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

SPORTS

Volleyball
vs. Wisconsin
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

The Michigan Daily
Women's
kickers
stymie
EMU, 4-2
by Ryan Herrington
Daily S ports Editor

Thursday, October 29, 1992

Page 5

'M' takes State Pride
Spikers defeat MSU, 15-10, 15-5, 15-13

The Michigan women's soccer
team got caught looking beyond its
opponent yesterday when it played
Eastern Michigan at Mitchell Field.
However, the Wolverines managed
to regroup in the second half and de-
feat the Eagles, 4-2.
"Overall, it was not our best
game," defenseman Kim Chenet
said. "We were not very mentally
into the game."
The Wolverines had other
thoughts on their minds, namely the
Big Ten Club Championships which
are set for this weekend in Colum-
bus. Michigan will try to defend its
conference title of a year ago.
"It's hard to get up for the game
because we are concentrating on Big
Tens," Chenet said.
The play in the first half was
slow as the Wolverines' offense
looked somewhat lackadaisical. De-
'spite the lapses, Michigan was still
able to do the most important thing
in soccer - put the ball in the net.
Center midfielder Jenny Stein-
'Overall, it was not our
best game. We were
not very mentally into
the game.'
- Kim Chenet
Michigan defenseman
hebel led the scoring for the Wolver-
ines. She tallied three unassisted
goals. Center forward Shannon Lo-
per accounted for the other Michigan
score. The victory over the Eagles
gave Michigan its 15th victory of the

by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
After a heartwarming rendition of
the national anthem by the Michigan
women's glee club, the Michigan
women's volleyball team brought
out the broom for the second time
against the Spartans this season,
sweeping Michigan State by scores
of 15-10, 15-5, 15-13.
In destroying the Spartans,
Michigan retained the "State Pride"
banner, symbolizing the rivalry be-
tween the intrastate adversaries.
"Having won over there, 3-0,
earlier this season, I don't think the
banner played much of a role
tonight," Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "This game was
important to us for the rest of the
season, because we head into some
pretty tough games very soon."
The match was marked by inno-
vative Wolverine strategies. On sev-
eral occasions, Wolverine servers
attempted short serves, which only
occasionally succeeded in falling

just over the net and short of the de-
fense. More significantly, however,
was the rotation of sophomore
Aimee Smith into Hayley Lor-
enzen's vacated outside hitting pos-
ition, while several new Wolverine
faces saw action.
"Aimee is now opposite Tarnisha
(Thompson), and Chris White filled
into Aimee's spot," Giovanazzi said.
"Aimee is staying at the outside
hitter spot, and that seems to be a
better position for her."
Smith broke up a tie at two
apiece in the first game with consec-
utive service aces, followed shortly
afterward by aces from junior
JoAnna Collias. The Wolverines
eventually led by scores of 8-2 and
9-5 before an additional ace by
Smith on game point secured the
first-game victory.
Senior Michelle Horrigan teamed
with Collias and junior Fiona
Davidson in producing multiple kills
during a stretch in which the
Wolverines opened up an 11-5 lead
in the second game.

In Michigan's second consecu-
tive sweep in Big Ten competition,
Wolverine junior Marita McCahill,
sophomore Julie Scherer, and frosh
Suzy O'Donnell all saw consider-
able action off the bench in the third
game. Scherer, who started the
match, and O'Donnell, were particu-
larly impressive.
"Julie has done a great job, and
we wanted to get her in there in case
something happens to Tarnisha,"
Giovanazzi said. "She is a great set-
ter and is very efficient in the back-
court."
"It was so good to see Suzy in
there and have such a great game,"
Collias added. "She had a lot of fans
there, and she just did a great job."
"We're learning a lot as the sea-
son goes on," junior Fiona Davidson
said. "At the beginning, we were
playing only with what we learned
in the spring in practice. Now, we
are learning other formations, and
understanding our positions better,
so we are playing better overall."

Michigan's Aimee Smith sets up Michelle Horrigan (#6) in a game earlier
this season. The Wolverines defeated Michigan State, 3-0, last night.

year, against five loses and five ties.
A lot is riding on this weekend's
championships. The winner of the
tournament gets an automatic bid to
the national club championship,
which will be held in Austin, Texas
Nov. 19 and 20. Michigan used its
automatic bid last season and fin-
ished second in the national tourna-
ment, losing in the finals.
As for Michigan's chances this
weekend, the team is rather opti-
mistic.
"We have a really good chance,"
Chenet said. "We're in a difficult
bracket with Minnesota, Purdue and
Penn State, but I like our chances."
However, if Michigan is going to
repeat as champions, it is going to
have to perform better than it did
yesterday.
"We just have to sharpen our de-
fense," Chenet said. "We can't allow
any mistakes. We've just got to be
prepared for every play."

