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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - October 26, 1992-- Page 7

'M' field
hockey
falls to
OSU, NU
by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
For the Michigan field hockey
b team, it's not how it plays the game
- it's whether it wins or loses.
Despite playing overall strong
games, the Wolverines have not
been able to capitalize on their
scoring chances.
This weekend, Michigan (2-6 Big
Ten, 6-7 overall), met both Ohio
State and Northwestern in Colum-
bus, but only had one goal to show
for its efforts. The Wolverines'
frustration continued as they fell 3-0
to the Buckeyes and 6-1 to the
Wildcats.
"We just couldn't put it in the
net," defender Nancy Irvine said.
"We are in a bit of a scoring slump."
Ohio State lost to the Wolverines
earlier this season, which could have
contributed to its readiness Friday.
Michigan, on the other hand, was
not as emotionally prepared.
"We were kind of flat," defender
Lelli Hose said. "We had the desire
to win, but it didn't show on the
field. They scored a goal on us early,
and it got us down."
On paper the Buckeye game
looked even, and freshman defender
Jen Lupinski agreed that Ohio State
didn't overpower the Wolverines.
"Skillwise our teams matched up
equally," Lupinski said. "We just
couldn't convert our opportunities.
We just have to make a harder effort
to get the ball in the cage."
The Buckeyes scored their three
goals off penalty corners by Danielle
Dayton. They also played a strong
passing game.
Saturday, Michigan had its sec-
ond matchup of the season with
Northwestern. In the last game, the
Wolverines had many shots on goal,
but couldn't score. Michigan was
faced with that same problem this
weekend.
"We had control and they had
control," Lupinski said. "It just came
down to who put the ball in the cage
and we just couldn't do it. We've
been working in spurts - some-
times we'd have a strong passing
combination, but other times we fell
short."
Additionally, the game took a
few unexpected turns that may have
thrown off the Wolverines' game
plan.
"A stroke (penalty shot) was
called for Northwestern and we did-
n't understand what the call was
for," Hose said. "It should have been
a corner instead. They usually don't
make those calls for no reason."
"(Northwestern) got a fast goal
on a short corner that sort qf caught
us off guard," Irvine added.
For the most part, Michigan
players thought that the game
against the Wildcats went much bet-
ter than the score showed.
"We were playing them even or
almost dominating," Hose said. "We
- just let them walk all over us."

"We played really well within the
two 25 (yard lines)," Irvine said. "In
the second half we had a lot of short
corners. The score didn't really re-
flect how well we played."
The Michigan players are excited
to be playing their last five games at
home, and they know what they
have to do to finish this season with
five more wins.
"This weekend was disappointing
because we knew we could beat both
teams," Hose said. "We didn't capi-
talize on our chances."
"We have to concentrate a little
more on attacking the ball on our
opportunities to score," Lupinski
said.
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IM heat in Friday night's meet against Eastern Michigan.

Although for the last few years
the Michigan's women's volleyball
team has been a nemesis for the na-
tionally-ranked Illinois team, Friday
night the Fighting Illini proved why
they are one of the top teams in the
Big Ten.
Illinois rolled to a straight-set
victory over the Wolverines in
Champaign. Michigan went on to
Evanston and beat Northwestern
Saturday night to salvage a split of
its weekend competition.
In their loss to Illinois, the Wol-
verines (6-4 Big Ten, 14-7 overall)
saw the Fighting Illini take quick
charge of the momentum of the
match and, behind the support of
3,386 fans and a pep band, streak to
a 15-9, 15-5, 16-14 victory.
The usually overwhelming front
line led by Michelle Horrigan,
JoAnna Collias, Aimee Smith did
what they could against the stubborn
Illinois defense, but only Smith
managed a positive hitting percent-
age. Horrigan led the Wolverines.
with eight kills.
While the play of Michigan in
the match was good, the play of the
Fighting Illini was spectacular. The
team combined. for a remarkable
.393 hitting percentage, led by an al-
most unheard of .571 by Tina
Rogers. Rogers paced Illinois with
17 kills against only one error and
had a hand in six blocks.
Kirsten Gleis and Merrill Mullis
also had- standout days for the
Fighting Illini. Gleis joined Rogers
in punishing the Michigan defense,
piling up 11 kills and a .474 hitting
percentage. Mullis led Illinois with
29 assists, and notched three kills
and a service ace.
Adding to the Wolverines prob-
lems against Illinois was the fact that
they were without the services of
Hayley Lorenzen, who is out
indefinitely with mononucleosis.
"With the loss of Hayley Loren-
zen, we were at a disadvantage. But
the players who stepped up to take
her place did really well," senior
setter Tarnisha Thompson said.

