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Volleyball
vs. Michigan State
Today, 7:30 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

SPORTS

Field Hockey
vs. Pacific
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Oosterbaan Field House

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, October 28, 1992

Page 9

'State Pride'

on line

Men's water polo
ties Bucks in final

tonight for spikers

by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's volley-
ball team started the conference
season at an impressive 4-0. It
could certainly benefit from an-
other such string of victories.
After splitting last weekend's
road games at eighth-ranked
Illinois and Northwestern, the
consensus opinion of the Wol-
verines was that the team is now
back to playing at the level it did
at the beginning of the season.
The Wolverines hope to solid-
ify their proclamation tonight in a
home match against Michigan

some new things to try."
The Wolverines will be with-
out the services of standout out-
side hitter Hayley Lorenzen once
again. Lorenzen, who carries the
team's third-best kill average of
2.77 per game, missed action last
week after succumbing to mono-
nucleosis. Senior co-captain Chris
White therefore should provide the
Wolverines with one of those
aforementioned changes, as she
will start against the Spartans.
Michigan is looking toward
this latter half of the conference
schedule with renewed vigor, after
finishing the first half with a 6-4
record. A spectacular performance
in tonight's game would provide a
tremendous impetus for the Wol-
verines to improve upon their
current conference standing.
"On Monday we talked about
our Big Ten standing and re-
capped the first half of the sea-
son," Smith said. "And we hope to
do better during the second half
since we have now seen all of the
teams."
With upcoming matches
against Penn State and Ohio State,
teams that have defeated the Wol-
verines once already this season,
Smith sees the importance of
beginning this particular segment
of the season positively.
"One of the big things about
this match, and against Wisconsin
over the weekend, will be getting
off on the right foot," Smith said.
"We need to come out during the
second half of the season and play
with authority."
The Spartans are a consider-
ably shorter team up front, with
only one player over six feet. With
three Wolverine six footers, Mich-
igan should be particularly ef-
fective up front. Often times, how-
ever, smaller squads compensate
for their lack of height up front
with superior quickness.
"They are a scrappy team, and
when you think you have the ball

by Erin Himstedt
Besides fighting to maintain their
dominant position in the conference
at last weekend's event at Ohio
State, the members of the Michigan
men's water polo team were being
evaluated to determine who will ac-
company the team to Madison for
the Big Ten finals in two weeks.
Despite these pressures, the
Wolverines earned a 3-0-1 record for
the event, securing the number-one
seed for the finals. Michigan de-
feated Michigan State, Indiana, and
Purdue, before tying Ohio State in
the final match. The Wolverines
overall record now stands at 17-4-2
for the season.
Friday night's victory over MSU
was a high point of the weekend.
Excitement ran high as Michigan
came from behind, scoring a goal in
the final minute to defeat the Spar-
tans 8-7.
"The Michigan State game was a
really close game all the way, no one
was ever ahead by more than two
goals," Michigan coach Scott Rus-
sell said. "It was really a well-
thought defensive battle. Both teams
were trying to win, it was our best
against their best, and it was a very
hotly contested game. I was im-
pressed by the way we controlled the
tempo of the game."
Despite the youth of the Wol-
verines, many of the players are

water polo veterans. This was an ad-
vantage during the matchup with the
Spartans.
"We have a hard time playing
(State); they have a lot of talent,"
senior David Prince commented.
"(But) they haven't figured out a
way to beat us yet; our experience
just shows."
The reduced size of Ohio State's
pool led to some changes for Mich-
igan. One of the team's strengths, its
speed, was made less effective.
Russell credited three players for
making up the scoring difference.
"We have a lot of speed in our
freshman class, when we play in a
shorter pool speed doesn't do us
much good," Russell said. "I feel
(Prince, Drew Hansz, Ben Ewy) in
particular are three people that we
really look to drive our offense.
We're really going to look to these
three to score for us in Big Tens."
The Big Ten finals were in the
front of Russell's mind this week-
end. He substituted more of his sec-
ond string in an effort to evaluate
them in competitive situations.
"We got pretty big early leads
against Purdue and Indiana, and he
has to decide who he's going to take
to Big Tens," Prince said. "These
games gave him an opportunity to
get a look at some people who ordi-
narily don't get to play as much.
That came back to haunt us against
Ohio State."

Smith

State, in the second of two "State
Pride" matches between the
schools. In their first meeting in
late September, Michigan deliv-
ered a sound thumping to the
Spartans in three-straight games,
marking the third consecutive
Wolverine victory in the "State
Pride" series.
"This week in practice we de-
termined that we need to play
steady and focused," sophomore
Aimee Smith said, who recorded a
season-high 15 kills last weekend
against Northwestern.
"Of course in this match there
is added incentive because of the
rivalry, but we hope to try some
new things against them. Not to
overlook them at all, but we have

JoAnna Collias spikes over an outstretched Indiana blocker earlier this
season. The Wolverines battle Michigan St. tonight at Cliff Keen Arena.

down they pop it right back up
again," Smith said. "We'll just
keep hitting the ball down at them
until they don't get it anymore.
We'll just adjust our offense ac-
cording to their quickness."
Currently, the Wolverines are
holding onto the seventh ranking

regionally. At the regular season's
end, only the top seven squads
will receive berths into the na-
tional championship tournament.
Other conference teams ranked
ahead of Michigan include top-
ranked Illinois, Penn State (No. 3),
and Ohio State (No. 5).

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Drop off your winning picks at 420 Maynard by noon Friday to
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1. Michigan at Purdue 11. Colorado at Nebraska
2. MSU at Northwestern 12. Temple at Boston College
3. Ohio State at Iowa 13. Pittsburgh at Syracuse
4. Illinois at Wisconsin 14. North Carolina at Maryland
5. Indiana at Minnesota 15. Oklahoma State at Kansas
6. West Virginia at Miami (Fla.) 16. Southern Cal at Arizona
7. Stanford at Washington 17. Mississippi State at Kentucky
8. Texas A&M at SMU 18. Oregon at Washington State
9. Florida State at Virginia 19. Notre Dame at Navy
10. Georgia vs. Florida 20. Penn State at BYU
Tiebreaker: Total Points Name:
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