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Page 8-The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - January 25, 1993

Blue gymasts leap to new
heights during OSU loss

Notre Dame, MSU topple
men spikers over weekend

by Brian Hillburn
The Michigan men's gymnastics
team keeps improving by leaps and
bounds.
Despite losing their Big Ten
home opener last Saturday against
Ohio State, the Wolverines put forth
a strong performance and received
their highest score of the year.
The team followed its 256 at
Minnesota with a 259 at the Windy
City Invitational. This weekend
Michigan continued its streak,
vaulting up to 268.05.
The Buckeyes ultimately won the
meet with a score of 278.25, which
reinforces their position as one of the
elite teams in men's gymnastics.
"Ohio State is a national
powerhouse," Michigan coach Bob
Darden said.
Although they lost as a team, the
Wolverines performed well in
several of the individual events.
Mike Mott won the pommel horse
event with a 9.5 and teammate Chris

Onuska came in third at 9.3. Rich
Dopp won the horizontal bar event at
9.7, and Bob Young came in second
on the still rings, also posting a 9.7.
Dopp was pleased that his best
performance happened on his last
event.
"(Winning the horizontal bar
was) a great way to end it all," Dopp
said. "It was just things I've been
working on over the past few years
that came together."
Raul Molina's third-place finish
in the all-around standings was of
particular concern to Michigan
coach Bob Darden. He predicted
before the meet that Molina would
do well.
"He has been given the oppor-
tunity to perform in the all around,
and he goes out and gets an
outstanding score," Darden said.
Team intensity and the first home
competition of the season were
consensus reasons for the squad's
success.

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Team Points
Ohio State 115
Michigan 55.5
Penn State 53
Michigan State 45.5
Walsh College 43.5
Illinois 38
Notre Dame 24.5

by Jeremy Strachan
The Michigan men's volleyball
team, in search of the recipe for a
victory, used a smidgen of offense
and a pinch of defense against Notre
Dame and Michigan State this
weekend.
Unfortunately some of the ingre-
dients, such as blocking and serving,
were left out as were starters Andy
Spitser and Gun Unlver. Thus the
Wolverines (2-3 overall) were
burned with two losses.
Junior Justin MacLaurin said,
"We have all of the ingredients for a
good team. We're just in the baking
stages now."
Friday at Notre Dame, Michigan
lost the first game but came back
and cooked the Irish in the next two.
In the deciding fifth game the
Irish turned up the heat in a 15-10
victory for the match.
Saturday night an undefeated
Michigan State team won 15-9 in

game one. The Spartans' several
service errors and a 6-0 Michigan
run gave the Wolverines a 15-8 vic-
tory in game two. Junior Mike Rubin
offered insight on the pressures felt
during the 13-13 deadlock in all-im-
portant game three.
"There were a lot of side-outs,"
he said, "the loser would have to
come back and win the next two
games so it was a pivotal point in the
match."
Michigan State won the next two
points and used the momentum in
game four to win 15-9 for a match
victory over the Wolverines.
Spartan head coach Sante Perrelli
was impressed by Michigan.
"I think our guys had to gut it
out. (Michigan) took advantage of a
lot of our weaknesses tonight," he
said. "You never predict what hap-
pens between Michigan and
Michigan State, that's the glory of
the rivalry."

Michigan's Top Finishers
Novice Figures:
Sherrie Grift 22.885, 1st
Junior Figures:
Erin O'Brien 29.792, 2nd
Rachel Klein 26.216, 4th
Trio:
Carin Koto/Molly Shaffer
Erin O'Brien, 37.08, 4th

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Continued from page 2
the top two spots in their event.
Michigan's Trinity Townsend
(49.52) provided fervor for the fans
with a second-place photo-finish in
the 400 meters.
The last and most competitive
race of this unscored meet, the mile
relay, met with some controversy, as
the third-leg runners entered the first
curve of the track. At that point,
Eastern Michigan was leading,
Michigan was running on EMU's
shoulder and Michigan State was
contesting for position.
As Michigan's runner tried to
pass on the curve, followed closely
by MSU, EMU's entry lost control,
flailing his arms to keep his balance
around the tight corner. (Questions
were raised if the runner did this on
purpose to keep from being passed.)
As the Wolverine and Spartan
runners sprinted on the outside, the
EMU runner lost his baton and was
out of the race.
In the anchor leg of the same
race, Michigan was leading, when an
MSU runner came from behind to
take the lead, but pulled up twenty
yards later due to injury. Michigan
went on to win the race.
nEven though the competition
was substantial at the Michigan
Relays, the first real test is next
week at Ohio State, which boasts
many Olympic Trial-caliber athletes,
including Chris Sanders, the nation's
10th-ranked long jumper. It will be
the team's first scored meet of the
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