we played but more that we lost"
The Wolverines' match with
Northwestern Saturday was a huge
contrast to their contest with Illinois.
The 250 fans at Evanston didn't
quite match up to the raucous
Illinois crowd and the 7-14 Wildcats
were clearly at a different talent
level than the Fighting Illini. The
Wolverines took full advantage of
the changes, blitzing the Wildcats,
15-11, 15-9, 15-10.
"They did a good job preparing
to play us and took an early lead in
the first set," Thompson said. "But
we started to execute our plays and
took it from there."
Four Wolverines were in double
figures in kills, led by Aimee Smith
'I think this was a very
positive weekend for
us. We got back to the
plateau where we
were earlier in the
season.
- Fiona Davidson
'M' volleyball player
with 15. Smith finished the game
with a .406 hitting percentage and
led Michigan with seven blocks.
Horrigan had her usual standout day,
sinking the Wildcats with 14 kills
and 15 digs. Fiona Davidson
punched out 12 kills and led the
Wolverines with three service aces.
Collias added ten kills and 16 digs.
"I think this was a very positive
weekend for us," Davidson said.
"We got back to the plateau where
we were earlier in the season.
"Our focus was to play good and
not to be concerned with the win or
loss and we did that this weekend."
Michigan remained in fourth
place with the split this weekend but
they still have home matches against
the top three teams in the Big Ten -
Penn State, Illinois and Ohio State
- to make up ground. And no one
on the Michigan team doubts they
can do just that.
"I think with ten matches played
in the Big Ten and a 6-4 record ...
we can look at a better record in the
second half," Davidson said. "I think
we are a top-three team definitely."

Men swimmers sweep by EMU

by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Sports Writer
It is said that a journey of 1,000
miles starts with the first step. For
the Michigan men's swimming
team, the first step on its journey to
the NCAA finals was Friday's meet
versus Eastern Michigan. The Wol-
verines didn't stumble.
Michigan grabbed the top spot in
each of the meet's thirteen events on
its way to a 149-89 drubbing of the
Eagles. All indications say that the
Wolverines' training is right on
schedule at this point of the season.
"There were good solid swims
across the board," Michigan coach
John Urbanchek said. "The team has
been training real hard and the re-
suIts showed it."
Senior Eric Wunderlich led
Michigan's victory parade, besting
the 100-yard breaststroke field by
nearly 4 seconds, and doubling that
margin in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Wunderlich was pleased with his
performance in his first meet since
the Olympic trials.
"I'm ahead of where I wanted to
be right now," Wunderlich said.
"I'm really fired up about this year."
In addition to boosting his own
confidence, Wunderlich's perfor-
mance earned rave reviews from
Urbanchek.
"He's definitely taking charge in
the NCAA," Urbanchek said.
Although Wunderlich's achieve-
ments received the highest praise
from Urbanchek, Brice Kopas also
warranted lauding from the Wolve-
rine boss. The junior placed second
in both the 400-yard individual med-
ley and 200-yard butterfly, while
winning the 1,650-yard freestyle.
"He swam three hard-core
events," Urbanchek said. "He was
definitely the workhorse of the
meet."
While Kopas and Wunderlich are
experienced veterans on the NCAA

level, freshman Royce Sharp saw his
first action as a Wolverine in Fri-
day's meet.
The American record-holder in
the 200-meter backstroke left no one
disappointed, coasting to wins in
both the 100- and 200-yard back-
stroke, and touching the wall third in
the 400-yard individual medley.
Though Sharp was victorious in
his first collegiate meet, he is still
adjusting to a different style of
training at Michigan.
"It's different for me, but it will
work to my advantage," Sharp said.
"It's a lot more technical. I'm work-
ing on all my strokes and turns,
which I didn't work on a lot before."
After his first look at Sharp and
the rest of his teammates this year,
senior Jim Hume was heartened by
the team's performance against
Eastern Michigan.
"It's a real confidence builder. It
shows that we have all the firepower
we need to compete."

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