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Women's Swimming & Diving
vs. Notre Dame
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Canham Natatorium


Men's Basketball
vs. Purdue
Sunday, 12:45 p.m. (CBS)
Crisler Arena

hosts club
by Jeremy Strachan
This weekend Graceland will in-
vade Michigan. No, there has not been.
another Elvis sighting at the Burger
King in Kalamazoo. The Michigan
men's volleyball team (3-4 overall) will
host a thirty team tournament at the
Central Campus Recreation Building
(CCRB) Saturday. First round matches
begin at 9:00 a.m.
The invite list includes Graceland
College which finished second at the
Club Volleyball Nationals last year, and
defeated Michigan in the finals here a
year ago. Also competing will be pow-
erhouses Michigan State and Notre
Dame. Two of Michigan's losses this
year were to these teams.
The tournament format splits the
teams into six pools. Round robin play
occurs in each pool. Matches are the
best two out of three games and the two
teams with the top records in each pool
advance to the second round. Michigan
is seeded second in its pool.
The twelve teams remaining will try
to spike their way to the finals in single
elimination play. Michigan's Chad
Stielstra said he thinks the Wolverines
will not have much trouble making it to
the final dozen.
"I think we'll at least make it to the
quarterfinals," Stielstrasaid. "ltdepends
on who we draw, and if we can adjust
our game according to our plan. We
usually fare well here in front of our
home crowd."
The Wolverines added three new
players to the roster last week. Michi-
gan coach Pam Griffin said he hopes the
additions and her new defensive scheme
'We adjusted our defensive setup
from our traditional defense to a current
defense we've seen other teams use,"
Griffin said. "The new players will be
needed for substitutions. It is a long

Wrestlers prepare
for first road dual

by Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team was
getting used to staying at home every
weekend, but the Wolverines are being
told to get out a bit more.
The squad takes to the road tonight
as it heads to West Lafayette to face
Purdue. This mid-week dual meet will
be followed by a Saturday stop in Illi-
nois for a meet against the Illini and
Indiana. The road warriors will con-
tinue their wandering ways as they travel
to Columbus a week from Saturday to
face Ohio State.
The month of February will be the
antithesis of January for the Wolverines
as they will only wrestle once in the
friendly confines of Cliff Keen Arena.
Last month the only away meet was,
ironically enough, the Cliff Keen Team
Duals in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Purdue should provide a stiff test for
Michigan, especially in three weight
classes. At 118 lbs, Gabe Zirkelbach is
ranked 6th nationally, Tim Roahrig (158
lbs) is ranked 9th and Aaron Moran(167
lbs) is ranked 12th.
Roahrig will be tremendous chal-
lenge forMichigan's Sean Bormet, who
is ranked third in the nation. Bormethas
compiled a record of 22-3 (10 pins).
"At 158 there will be a really good
match," Purdue coach Jessie Reyes said.
"They've wrestled each other plenty of

times and it should be an interesting
Purdue was expected to be in the
lower echelon of the Big Ten but has
surprised many. The Boilermakers had
a legitimate chance of beating Ohio
State but came up short, 23-15.
'We've done really well," Reyes
said. "We lost seven starters. No one
expected us to do anything."
This all comes from a first year
coach who had the unenviable task of
taking over after a very successful sea-
son in West Lafayette. Last year's team
finished 12-6-1 with a 12th place show-
ing at the NCAA Championships.
"Our upperclassmen have really
improved and the freshmen have helped
a lot," Reyes said.
With only one month of preparation
left before the Big Ten Championships,
both teams are looking to improve. The
Wolverines will look to keep momen-
tum after Sunday afternoon's furious
comeback against Northwestern. Al-
though the clubcame away with a22-19
victory, the match cautioned the Wol-
verines against letting down their guard
while wrestling in the highly competi-
tive Big Ten.
"As far as the Big Ten is concerned,
the top five teams in the conference
could all be in the top ten in the coun-
try." Michigan coach Dale Bahr said.
"The Big Ten is a super-conference."

The Michigan wrestlers will take on a tough Purdue squad tonight in the first of three consecutive road meets.
'M' blers head to Bronco countr

By Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
Sometimes, winning isn't every-
Take for instance the case of the
Michigan men'sgymnastics team. Sure,
the 0-3 Wolverines would like to win
this Saturday's meet at Western Michi-
gan. But the main focus of the meet for
the squad is to continue improving its
scores in hopes of qualifying for the
NCAA regionals.
'We're looking at this meet at two
different levels," Michigan coach Bob
Dardin said. "We're looking at a win.
Western Michigan is pushing the 260's,
while we're going to push for the mid
"But also there are some areas that
we'll be looking to improve in (this
weekend). One is pommel horse. We
need to cover that event with more
consistency. It seems rings is a weak
event as well. We're going to try to
bolster those scores."
Besides pommel horse and rings,
there are other areas Dardin would like
to see his team improve in. While his top
five performers in each event have been
hitting 80% of their routines - the

team's goal- the number six slot has
been a trouble spot.
'We've had problems at six. We're
only hitting 63%," Dardin said. "We
need to get more individual support at
six and get more consistent."
Stepping up in such areas is the next
step to Michigan's already steady im-
provement from the beginning of the
season. Posting a 256 in their season
opener with Minnesota, the Wolverines
have improved each week since then,
including last week's 270.3 against
'We're pointing in the
direction of the (NCAA)
- Bob Darden,
'M' gymnastics coach
'We're hoping to continue to im-
prove to the upper 270's to lower280's,"
Dardin said. "We're pointing in the
direction of the (NCAA) regionals."
The Wolverines will continue to be

without the services of injured gym-
nasts Brian Winkler and Royce Toni.
They are back in training but won't be
worked into the line-up until March.
Also absent for this weekend's com-
petition will be Seth King (broken ankle)
and Ben Verrall (shoulder injury).

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