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Volleyball
vs. Iowa State
Friday, 5 p.m.
Boulder, Colo.

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Women's Cross Country
at Miami University Invitational
Saturday, 10:15 a.m.
Oxford, Ohio

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Early stumble again ends
title hunt for Wolverines

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By ANDY DE KORTE
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
Two years ago, Florida State 51,
Michigan 31.
One year ago, Notre Dame 17,
Michigan 17.
Last Saturday, Notre Dame 27,
Michigan 23.
Early season disappointments and
crushing blows to national hopes? Yes.
The end of the line? Hardly.
In the first two cases, the Wolverine
football team rebounded to win its next
eight consecutive games and an out-
right Big Ten title. Coach Gary Moeller
looks to continue the trend this season,
and not to complain about what went
wrong against the Irish.
"You don't feel sorry for yourself.
You don't feel sorry for your players,"
Moeller said. "We elect to play the
game and we elect to coach the game.
That is our responsibility. You try to
analyze the situation and think what did
we do wrong. I go back through the
whole thing."
Somehow, going back through that
game was even moredisappointing than
the original display.
The day-after view of the game re-
vealed a team that abandoned its funda-
mentals.
"I didn't see us playing smart foot-
ball," Moeller said. "I thought we were
kind of wild. We blew one coverage.
Where we blew it was alignment. When
you rotate you have to rotate through
the next man's position.
"Defense is like trapping something
and squeezing it. If the ball gets outside
and they get a big play you don't have a

I didn't see us playing smart football. I thought we
were kind of wild. We blew one coverage. Where we
blew it was alignment. When you rotate you have to
rotate through the next man's position. ... If the ball
gets outside and they get a big play you don't have a
very good defense.'
- Gary Moeller

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very good defense."
The punt coverage gave up one of
the biggest plays of the game. Notre
Dame opened its first 14-point lead of
the day when the coverage team al-
lowed Mike Miller to return a punt 56
yards.
While falling short of naming any
guilty party, Moeller did say the squad
would probably be changing. Speedy
backups and freshmen, like Jon Ritchie
and Pierre Cooper, were mentioned as
candidates to join the special team.
Cooper rated special praise for his
play at the tight end position despite
some blocking problems for the posi-
tion as a whole.
"The one I think is going to keep
coming is Pierre Cooper," Moeller said.
"I like Pierre Cooper. A lot of freshmen
would have dropped the ball when they
took him from the 10(yard-line)andput
him in the endzone. He made a great
catch on one where he was going to his
left, jumped up and made the catch."
The offensive line, including tight
end, did not stand up to the continuous
assault of Notre Dame's front four.
When discussing the line, Moeller is
hesitant to confess being unhappy with

anyone in particular. Most likely be-
cause he knows it would do little good.
He obviously is already playing the best
players he has at the positions.
With this week off, Moeller has his
last reprieve before next week's game
against Houston and then the Big Ten
opener against Iowa Oct. 2. He will be
putting his team through heavy work-
outs from today through Friday. While
Houston is the next opponent he also
will be planting the seeds to overcome
Big Ten opponents, most of whom have
later open dates pending.
Another eight consecutive victories
would be a solid recovery from the loss.
The Wolverines would be 9-1,7-0 in the
conference, with Ohio State coming to
town -a scenario that could still end at
the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
INJURY UPDATE: Wide receiver
Derrick Alexander (ankle) shouldmake
his return to the lineup against Houston.
While he was expected to return to
action Saturday, his injury is more seri-
ous than was previously thought. How-
ever, a possible exterior cruciate injury
in defensive lineman TrentZenkewicz's
knee could keep him out for at least
three weeks.

EVAN PTIEHi/laily

Steve Morrison and the Wolverines await Houston and the Big Ten season after Saturday's painful 27-23 loss toI

Notre Dame.

Hockey season ticket sales a success despite
loss of key players from last year's squad

