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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-Sports --Thursday, September 10, 1992- Page 5

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Final Four

by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
Entering the 1991-92 season, the
Michigan hockey team set four goals
- a fourth consecutive Great Lakes
Invitational title, the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association regu-
lar-season and playoff titles and an
NCAA Championship.
Michigan (22-7-3 CCHA, 31-9-3
overall) achieved two of those goals
- the GLI and CCHA regular-sea-
son championships. However, the
Wolverines fell in both of their post-
season bids. Lake Superior knocked
off Michigan in the CCHA
Championship, and Wisconsin de-
feated the Wolverines in the national
semifinal.
The NCAA Final Four appear-
ance was Michigan's first since
1977. The Badgers used strong goal-
tending by Duane Derksen and a
balanced scoring attack to top
Michigan, 4-2.
"I can't believe it's over," de-
fenseman Aaron Ward said. "We
have to live with knowing how close
we were. We still believe we are one
of the best, if not the best, teams
here, but we didn't prove it."
However, the Wolverines are
looking to take what they learned
last year to push them through the
door this season.
"We gained some valuable expe-
rience," captain David Harlock said.
"If we get back to the Final Four
next year, we'll know what to
expect."
The Wolverines were ousted
from the CCHA tournament in a
similar fashion. Lake Superior's
goaltender, Darren Madeley, stoned
the Wolverine attack en route to a 3-
1 victory.
Madeley turned away 24 of 25
shots on the game - including
snuffing out two late power plays -
on his way to garnering the MVP
trophy. Paul Constantin broke a 1-1
tie in the third period by batting a
Clayton Beddoes pass just past
Michigan goaltender Steve Shields.
Brian Rolston iced the game with a
late goal on a breakaway.
"We're not hanging our heads,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.

Wisconsin ends season, Feisner's career

Felsner coming off last year was to
be a good player in the big games,"'
Berenson said. "He's shown that
he's there."
Felsner not only showed this
improvement in big games, he
showed it in all games. The senior
scored 42 goals and added 52 assists
this season on his way to breaking
almost all of Michigan's career
scoring marks. He also was a first-
team All-CCHA and All-American
selection as well as a finalist for the
Hobey Baker Award.
The Lake Superior series pow-
ered the Wolverines to their first
CCHA regular-season title. Mich-
igan edged out the Lakers by three
points in the standings.
"This is a step in the right direc-
tion for this team," forward Mike
Helber said following Michigan's 4-
3 title-clinching victory against
Ferris State. "It's one of the things
we want to accomplish at this point
of the season. Winning this is one,
winning the CCHA tournament is
another, and further down the line
the NCAAs. This will be a good
stepping stone."
However, Michigan did not take
that next step in the postseason.
Despite the CCHA Cham-
pionship loss, Michigan still
received the No. I seed in the West
Region of the NCAA tournament.
After a first-round bye, the Wol-
verines met defending-champion
Northern Michigan at Joe Louis.
With Michigan trailing 6-3 late in
the second period, forward David
Roberts converted a pass from Cam
Stewart with only five tenths of a
second remaining. The Wolverines
came out on fire in the third, regis-
tering three unanswered goals
capped by a Helber blast with under
two minutes to play for the clincher.
"We're going'to the Final Four.
The Big Dance," Roberts said after
the game. "(In the second period) I.
think there was a little bit of panic,
on the ice. In between periods, you
could feel the whole lockerroom ris-
ing up, and then we were flying in
the third period."

Michigan forward Denny Felsner led the Michigan hockey team to its first ever CCHA regular-season championship. KRISTOFFER GILLETTE/Daiy

"We're not overwhelmed or dis-
gusted or anything like that. We
could have won just as easily as
not."
Michigan did prove it could play
with Lake Superior in a key two-
game series the last weekend in
January. The Lakers swept Michigan

earlier in the season at Sault Ste.
Marie, and had a 12-game unbeaten
streak at Michigan's Yost Ice Arena.
However, the Wolverines used a
Laker trademark - tight defense
and timely scoring - to power its
way to a 4-3, 1-0 sweep of the
Lakers.

The defense held Lake Superior
to 1 of 18 on the power play and al-
lowed only 36 shots against Shields
for the series.
"We had a lot of guys coming up
with big efforts to help us win," de-
fenseman Doug Evans said. "It's as
simple as that."

Defenseman Chris Tamer netted
the game-winning goal Friday cap-
ping a four-goal rally by Michigan,
and forward Denny Felsner beat
Madeley in a contest of All-
Americans for Saturday's only
marker.
"One of the challenges for Denny,

Volleyball 'kills' its way to sixth-place finish,

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
The members of the 1991
Michigan women's volleyball team
chose the motto "We kill for it" be-
fore the season, and their aggressive
attitude paid off. Michigan had it's
best season since 1987. Guided by
Coach Peggy Bradley-Doppes, the
Wolverines (10-10 Big Ten, 19-13
overall) tied Minnesota for sixth-
place in the Big Ten.
Setter Tarnisha Thompson,
whose 611 assists on the season
moved her into second place on
Michigan's all-time assist list, led
the Wolverines into their tournament
at Rice in September. The Wol-
verines took two-of-three matches,
and both Thompson and outside
hitter Michelle Horrigan were named
to the All-Tournament team.
The Wolverines returned home to
Keen Arena to host the UM-
Volleyball Classic. Rookie middle-
blocker Aimee Smith had seven
blocks off the bench in Michigan's
victory in the final, and Smith was

named to the All-Tournament team.
The Wolverines began their Big
Ten season by shocking Iowa in
straight games, but dropped their
next two matches at Minnesota and
at home against eventual Big Ten
champion Ohio State.
After defeating Indiana, the
Wolverines geared up for the Oct. 9
contest against Michigan State at
Keen Arena. The Spartans (1-19, 3-
27) pushed Michigan to five games,
but the home team prevailed in a fast
'rally-scoring' final game.
The peaks and valleys continued.
A two-match skid was followed by a
four-match winning streak, which
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included upsets over volleyball
powers Illinois and Purdue at Keen.
Michigan did not find similar
success in the second half of the sea-
son. The Wolverines got smoked at
Ohio State, and followed that with
an inexplicable loss in East Lansing.
The skid hit three when Michigan re-
turned home to face Penn State.
A victory over Northwestern was
followed by another three-match
slump, but the Wolverines finished
in style.

Michigan won its final two
matches -- the final two for
Bradley-Doppes, who left her vol-
leyball post Jan. 1 to devote herself
full-time to her position as Associate
Athletic Director.
"My whole life has been volley.-
ball," Bradley Doppes said before
stepping down, "but (now) I can't do
it justice sometimes."
Her successor is Greg Gio
vanazzi, a former UCLA assistant
who helped lead both the men's and
women's teams to national titles.

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