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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 Wednesday, November 27, 1991 Page 8

New NCAA rules send
hockey players home

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by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
After a grueling stretch of five
games in nine days, the Michigan
hockey team gets a week off - lit-
erally. This week the Wolverines
have no games and no official prac-
tices.
New NCAA regulations have
limited the hockey season to 22
weeks. Because of previous contracts
with Minnesota and Notre Dame
plus its Central Collegiate Hockey
Association schedule, Michigan has
filled its 22 weeks of play.
To fit all of these games in their
schedule, the Wolverines needed to
schedule four Tuesday night games
throughout the season. They also
scheduled this week as an off week.
At Michigan State, Spartan coach
Ron Mason combatted the new re-
strictions by delaying the start of
official practices by a week.
While Thanksgiving has been a
break for the majority of students
for a long time, it is a new experi-
ence for hockey players and the
Michigan icers are welcoming it.
"I think it's good for the guys to

get a rest," defenseman Patrick
Neaton said. "School is getting a
little hectic right now, so this will
give guys time to catch up. Also, a
lot of guys will get to go home and
see their families and friends for the
first time."
Forward Ted Kramer agreed
with Neaton's assessment of the
week-long hiatus.
"I think the time off will help,"
Kramer said. "A lot of us need to
catch up on our studies. It will be
good to relax and come back fresh
for our trip to the Soo."
Even though Michigan will hold
no official practices, most of the
players will skate on their own this
week to remain in game shape.
IN THE POLLS: Because of last
Saturday's tie with Illinois-
Chicago, the Wolverines fell from
the top spot in the Albany Times
Union College Hockey Top 10.
Michigan fell one spot to second
behind previous No. 1 Maine. Two
other CCHA teams are ranked in the
top 10 with Lake Superior ranked
fourth, and Michigan State eighth.

Spikers finish with
Minnesota and Iowa
by Jeff Williams
Daily Sports Writer

Defenseman Patrick Neaton and his teammates will enjoy a
Thanksgiving day break mandated by NCAA restrictions.

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Tankers see
by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
While most of the students at
the University will head home to
celebrate Thanksgiving and to relax,
some members of the men's swim
team have different plans for the
holiday.
They will be in Minneapolis to
compete against many of the
world's best swimmers in the U.S.
Open Swimming Championships.
The Open is the most important
indoor meet before the U.S.
Olympic Trials, which take place
March 1-6 in Indianapolis. Many of
the competitors will be attempting
to qualify for an opportunity to
earn a position on the team headed to
Barcelona next summer.
Eric Bailey, who is swimming in
the 200- and 400-meter freestyle and
the 200-meter butterfly, plans to
use the meet as a gauge of how far
his training has progressed.

Olympics
"Traditionally, Michigan swim-
mers do not swim well at the
Open," Bailey said. "It is a yard-
stick. The meet gives you a chance to
see if you need work in sprints and
not distances or vice versa."
Brian Gunn, who finished sixth
in the 200-meter butterfly last year
and will be competing in his second
U.S. Open, held the same feelings as
Bailey.
"It is just go, swim fast and have
a good time," Gunn said. "We are
still looking down the road. Some
of the people there are shaved and
tapered. (Many men swimmers
shave their arms, chest and legs to
increase speed. Tapering is a reduc-
tion in training schedule.) Many of
the guys are focused on going for the
time. Different people have differ-
ent approaches."
Redshirt swimmers Eric Wund-
erlich and Eric Namesnik will also
be racing along with former

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Barrowman.
Barrowman will be competing in
the 400-meter individual medley,
100-meter breaststroke and his spe-
ciality, the 200-meter breaststroke.
He holds the world record in the
200 with a time of 2:10.6, which he
set at the national championships
this past August. But Barrowman,
who has not lost a meet in four
years, cautioned not to expect any
records this time.
"The 200 has the fastest field in
the meet," he stated. "The French
and Spanish champion, along with
the the other top two Americans
(Roque Santos and Wunderlich)
will be there. I'm going to be at my
worst. Time is not important. I
want to go in with no chance of
winning and get a great race. I will
get a feel for what the rest of the
competition is like and that gives
me an advantage for Barcelona."
G ridiron
h eroes
heralded
at West in
by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
DETROIT - The award parade
for the Michigan football team of-
ficially began last night just before
the 71st annual football bust at the
Westin Hotel.
Wide receiver Desmond Howard
was named the Walter Camp player
of the year, receiving 66 percent of
the votes cast by all 105 division 1-
A football coaches and sports in-
formation directors.
"I'd like to accept this award on
hehalf of the Michigan Wolverine

