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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, January 14,1992

Giovanazzi
named to 'M'
volleyball post
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Sports Writer
After an extensive three-month search, the Michi-
gan athletic department named Gregory Giovanazzi as
the head coach of the women's volleyball team. The ap-
pointment is effective as of Jan. 1.
Giovanazzi succeeds former coach Peggy Bradley-
Doppes, who stepped down from the position to con-
centrate on her role as women's athletic director. She
had been holding both duties since April 1991.
Giovanazzi comes to Michigan following a two-
year stint as the assistant coach on the USA women's
national team, which won the bronze medal at the 1990
World Championships.
Prior to his work with the national team, he was the
assistant coach for both the men's and women's vol-
leyball teams at UCLA between 1981-1990. The Bruin
teams made a combined six NCAA Final Four appear-
ances, winning the men's national championship in
1981 and capturing both the men's and women's titles
in 1984.
Bradley-Doppes had nothing but high praise for
Giovanazzi and his abilities.
"When you have the opportunity to get the most
available coach out there, it's great," Bradley-Doppes
said. "I'm very excited about having Greg as a part of
our staff. He was an accomplished coach with the na-
tional team and with all his experience at UCLA."
Giovanazzi's head coaching experience includes a
one-year stint with the San Jose Golddiggers of the
now defunct Major League Volleyball and two seasons
with the Santa Monica College men's program (1982-
1983). At Santa Monica, Giovanazzi's team was run-
ner-up in the 1983 California state tournament, and he
earned Southern California Coach of the Year honors.
A 1981 UCLA graduate, Giovanazzi played for the
Bruins men's team from 1976 to 1978 and was a three-
time All-American. He was a member of the 1976
NCAA championship team and the 1978 runners-up.
He spent the 1979 season playing professionally with
Rome, Italy in the Italian League and was a member of
both the U.S. 1983 Pan American and World Univer-
sity Games teams.
"He brings valuable experience both from his play-
ing days and his coaching," Bradley-Doppes said. "He is
a good teacher and a great ambassador for the game."
Aside from his coaching duties, Giovanazzi is active
with the U.S. Volleyball Association (USVBA) and
USA Volleyball, serving as an instructor/clinician for
players' and coaches' sections. He also holds profes-
sional affiliation with the USVBA, the American
Volleyball Coaches Association and the Federation of
International Volleyball.
Giovanazzi has yet to announce his coaching staff,
but assistant Jennifer Dhaenenns is expected to be re-
tained.

Blue spikers conquer
WMU in four games

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DOUG KANTER/Daily
Michigan gymnast John Besancon competes against Minnesota Sunday. The Golden
Gophers defeated Michigan by a score of 277.7-267.
in juries hamper men gymnasts
in dual meet against Minnesota

by Dan Linna
Daily Sportswriter
Injuries and player losses could
not slow down the Michigan men's
volleyball team in its regular sea-
son opener Sunday at Western
Michigan. The Wolverines depended
on reserves and a strong team effort
to down their host in four sets.
Michigan got off to a fast start
in taking the first two sets, 15-10,
and, 15-6, but the Broncos rebounded
to take the third set, 15-9.
WMU held a 15-14 advantage in
the fourth set and served to try to
force a fifth game. However, the
Wolverines held off the Broncos'
charge and were able to close out the
match, 17-16.
"We let up in game three,"
Michigan coach Tom Johengen said.
"Our offense wasn't As sharp as I
would like to see, but we didn't get
down, which was something I tried
to emphasize before the match."
Michigan averaged over 25 digs
per game for the match, and junior
Chris Pierce led the way with 22.
The Wolverines posted an excellent
42 percent kill average, although
their 19 percent error average was
higher than Johengen would like.
Senior Michael McCune and se-
nior co-captain Keith Baar led the
team in kills with 13 and 12, respec-
tively.
"We expected to win, but they
are much improved over last year,"
sophomore Justin MacLaurin said.
"This is a game to reflect on and to
improve on. We want to concentrate
on putting our mistakes behind us
and just play for each point and
steadily improve."
The Broncos caused some confu-
sion for the Wolverines by running
a "backwards offense." The West-
ern setter stood on the left side
rather than the right. This caused
match-up problems for Michigan
since their own setter was forced to
block more and the middle blocker
was forced to do more blocking on
the opposite side.
"Their offense was Bough on us,"
middle blocker Tim Werner said.
"We were a little rusty and we had
our low points but that is to be ex-

