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The Michigan Daily -Friday, September 10, 1993-25
. .Blue to play three matches in Carolina
Spikers hit Tobacco Road to take on Wolfpack, Blue Devils and Tar Heels

By J.L. ROSTAM-ABADI
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
When Michigan challenges a trio of
foes on Tobacco Road this weekend
only one rule will govern the court -
smoke or be smoked.
The Michigan volleyball team (2-1)
left for North Carolinayesterday, where
it will come face to face with competi-
tion from North Carolina State, Duke
and North Carolina. This will be the
first time the Wolverines will play any
of these schools. In fact, Michigan has
had limited confrontations with the At-

lantic Coast Conference, the last meet-
ings being victories over Virginia and
Maryland.
This weekend's competition begins
today with North Carolina State, who
won the William and Mary Invitational
last weekend, boosting the team to a 4-
Orecord. The Wolfpack rebounded from
a 2-1 disadvantage in matches against
both William and Mary and Southwest
Texas to wineach match, 3-2. The games
were a test of endurance for both teams
as the final scores were each deter-
mined by only two points.

Soccer gets seriousas
varsity status approaches

North Carolina State also played
Virginia and James Madison, winning
3-1 and 3-0 respectively.
The Wolfpack line-up consists df
two seniors, one sophomore and three
freshmen.
The two seniors, 6'2" middle hitter
Tennekah Williams and outside hitter
Gretchen Guenther, were major con-
tributors in their recent invitational.
Williams had 78 kills in the fourmatches,
while Guenther, North Carolina State's
best defensive player, gathered 64 digs,
and sporteda24.1 kill percentage. Fresh-
man outside hitter Jenny Schmit will
also be one to watch, with 63 kills in the
last four matches.
Saturday, the Wolverines travel into
steep athletic tradition to take on Duke
at high noon. The Blue Devils carry a 2-
1 record into the match and are the
defending ACC champions. A victori-
ous season would send them on their
sixth trip to the NCAA tournament,
held in December. Duke's experienced
line-up includes junior outside hitter
Ashley Wacholder, a two-time ACC
first team selection, and senior co-cap-
tain and middle blocker Jen Rohrig,

who played in the Olympic Festival
team this past summer.
Saturday evening, Michigan will
battle North Carolina (4-0). The only
senior player the Tar Heels have -
middlehitterCindy Murray--leads the
line-up. Last season's ACC All-Fresh-
man team member, outside hitter Kristin
Kruse is averaging 3.27 kills per game.
Another starter is junior outside hitter
Katie Galloway, who leads the Tar Heels
in digs with 2.75 per game. With six
freshmen on the team, North Carolina is
still in the process of learning how to
mesh together.
"They're rying different combina-
tions ... to see what works best," North
Carolina volleyball sports information
director Sheri West said.
Because Michigan has never seen
action against this weekend's opposi-
tion, predictions for the outcome are
difficult to make.The Wolverines have
been busy watching tapes of their chal-
lengers' past performances and have
talked with Michigan's Associate Ath-
letic Director Peggy Bradley-Doppes,
former head volleyball coach at both
Michigan and North Carolina.

Indiana State alum Larry Bird will be cheering on his Sycamores tomorrow.
AROUND THE BIG TEN:
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By RYAN HERRINGTON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
You will have to forgive Michigan's
women soccer captain Carrie Taylor for
being a little bit happier upon her return
to Ann Arbor this fall than in years past.
After all, now that the future of the
women's soccer team is clear, it is no
surprise that the atmosphere since the
team began conditioning Aug. 16 has
been on a different plane. With varsity
status one year away, the Wolverines
are preparing for the big time.
"There's more excitement," Taylor
said. "We've always treated (the pre-
season) really seriously in the past, but
now it's even more intense. I think
people are a little more serious because
many of them are thinking of trying out
for the varsity."
It also helps that the Wolverines (3-
1 overall) have a pretty good team head-
ing into the 1993 season. With nine new
players and anew coach, the outlook for
Michigan is more than positive as it
readies for Sunday's noon home game
at Mitchell Field against Miami (Ohio).
'Our main goal is the national club
championship," said Taylor, who was a

member of the Michigan squad that lost
in the championship final in 1991. "We
feel we can get back to that and actually
win it this year. That's our main focus."
If their first few games were any
indication, the Wolverines definitely
have potential. Michigan has let up just
three goals in its first four games, shut-
ting outits lasttwo opponents, Meremec
and Lewis and Clark, by scores of 2-0
an 11-0.
The Wolverines' lone setback this
season came last weekend as they fell to
Lindenwood College of St. Louis, 2-1.
But even this defeat hasn't changed the
team's focus.
Early on, Michigan has relied on the
offensive skills of senior forwards Lisa
Ashton andAlicia Stewart. Both scored
goals in the Wolverines' opening game
Sept. 1, a 2-1 victory over Kalamazoo
College.
NewcomerNicolaArmsterhasmade
her presence felt as well, scoring a goal
in the game against Meremec, the de-
fending national junior college champi-
ons. The loss to the Wolverines marked
the first defeat for Meremec in two
See SOCCER, Page 27

