The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 15, 1991 - Page 15
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Sports Writer
As the Michigan volleyball
team heads into this weekend's Big
Ten contests against Northwestern
and Wisconsin, it faces something
#amiliar yet something which has
not happened in a while - a three-
match losing streak.
"I was kidding the team earlier
this week," Michigan coach Peggy
Bradley-Doppes said. "Last year if
we would have dropped three in a
row we would have said, 'Okay,
that's just another week."'
While the Wolverines are com-
ing off last year's 6-25 season,
here losing streaks were as fre-
quent as serving aces, this is the first
time this season that Michigan (7-7
in the Big Ten, 16-9 overall) has
been in a prolonged slump. Even so,
Bradley-Doppes is not disappointed
with her team's recent performance.
"Anytime you have in any sport
Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn
State (Michigan's last three oppo-
nents) in football or volleyball or
'anything - that's a tough week,"
Bradley-Doppes said. "If we play at
the level we did against Penn State,
against many of the teams in the Big
Ten, we'll be successful."
Success will not come easy at
Cliff Keen Arena this weekend.
by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
After disposing of Oakland last
week, the Michigan men's swim-
ming team returns to Big Ten com-
petition this weekend. The Wolver-
ines journey to Madison for a
double-dual meet with Minnesota
and host Wisconsin tomorrow.
The Wolverines (2-0 overall),
who have won six consecutive con-
ference titles, will be facing the
Golden Gophers in a dual meet for
the first time in 10 years. Minnesota
(1-0 in the Big Ten and overall) is
led by former conference champions
Sean Quackenbush, and Paul Nelsen,
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in the 200-yard butterfly and 400
individual medley, respectively.
Wisconsin (1-2) finished seventh
in the Big Ten last season and is not
considered much of a threat. The
Golden Gophers are the team that
worries Michigan coach Jon Urban-
chek the most.
"They are very good and will be
our toughest challenge for the Big
Ten title," Urbanchek said. "They
are the most improved team over the
past two, three years."
The Wolverines remain strong
despite the losses of all-Americans
Mike Barrowman, Eric Wunderlich
and Eric Namesnik. Another set of
world-class swimmers is on hand.
"The team is still loaded,"
Urbanchek said. "We have guys who
can be competitive right away.
Hopefully, some of our support
staff will rise to the occasion."
Brian Gunn, one of the world's
top-ranked swimmers in both the
200-yard butterfly and distance
free-style events, leads the charge
along with the defending Big Ten
200-yard backstroke champion Steve;
Bigelow. Rookie Gustavo Borges,
the 1991 Pan American 100-meter
freestyle gold medalist, heads the
list of newcomers.
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The Wolverines and outside hitter Michelle Horrigan hope to tip
Northwestern and Wisconsin in matches at Keen Arena this weekend.
Tonight, Northwestern (4-10, 7-18)
comes in town seeking revenge for
their loss to the Wolverines earlier
Michigan then comes back to-
morrow to face defending Big Ten
champion Wisconsin. Wisconsin
(10-4, 17-8) struggled early this
season following the sudden death
of coach Steve Lowe this summer.
But the Badgers have performed ex-
tremely well of late, and they have a
legitimate shot of returning to the
NCAA tournament this season.
"Mentally this year has been ex-
hausting and we are looking for-
ward to the end, but there are still
some tough matches ahead and the
job isn't finished yet," Wisconsin
coach Margie Fitzpatrick said.
Wisconsin's success starts with
junior middle blocker Arlisa Hagan.
A first team all-Big Ten selection a
year ago, Hagan is the Badgers most
potent offensive threat.
Women tankers open on the road
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's swim-
ming team traditionally achieves
lofty ranks in the Big Ten. Because
of this, conference foes continually
shoot for the Wolverines, hoping to
unseat the five-time defending Big
Open season on Michigan begins
this weekend when the Wolverines
*ourney to Evanston for a dual meet
tonight with Northwestern, then
hike up to Madison to do battle
with Wisconsin tomorrow.
"The team has been working out
very hard, and our freshmen have ad-
justed well," standout junior but-
ter-flyer Missy McCracken said.
Just a few weekends ago, the
Wolverine contingent swam in the
Northwestern Relays, a meet fea-
*uring most of the Big Ten squads.
Michigan won the meet, edging out
a tough Wildcat team.
Last year, Northwestern finished
third in the conference standings and
tied for 18th nationally.
"Everyone's out to get us this
year," sophomore Nicole William-
son said. "Against Northwestern
we will be swimming our best
events, because they are always a
pretty good team."
Wisconsin, on the other hand, did
not experience similar good fortune.
The Badgers finished seventh in the
Big Ten last year and did not score at
nationals. However, Wisconsin de-
feated Northwestern earlier this
season in a dual meet.
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