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The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday November 30, 1992 Page 1
Wolverines christen ice
1 victory over Irish
tops weekend sweep
by Andy Stabile
Daily Hockey Writer
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -
Michigan hockey coach Red
Berenson must have won the battle
of Thursday's turkey wishbone with
Irish coach Ric Schafer.
Borrowing from Notre Dame's
usual repertoire, Berenson admitted
the Wolverines were a little lucky to
come away with a 5-1 victory over
the Fighting Irish in Saturday night's
first-ever hockey game at the Palace
of Auburn Hills. However, Michigan
needed no luck Friday, night, as the
squad steamrolled over Western
The Wolverines created scoring
chances both nights, but had trouble
Saturday converting them into goals.
However, they did convert on some
broken plays that might not have
been good scoring chances. Their
first goal came when Mark Ouimet
led a streaking Dave Roberts too
much in the Irish zone. Roberts
managed to corral the puck and beat
goalie Carl Picconatto on a sharp
angle from the left side to knot the
score at one.
With an Irish defenseman in front
of him late in the first period, rookie
Kevin Hilton skated into the Irish
end ahead of a line change and
snapped the puck past Picconatto on
a shot that looked harmless. Then
Tim Hogan broke the game open in
the third when his shot deflected up
high and went in over Picconatto's
head before he ever saw the puck.
"We were lucky," Berenson said,
"It felt like we were hanging on a
cliff for half the game."
Indeed, Notre Dame had their
chances. After allowing Jamie Ling
to score a power play goal to open
the game's scoring, the Irish could
not beat goalie Steve Shields on any
of their other six chances with the
"We made it pretty exciting,"
Schafer said. "We just didn't get the
Cam Stewart and Ryan Sittler
rounded out the scoring for
Michigan in the third period.
Berenson was worried about a
letdown coming into the contest with
Notre Dame because the Wolverines
were so unstoppable the night be-
fore. The 10-0 victory was sweet re-
venge for the Wolverines, who could
manage only a tie and a loss in the
season's first two meetings against
Michigan scored three goals in
the first six minutes of Friday's
game against the Broncos and forced
coach Bill Wilkinson to take his
team's timeout to calm his players
down. Two minutes later, Mark
Ouimet ended a Michigan flurry by
punching the puck past Bronco
netminder Brian Renfrew. It was that
kind of night.
"That was probably the best our
team has worked, in spots,"
Berenson said after the game. "We
are a lot better offensively than
we've showed up until tonight. It's
good to see the puck go in the net.
That will.give our players some
Steve Shields recorded another
shutout but had to face only 18 shots
compared to the 43 faced by the two
Western goalies. Shields was tested
occasionally but gave most of the
credit to the blueliners.
"It was a fun game to watch," he
said. "I was in the right place when I
had to be and I didn't have to do
KRITO FFE ILLE EI'i
1 Michigan winger Ryan Sittler lives up to his preseason hype, going airborne to notch the Wolverines' final goal in their 5-1 romp over the Fighting Irish of
Notre Dame atthe Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday. Sittler, despite a push from Irish defenseman Matt Osiecki, managed to score on goalie Greg Louder.
Spikers risk tourney bid with weekend split
by Jaeson Rosenfeld
Daily Sports Writer
Going into this weekend's pair of
road matches against Indiana and
Purdue, the Michigan women's vol-
leyball team knew it needed a sweep
to keep in good position for a
postseason tournament. After split-
ting the matches, the Wolverines are
hoping for a little divine intervention
in securing their first-ever bid.
"The team is just praying we can
go," junior outside hitter Michelle
Horrigan said. "This would be our
first postseason tournament."
The Wolverines are "on the bub-
ble" for a bid in the National
Intercollegiate Volleyball Champ-
ionship. The NIVC, like college
basketball's NIT, awards bids to
teams who are not invited to the
defeated Michigan 15-4. After play-
ing Purdue nearly even in the first
two games (15-11, 12-15), the
breakdown of the Wolverines pass-
ing led to easy Purdue victory in the
"We didn't get our passing going,
especially in the third game," O'
Donnell said. "And if you can't pass,
you can't play offense."