pected early in the season. We
played quite well considering the
circumstances."
The Wolverines were forced to
play without setter Steve Arellanod
who has a sprained ankle, and out-
side hitter Tony Poshek, who in-
jured his knee last week. Baar ant
senior Jack Behar both played eve#
though they are recovering from an
kle injuries. McCune has also been
ailing with a sore shoulder.
Aside from the injuries, the
Wolverines are still trying to over-
come the loss of two players who
did not return to school this term.
"We've been trying to get a sense
of team feeling," MacLaurin said,
"but with all of the lineup changes
it's been very difficult."
Co-captain Rico Latham was
forced to move from his outside hi*
ting position to replace Arellano. j
"Rico reacted very well to the
change," Baar said. "He did a phe-
nomenal job. He is an incredible set-
ter and he demonstrated that.
"We played as a team and that is
important. We accomplished whdt;
we wanted to," he added.
While the Wolverines were con-
fident they would return victorious,
Johengen was not surprised that the
Broncos proved to be such a
formidable opponent.
"People are going to come after
us this year," Johengen said. "When
Western sensed the upset, they came
on strong."
The Western players drew en-
ergy from a vocal home crowd that
was on its feet for two long rallies
in the third set - both points were
won by the Broncos.
"We'd love to see the same kind
of support here at home," sopho-
more Michael Rubin said. "It,
would definitely help our play. We
are going to be competing for a
championship again this year and it
would be great to see that the
school is behind us."
The Wolverines will be hosting
Michigan State, Friday at 7:30 p.m
at the CCRB and Wisconsin, Satur-
day at 7:30 p.m. at the IM Sports
Building.

by Mike Hill
With the season only one meet old, the
Michigan men's gymnastics team has already
run into two serious roadblocks: injuries and
the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
In Sunday's 277.7-267 loss to Minnesota,
Coach Bob Darden was forced to reach deep
into his bag of tricks to find replacements for
starters Royce Toni, Ben Verrall, and Rubin
Ceballos, who were out of the lineup due to
preseason injuries.
To make matters worse, first-year gymnast
Rich Dopp laid virtually motionless for 20
minutes after landing on his head while per-
forming his vault routine.
"He was taken to the hospital just as a pre-
caution," Darden said. "He had feeling in all
of his limbs and was joking around. He should
be fine."
Injuries, however, were not the only obsta-
cle that stood in the Wolverines way Sunday.
Minnesota is led by Olympic hopeful and
coach's son, John Roethlisberger. Roethlis-
berger nailed home the Golden Gophers' vic-
tory with an spectacular performance on the
parallel bars that scored 9.6 and 9.5 from the
two judges.

The Gophers were especially impressive on
their high bar routines. Brian Ottenhoff, Leif
Carlson and Rob Hanson all stuck their dis-
mounts. Ottenhoff scored a meet-high 9.8 for
his performance.
Despite the loss, Darden was quite pleased
with his team's effort. "It was exciting. I
thought we did pretty good considering it was
our first meet and we have all these injuries."
Michigan was led by senior Jim Round and
sophomore Jorge Camacho. But rookie Brian
Winkler's first collegiate performance stole
the show. Winkler finished off the day with a
9.4/9.3 performance on the high bar.
"I've been nervous all day," Winkler said.
"And my floor exercise wasn't as crisp as I'd
have liked. But it's great to perform on the
college level."
Darden hopes to smooth out some inconsis-
tencies and timing with his squad before his
next meet. The return of Verrall, Ceballos
and Toni will help with those problems. Ver-
rall and Ceballos have already returned to
practice and Toni will get an update from his
doctor shortly.
"Hopefully we'll be full strength for our
next one," Darden said. "Hopefully."

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