By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Fallbrings a lotofgreatthings,like
beautiful scenery and the excitement of
a new school year. On the other hand,
fall also brings Big Ten football. Actu-
ally, "Big Ten football" is an oxymoron.
First, there are 11 teams, not ten, and
second, anyone who has seen Purdue
play knows this is hardly football.
On to thi week's ledger:
Indiana State (01) at Minnesota
*(0-1)
In a game with national title impli-
cations, Larry Bird's alma mater takes
on The Team That Loses The Little
Brown Jug Every Year. It would be nice
to say that Larry Legend put Indiana
State on the map, but the fact is, the
school still isn't on the map.
Minnesota, to borrow a line from
Beavis and Butt-head, sucks.
Minnesota 28, Indiana State 9.
USC (1-1) at Penn State (1-0)
Like last month's milk or last year's
stoc tips, the Tojans simply aren't any
good any more. John Robinson took the
helmatSouthemCalandbroughtbackthe
old grind-it-out running game. Unfortu-
nately, USC's running backs play more
like Bart Simpson than OJ. Simpson.
Penn State won its first-ever confer-
ence game last week by thumping Min-
nesota as only Minnesota can be
thumped. The Nittany Lions are second
only to Michigan in talent level in the
Big Ten, and if they have a big year it
could help revive a sagging league.
Penn State 35, USC 3.
Iowa (1-0) at Iowa state (1-0)
Play it, and they will come. All of
Iowa will flock to Ames to watch the,
battle for the Tall Com State. Make no
mistake: these teams hate each other.
Iowa State will win for the legacy of
Ames. After all, Ames deserves it.
Iowa State 21, Iowa 17.
Illinois (0-0) at Missouri (0-0)
Neither of these teams is good
enough to be ranked or bad enough to
make fun of, soI'm picking Missouri in
the least exciting one-point game ever.
Missouri 20, Illinois 19.
Washington (1-0) at Ohio State
(1-0)
Washington's players have been a
little confused lately about the NCAA
rules: instead of doing a lot of work for
no pay, they have been getting a lot of
pay for no work. When investigators
found out, the players tried to pass this
off as capitalism. It didn't work, so Pac-
10 officials got together and issued the
following statement. "While Washing-
ton is not an outlaw program, we de-
cided to suspend them from postseason
play for two years to give the rest of us
achance at the Rose Bowl."
The Huskies are a team on a mis-
sion, but the Buckeyes don't lose easily
athome. This one should go down tothe
r, wire.

Wisconsin 41, SMU 20.
Kansas (0-1) at Michigan State
(0-4)
Michigan State is a seven-point fa-
vorite in this one, which is ridiculous
because the Spartan offense has trouble
scoring seven points in a game. Michi-
gan State doesn't have any right being
a seven-point favorite over any Divi-
sion I team not located in Evanston, Ill.
Don't be fooled by Kansas's 42-
point loss to Florida State. The Semi-
noles would have beaten the Spartans
by 50.
Kansas 13, Michigan State 10.
Northern Ulinois (0-1) at Indiana
(1-0)
Last I checked, Northern Illinois
didn't exist.
Indiana 34, No. Illinois 14.
Western Michigan (0-1) at Pur-
due (0-1)
IamproudtosaythatIknowalmost
nothing about Western Michigan and
Purdue. And even if I did, I wouldn't
admit it, because a person who knows
a lot about Western Michigan football
is, in all likelihood, a dork. All I know
is that Western is better as a hockey
team, and Purdue is better lightly basted
with a side of rice.
Because the Big Ten is still at least
a little better than the MAC, I'm going
to have to pick the Boilermakers.
Purdue 3, Western Michigan 2.
Note: Northwestern is idle this
weekend, which makes this the first
"Around the Big Ten" in a while that
doesn't mention Lee Gissendaner.
(Guess that takes care of that.)

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