The Purdue offense took advan-
tage of Michigan's defensive mis-
takes, sporting a .353 killing per-
centage in the third stanza. In addi-
tion, the Boilermakers outstanding
defensive play helped them upset the
"Their defensive was really
good," sophomore setter Julie
Scherer said. "We were hitting some
balls hard and they were getting
Scherer was a bright spot for the
Wolverines on what was otherwise a
bleak Saturday night. While filling
in for injured setter Tarnisha
Thompson, Scherer set the ball well
on her way to 57 assists. Outside hit-
ter JoAnna Collias also performed
well on both offense and defense
with 17 kills and 26 digs.
The loss to Purdue left Mich-
igan's season record at 19-13, 11-9
in the Big Ten.
In Friday's night match against
Indiana, Michigan looked like an en-
tirely different team. After escaping
with a five-set victory versus the
Hoosiers in earlier in the season, the
Wolverines took it to Indiana 15-5,
"I think we were really focused
on our goal to play well and make a
postseason tournament," said O'
O' Donnell led the Wolverines
with a stellar hitting performance,
killing 7 of 10 on the match;
Overall, the Wolverines all hit well
with 6 players garnering .500 or
better killing percentage.
Michigan took control of the
match by virtue of superior serving.
By placing their serves well, the
Wolverines were able to keep the
Indiana defense off balance.
"We didn't make many mis-
takes," Horrigan said. "We served
for a team that went 2-16 in the Big
Ten just two years ago.C
It is apparent that Michigan vol-
leyball, after spending its first 17
years of existence mired in medi-
ocrity, is ascending to the upper
echelon of the Big Ten conference.
Though the Wolverines will lose
seniors Thompson, Hayley Loren-
zen, Chris White, and Kathy Rich-
ards to graduation, returning solid
players such as Horrigan, Collias,
Smith and Scherer should leave
Michigan in position to have an even
more outstanding 1993.
"The team feels like we're, really
making progress," O' Donnell said.
"We're going to have a good team."
"There was a lot of improvement
everyone's part this season even
to the last week," Horrigan said.
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
Family. That single word,
although broad in implication,
holds paramount significance in
senior Tamisha Thompson's life.
Both at the University of
Michigan, where she has found a
family in the women's volleyball
team, and in her family at home in
Detroit, Thompson has been able
to draw on unrelenting and
unwavering support, specifically
during her four years as a
A selfless senior co-captain,
Thompson has played an integral
role in the success of Michigan's
volleyball teams. In her four years,
she has redefined her own position
as a setter, shattering the school's
all-time career assist record with
In her fourth and final season,
Thompson hopes to pace the
Wolverines onto their first berth
into postseason competition since
Tarnisha Thompson is quick to
acknowledge the influential roles
of families in her life, and none
made her transition from high
school to college easier than
Michigan's volleyball team. The
team adopted the role of her
family away from home
immediately upon her arrival in
Ann Arbor in 1989.
"The transition was definitely
an easy one, because these people
here are like a family to me,"
on clans' supp
Thompson's analysis of just why
S 5her family is such a primary
provider of inner strength is rather
"My family at home is very
rt supportive, and that includes
everyone," she said. "My aunts
and uncles, as well as my parents.
They have always been there for
the kids, whether it's athletic or
not. The big thing I can say is that
they are supportive, and that is
very important to me."
When Thompson looks back
on her high school days, a look of
satisfaction appears on her face.
As a setter for Henry Ford high
school in Detroit, Thompson
guided the squad to her fourth
consecutive city championship,
and the school's tenth straight.
And as a prep, Thompson was
able to grow as an athlete, and
adopt a certain "fiery" attitude, as
she describes it, which carried
over into her first season at
But Thompson was not a sure
grab for the Wolverines. As a
senior at Henry Ford, she recalls
her college selection process as
marked by indecision. Howard
University, along with Michigan,
dominated a list of schools which
included several junior colleges,
from which to pick.
"During Christmas of my
senior year, I still didn't know
where I wanted to go. A friend of
mine was definitely going to
Howard University, so I was going
"Our chances of making it are
pretty slim," freshman Suzy O'
Donnell said. "If we had won both
games our chances would be better."
Saturday night's contest at
Purdue may turn out to be the match ;
that the Wolverines look hack unon