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Moe firing first of many
changes for Katz's 76ers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The
end of Doug Moe's 56-game career
as the Philadelphia 76ers' coach may
signal the beginning of several
changes, team owner Harold Katz
The 76ers fired Moe Sunday
night, one day after the team's
second 56-point loss in a 19-37
season. The 76ers, who lost 17 of
their final 21 games under Moe,
played at Minnesota last night under
new coach Fred Carter.
At a news conference, Katz
talked of trades, free agents and
rebuilding the team.
"We have only five guaranteed
contracts for next year, so there are
going to be changes," he said. "I
believe that we'll make at least four,
five, six changes."
But he held out the possibility of
keeping things the same if Carter
and the players do a better job.
"If we play hard, we start to win,
we demonstrate that there is a
nucleus here, then we'll react to
that," Katz said.
Carter had been an assistant since
1987 and a 76ers player for six
Jim Lynam, who coached the
76ers for five years, had picked Moe
as his successor when he was
promoted to general manager.
Lynam flew to Minneapolis Sunday
to fire Moe.
Saturday's humiliating 149-93
loss at Seattle was the clincher in
firing Moe, Katz said.
"I didn't. know it was coming,"
Moe said. "I look at it from the
standpoint things always work out
for the best. They did what they felt
they had to do ..."
This was the first season for the
76ers after trading Charles Barkley
to the Phoenix Suns for Hornacek,
center Andrew Lang and forward
Tim Perry. The team also drafted
forward Clarence Weatherspoon.
Moe, the NBA Coach of the Year
in 1987-88 with Denver, was hired
in May and had 2 1/2 years left on
his contract, worth a reported
$700,000 per year.
And the winner is ...
Speed skater Bonnie Blair won the Sullivan Award, which is given
annually to the outstanding amateur athlete of the year. Blair's sister,
Angela Blair-Allen, and her mother, Eleanor, accepted the award for her.
Records fall at men's
by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS- The Big Ten championship meet this weekend in
Indianapolis was full of record-setting performances. Eleven Big Ten
conference meet records and seven conference records were broken
during the meet.
Conference records included Iowa's 200-yard freestyle relay (1:18.95),
Michigan's 400-yard medley (3:13.30), 200 medley (1:28.99), 800 free
(6:26.30) and 400 free (2:55.94). Ohio State's Bill Weaver in the 100-
yard backstroke (48.21), and Michigan's Royce Sharp in the 200
backstroke (1:42.72) set individual records.
"Our medley relay was just outstanding," Michigan coach Jon
Urbanchek said. "(It was an) outstanding lead-off from Royce Sharp and
all the splits were very solid."
The meet records included all of the above and Michigan's Marcel
Wouda's 500-yard freestyle (4:17.99) and 400-yard individual medley
(3:44.61), Sharp's 200 IM (1:46.82) and Eric Wunderlich's 100 and 200-
yard breaststrokes (54.19, 1:55.87).
"I wanted to go 1:56.00 low and I went 1:55 high," Wunderlich said of
his 200 breaststroke. "It was a good swim. I didn't expect to go quite that
fast after my 100 was kind of slow. I think I wanted it a little more than I
wanted the 100."
NCAA BOUND: Swimmers must qualify for the NCAA championship
meet directly in at least one event and are allowed to swim the events in
which they have reached consideration times. The following Michigan
swimmers have qualified for the NCAAs in late March:
Sharp in the 200 IM, 400 IM and the 200 back, Wouda in the 400 IM,
500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle, Wunderlich in the 100 and 200
backstroke, Gustavo Borges in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles, Tom Hay
in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly (consideration times) by way of the
relays, Brian Gunn in the 100 (con.), 200-yard butterflys and 500
freestyle, Eric Namesnik in the 400 IM, 200 IM (con.) and 200 butterfly
(con.), Rodney Van Tassell in the 100 (con.), 200 and 500 (con.)
freestyle and Brice Kopas in the 1650 freestyle and 400 IM (con.).
