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Volleyball
vs. Minnesota
Friday, 7 p.m.
Keen Arena

SPORTS

Women's Swimming
EMU invitational
Friday, 4 p.m.
Bowen Field House

The Michigan Daily Tuesday, November 26, 1991 Page 8

Kickers

Howard to

win

Camp

finish
second in
by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer
Every young athlete dreams of
playing on a national championship
team. Most never get the chance, but
the Michigan women's soccer team
came one game away from making
their dreams reality. The Wolver-
ines finished as the second best club
team in the country, losing to UC-
Polytech, 3-0, in the final of the na-
tional club tournament in Austin,
Texas.
Michigan's first obstacle came in
the form of Wisconsin-Lacrosse,
who the Wolverines promptly dis-
carded, 4-0. With Chrissy Rice tend-
ing goal, Lisa Ashton scored the
team's first goal. Molly Douma
added the second score before Ash-
ton's second made it 3-0. Suzie Petit
concluded Michigan's scoring ef-
forts with an unassisted goal.
Michigan continued rolling with
a 20victory over Air Force. The
Wolverines' first goal came from
Lori Green, who was assisted by
Ashton. Shannon Loper closed the
scoring off an assist from Heather
Marshall.
Michigan's third match was a
tight one, as the Wolverines fell to
UC-Polytech, 2-1. Douma scored
Michigan's lone goal.
Despite the loss, the Wolverines
advanced to the semifinals, where
they met Big Ten foe Illinois.
Douma and Green each scored twice,
as Michigan prevailed, 4-2.
The Sunday final was a rematch
between the Wolverines and UC-
Polytech. This time around, Michi-
gan ran out of gas, losing, 3-0.
"They were very fast," Carrie
Taylor said. "Every girl on their
team was faster than our fastest
player.
"We were glad to be able to play
in the tournament. But I would've
much rather come away with the
championship."

Wolverine flanker garners Player-of-Year honors

by Jeff Sheran
Daily Football Writer
Michigan split end Desmond
Howard will receive the Walter
Camp Player of the Year Award
tonight. The honor is given to the
nation's top college football player
by the Walter Camp Football
Foundation in New Haven, Conn.
Howard will accept the award
before the Wolverines' annual
Football Bust, held at Detroit's
Westin Hotel. The Michigan
flanker is the frontrunner for the
Heisman Trophy, which also honors
the nation's top player. The Heis-
man will be awarded Dec. 14 at New
York's Downtown Athletic Club.
Michigan coach Gary Moeller
had nothing but praise for Howard
at yesterday's weekly press lun-
cheon.
"You can talk about different
guys, but when you notice Desmond
in each and every game, that's amaz-
ing," Moeller said. "That fumbled
punt against Northwestern was the
only mistake that I can remember
him making in two years."

WHAT IFS: Michigan may have
finished 8-0 in the Big Ten, but
Wolverine coach Gary Moeller is
still bothered by the Wolverines
sole defeat this season, a 51-31 loss
to Florida State.
Moeller said he wonders what
might have happened if No. 4
Michigan (10-1 overall) had beaten
then-No.1 Seminoles when the two
teams met at Michigan Stadium on
Sept. 28.
"To be honest, I've thought
about the Florida State game,"
Moeller said. "You talk to yourself
about things you could have done
differently. But you can't substitute
one circumstance and change the
world."
After stressing the importance
of winning the Big Ten all season,
Moeller admits he covets a national
title.
"It's the Rose Bowl, and we've
got a chance for the national cham-
pionship," Moeller said. "We're
not afraid to say it's for all the
marbles."

CLASSY CLASS: Moeller paid
tribute to the group of seniors who
have only one game left in their
Wolverine careers.
"The thing that I feel the most
proud about is that many, many of
the seniors played their best game in
their last game," Moeller said. "To
watch improvement over the season
with your seniors, and you worry
about leadership - that is true
leadership, and it's earmarked this
team's success this year."
Moeller added that the recruit-
ing class of 1987, which includes
fifth-year seniors and former All-
Americans Tripp Welborne and
Dean Dingman, has proven to be one
of the best ever at Michigan.
LITTLE COMPETITION: When
asked if he would feel much pres-
sure to beat Washington, Moeller
poked fun at his predecessor, Bo
Schembechler, who compiled a 2-7
career Rose Bowl record.
"I follow a good man in the re-
spect that he didn't win a lot out
there," he said.