Two more matches are all that remain for the Michigan volleyball
team this season. Two more games to fight through nagging injuries. Two
more games that must be won in order to even their Big Ten record. Two
more games to say goodbye to coach Peggy Bradley-Doppes.
Friday night, the Wolverines (8-10 in the Big Ten, 17-12 overall) will
try to snap a three-game losing streak against Minnesota. Similarly, the
Golden Gophers (10-7, 13-15) want to rebound after losing to Ohio State.
Minnesota won the first meeting between the two teams in September
in three straight games, 7-15, 13-15, 3-15.
"We're hoping to play better against them this time," Bradley-Doppes
said, "but we're a little banged up right now."
Injuries have hampered three of the Wolverines' top players. Outside-
hitter Michelle Horrigan is being slowed down by shin splints, the same
injury that forced her to sit out all of last year. Hitter Fiona Davidson is
suffering from knee and wrist problems, and Joanna Collias is nursing a
hyper-extended elbow.
"We're not easing up on them,".Bradley-Doppes said. "All we have is
one more week to play through the pain."
Iowa will come to town on Saturday for the final game of the season.
The Hawkeyes lost the previous match with the Wolverines, and are
struggling with a 1-17 Big Ten, 6-26 overall record.
"They've had some trouble trying to hide their shorter players,"
Bradley-Doppes said. "but they have gotten quite a bit better since we saw
them last."
The last point of the Iowa match will mark the end of Bradley-
Doppes' stay as coach. She will depart after a two-year tenure to devote
her full attention to her role as Associate Athletic Director. Bradley-
Doppes has amassed a 321-183 record in her 13-year career, including stints
at North Carolina and Miami of Ohio.
WOME N'S BASKE TBAL L
Blue opens season
wih age-shoot
by Tim Spolar
Daily Basketball Writer
Although tomorrow is the big turkey-shoot, the Michigan women's
basketball team hopes to be shooting birds again Sunday.
The Wolverines' weekend prey will be Eagles, not gobblers, as they
open their 1991-92 season against Boston College Sunday at 2 p.m. at
Crisler Arena.
The Wolverines, whose only preseason action consisted of a 97-69
thrashing at the hands of the world-ranked Cuban National team, head
into their opener with little first-hand knowledge of the Eagles. Sunday's
matchup marks the first-ever meeting between the squads.
However, a lack of experience does not necessarily mean a lack of fo-
cus. With six and one-half weeks of practice under their belts, the
Wolverines are eager to get their season started.
"We're expecting to come out and play our best at our game," sopho-
more forward Michelle Hall said. "You can't come out thinking 'Oh,
they're the quick team.' You have to come out and play the type of game
you want to play."
The main concern for the Michigan coaching staff will be designing a
defensive scheme to contain BC's Sarah Behn. Behn, a 5-10 junior guard, led
the Big East conference in scoring last season with 23.9 points per game
and is also a preseason Kodak all-American.
WRESTLING
Youthful Wolverines
face off against Lehigh

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DuFresne
Writer

After strong individual finishes in the Eastern Michigan and Ohio
Opens, the eighth-ranked Michigan wrestling team will square off against
Lehigh Sunday at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Penn.
All-American Joey Gilbert, who won the 142-pound title at both
opens, will drop down and compete at 134 against Lehigh. Junior James
Rawls, who competed in junior nationals last year, will represent the
Wolverines at 142.
Michigan will be led by senior Phil Tomek and returning all-Ameri-
can Lanny Green. Tomek was the heavyweight runner-up at the Ohio Open,
while Green finished third at 177.
A majority of the Michigan lineup is composed of young wrestlers.
Brian Harper (150) and Sean Bormet (158) are red-shirt sophomores,
while Jehad Hamdan (190) is a red-shirt frosh.
Dan Leemaster (118) and Jesse Rawls, Jr. (167) are true rookies, but
their contributions should not be overlooked. Rawls finished second and
third at EMU and at Ohio, respectively.
Lehigh is ranked 17th in the Amateur Wrestling News pre-season poll
and should provide stiff competition for the Wolverines.
MENS VOLLEYBALL
Blue heads to Champaign
to defend preseason title
by Dan Linna
Daily Sports Writer
Saturday, the Michigan men's volleyball team will look to step up its
endurance and repeat as champions of the Big Ten club preseason tourna-
ment in Champaign.
Last weekend, the Wolverines finished second in the MSU Comeback
Classic after tiring against Notre Dame.
"We've got to prove that we can go all the way and finish off a team."

Howard

football team and coaching staff, be-
cause without them none of this
would have been possible," Howard
said. "I'm glad my family was hear
because this is the most prestigious
award I've won thus far."
In other team awards: Linebacker
Erick Anderson took the Roger Zat-
koff award (linebacker): offensive

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