
Maybe the changing leaves or
chill in the air have an effect on ev-
erybody. Or maybe it's the constant
television exposure that the World
Series receives.
Whatever the reason, a lot of
people have been using baseball ex-
pressions to get their point across.
Wolverine football coach Gary
Moeller caught his own dose of
baseball fever yesterday when he
commented on his team's effective-
ness inside the strike zone.
However, Moeller was not talk-
ing about the quintessentially am-
biguous area for which baseball
pitchers aim. He was referring to
the area approaching the end zone in
which Michigan has played praise-
worthy defense.
The Wolverines were notably
stingy in this area in the Wolver-
ines' 24-16 victory over Indiana Sat-
urday. Five times, Indiana drove
within the Michigan 15-yard line,
and only once did the Hoosiers cross
the Wolverine goal line.
For years, the Michigan defense
has employed its "bend but don't
break" defensive scheme, intended
to prevent long scoring plays.
"We did stop them when they
were in a position to score points,"
Moeller said at his weekly press
luncheon. "We got them stopped or
forced them to kick field goals,
which is a big help, believe me.
That's something we had to do."
In fact, Michigan's improved
strike-zone efficiency was the dif-
ference in a game dominated statis-
tically by Indiana. The Hoosiers led
Michigan in nearly every offensive
category and racked up over 100
more yards in total offense. But
while Moeller could call for a pass
to Desmond Howard, the Hoosiers
lacked such weapons.
"Teams can't run the ball, I
think," Moeller said. "That field
really shrinks. It's a really difficult
call when you're third and six on

Defensive back Alfie Burch and the Michigan defense came up with clutch stops in their 24-16 victory over

Indiana Saturday.
their six. There's no depth to the
field, because that safety that you
normally figure has got to be deep is
sitting down in there."
IN NO HURRY: Fans should not
expect the Wolverines to increase
their blitzing as a solution to their
pass-rush woes.
We've got to constantly work on
our pass rush," Moeller said. "I
didn't think it was terrible, but it's
an area I'm concerned with.
"Is blitzing the answer? In my
opinion, no. The great quarterbacks
usually turn those around into big
pluses.
"People say, 'Why don't you
blitz 'em?' Well, (the first Howard

touchdown) is a perfect example of
people blitzing," Moeller added.
"If that had been us on defense, peo-
ple would have said, 'Why are you
blitzing them?"'
KICKING WOES: Senior place-
kicker J. D. Carlson is in the worst
slump of his Michigan career. Carl-
son made only one of his three at-
tempts against Indiana, bringing his
season record to five for 11.
"I think he's stroking the ball
well," Moeller said. "I feel like
it's a thing that's going to come.
He's got to get his confidence back.
He's done it before, so I have no rea-
son to believe that he's going to do
it again."

LONG, LONG TIME AGO:
Michigan's game at Minnesota Fri
day will be its first on a Friday
since April 20, 1888. Michigan de
feated Notre Dame in that game, 26
6, before 400 fans in South Bend':
Springbrook Park.
NO CHANGE IN THE POLLS:
Michigan kept its No. 4 ranking it
this week's Associated Press poll
as did Florida State (1), Miami (2)
Washington (3), and Notre Dame
(5).
ON THE TUBE: Michigan's Nov
2 home game with Purdue will be
televised by ESPN. Kickoff is a
12:30 p.m.

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Daily Sports Writer
A rollercoaster fall season for
the Michigan men's golf team ended
this weekend in Palo Alto, Calif.
Throughout the season, Michigan
has shown promise yet inconsis-
tency - this weekend, they showed
more of the same.
The Wolverines finished 17th at
the Stanford Cardinal Golf Invita-
tional. Colorado won the tourna-
ment, placing two golfers in the top
eight. In contrast, Michigan's top
golfer, Dean Kobane, finished 20th.
After Colorado, California
schools dominated the tournament.
Three colleges from the Golden
State placed in the top five, includ-
ing Pepperdine, California, and San
Francisco, which took second, third,
and fourth places, respectively. In
addition, Cal-Irvine, Cal State-
Northridge, and Loyola Marymount
cracked the top 10.
Michigan coach Jim Carras felt
the Wolverines could have played
better.
"We played a mediocre tourna-
ment," Carras said. "It wasn't a

tournament or course that we
couldn't be competitive on by
shooting a 300. We just didn't shoot
it."

Michigan shot 911 for
hole tournament, slightly
300 average Carras had
Though Colorado tallied
most of the field scored inI
and low 900s.

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Michigan were Bob Henighan, who
shot a 235, and James Carson, who
carded a 237. Henighan and Carson
finished in 86th and 94th places, re-
spectively.
The Stanford Invitational was
the last tournament for Michigan
this fall. The Wolverines resume
competition in the spring, when the
Big Ten Championships are held.
"We had some good meets, some
mediocre meets, and some poor
meets this fall," Carras said. "This
isn't the consistency that I'm look-
ing for, but I'm still optimistic. I
think that we will be a better team
come spring."

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Pepperdine's Lars Herne was the
individual medalist with a three-
round score of 210. Individually for
the Wolverines, Dean Kobane fin-
ished 20th with a 221 (78-71-72),
Anthony Dietz was 41st with a 226
(74-78-74), and Carl Condon was
76th with a 232 (73-81-78).
Carras was pleased with Michi-
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ticular tournament.
"Kobane and Dietz had pretty
good tournaments," Carras said.
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