Page 12- The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 2, 1992
Blue softball opens
with exhibition games
Spikers travel to
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by Jesse Brouhard
Although winter isn't too far
away - it never is in Michigan -
the women's softball team hopes to
get some preseason practice this
weekend against midwestern foes.
The Wolverines will host three other
clubs in an early season evaluator
Sunday at the Varsity Diamond.
The University of Toledo,
University of Detroit and Notre
Dame will compete against each
other and the Wolverines in games
lasting a maximum of one and a half
hours. The short length of the games
will make scoring runs crucial, it
will also benefit the club with the
best pitching, but not necessarily the
strongest overall pitching staff.
Michigan will open against Tol-
edo at 9:00 a.m. The hurlers will
resume play in the second half of
their schedule at noon against Notre
Dame. There will be non-stop play
all day with the last game slated to
begin at 3:00 p.m.
This will be one of the few op-
portunities coach Carol Hutchins
will have to evaluate talent in game
situations. This will also provide a
chance for the Wolverines to set
goals to strive for between now and
The Wolverines officially open
play February 19 at the San Diego
St. Tournament. The tournament be-
gins Michigan's lengthy road trip,
which includes stops in Florida and
California, before the home opener
April 2 against Minnesota.
by Scott Burton
The surging Michigan women's
volleyball team will put its perfect
Big Ten record on the line this
Saturday in Madison against host
Having already conquered Big
Ten foes Indiana, Purdue and
Michigan State, the first-place;
Wolverines go into the match with
the Badgers carrying an eight-set
winning streak and an 11-3 record.
In the match, Michigan will have
to find a way to counteract second-
team all-Big Ten player Arlisa
Hagan. Last year, as a junior, she led
the Badgers in kills, blocks and hit-
Aside from Hagan, the Badgers'
front line is relatively inexperienced.
The young line features the services
of new setter, junior Kristin
Sobocinski, and sophomore outside
hitter Brigitte Lourey.
Perhaps the toughest thing about
playing the Badgers for the Wol-
verines,though, is not their talented
players - it's the crowd. Last year,
the Wisconsin Fieldhouse was filled
with close to 2,000 screaming and
chanting fans, preventing the
Wolverines from properly commu-
nicating and interacting with each
other. It wasn't long before
Michigan broke down, falling in
This year's squad, though, is not
intimidated at the prospect of play:..
ing in Wisconsin.
"We are really excited about: -
playing them this year," senior out,
side hitter Chris White said. "W ,
have always struggled when we're
there with their crowds, but we have,
a much more aggressive style thiS
year that should take care of that."
"We are expecting a tough,0
match, but as long as we set up ou )
blocking and shut them down earlywop
we'll do O.K.," sophomore middl~
blocker Aimee Smith added.
The head coaching matchupls
provides an intriguing irony. The
contest will pit two former U..
National team assistant coaches
against each other. Like his counter-d
part on the Wolverines, Greg@
Giovanazzi, Badger coaclh Johta
Cook is also in his first year of
coaching. He takes over the position
from last year's interim coach
Margie Fitzpatrick, who is serving
as an assistant coach this year.
After the Wisconsin match, #
Michigan will head into the tougher '
portion of its schedule. Next week-I
end will bring games against top-25'*
teams Ohio State and Penn State anq,
two weeks after that, the Wolverinch;
will have a showdown with Big Ten
preseason favorite Illinois
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For the Michigan field hockey
team, a previously unreachable goal
may be achieved this weekend.
Tomorrow, the Wolverines meet the
Northwestern Wildcats - a team
Michigan has never beaten. But the
team's outlook for the Big Ten
matchup is very positive.
"It's been the team's goal for the
past few years to beat (North-
western)," junior goalkeeper Nicole
Hoover said. "We finally have the
team to do it, and I really think we
will beat them, but it will definitely
be a contest."
Northwestern, No. 13 nationally,
is a perennial power in field hockey.
The Wolverines look to enter into
the top 20 this season, and coach
Patti Smith said she feels the team
"We're off to a 6-1 record - one
of the best starts in recent years,"
Smith said. "I'm really happy about
the team's performance so far, but
our true test is when the Big Ten
season starts heating up and we start
playing the nationally-ranked teams.
The Wolverines' 6-1 teco
boosts the players' mental attitude,
which in some previous games ha&
been a trouble spot. But after a day
off to rest, Michigan is traveling O4,
Evanston with a fresh outlook.
"In practice we have really been"
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