Coaches like Blue, IU at Big Ten luncheon

by Ken Davidoff
Daily Basketball Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - The city of
Indianapolis has taken on large tasks
before; tolerating the Colts and serv-
ing as the setting for the sitcom
"One Day at a Time" come to mind.
But the capital of Indiana faced per-
haps its greatest challenge yesterday
when it hosted the fourth annual Big
Ten Basketball Tipoff Luncheon.
The luncheon organizers success-
fully overcame the hurdle of fitting
11 prominent basketball coaches and
their respective egos under one roof
to produce a substantive gathering.
The men discussed a multitude of
issues, and they came to a couple of
general conclusions: Michigan and
Indiana are the teams to beat in the
Big Ten, and the conference is

stronger than it has been in recent
memory.
"I think that Indiana will have as
good or better chance than it had last
year," Michigan State coach Jud
Heathcote said. "I think Michigan,
with that Fab Five, with a year be-
hind them, could be absolutely awe-
some."
Most of the Big Ten clubs com-
mence the season stronger than a
year ago; only Ohio State seems
weaker, having lost five seniors and
superstar Jimmy Jackson. The ma-
jority of the coaches dished out Big
Ten hyperbole like it was going out
of style.
"It's the best overall quality of
teams that we've had in the Big Ten
since I've been around," Michigan
coach Steve Fisher, who's been in

the conference since 1982.
"This is the toughest league situa-
tion in the 12 years I've been here,"
Purdue coach Gene Keady said, one-
upping Fisher.
Only one member of the coach-
ing fraternity dissented..
"To say that this year looks like it
will be the best Big Ten year ever is
kind of ridiculous to me," Indiana
coach Bob Knight said. "Certainly I
would think the Big Ten will be very
tough; it has been for 50 years. But
since I've been at Indiana this may
be the tenth time I've heard that this
will be the best year ever."
The coaches also debated the
merits of the new conference sched-
ule. Due to the addition of Penn
State, each squad will play eight
teams in the conference twice and

two only once. For example, Mich-
igan will not visit Northwestern and
will not host Penn State.
"(The schedule change) can work
to your advantage or your dis-
advantage in terms of the strengths
of the two teams that you only play
once and where you play them,"
Heathcote said.
Along with the coaches' rhetoric
came the obligatory pre-season all-
conference team. The quintet, cho-
sen by the media present at the lun-
cheon, consists of the league's five
best players, regardless of position.
Michigan's Chris Webber was a
unanimous selection. He joined
teammate Jalen Rose, Iowa center
Acie Earl, Illinois center Deon
Thomas and Indiana forward Calbert
Cheaney on the club.

* Men kickers shoot for
title, revenge at Big Tens

by Bob Abramson
After losing a tiebreaker for the
Big Ten Club championship a year
ago, the Michigan men's soccer
team is focused. The Wolverines
hope to make amends for last sea-
son's loss and secure the elusive title
as they head to Illinois this weekend
for the conference tournament.
Michigan coach Aaron Smith
feels that his team (7-9-3) is much
more prepared for the tournament
this time around.
"We have a lot more depth this
year," Smith said. "We have 20 to
25 kids that we can put into a tight
game. We are going to need most of
those guys, especially with four
games in two days. Our depth should
help us win the tournament."
Purdue, which defeated the
Wolverines in the finals last year,
went on to win the national club
championship. The loss still haunts
the Wolverines.
"We're kind of angry that they
won the tournament last year," ju-
nior Reza Sadjapour said. "We are
also mad that they are getting an au-
tomatic bid (to the national club
championships) this year. They are
not the team they were last year."
Michigan clearly dominated Pur-
due earlier this season, defeating the

Boilermakers, 3-1, in their only
matchup. While the team will have
its mind on Purdue this weekend,
Illinois might be the sleeper of the
tournament.
"Illinois is going to be our tough-
est competition," sophomore Her-
schel Wancjer said. "We tied them,
1-1, earlier in the season, but they
have come on strong, beating Purdue
three times in a row. We're ex-
tremely confident that we can beat
them, though."
Michigan plays Ball State, Notre
Dame, Illinois and Purdue in the
tournament. The Wolverines must
win all four games in order to snare
the conference championship. The
Big Ten champion receives an
automatic bid to the national club
tournament in Dallas.
"I expect no less than four victo-
ries from our team," Sadjapour said.
"If we don't win this tournament,
we'll be very disappointed."
"What is going to win the tour-
nament for us is intensity," Wancjer
said. "We've got to maintain our in-
tensity for all four games. We had a
few lapses this season, especially
against Illinois, where we lost a lot
of 50-50 balls in the air."

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