Women's Cross Country
Miami University Invitational
Tomorrow, 10:15 a.m.
Colorado Conference Challenge
Today, 7:30 p.m.
Wolverines kick Windsor
back across the border
By CHARLIE BREITROSE
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
After a sluggish first five minutes,
the Michigan women's soccer team took
control of the tempo of yesterday's game
against Windsor. The Wolverines' (7-1)
momentum carried them to a 6-1 vic-
Michigan's opponents looked in
control of the game from the opening
kickoff, when they stole Michigan's
first pass of the game. However, after
the Canadian team pressed hard on the
Michigan goal, the Wolverines charged
the length of the field and put the ball in
Forward Nicola Armster rolled the
ball past the Windsor goalie, who had
come to far out of her net.
From that point on the Wolverines
thouroghly out shot, out ran and prob-
ably most importantly, out toughed
Windsor. The Michigan players ex-
pected the game to be more physical.
"This game is usually more of a
blood battle," captain Carrie Taylor said.
Michigan coach Linda Hamilton
concurred with her fullback.
"Windsor had a lot of difficulty with
the physical play," she said.
With the score 2-0, Michigan scored
two more before the half, directly off
Windsor mistakes. Left forward Lisa
Ashton sent a rocket past the Windsor
goaltender after her fullbacks couldn't
clear the ball.
Goal number four was another blast,
this time from Alicia Stewart, her sec-
ond of the evening. The center knocked
in a ball that Windsor left sitting in its
own penalty area.
"We lost to this team last year,"
Taylor said. "We wanted to avenge the
The secondhalf wasn't much kinder
to the team from across the Detroit
River. Karen Jones caught the Windsor
goalie leaning to the left and put the fifth
goal of the evening into the right corner.
Windsor ended the shutout when
Michigan goalie Alicia Smith couldn't
control a hard shot.TheWolverine stop-
per had six saves in the game.
Midway through the second half,
Windsor put on the pressure. Yet each
time Windsor threatened, the Michigan
defense stopped the.attack without a
With fifteen minutes remaining
Michigan substituted itsentire front five,
andreceived good results. Forward Katie
Rubin put aheader offacornerkick past
Windsor's netminder in the back of the
net for the game's final tally.
The Wolverines collected their sec-
ond straight victory over avarsity squad,
having defeated Siena Heights, 4-2,
"We're happy to beat a varsity team
anytime," Taylor said.
"It was a great result," Hamilton
said. "We finished a lot of chances. We
played real aggressive. We came out
attacking. I think that Windsor was@
caught off guard."
The Michigan women's soccer team continued its winning ways with a 61 victory over Windsor yesterday, improving its record to 74.
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By SCOTT BURTON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
You might think that in the grand
scheme of a thirty-match volleyball sea-
son, this weekend's upcoming Colo-
rado Conference Challenge is nothing
more than just another early-season
warm-up for Michigan.
However, the Wolverines' (3-3)
matches with Iowa State (2-5) tonight
and No. 11 Colorado (4-1) tomorrow
have a great deal more significance than
just being matches number seven and
"These matches will be a good yard-
stick of where we stack up in the region
and in the Big Ten," Michigan coach
Greg Giovanazzi said. "We're also go-
ing to determine who is going to be
among the seven or eight in our rotation.
We will be looking for people to
The only Wolverine that has set her-
self definitively in the lineup so far is
senior outside blocker Fiona Davidson.
In a recent match against North Caro-
lina, Davidson became only the sixth
Wolverine ever to record 100 career
aces. She also leads Michigan in kill
"Fionahasjust been playing great,"
Giovanazzi said. "She has been carry-
ing the team through stretches."
Other veteran Wolverines, however,
have been pushed by newcomers on the
team. Senior outside hitters Michelle
Horrigan, who is chasing Michigan's
career kill record, and Joanna Collias
are being heartily challenged for their
incumbent starting spots by freshman
"I'm not really concerned about
who's the senior and who is the fresh-
man," said Giovanazzi. "We are going
to start whoever proves themselves to
be the best. And they understand that.
Michelle wouldn't want to be in the
starting lineup if she felt someone had
been playing better than her."
The setting spot has seen a similar
showdown between the old and the
new. Junior setter Julie Scherer, who
backed-up TamishaThompson last year,
has been tested by freshman Erin
McGovern. At this point, McGovern
has won the starting job and will start in
this weekend's matches.
"Erica has been a real treat," said
Giovanazzi. "She came in here and has
really proven herself."
Many of the individual Wolverines
will be looking to emerge from the
middle of the lineup situation. Michi-
gan, as a team, will also hope to emerge
this weekend and find outjusthow good
they are. While the previous six matches
haven't given a good indication of the
Wolverines' stock, the team's perfor-
mance this weekend should be indica-
tive of how they will shape up for the
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Michelle Horrigan, who is being challenged for her starting spot by freshman Shareen
Luze, is chasing Michigan's career kill record as the Wolverines travel to Colorado.
Women try to continue early-season dominance
By TOM BAUSANO
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
When any team tries to win con-
secutive championships one of the most
crucial steps is developing the younger
runners into contributing members of
Michigan women's cross country
coach Mike McGuire views tomorrow's
competition at the Miami University
Invitational in Oxford, Ohio, as adevel-
opmental opportunity for his team.
Tomorrow's competition is better
than the schools the Wolverines faced
last week. Besides host Miami, teams
scheduled to race include Indiana, Pur-
due, West Virginia and Tennessee.
"We're going to take a couple people
out of the lineup," McGuire said. "I am
confident that we will be sending a very
McGuire has elected not to run jun-
ior Courtney Babcock, junior. Karen
Harvey and senior Jessica Kluge, who
placed second, third and seventh, re-
spectively, last weekend at the Lehigh
Invitational. In their place, McGuire
will call on sophomores Michele
Spannagel and Heather Craig, as well as
senior Kristi Wink.
Craig was an NAIA all-American at
Siena Heights her freshman year. How-
ever, she transferred to Michigan last
winter. Tomorrow's 5,000-meter event
will be her first time running for the
Maize and Blue.
"I am really excited to have my first
race here," Craig said. "I am happy I
came here with such a great bunch of
girls. I am privileged to be able to train
and race with this team."
Wink is a returning letterwinner and
team leader who should aid the team in
its search for a second consecutive Big
"This should be a very good meet,"
Wink said. "Many of the teams are
comparable to the team that we are
sending. It is a flat course, and with nice
weather conditions, I'm looking to get a
good time in before Montana."
The line-up changes serve a dual
purpose for the Wolverines. The week-
end off will allow the more experienced
runners a week to train in preparation
for the Mountain Classic West which
showcases the top teams in the country.
It will also enable the younger runners
to work on their racing skills and gain
experience for the bigger races.
"We have an excellent sophomore
class that is often overshadowed by the
four All-Americans," McGuire said.
"Their performances all warrant the
opportunity tocompete in avarsity race.
You get a tremendous amount of expe-
rience just in practice, but it is not the
same as getting out there on the field."
One of the standout sophomores is
Katy Hollbacher, who took fifth last
weekend for the Wolverines.
"I was happy with last week's race,"
Hollbacher said. "I just want to take it
one race at a time and see how close I
can come to the top four. That is where
the biggest gap (between runners) ex,
ists on our team."
Seniors Molly McClimon and Chris
Szabo will both be competing for the
Wolverines tomorrow. McClimon hopes
to continue her winning ways after cap-
turing first last week.
"Chris and I should be able to be in
the front," McClimon said. "Originally,
I was going to take the week off and
train, but I think it's a good idea to race
because the first race usually gets the
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