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Page 6-The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday- November 18, 1991

Men.
by Bruce Inosencio
Daily Sports.Writer
A relaxed approach fort
cross 'country team alto
Wolverines to run theirN
spot in the NCAA Nation
pionship Meet in Tucso
next Monday.
Michigan placed press
self for the Big Ten meet t
ends ago, but the Wolve
more comfortable in Satur
in Bloomington.
"I think we over-hype
Ten meet, but it did a lot
get some of the pressur
team," senior captain To
said.

harriers
throughout its regular season,
district and national meets
the men's 10,000-meter courses. Sophom
awed the MacKay feels the Wolverines be
way to a fit from longer races.
al Cham- "We have more time to relax;
n, Ariz., come back from any problems
may have in the early stages of
ure on it- race, whereas a shorter race doe
wo week- give you the chance to come b
rines felt from any problems," he said.
day's run Although Michigan's squad
mostly comprised of runners t
d the Big are partial to the longer distanc
for us to senior McKown is a miler that ra

run to n
the solid race.
are "We really needed Joe to come
ore up big for us and he ran a gutsy race,
ne- hung tough, and came through for
us," Carna said.
and As a team, Michigan stuck to the
we era te g tt he
th conservative strategy that has led
sne' to success all season long.
ack "The guys ran smart Saturday,"
Warhurst said. "They went out con-
is servatively, moved up through the
hat pack, and stuck together for most of
es, the race."
in a Although Michigan finished

e off the
ny Carna

Women runners await

Carna led the Wolverines with
an eighth-place finish overall, fol-
lowed by Dan Oden in ninth place,
Matt Smith in 14th, Shawn MacKay
in 16th, and Joe McKown in 37th.
While Carna and Oden both cov-
ered the 10,000-meter course at In-
diana University in 3 1:17, the rest
*of the Wolverines' performances
were equally as strong.
"Joe McKown came out and ran a
great race for us," coach Ron
Warhurst said. "He did a great job
hanging on to fifth place for us and
he helped us tremendously."
Unlike the usual 8,000-meter
courses Michigan competes on

by Kimberly DeSempelaere
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's cross
country team awaits word today on
its qualification as an at-large team
for the NCAA National Champ-
ionship Meet, next week in Tucson,
.Ariz.
After finishing third at Satur-
day's Division IV Championship in
Bloomington, with 105 points, the
Wolverines missed being an auto-
matic team qualifier by five points.
Wisconsin placed first, running
all over its competition, with 55
points. The Badgers' closest com-
petitor, second-place Iowa, finished

with a distant 100 points.
"Wisconsin has always been the
team to beat. We knew that going
into to the meet," Michigan senior
Carrie Yates said. "Their top five
runners all placed in the top 30 be-
cause they have the ability to run re-
ally close together."
However, Michigan managed to
place three runners among the top
20. Junior Amy Buchholz placed
eighth (17:43), with rookies Karen
Harvey (17:52) and Kelly Chard
(18:13) placing 11th and 19th, re-
spectively. Other Michigan runners
placing in the top 100 were Chris-
tine Szabo (18:36) in 40th, Yates
(18:37) in 42nd, and Jessica Kluge
(19:05) in 77th.
"I was happy with how we per-
formed," Buchholz said. "Everyone
on the team ran really well; they

ationals
second to Wisconsin, the Wolver-
ines were happy about their efforts
at the district meet and their chances
at the national meet.
"We're really ready now to
come out and show something at na-
tionals," Carna said.
"We've got our heads together
now and we're much more relaxed
than we were going into the Big Ten
meet," Warhurst said. "We're going
to look for a top 10 finish at nation-
als and try not to put too much
pressure on ourselves."
NCAA bid
ran their very best.
"I feel pretty confident that we
will be picked to compete at na-
tionals. We beat Iowa really badly
at the Big Ten meet, so that should
influence the judges.The coaching
staff also seems very confident,"
she added.
Senior captain Megan Nortz con-
curred: "We were very happy with
how we ran. Our third-place finish
was great. I think we will get a bid
for nationals. I would be very, very
suprised if we didn't."
If the team is not picked to com-
pete, individual runners can still
reach the NCAA meet. The top two
runners on non-represented teams
from each district also qualify.
"We haven't really begun to
think about preparing for nationals,
but perhaps we'll begin tonight at
practice," Yates said.

Aimee Smith goes for a hbump Fridav night against Northwestern.

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hers.
falter again
by Ken Davidoff
Daily Sports Writer
"The thrill of victory and the
agony of defeat," that stale cliche,
has never been more applicable to
the wide world of Michigan's
women's volleyball team than this
past weekend. After dominating
Northwestern, 15-8, 15-10, 15-1,
Friday night to halt a three-game
losing streak, the Wolverines (8-8
in the Big Ten, 17-10 overall)
dropped a heartbreaker to Wisconsin
the following evening, 15-17, 16-14,
15-9, 5-15, 15-10.
The Saturday defeat was diffi-
cult to stomach for everyone, but
there was some pride in the fact that
Michigan took the Badgers, third in

Monday

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i st Badgers. i
the Big Ten, to the limit.
"I was very, very pleased with
our play, because I felt that this was
a great team, and we were a great;
team tonight," head coach Peggy r
Bradley-Doppes said. "We just can't:
afford to deviate from our game'
plan."
That game plan - serve to the
back court and force the opponent to'
be passive - was carried out to thq
hilt against the Wildcats (4-11, 748
through Friday). The match was
never in doubt, as outside hitter
Michelle Horrigan and setter Tar-#
nisha Thompson teamed up with 15
kills and 31 assists, respectively.,,
"We just wanted to start over,
and go out and kill 'em," Horrigan
said. "We really got psyched up for
tonight, and for this whole week-.
end. We want to get a new beginnin4
going."
The new beginning hit a pothole'
as Michigan alternated between ag-
gressive and tentative play agains4
the Badgers (12-4, 19-8). The mtcHW
was incredibly tight most of the
way until Wisconsin broke away
from a 9-9 tie in Game 5 anj
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