All five of the relays earned at least consideration times, and the team
will be able to swim them at nationals.
CONFERENCE'S BEST: Seven members of the Wolverines made the
1993 All-Big Ten conference team at the weekend meet. The members
were Borges, Gunn, Hay, Sharp, Van Tassell, Wouda and Wunderlich.
WAIT AND SEE: Other Wolverine swimmers have met the considera-
tion times and may be invited to the NCAA championships. They include
Steve Duttenhoffer (400 IM, 200 butterfly), Steve West (100 and 200
breaststroke), Shuichi Matsumoto (400 IM) and Tom Blake (200, 500,
AWARD WINNERS: The Wolverines swept Big Ten Swimmer,
Freshman and Coach of the Year awards. Wouda was the second
Michigan swimmer to be named Swimmer of the Year. The other was
Brent Lang. Sharp was the third Michigan Freshman of the Year and
second in a row. Last year Borges won the award and in 1988 (the first
year for the award) Scott Ryan won. Urbanchek won his fourth Coach of
the Year award since its inception in 1987.
Men spikers wm one, drop three on weekend
by Erin Himstedt
Daily Sports Writer
ANGOLA, Ind. - Throughout a
frustrating weekend on the road, the
Michigan men's, volleyball team
proved that talent doesn't necessarily
decide who wins a ball game.
Competing in a head-to-head
match against the Tri-State
University Thunder on Friday, and
in a quad match versus Tri-State,
Earlham College and an Indiana club
team on Saturday, the Wolverines
were able to defeat only the weak
Earlham team. The spikers fell 3-1
in both matches against the Thunder.
Unlike Michigan, Tri-State's vol-
leyball program has varsity status.
Its expenses are thus subsidized by
the university, and the team practices
daily. Although Tri-State's program
is only in its second year, there were
obvious differences between varsity
and club performances this weekend.
"I don't think they're any more
talented, but you can tell they prac-
tice more. Their fundamentals are
better," graduate student Dave
Fleming said. "When you only prac-
tice twice a week, it's impossible to
get consistency in your fundamen-
tals, (but) if we practiced five times
a week we'd toast them."
Certain Tri-State spikers were
more motivated than usual. Former
Michigan co-captain Rico Latham
now starts for the Thunder, and this
weekend was the swan song for
three of the team's starters. These
factors, combined with the home
court advantage, provided Tri-State
with an emotional edge that helped
defeat the Wolverines.
Defense was a crucial factor in
the Tri-State/Michigan matches.
With middles Chad Stielstra and
Todd Collins providing solid hits
and blocks, the Wolverines' defen-
sive play was its Achilles heel.
Despite the fact that the Thunder
were much shorter than Michigan,
the Wolverines were not able to dig
"They destroyed us defensively.
Defense is their greatest strength
and our greatest weakness," junior
Mike Rubin said.
"We came in intending to take
advantage of our height advantage
and hopefully dominate at the net,
but we weren't there mentally,"
Michigan coach Pam Griffin said.
Michigan's mental game was its
other great weakness as personal
mistakes often led to team slumps.
"Emotionally, we're a roller
coaster," Fleming said. "We could
kill five straight, and then we could-
n't hit the ball. It's very frustrating."
"It all starts with the fact that we
weren't aggressive enough. We just
didn't come to play. The emotions
are up and down," Griffin said.
"Communication fails when the play
is going badly, and when competi-
tion gets tough they need to play
more aggressive, not tentative be-
cause they don't want to be the one
to mess up."
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Women's lacrosse trounces Ohio State in 18-0 shutout
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
If there is a tradition of fiercely-contested
matchups between Michigan and Ohio State,
then the Michigan women's lacrosse team's 18-0
victory over the Buckeyes Saturday evening cer-
tainly broke from tradition.
