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The Michiqan Daily
Thursday, November 7, 1991
by Todd Schoenhaus
Six members of Michigan's
men's tennis team are set to
compete in Madison this weekend,
but team tennis will surely be of
no concern. At the District Four
Rolex Sectional Tournament held
today through Sunday, it will be
every man for himself.
Along with 90 other players
from the Great Lakes Region, the
Wolverine players will battle for
bids to the third leg of the Colle-
giate Grand Slam in Minneapolis
in early February.
Around 30 schools will field
anywhere from one to six mem-
bers, based upon their particular
strength. Notre Dame, Ball State,
Bowling Green, Western Michi-
gan, and all the Big Ten universi-
ties except Ohio State will be
The two finalists from each of
eight U.S. regional tournaments
will be invited to play in Min-
Wolverine star David Kass
with his No.7 pre-season colle-
giate ranking will have the week-
end off because the nation's top 16
players automatically qualify for
the Grand Slam event.
Dan Brakus, who is expected
to be seeded in the top five this
weekend, will represent Michi-
gan. He'll be joined by Terry Lon-
'M' SPIKERS FALL TO 0-12 MSU IN FIVE GAMES
Flat start leads to defeat
by Jeff Williams
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - The Michi-
gan volleyball team retained the
State Pride Flag yesterday. How-
ever, most of the pride was felt by
Michigan State, after its 3-2 victory
over the Wolverines.
Michigan kept the flag because it
totaled more points over the two-
match series which included the Oct.
9 meeting in Ann Arbor which the
Wolverines took, 3-2. Last night's
victory was the first for the Spar-
tans in conference competition this
"This is what I've worked my
whole season for, since the first
game that we lost to them," Spartan
senior Corinne McNamara said.
The Wolverines (7-6 in the Big
Ten, 16-8 overall) came out flat and
fell behind early, losing the first
two games, 15-3 and 15-12. They
were unable to take the lead in ei-
"I wasn't pleased with our de-
fense," Michigan coach Peggy
Bradley-Doppes said. "We didn't
pursue the ball the way we should
The Michigan State attack was
led by junior Connie. Thomas who
led the Spartans (1-12, 3-20) with
24 kills. McNamara contributed 17
kills to their cause.
The Wolverines rebounded to
win the third game, 15-8, paced by
the play of Michelle Horrigan. She
went on to tie her season-high of 24
kills during the match.
Rookie Robyn Read helped spark
the Michigan offense during the
third game with two consecutive
blocks to give the Wolverines an 8-6
lead which they never relinquished.
In game four, Michigan trailed,
7-4, in what had been a seesaw bat-
tie. The lead continued to change un-
til the score knotted, 12-12. Consec-
utive blocks by Fiona Davidson and
Tarnisha Thompson put the Wolver-
Dan Brakus leads six Wolverines into Madison for the District Four
Rolex Sectional Tournament for their last tournament of the fall.
don, John Lingon, Mitch Ruben-
stein, Eric Grand, and Adam Wa-
ger. The Michigan players will be
spread out to avoid meeting in the
earlier rounds. However, it is pos-
sible that fellow Wolverines
could clash as the tournament
"I feel that any one of these
six players has the ability to play
well enough to win the whole
thing," Eisner said.
The coach is looking forward
to this last fall tournament be-
cause it gives him the opportunity
to see exactly where his team
stands before Big Ten competition
begins next semester.
"This tournament is very im-
portant to us because we will
have the chance to evaluate, not
only ourselves, but our oppo-
nents for the upcoming season as
well," he said.
ANTHONY M. CROLUDaiy
Wolverine hitter Michelle Horrigan (6) led 'M' with a season-high 24 kills in
a grueling 3-15, 12-15, 15-8,15-13, 13-15 loss in East Lansing last night.
Big Ten foes shut out-
by Rich Mityalsky
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's rugby team
wandered into West Lafayette, hop-
ing to improve upon a series of run-
ner-up and third-place finishes in
Big Ten tournament play during the
last few seasons.
However, the Wolverines' ef-
forts came up short. Michigan lost
its first two games, then won by de-
fault in the seventh and eighth place
game against an absent Minnesota.
In Michigan's first game Satur-
day, the Wolverines fell to Ohio
State, 12-0. In a tightly contested
battle, two Buckeye trys, compli-
mented with a pair of penalty kicks
completed the scoring; a stringent
Ohio State defense held thesWolver-
" We didn't play up to our poten-
tial," sophomore Ben Williams
said. "We advanced the ball within
five yards of the try area, but didn't
capitalize on our opportunities."
While its first contest was close,
Michigan's second game proved to
be a disaster. Penn State thrashed the
Wolverines in a 42-0 rout.
"Penn State really handled us,"
tackler Jason Kreta said. "We were
pleased that we didn't give up,
though, when the score was bad."
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State at Mitchell Field Saturday.
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momentum for the victory, 15-13.
"We did a great job coming out
after the second game to win the
next two," Bradley-Doppes said. "I
was really happy about that."
Game five was played under the
rally-point system, in which points
are awarded after each serve.
Michigan kept its momentum,
opening up a 3-0 lead. However, the
lead changed hands continually after
that. The score reached a 12-12 dead-
lock. But unlike game four, Michi-
gan State took control, taking the
game, 15-13, and the match, 3-2.
Blue women's rugby ties Oberlin, 8-8
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
A fairly decimated Michigan
women's rugby team took the field
at Oberlin College over the week-
end. Unfortunately for the Wolver-
ines, they only had a tie under their
belts for the three hour trip back to
The women tacklers braved Sat-
urday's cold weather by dominating
play for nearly the entire 80 min-
utes, taking a narrow lead into the
final minute. However, Oberlin tal-
lied a try to salvage a tie, 8-8.
"We really dominated them the
whole game, without exaggera-
tion," Michigan coach Lisa Ruby
said. "The try they scored at the end
was really a fluke."
Cold weather often increases the
difficulty of handling the ball, and
this was evident with sloppy play
throughout the game. Even more ev-
ident, though, were the absent
"Apparently the undergraduates
are completing their midterms now,
and many could not make this trip,"
Ruby said of the incomplete roster.
"Hopefully (the midterm examina-
tions) are out of the way now and
the whole team can travel to
Columbus next weekend."
Sophomore fullback Juliet
Rodgers paced Michigan by scoring
both of the Wolverines' trys and
aiding in the depleted backfield's
"Juliet showed both poise and
maturity in the backline, and the
forwards showed improvement
too," Ruby said. "Last week in prac-
tice we worked on weaknesses, and
the players implemented the strat-
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