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Men's Swimming and Diving
vs. Wisconsin
Today, 4 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

SPORTS

Hockey
vs. Miami (Ohio)
Today and Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily

Friday, November 13, 1992

Page 9

Spikers' tourney hopes
on line this weekend

'M' hockey seeks
deja vu vs. Miami

by Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's volley-
ball team heads into what might be
its most important weekend of the
season. Needing a big victory over a
tough conference team to establish
their playoff worthiness, the Wolver-
ines (8-6 Big Ten, 16-10 overall)
travel to Minnesota (10-4, 19-7) and
Iowa (3-11, 11-15) this weekend
with a chance to do just that.
Michigan stands fifth in the Big
Ten, a conference that, in all prob-
ability, will send only three teams to
the NCAA tournament. But the
Wolverines have a chance to make
up ground tonight against Minn-
esota, which is third in the Big Ten.
"Illinois and Penn State are so far
ahead of everybody right now that
they are going to be number one and
two," Wolverine coach Greg Gio-
vanazzi said. "The rest of us (Ohio
State, Purdue, Minnesota, and
Michigan) are battling for that third
spot and that third spot is huge. The
team's goal is to make it to the play-
offs and do the job in the playoffs."
Michigan will also keep its eye
on the regional rankings. Although
the Wolverines played tough last
weekend, they saw themselves drop
two places, to No. 10, in the regional
poll. Usually the top seven or eight
teams in the region move on to post-
season play.
For Michigan, a victory over
Minnesota will be the first step to

moving up in the rankings. How-
ever, the surging Golden Gophers,
winners of nine straight sets, will be
a tough challenge for the Wolver-
ines. Having already beaten Mich-
igan in Ann Arbor earlier this year,
Minnesota returns to the comforts of
Minneapolis in an attempt to sweep
the Wolverines.
"Because we are ranked real
close with them, it is going to be a
good fight," junior middle blocker
'The team's goal is to
make it to the playoffs
and do the job in the
playoffs.'
- Greg Giovanazzi,
'M' volleyball coach
Fiona Davidson said. "It is one
where we have to go out and keep on
doing the things we are doing right."
The Wolverines travel to Iowa
City Saturday night in a match that
pits Michigan against the pits of the
Big Ten. But the Hawkeyes, strug-
gling to hold on to eighth place in
the conference, can be a feisty team,
as Michigan is fully aware. The
Wolverines spotted Iowa a two sets-
to-one advantage in a home match
earlier this year before staging a
comeback to win a five-set
marathon.

by Chad A. Safran
Daily Hockey Writer
One year ago, Michigan faced a
Miami (Ohio) squad with a 5-1
record and a top-10 ranking. The
Wolverines brought the brooms out
for that series, winning 9-1 and 7-4.
Michigan (3-2-1 in the CCHA, 4-
2-1 overall) hopes that this week-
end's series at Yost Ice Arena is no
different.
Led by Brian Savage, the Red-
skins are once again 5-1 and ranked
among the top ten teams in the
nation, while sharing first place in
the CCHA with Lake Superior.
Miami's early season success
does not surprise Michigan coach
Red Berenson.
"Look at last season, at the end of
the year they came on strong,"
Berenson said. "They went to Joe
Louis and played pretty well in the
final four of our league. You could
see the progress.
"This year, everything they've
done has been better than ours.
They're doing all the right things
now."
Miami coach George Gwozdecky
is not overconfident though.
"We expected our team to be as
good if not better than last year,"
Gwozdecky said. "It's hard to say if
our success has surprised me. We've
only played four games (in the
CCHA)."
The key to Miami's victories this

season has been the power play.
The Redskins lead the conference
in this category, scoring on eight of
22 chances (.364). The Wolverines,
on the other hand, have only put the
puck in the net 8 times out of 39 op-
portunities (.205).
Gwozdecky attributes his team's
success to its experience.
"We have got pretty much every-
one back from last year's power-
play group," Gwozdecky said. "As a
group we are a little more mature, a
little more experienced. That really
helps in terms of your poise and
your puck control."
Thisweekend should provide the
Wolverines the opportunity to revive
their stagnant power-play. Miami's
penalty killing ranks 10th in the
league, allowing 8 goals in 27 oppor-
tunities.
In addition to the Redskins'
weakness in penalty killing, Mich-
igan's scoring punch will be helped
by the return of senior right wing
Dan Stiver, whose shoulder sep-
aration has healed.
Even though Stiver returns, the
Wolverine lineup will not be com-
pletely intact. Defenseman Aaron
Ward is out until Thanksgiving
while recovering from knee surgery
and forward Mike Knuble will sit
out Friday's game; the result of be-
ing ejected from last Saturday's
game against Lake Superior.

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Right wing David Oliver prepares to pass the puck during the third period of
last Friday's 6-1 victory over Lake Superior State at Sault Ste. Marie.

Wrestlers open pre-season with meet in Ohio

Die Fledermaus

by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan wrestling coach Dale
Bahr will get his first chance to
gauge his team's potential at this
weekend's Ohio Open in Columbus.
Although the regular season does
not officially start until January, the
Wolverines will be wrestling in sev-

eral pre-season tournaments. At the
Ohio Open, Michigan will compete
with the top midwestern schools, in-
cluding Ohio State and Illinois.
Several newcomers to the
Wolverine squad will make their
Michigan debuts in Columbus.
Included among those are heavy-
weight Steve King, a transfer from

Notre Dame, and redshirt freshmen
Jacob Young (150 lbs.) and Kyle
Steinacker (190).
Michigan may not have the ser-
vices of two of its key performers at
Ohio State. Sean Bormet (158) has a
virus, and Lanny Green (177), an all-
American two seasons ago, is out

with an injured knee.
Two-time all-American Joey Gil-
bert will wrestle as a redshirt in Co-
lumbus. The coaching staff has yet
to decide whether Gilbert will be
redshirted for the season. If he is, he
could come back for a fifth year in
1993-94 and possibly win an indi-
vidual national championship.

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