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Women
kickers
head for
nationals
by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer
Back in August, when the Michi-
gan women's soccer team began
practicing, dreams of the national
tournament were just that -
eams. But 24 wins and a few thou-
nd dollars later, the Wolverines'
early-season dreams are a reality.
Yesterday, the squad left for
Austin, Texas, to join 11 other
teams in the second annual women's
national club soccer championship.
Minnesota, a team that Michigan
shutout this year, 4-0, won the inau-
gural tournament.
The Wolverines have previously
Aced only two of the eleven teams
in the field, Minnesota and Illinois.
Michigan tied the Illini twice and
defeated them in the Big Ten final,
2-1.
The three Big Ten squads, repre-
senting the Midwest region, will be
joined in Austin by North Texas,
Baylor, Weber State, Wisconsin-
Lacrosse, UC-Polytech, UCLA,
olorado, Air Force, and Mankato
state, the only non-Division I
school in the tournament.
Sophomore Carrie Taylor said
that the team is very confident
about their chances in the tourna-
ment.
"We're very optimistic right
now," she said. "We've had some in-
tense practices this week. To work
is hard all year and not come back
ith something would be disap-
pointing.
The Wolverines will play two
games Friday and one game Satur-
day. If they advance past those
rounds, they will play in the semi-
finals also Saturday. The final is
scheduled for Sunday.
Wrestlers
compete
against top
field in Ohio
by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer
Despite the absence of senior
j eavyweight Phil Tomek, the
Michigan wrestling team managed a
successful showing in the Eastern
Michigan Open two weeks ago, with
three first-place and four second-
place finishes. And with Tomek
back, the Wolverines will be in full
force for this weekend's Ohio Open,
held in Columbus.
The two-day, non-scoring meet
hould be an early-season test for
'4ichigan, as over 40 schools and
500 wrestlers will be represented.
The Wolverines, ranked 8th in
the Amateur Wrestling News pre-
season poll, will be joined by sev-
eral other top 20 teams, including
Penn State, Ohio State, Clarion,

Purdue, Pittsburgh, and Lehigh.
Wolverine coach Dale Bahr will
e taking between 26 and 28
restlers to Columbus, including
all of his starters.
"Because it's a non-scoring tour-
nament, there's not a lot of pres-
sure," he said. "Our goal is to get as
many people in the competition as
we can. We want to give everyone a
chance to wrestle."
In addition to the return of
Tomek, junior Joey Gilbert will
;nove back to 134 pounds, after
wrestling at 142 in the Eastern
Michigan Open. It will be a wel-
come change for Gilbert, who earned
All-America honors at 134 last
year.

'M' basketball wins second
Wolverines win, 100-93, despite Romar's 45

by David Schechter
Daily Basketball Writer
AUBURN HILLS - The plot:
Michigan defeated Athletes in
Action, 100-93, last night at the
Palace of Auburn Hills. The sub-
plot: it took everything the
Wolverines could muster to stop
Athletes in Action guard Lorenzo
Romar, who scored 45 points, in-
cluding 9 for 14 on three-pointers.
"Why isn't he in the NBA,"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher asked
after the game.
The final minute of the contest
turned out to be a duel between
Romar and Wolverine guard
Michael Talley. Romar would hit a
three-pointer, and then Talley
would shoot the bonus after being
fouled bringing up the ball up the
floor.
"He had some outstanding
shots," Talley said. "He hit a lot of
long-range shots."
The Wolverines were plagued by
messy play throughout the game, ac-
centuating the lackluster perfor-
mance with 22 turnovers.
"We turned over the ball way,

way, way too much," Fisher said.
The Wolverines opened the game
with a roar, running off 11 unan-
swered points early in the first half,
but that shooting touch soon turned
cold. Athletes in Action took ad-
vantage of a slow Michigan offense,
closing the gap methodically behind
'I was shooting long
shots and very few
defenders are going
to check you out
there'
- Lorenzo Romar
Athletes in Action
17 first-half points from Michael
Porter.
Jalen Rose led all Michigan
scorers with 23 points, followed by
classmates Juwan Howard and
Chris Webber, who finished with 17
and 16, respectively. Webber and
Howard also led the team in re-
bounding with eight each.
Romar, the player co-coach, was a

man among boys - literally. The
33-year-old spent three and a half
seasons in the NBA. His 45-point
total last night was his career best ,
topping the 42 points he scored in
Minnesota on Monday.
"I was shooting long shots and
very few defenders are going to
check you out there," Romar said.
Porter scored 31 points of his
own to form a virtual two-man
team with Romar.
Fisher admitted that this was the
wake-up call his team needed. After
a series of dull and unenthusiastic
practices this week, Fisher was con-
cerned about the Wolverines' inten-
sity.
"We showed flashes of what I
think we can be, but we also showed
lots of what we can't be if we ex-
pect to finish in the top of the Big
Ten," Fisher said.
The Wolverines will take the"
next week to prepare for Detroit-
Mercy. Michigan will take on the
Titans Dec. 2 at Joe Louis Arena.
"This will allow us to have a
better attention span and for a
longer stretch of time," Fisher said.

Eric Riley and his Michigan teammates won their second preseason
game last night at the Palace against Athletes in Action, 100-93, despite
45 points from Lorenzo Romar.