S

KEN' THSMOLLEH/Da"""
Yesterday, Michigan linebacker Erick Anderson was named a co-winner
of the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Cross country finishes among nation's best

by Bruce Inosencio by Kimberly DeSempelaere

Daily Sports Writer
The Big Ten made its presence known yes-
terday at the NCAA Men's National Cross
Country Championships in Tucson, Ariz., as it
placed four teams in the top ten. Wisconsin
led the Big Ten by finishing third. Michigan
placed sixth, while Michigan State (ninth),
and Penn State (10th) also finished among the
nation's elite.
Arkansas took home the national title, edg-
ing out Iowa State for the title. Arizona and
Weber State tied for fourth.
Wolverine senior Tony Carna earned all-
American honors by placing 13th overall. Dan
Oden (29th overall), Shawn MacKay (51st),
Jim Finlayson (62nd), and Joe McKown
(89th) rounded out the Wolverines' top five.
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst was pleased
about his team's performance in Tucson. "We
ran very, very well, and we're already looking
forward to next season," Warhurst said.
The difficult race conditions took their

toll on Carna, who collapsed after crossing
the finish line.
"Tony ran a very strong race and it was
pretty hot out here at race time, probably be-
tween 72 and 78 degrees," Warhurst said.
"The altitude is pretty rough, even though it
probably doesn't come into effect until late in
the race."
Senior Joe McKown also collapsed along
the arduous 10,000-meter course.
"Joe ran a tremendous, gutsy race for us
today and he ran until exhaustion," Warhurst
said. "He started walking about fifteen to
twenty yards before the finish line because he
thought he had finished. All I hoped was that
the officials didn't touch him until he crossed
the line because he would have been disquali-
fied otherwise."
McKown maintained enough composure to
finish the race even after his collapse.
"Joe came up big for us today, just like he
has the last three meets - he was definitely
our most valuable today," Warhurst said.

Daily Sports Writer
Realizing their dream of placing among the
top 15 women's cross country teams in the na-
tion, the Michigan Wolverines began to cele-
brate last night in warm and dry Tucson,
Ariz., after placing 14th at the NCAA Na-
tional Championship meet.,
Five Michigan runners gave outstanding
performances. Wolverine coach Sue Foster
was elated with the team's effort.
"I was really happy with the way the girls
ran," Foster said. "They showed some great
performances, especially the top five. The rest
of the team just kind of hung in there."
Junior Amy Buchholz led the Michigan
E
team and earned all-American honors by plac-
ing 24th overall with a time of 17:18. Al-
though Buchholz fell short of her personal
best time of 17:13 which she ran at last year's
NCAA National Championship meet, Foster
believes the conditions may have slowed down
Buchholz.

"Amy ran a really fantastic race. It proba-
bly would have been a personal best if it
wasn't for the difficulty of the course," Fos-
ter said. "She has improved a lot since last
year. I'm sure she was ecstatic about her per-
formance because she just missed being named
all-American last year."
Rookies Karen Harvey and Kelly Chard
placed 32nd and 64th overall, respectively.
Harvey ran a personal best with a time of
17:42, and Chard crossed the line seconds later
in 18:15. Senior Carrie Yates snatched the
130th spot in 18:47.
"The girls were ecstatic with their per-
formance," Foster said. "They had a good
time."
National Champion Villanova dominated
the meet, with three runners placing in the top
20. Arkansas placed second, followed by
Northern Arizona.
The 14th-place finish avenged Michigan's
previous loss to 16th-place Iowa at the Dis-
trict VIII meet last week. The Hawkeyes
edged the Wolverines and forced them to wait
for an at-large bid to the national tournament.

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Wrestlers fare well at

by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team
did nothing to improve the popular-
ity of Wolverine athletes in
Columbus, Ohio, this weekend at
the Ohio Open. Eight wrestlers fin-
ished sixth or better for Michigan.
Five of the seven placed in the top
three.
All-American Joey Gilbert
(142) led the way for the Wolver-
ines with his second first-place fin-
ish in as many meets. Gilbert, who
won the Eastern Michigan title at
142 two weeks ago, followed up a 7-
3 semifinal victory with a 9-3 deci-
sion over Audie Atienza of Edin-
boro to capture the Ohio Open title.
Heavyweight Phil Tomek, the
lone senior starter for Michigan,
bettered last year's sixth-place ef-
fort by finishing runner-up this

year. A costly third false start cost
Tomek the championship, as he lost
the final in overtime, 2-1, to Ohio
State's Ray Mendoza. His second-
place effort came despite wrestling
with a partial concussion that he
suffered in a car accident two weeks
ago.
"Under the circumstances, I'm
pleased with my finish," Tomek
said. "The fact that I didn't wrestle
for two-and-a-half weeks was prob-
ably more of a factor than the con-
cussion."
Three wrestlers earned third-
place honors for the Wolverines,
with Jesse Rawls, Jr. (167) and Sean
Bormet (158) both losing tight
matches in the semifinals.
After falling, 7-6, in the semis,
Bormet, who took eighth at the
Open last year, won a 3-1 decision
over Dave Blanke of Northwestern

Ohio Open
in the consolation match. Rawls, a
first-year wrestler, won by default
in the consolation match after nar-
rowly losing his semifinal match to
Ohio State's Mike Schyck, 3-2.
All-American Lanny Green cap-
tured another third-place finish for
Michigan. Green(177) edged Cor-
nell's Ken Rackley in their consola-
tion encounter, 3-0.
James Rawls (142) captured
fifth-place honors with a 3-2 deci.
sion over Russ Hughes of Penn
State. The other Wolverines to place
were Brian Harper (150) and Craig
Biggert (158), who both managed
sixth-place finishes.
"We sent seven guys to the semi-
finals, but we didn't win as many as
I thought we should've," Michigan
coach Dale Bahr said. "We lost sev-
eral matches by close scores."

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