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Women's Basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Men's Basketball
vs. Iowa
Tomorrow, 8 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily Tuesday, February 11, 1992 Page 8
O pSpikers drop two of three
...~..Illinois proves only haven on road

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by Dan Linna
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's volleyball
team managed to salvage its week-
end with a stop in Champaign
Sunday.
The Wolverines began the week-
end by dropping four out of five
games to Minnesota and Purdue in
Madison Saturday before rebound-
ing against Illinois the following
day.
A tough Illini squad made it dif-
ficult for Michigan to post a vic-
tory on the trip. The Wolverines got
off to a fast start, taking the first
game, 15-10.
However, Illinois had other
ideas and came back to edge the
Wolverines, 17-16, in game two.
Michigan took the next game,15-
12, and held a 7-0 lead in game four.
An Illini comeback fell short,
though, and Michigan took the game
and match, 15-11.
"We played some of the best de-
fense I have seen this team play,"
sophomore Michael Rubin said of
Michigan's Sunday effort.
The Wolverines would have had
a chance for another victory if they
had faced Indiana in Champaign.

However, the Hoosiers didn't show
up for the scheduled tri-match and
no explanation was offered.
Going into Saturday's match,
Michigan suspected Minnesota was
the team to beat in the Big Ten this
year. The Gophers did nothing to
dispute this as they bounced the
Wolverines in two games,15-11 and
15-12.
"Minnesota is a very good
team," first-year hitter Stan Lee
said. "I'm not too disappointed in
the way we played. It was an en-
lightening experience but losses in
the Big Ten will be costly for us."
The Wolverines did little better
when they matched up against
Purdue in the other match of the
day. Michigan was able to take the
first game, 15-12. However, Purdue
ran the Wolverines out of Madison
with two straight 16-14 victories.
"Purdue just took advantage of
our defense not being at its best,"
Lee said. "We could have and should
have beaten Purdue."
The Wolverines' frustrations
mounted Saturday as they felt the
officials failed to control the
games.
"One of the officials was very

The Michigan men's volleyball team hit the road last weekend and gained only one victory in three matches.
The Wolverines lost to both Minnesota and Purdue on Saturday, and ended the trip with a victory over Illinois.

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lax and was letting everything go,"
Rubin said. "We can't really com-
plain because all of the teams had to
deal with it, but our opponents
seemed to take advantage of it better
than we did."
Middle blocker Tim Werner felt
that the poor officiating may have
affected Michigan mentally.
"The officials were really bad,"
Werner said. "All teams complain
about officiating from time to time
but this was very legitimate. It was
as if they didn't know the rules as
well as they should considering
they are officials. It was absurd."
While the Wolverines were flat
at times, the team refused to say
they were still recovering from an
emotional second-place finish in the
Wolverine Collegiate Classic one
week ago.
"We didn't let down," Werner
said. "We just didn't play quite as
well as we know we are capable and
they played well."
"This weekend can't be consid-
ered a setback though. Sunday we
showed that we can play when we
want to. I think we improved as a
team," Werner added.
BAKBALL NOTEBOOK
Women's
season
reaches
midpoint
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
EAST LANSING - The Michi-
gan women's basketball team has
reached the midway point in the Big
Ten season, and it has not come any
too soon for the Wolverines.
Languishing in the conference
cellar with a 1-8 conference record
(5-13 overall), Michigan is looking0
to regroup as it begins to meet con-
ference foes for the second time.
While the Wolverines' results have
not come close to the expectations
they had prior to conference play,
the first half of the season has not
discouraged the players.
"I believe this team is ready to
get started again and we look at the
second half of the conference as a
brand new start," Michigan center
Trish Andrew said. "There isn't a
team we're scared of or intimidated
by. We just have to get on the court
and prove that."
Michigan coach Bud Van-
DeWege sees the second half as a
chance for the Wolverines to redeem
themselves, but only if the players
do not become complacent with the
way the season has progressed thus
far.
"It comes down to what do you
want to accept for the season,'
Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege
said. "You can't let what has hap-
pened get us down. You can't be-
lieve you're as bad as the record
says."
SOLID AS A BLOCK: Blocking
out the competition has been a spe-
cialty of Andrew's this season. In

last Friday's matchup with Michi-
gan State, Michigan's 6'2" junior
had seven blocked shots in the first
half alone. Andrew ended the game
with nine blocks after playing only
nine minutes in the second half.
Andrew's nine blocks tied her
career high for blocks in a game;
which she set two separate times
earlier this season - against Wis-
consin and Indiana State.
The nine blocks gave Andrew a
total of 95 on the season, setting the
Wolverine record for most blocks
in a season. The previous record was
also established by Andrew last sea-
son when she tallied 88 on the year.
Andrew, whose 5.4 blocks per
game average leads the NCAA, is on
pace to break Wisconsin's Janetta
Johnson's Big Ten single-season
record for blocks of 130.
With 250 career blocks- Andre'w

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