Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Thursday, February 6, 1992
'M' spikers look for
'M' skiers garner mixed
results in weekend meet
by Dan Linna
Daily Sports Writer
Any team that seriously speaks
of winning a Big Ten title is ex-
pected to win at home. However,
when it's all said and done, road
wins equal Big Ten titles.
The Michigan men's volleyball
team will get plenty of opportuni-
ties to prove its worthiness when it
kicks off a road trip at Madison Sat-
urday and ventures to Champaign
For the next month and a half,
Michigan has nine away dates with
only one home engagement. The
Wolverines will visit Ohio, Illi-
nois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and
New York during the trip.
Saturday's agenda includes Min-
nesota and Purdue, who will also
compete in Madison. The Wolver-
ines already defeated the Badgers
earlier this season in a home match,
and Michigan coach Tom Johengen is
not sure if the teams will square off
Johengen had considered Min-
nesota to be the strongest team in
the Big Ten and the Gophers backed
up his statement when they downed
Michigan State in East Lansing
three weeks ago. But since then, the
Gophers have had personnel prob-
lems which led to a defeat at the
hands of the Badgers last weekend.
"I'm looking at Minnesota as be-
ing one of the big tests," Johengen
said. "I'm not real sure anymore
what to expect from them so we'll
have to wait and see when we step
on the court."
Sunday's matches at Champaign
have Indiana joining the Illini and
While Michigan will spend a lot
of time on the road before and be-
tween matches, Johengen doesn't
expect it to affect his team.
"We've built up our stamina by
playing in a lot of tournaments,"
Johengen said. "It's a lot of time
and more than anything the guys
will have a hard time with school.
But when it comes time to play they
should be able to handle it."
The Wolverines are coming off a
strong showing in the Wolverine
Collegiate Classic where they took
second place in the 30-team field.
Michigan hopes this will spring-
board the team to new heights.
"I think we surpassed our expec-
tations," senior Curt Schroeder said.
"Everyone worked together very
well. We seem to be more focused in
tournament play and we need to
transfer this to our single matches.
We need to prepare way ahead of
time and not expect to just step on
the court and make things happen."
While the Wolverines have been
dependent on a strong team effort,
one of the keys to their improve-
ment has been the reemergence of
outside hitter Chris Peirce.
Peirce has pulled out of a mini-
slump and fueled Michigan with his
emotional, high-flying kills.
"(Co-captain) Rico ( Latham)
and I are really coming together and
he's been setting really well
lately," Peirce said. "As a team I
think this is some of the best
volleyball we've played in my three
The Wolverines have been spend-
ing practice time developing a new
offensive look that won't be as pre-
dictable against teams Michigan of-
ten plays. Johengen feels that the
Wolverines have yet to play their
"When we are on and running
our offense we're a very good
team," Johengen said. "We still
have periods during a match where
our passing breaks down a bit and
then we have very little offensive
production. We're still occasionally
going into mental lapses where
we're not getting digs and making
"I know we can get better and if
nothing else we can become much
by Meg Beison
While the Michigan women's ski team
whitewashed its competition last weekend at
Caberfae and Crystal Mountain, winning the
slalom and giant slalom, the men were not as
successful and came away with third and sixth
Senior captain Lisa Witty had an impres-
sive first-place finish in the slalom with a
time of 59.84 seconds. Sara MacKeigan was
close behind in second (60.19) and Amy
Portenga finished in fifth in 60.97.
"I was pleased with the way I skied,"
Witty said. "I was getting a lot of second
(places) and it felt good to be back on top."
The Wolverines captured the giant slalom
title as well. Kelly Copeland was the first
Wolverine to cross the finish line, finishing in
third place with 59.79. Portenga and Witty
raced to sixth and seventh place respectively.
"Skiing was so nice this weekend and the
courses held up real well." Portenga said.
"We did well because we had five strong fin-
ishes and many good times to pick from."
The men did not have as many good times
from which to pick.
"Competition was stiffer this weekend,"
senior Tim Sattlemeier said. "Some good
skiers showed up who were not at some of the
Sattlemeier was the first Wolverine fin-
isher in the slalom. He raced to a fourth-place
finish with a time of 54.81. Matt Turner was
seventh in the slalom in 55.77 with Kevin Gi-
etzen right behind in eighth (56.37).
Sattlemeier also led the way in the giant
slalom with an eighth-place finish.in 55.00.
Mike Johnson took 14th place (55.31).
The Michigan ski teams continue action
this weekend as they head to Caberfae and
Crystal Mt. once again for their divisional
race. The top five teams will continue on to
Sugarloaf for regionals.
This weekend is the chance for the Wolver-
ines to prove to themselves that it is worth it
to be dedicated to a club sport. They go away
almost every weekend and they receive only a
small budget from the University. They com-
pete without a coach, and therefore they must
depend on each other to make sure things go
"Without a coach we all have to help and
cheer each other on," Portenga said. "We have
to tell the others about the course."
Both teams are extremely optimistic and
feel they will advance to the regionals, but the
men hope to avoid a factor which has hurt
them in the past.
"We have had many problems in former
years with people choking (at divisionals),"
Sattlemeier explained. "We'll have to ski
well this weekend."
Michigan middle hitter Mike McCune spikes Rico
Latham's set at the Wolverine Classic last
Saturday at the CCRB.
Lone Michigan netter plots to steal Rolex
by Todd Schoenhaus
Daily Sports Writer
In 1988 and 1989 the Michigan
men's tennis team was blessed with
a gem - the presence of current
professional tennis player Malivai
Washington. When the tennis star
left early to pursue a professional
career, a large void was left to fill.
Junior David Kass stepped in and has
served as a more than adequate team
leader ever since.
As ace of the men's tennis team,
the 1989 Big Ten Freshman of the
Year is ranked fourth in the NCAA.
Today through Sunday, at the Rolex
Indoor Tennis Championship, Kass
will have an opportunity to prove
he is among the collegiate tennis
Kass will be Michigan's lone
representative at this weekend's
tournament in Minneapolis. The
third leg of the Collegiate Grand
Slam will be comprised of 32 play-
ers, half of whom earned automatic
bids due to their high rankings.
The other 16 players qualified
for the draw by reaching the finals
of one of eight U.S. district tourna-
ments held several months ago.
Sophomore Dan Brakus was one step
away from joining his Wolverine
teammate this weekend. He was
eliminated in the semifinals of the
District Four Qualifiers held in
After choosing to bypass the
first leg of the Grand Slam held in
September, Kass played in the sec-
ond tourney, the Volvo Collegiate
Championships in Austin, Texas. As
the tournament's fourth seed, Kass
dropped a three setter (7-5, 3-6, 6-3)
to Stanford's Alex O'Brien, the na-
tion's top-ranked college player.
Kass will be seeded at least
fourth in this tournament. He could
be seeded higher depending on
whether the nation's top three play-
ers participate. Michigan men's ten-
nis coach Brian Eisner has much con-
fidence in his star athlete.
"He is in a legitimate position to
win this whole tournament," Eisner
The NCAA Championships, held
in Athens, Ga., May 20-24, will
complete the Collegiate Grand
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