Paced by a relentless scoring attack in which
seven different Wolverines contributed with
goals, and by Michigan junior goalie Nika
Skvir's diligent tending of the Wolverine goal,
Michigan dominated for the entire 60 minutes of
After only two minutes of action, Wolverine
sophomore attackers Karen Ross - who led all
scorers with five goals - and Suzy Pettit
recorded scores. The quick attack inspired
Michigan's insurmountable 11-0 halftime lead.
"Last year we almost lost to them in a very
close match, so I am very surprised," Skvir said
at the half. "But we didn't realize that they grad-
uated so many players last year."
In the first half, the Buckeyes attempted only
five shots on goal, while the Wolverines domi-
nated play at the other end of the field. While
Wolverine defenders stood inactive on their end,
Ross, Pettit and senior Jackie Sokolow inundated
the Buckeye goal with shots, accounting for eight
of Michigan's first half goals.
"We're very used to running on the field, and
not really setting up the offense," Ross said. "But
we don't usually score this much in a game. The
field was shorter tonight, and I think that ac-
counts for the higher scoring."
In the second half, the Wolverines slowed
their running attack and employed a strategic ap-
proach on the offensive end. Instead of the run-n-
gun style dictated in the first half, Michigan at-
tackers backed off the Buckeye goal and selected
their shots based on set plays.
"Hannah (Michigan head coach Hannah
Reeves) has been really encouraging us to slow it
down and set it up, and try and run some of our
plays which we have," Ross said. "We try to get
the ball in the middle, make cleaner passes, and
get more people involved in the offense."
Additional Michigan scores were registered
by frosh Kate deRosayro, senior Erica
Anderson-who scored twice, junior Sarah
Stackpoole and senior Kerry Walker.
Skvir, who preserved the shutout in the sec-
ond half despite several late Ohio State attempts,
remained modest in her appraisal of her personal
"They weren't really a strong team, so it was-
n't that great of an accomplishment," Skvir said.
"They didn't have nearly as many shots on goal
compared to other teams, but that's because our
defense did a really good job of keeping them out
of our area."
The win marked Michigan's first contest
since traveling to California over spring break.
The Wolverines had four games slated for the
trip, winning their first of the year against
Claremont, 14-12 in overtime.
"Considering the fact that we played without
any subs, and that we were without our coach,
we played pretty well for the first games of the
year," Skvir commented.
Up next for Michigan is a highly talented
Dayton squad, which represents - using last
year as a measuring stick - a serious problem.
"Last year we lost to them, and they were a
really good team," Skvir said. "But we also
thought that Ohio State was as good of a team as
they were the previous year. This game really
surprised us, so we really can't be too sure about
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Simmons leadoff homer. Weaver
then scored on Niemiec's infield
After Iowa State took the lead on
a homer in the top of the eighth,
Michigan scored twice with two outs
in the bottom half, once on an error,
to take the lead for good, 4-3. Chris
Newton earned the win in relief (1-
0), and Todd Marion notched his first
save of the year.
The Wolverines had no time to
celebrate. An hour later they played
another game against the Sooners
and were up to their same tricks
again. A five-run fifth blew the
game open as Oklahoma went on to
win, 9-2. For the second time that
day, the Wolverine batters could
muster just five hits. Five were
enough to defeat Iowa State, but not
"We knew going into the season
that we might be roughed up a little
in the early going," senior second
baseman Scott Timmerman said.
"Playing these tough teams is going
to help us in our upcoming Big Ten
In Sunday's finale, the Wolver-
ines jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead
on a Niemiec sacrifice fly, a two-run
single by Matt Copp and a Sim-
mons run-scoring single. However,
once again Michigan gave up a big
Starter Eric Heintschel (0-2)
lasted just an inning and a third as
the Sooners struck for eight runs in
the second and five more in the third.
Michigan's 1-3 weekend left
coach Bill Freehan looking for a way
to improve his team.
"We've got a lot of work to do,"
Freehan said. "I think we identified
some areas that we need to continue
to improve to be ready to be compet-
itive in the Big Ten.
"There have been some positive
performances," he continued, "but all
in all, we're 3-10 and that's not ac-
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