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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, February 18, 1992

Volleyball sweeps
through weekend

U.S. hockey ties
Sweden; wins group

by Dan Linna
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's volleyball
team stressed the importance of en-
tering its spring-break roadtrip at the
peak of its game.
They left little doubt this week-
end after defeating Ohio State and
Notre Dame Saturday and Kentucky
Michigan (8-3) expected to be
challenged by the Buckeyes but in-
stead met a team that is going
through personnel changes. The
Wolverines quickly discarded Ohio
State in three games, 15-10, 16-14,
and 17-15.
"We played extremely well
against Ohio State," senior Curt
Schroeder said. "Everyone played
their role and passed well. We
played the way we needed to and
everyone came through."
The Wolverines were ready to
make it a quick day when they took
the first two games from Notre
Dame. However, the Irish had other
ideas as they stormed back to even
things up at two games each.
Michigan was able to regroup in
game five and take the match in a
rally scoring game, 15-12.
"It was a real strong team effort,"
Michigan coach Tom Johengen said
of the victory over Notre Dame.
"We've been having trouble regain-
ing our focus this season when
things don't go well for us. We have
to learn to be able to turn it around

and we did just that in game five."
Things started slowly for the
Wolverines Sunday. Michigan had
to come back from a one-game
deficit against Kentucky after the
Wildcats took the opening game, 17-
16. Michigan kept its composure and
took the next three games and the
match, 15-8, 15-12, and 15-12.
The Wolverines averaged better
than 2.4 out of 3 in passing effi-
ciency for each game against
Kentucky. The Wolverines' passing
attack was led by junior Chris Peirce
who passed perfectly in 31 out of 36
"Chris was passing nearly per-
fect," assistant coach Pam Griffin
said. "Our passing as a team was
much better."
Senior Mike McCune led the
Michigan hitting attack against the
Irish. McCune's best game was the
third where he had eight kills for a
50-percent kill ratio.
"I depend on good passing so I
can get good sets," McCune said.
"We've definitely been passing bet-
ter. Passing is the key to everything
else coming together."
Johengen was very pleased with
McCune's play and has confidence
in him.
"Given a good set, he can always
beat his man one-on-one," Johengen
said. "Whenever we need a point or
a side out, we feel very confident in
giving him the ball."

The unbeaten U.S. hockey team
fought a bloody duel against world
champion Sweden at the Winter
Olympics yesterday.
The Americans barely salvaged a
3-3 tie after Sweden scored three
times in the third period.
By avoiding a loss to Sweden, the
U.S. hockey team enters the medal
round Tuesday as the top seed in its
group, facing (2-3) France, rather
than (4-1) Czechoslovakia.
There was bad blood between the
teams from the start, following com-
plaints by the Swedes of U.S. bully-
ing in the Americans' 3-2 victory in
a tune-up just before the Games.
"Any time you get a chance to
stick those guys, you stick them,"
said American Clark Donatelli. "We
feel real good getting the No. 1 seed.
We can't look past France, but we
learned from this game, losing the
lead late. We're still unbeaten and
we're upbeat."
It was Donatelli who drew first
blood, scoring only 36 seconds into
the game. Sweden's Mats Naslund
was ejected soon after for bloodying
the face of U.S. defenseman Greg
Brown and giving him a concussion
with a check in the first period.
Brown was at the U.S. goal line
when Naslund began his charge
from the blue line. As he got within
a few feet of Brown, Naslund left his

feet and slammed his shoulder and W
body into Brown, knocking Brown's
head and body into the boards.
After the incident, Brown stayed
on the ice for several minutes. He
then got up and went to the dressing
room with a cut above his right eye
and across the bridge of his nose.
At first, referee Seppo Makela of
Finland did not signal a penalty.
When he saw that Brown didn't getO
up right away, he called charging.
And when Makela saw blood, he
assessed a five-minute major and
ejected Naslund. Naslund is not au-
tomatically barred from future
Olympic play, but a suspension can
be imposed by the International Ice
Hockey Federation.
The incident infuriated the
Americans, led to several other con-
frontations, and sparked the United
States to its 3-0 lead.
U.S. netminder Ray LeBlanc was
again spectacular throughout the first
two periods of the contest. LeBlanc
turned away all 31 of the shots he
faced in that stretch.
With only 13:36 remaining in the
game, and the U.S. still leading 3-0,
Sweden went on its scoring spree.
After pulling its goalie, Sweden's fi-
nal goal came with only 26 seconds
left in the game.
The tie put an end to the United
States' four-game-winning streak.
LeBlanc stopped 46 shots in all.

U. S. hockey player Clark Donatelli celebrates after scoring the first goal of
the game in yesterday's 3-3 tie against Sweeden. The U. S. will play France
today in the first game of the medal round.





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by Mike Hill
Daily Sports Writer
Sunday was payback time for the
No. 14 Temple men's gymnastics
team Over the last two years, the
Wolverines have edged out the Owls
for a spot at the regional tournament,
but Sunday, Temple downed
Michigan and Massachusetts with a
score of 281.7.
"They definitely had something~
to prove," Michigan coach Bob
Darden said.
And prove it they did. Temple's
school-record performance topped
the No. 13 Wolverines' 271.8 score
by almost ten points. However,
Michigan's performance was its
second highest of the season.
"Across the ard we had a real
good performa ce," Darden said.
"But it was hot and cold for us."
The "hot" for the Wolverines
came on their floor exercise. Frosh
Brian Winkler continued to sparkle
with a 9.9 performance that notched
him first place. Ben Verrall also
nailed the exercise with a 9.85 good
for second place. Jorge Camacho
followed with a 9.75. The Wol-
verines score of 47.8 on the floor
was the best of the three teams.
"We really wowed them on the
floor," Darden said.
The "cold" came on the still
rings. Except for Jim Round's 9.6,
the Wolverines struggled.
"The strength was just not there
for us," Darden said. "The competi-
tion was really rough here and we
lost a lot of ground."
Michigan began its day with an
average performance on the pommel
horse. Michael Mott (9.5) and John
Besancon (8.85) led the way for the
Wolverines. Mott's score placed him
third in the event.
Winkler again paced the
Wolverines with a strong showing
on the parallel bars. The 9.25 effort
secured Winkler third place in the
Sophomore Seth Rubin continued
to excel on the horizontal bar, top-
ping all other competitors with a
9.65 in what Darden called "another
great effort."
Bill Roth and Dominick
Minicucci, both members of the se-
nior-national team, led Temple. Roth
won the all-around competition with
a combined score of 58.25, just 1.75
points from a perfect outing. Mini-
cucci, just back from a thumb injury,
showed no ill-effects from the layoff
with impressive performances on

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