Women's

volleyball hopes to

extend dominance over Illinois

by Ryan Herrington
Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan women's volley-
ball team takes to the road for the
final time in 1991 this weekend
when the Wolverines take on Big
Ten opponents Purdue and Illinois.
The Boilermakers (7-9 in the Big
Ten, 10-15 overall) come into this
weekend's match in seventh place in
the Big Ten, a game behind the
Wolverines. Purdue succumbed to
Michigan earlier this season, 16-14,
15-6, 13-15, 15-12. It was the first
time since 1981 that the Boilermak-
ers had dropped a match to Michi-
gan. Even with this early-season vic-
tory, Wolverine coach Peggy
Bradley-Doppes is concerned with
tonight's opponent, especially con-
sidering the match is in West
Lafayette.
"It's going to be real tough,"
Bradley-Doppes said. "This is a dif-
ferent Purdue team then what we've
seen before. They have great crowds
and really get their place rocking.
We must stay focused."
Sophomore outside hitter Carey
Burvis leads the Boilermaker attack
with a 2.90 kill average. Purdue
coach Carol Dewey has nothing but
praise for Burvis.
"She has made significant strides
in all her skills, particularly de-
fense and hitting," Dewey said. "She
is really coming into her own."
In her first season on the volley-
ball team, junior Donna Gill leads

Purdue in hitting efficiency (.240)
and blocking (1.35 blocks per game).
When Gill is not blocking a volley-
ball, she can be found blocking a
STANDINGS
Conf. Overall
WL W L
Ohio State 160 23 3
Penn State 133 23 3
Wisconsin 12 4 19 8
Illinois 11 5 16 8
Minnesota 106 13 14
Michigan 88 17 10
Purdue 7 9 10 15
Northwestern 5 11 818
Indiana 4 12 7 20
Iowa 1 15 6 24
Michigan State 1 15 3 23
THIS WEEKEND
Tonight
Michigan at Purdue
Penn State at Wisconsin
Ohio State at Minnesota
Michigan State at Illinois
Indiana at Iowa
Tomorrow
Michigan at Illinois
Indiana at Minnesota
Penn State at Northwestern
Sunday
Ohio State at Iowa
Michigan State at Purdue
basketball for Purdue's women's
team, moonlighting as a forward for
the Boilermakers.
If there is any team with more
reason to seek revenge on the
Wolverines than Purdue, it is to-
morrow's opponent, Illinois (11-5,

16-8). Last season, the Illini were
shocked by Michigan in Ann Arbor,
being swept in three games for one
of Michigan's two Big Ten victo-
ries. In this year's first rematch,
Illinois was still baffled by the
Wolverines, falling in four games at
Keen Arena. However, Illinois
coach Dr. Mike Hebert has not used
revenge as a tool in his team's prac-
tices this week.
"Revenge is when something
happens that sticks in your craw,"
Hebert said. "However, our losses
the last two years haven't been
flukes. Michigan is a good team
which outplayed us those nights.
It's a sign of how far Peggy has
brought the program."
Illinois is fourth in the Big Ten,
after being the preseason favorite to
take this year's title. Nevertheless,
Hebert is pleased with his team's
performance this season.
"We're about where we thought
we would be going into the season,"
Hebert said. "We didn't have lofty
goals with the young squad we had.
Our goals were more performance-
related rather than finish-related.
We're not overjoyed by the season,
but at the same time we aren't un-
happy."
Michigan must be aware of Illini
junior Lorna Henderson. Henderson
is second in the Big Ten in kills, be-
hind Michigan's Michelle Horrigan,
with 4.04 kills per game.

The women's volleyball team travels to Purdue and Illinois this weekend.
Michigan beat the Boilermakers and Illini at home earlier this season.

Men spikers swing back into action

by Dan Linna
Daily Sports Writer
Back from the beach and onto the
hardwood. That's the theme for this
Saturday's 24-team MSU Comeback
Classic, where the Michigan men's
club volleyball team will offi-
cially begin its preseason.
The Wolverines are looking to
do well in the tournament, but the
preseason will also answer some
questions for the team.
"We are not so concerned about
winning," Wolverine coach Tom
Johengen said. "We need to develop
lineups and find out who is com-
fortable playing together. The pre-
season will give us a chance to play
some new people and get used to
competition again instead of just
practices."
The Wolverines are looking to
improve on last season when they
finished ninth in the nationals. They
will have to do so without the ser-

vices of now-graduated team leader
Jeff Timberlake.
"We don't have the one devastat-
ing player that we had last year in
Timberlake," junior co-captain Rico
Latham said. "We have great poten-
tial, and everyone has to step up and
play their role. By mid-season, we
will be a force to be reckoned
with."
Tomorrow's tournament does
not hold much importance to the
Wolverines, because they are gearing
up for the Big Ten preseason tour-
nament in Champaign the following
weekend.
"This is just to prime us and
hone us," Latham said. "The presea-
son Big Ten is the big thing, and this
tournament will be a good warm
up.
While Latham looks at this
weekend as a tuneup, junior Steve
Arellano is concentrating on this

weekend's results.
"We want to win," said Arel-
lano. "We want to do better than
last year when we finished ninth.
This will be a chance for the new
people to play and we just want to
keep improving."
The possibility of playing rival
Michigan State helps to spice up the
preseason for the Wolverines, but
there is no guarantee that the teams
will meet.
"If we happen to play them, we
will be fired up," Johengen said.
"MSU and us have been two of the
top teams in the Midwest Intercol-
legiate Volleyball Association. If
we do play them, it will be a good
evaluation of where we are at right
now."
This is not the first action for
the Wolverines. Michigan has won
three of its first five matches.

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