By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
DAILY SPORTS WRrER
They say that those who forget the
past are condemned to repeat it. But
what of those who forget the present?
That would seem to be the affliction
affecting the 900 students who pur-
chased season hockey tickets yester-
day. Despite the loss of eight key per-
formers from last year's Final Four
squad, it appears that the team will not
lose student support. The price hike to
$70 per ducat apparently didn't deter
many of the faithful.
Last year, 1050 tickets were sold
during the week that tickets were on
sale. This year, the athletic department
setaside 1200tickets forstudents. Since
that quota was not reached on the first
day, fans can still buy tickets at the ticket
office.
"We're going to keep them at least
until theendofthe week,"'ticketdepart-
ment official Brian Klein said. "Even-
tually any leftover tickets will be sold
for individual games."
Ticket sales yesterday were approxi-
mately equal to those on the firstday last
year, Klein said.
The difference, of course, is that last
year's team wasrankedNo. I in the
country in the preseason. This year's
tem has been decimated by graduation
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and the loss of players who left for the
National Hockey League.
"The fans seem to go more on the
team's reputation than on this year's
(prospects)," Kleinsaid. "It's not just
the students - it's all of the fans. They
seem to have confidence in the pro-
gram.
Butdo the students really know how
different the team will look when it
skates out onto the ice in October? Did
they keep track of the team's losses over
the summer? Can they even name any
of the team's defensemen?
The people at the front of the line
would seem to be most dedicated. The
die hards. They had waited since 11:30
a.m. Sunday for tickets.
Surely they must know everything
there is to know about Michigan hockey.
How many defensemen could they
name?
"I don't think I can name any
defensemen," said LSA junior Tanya
Borgman.
None? Then why wait almost 2z
hours to get the best view in the house'
"Hockey is the best sport," she said
"and therefore hockey players are mor
admired than basketball players ... an
they're better looking."
' Aha.
Most of the other students on lin
also pulled an oh-fer when asked t
name some Wolverine blueliners.
Actually, many students named tw
defensemen: Chris Tamer, who gradu
ated in May, and Aaron Ward, wh
signed with the Detroit Red Wings ove
the summer.
Only LSA junior Dan Weeks coul
name these fourblueliners: Alan Sinclai
Tim Hogan, Steve Halko and Mar

'Hockey Is the best sport, and therefore hockey players
are more admired than basketball players ... and
they're better looking.'
-Tanya Borgman
LSA Junior
Sakala. And Weeks lives with three "Fiodorov just has kids," came the
players. reply, referring to thebirthof the player's
Some students were confident that daughter last winter.
they could name several defensemen. "Fiodorov's the only one I can
"Oh,Icannameawholebunchfrom name," said the first fan. "But I can
last year's team," said one. name all the members of Bon Jovi!"
How about this year's team? So if the students can barely name
"This year's team? Jeez, that's any of the players, why did they come
tough," he said. "Wow. Do they have to down so early to get tickets? Most re-
bedefensemen?Thisyear?Wow.You're plied that they simply like Michigan
evil. This year's team? You're really hockey.
evil." Apparently, the hockey program has
Some students tried a group effort. finally established itself on campus as
"Is (Anton) Fiodorov a capable of recovering from the loss of
defenseman?" one student asked his several top players. And that's defi-
friend. nitely a positive sign.
?HOCKEY TICKET INFORMATION
t, Orders for 1993-94 student season hockey tickets will be
e accepted all week at the Michigan Ticket Office. The next 300
d students who apply will receive season tickets at the price of $70..
Payments must be made at time of application with cash or check'
and all applicants must have a student ID. One spouse ticket will be
e available for $70 with proof of maniage:
o The package includes 13 regular season games and tickets
1 4h:: first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association
° Tickets will be distributed at the athletic ticket office
- October 25-29, and students must present their numbered receipts in
0 order to claim their tickets. All sales are final.
r
d Oct. 30 Notre Dame Jan.25 Bowling Green
r, Nov. 19-20 Ohio State Feb. 4 Kent State
k Dec. 3 Western Michigan Feb. 5 Ferris State
Dec. 17-18 linois-Chicago Fb1 im O)
Jan. 7-8 lake Superior State Mar. 5Ferris State
Jan. 21. Michigan State Mar.±1-13 CCHA 1st Rd.
* denotes game not included in student ticket package
PROGRAMMER /SYSTEMS ANALYST
(Part Time)
The Office of Orientation is accepting applications from students

EVAN PETRIE/Daily
The Michigan Women's Soccer Team enjoyed yet another shutout Sunday, blanking
Miami (Ohio), 3-0.
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Department of Recreational
Sports
INTRAMURAL
SPORTS PROGRAM

By TIM SPOLAR
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
The Michigan women's soccerteam
felt like it was driving an old Mercedes
last Sunday at Mitchell Field. It took a
while to get things started, but once
things got rolling, the performance was
nearly flawless.
In the season's home opener against
Miami (Ohio), the Wolverines (4-1)
stumbled through a scoreless first half
before finally kicking into gear with
three goals in the second stanza to de-
feat the Redskins, 3-0.
Newcomer Nicola Armster opened
the scoring early in the half off a feed
from Lisa Ashton. Ashton, a senior for-
ward and one of the squad's deadliest
scoring threats, notchedMichigan'snext

'We came in expecting to
beat them by a lot more
than we did, but the first
half was just a nightmare.
We knew we could beat
them but we just didn't
have any rhythm.... Once
we got our first goal,
though, we didn't have too
much of a problem.'
- Carrie Taylor
M' soccer captain
against a squad regarded to be far
Michigan's inferior troubled the Wol-
verines.
"We came in expecting to beat them

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