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Volleyball
vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

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Women's soccer
vs. Central Michigan
Tonight, 5:30 p.m.
Mitchell Field

Time off gives new focus
Moeller hopes to have players ready for Houston

By ANDY DE KORTE
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
After along stretch of arduous labor,
most people greatly appreciate time
away from work. The need to revitalize
is fulfilled by taking a break from the
weekly grind before refastening the
saddle to plod onward.
Ten days ago, Michigan football
coach Gary Moeller watched months of
preparation dwindle down to disappoint-
ment as the result of a 27-23 loss to
Notre Dame.
The defeat forced many players to
accept the virtual loss of any shot at the
national championship. Thus the squad's
only off Saturday of the season served
as a time to regroup. Michigan coach
Gary Moeller took advantage of the
brief respite to return to football funda-
mentals.
"I want to see what Michigan is
going to do," Moeller said. "I don't
want to talk about anything but Michi-
gan. I'm not going to worry about what
anybody else is doing."
Last week, the Wolverines went
through heavy workouts Tuesday
through Friday. Because they did not
play Saturday, Moeller did get a head
start on heavy duty practices this week.
The squad hit the field hard in pads
yesterday, whereas Mondays are usu-
ally light running days. By starting the

contact early, the players can taper off,
physically not mentally for the upcom-
ing game.
The effects of the open date this
week may be negated because
Saturday's opponent, Houston, did not
play last weekend either.
Nevertheless, the open date may
become an issue this season in the Big
Ten. Each of Michigan's next three op-
ponents, Iowa, Michigan State andPenn
State, all have an open week before
battling Michigan.
The Big Ten makes up the schedule
and each school has the prerogative to
fill any open Saturdays. The Nittany
Lions' arrival caused the large increase
in free Saturdays during the conference
schedule. In past seasons, breaks only
occurred before league play com-
menced. Eleven teams mandates some-
one being idle for a weekend.
"I think the open date is an advan-
tage," Moeller said. "When I get two
weeks to prepare for you I think it has to
be an advantage. I don't think it can be
anything negative."
Moeller did admit to not spending
all his time preparing for Houston. Of
course, he quickly followed the admis-
sion by saying he was in no way taking
the Cougars lightly.
However, don't underestimate
Moeller's usageof the extra week. Plan-

ning for his better rested opponents is
the Wolverines' coach only recourse for
battling the open date phenomenon.
SPECIAL TEAMS: There is little
mystery revolving around the disap-
pointmentsurrounding Michigan'spunt
and kickoffcoverage. The specialteams'
touchdowns allowed, fastagainst Wash-
ington State, then Notre Dame, have
come under close scrutiny. Fullback
Jon Ritchie and defensive back Deollo
Anderson are the most likely players to
windup with extra time covering punts.
INJURY UPDATE: Wide receiver
Derrick Alexander's ankle continues to
be a concern. Although the problem had
been believed to be minor, Alexander
has not fully recovered. Moeller said
that because of Alexander's position,
there was no way his senior receiver
could return until he had recovered.
The defensive side of the ball con-
tinues to suffer. Nose tackle Tony
Henderson suffered a sprained foot, but
should still be ready to play. Fellow
lineman Trent Zenkewicz had
arthroscopic knee surgery andspenthis
first of three weeks in a cast. Posterior
cruciate damage has him out indefi-
nitely.
The pass rush may be bolstered by
the continual progress of linebackerMatt
Dyson, even though he is still less than
100 percent.

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Michigan coach Gary Moeller hopes Buster Stanley and his fellow defensive linemen can shutdown Houston's offense Saturday.

Quick greens hurt Michigan
golfers at Falcon Invitational

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By CHAD SAFRAN
DAILY SPORTS EDITOR
The Michigan men's golf team may
have been able to drive the ball further
inthe thin air ofthe Rockies thaninAnn
Arbor, but once they got on the green,
the Wolverines ran into problems at the
Falcon Invitational in Colorado Springs.
Last weekend, in its fall debut, Michi-
gan finished 11th among the field of 24.
The Eisenhower Blue Golf Course
isthethirdmostdifficultlayoutinColo-
rado and provided the Wolverines with
a solid, opening challenge.
"A'75 on thatcourse isagood score,"
Michigan coach Jim Carras said. "The
greens were really fast. We were not
used to the speed and slope of the greens.
It was aputter'snightmare. The irons go
farther, they claim up to ten percentand
our kids were hitting at least one less
club usually."
Finishing with a team total of 919,
tying the Wolverines with Texas
Wesleyan, left Carras with mixed feel-
ings.
"It is a feeling out period with our
own team as well as the field," Carras
said. "It was our first time at the tourna-
ment. It was a fairly competitive field
and we didn'tknow alot about some of
the schools, such as Boise State."
"The second round (which was

halted for an hour and a half by rain)
destroyed us. Two 302's are respect-
able, but you can't shoot 315."
On the other hand, Carras had noth-
ing but praise for his two freshmen.
Kyle Dobbs, in his first collegiate
competition, was Michigan's top fin-
isher with a three-round total of 226, a
score good enough for an 18th place tie
with Corey Halterman of Southern Utah
'A 75 on that course is a
good score. The greens
were really fast. We were
not used to the speed and
slope of the greens. It was
a putter's nightmare. The
Irons go farther; they
claim up to ten percent,
and our kdds were hitting
at least one less club
usually.'
- Jim Carras
Michigan men's golf coach
State out of a field of 120.
"I was extremely pleased with his
performance," Carras said. "Thatyoung
man had a heck of a lot of maturity. He
is a good, solid player with a lot going
for him. There are no weaknesses in his

game."
Dobbs' rookie teammate, Brent
Idalski, performed admirably as well,
shooting a total of 236, good enough for
67th place.
"He has a good putter, but this was a
nightmare for him," Carras said.
Bill Lyle shot a 227, including an
opening round 71, for a 28th place fin-
ish. Chris Brockway had the third high-
est total for the Wolverines as'he fin-
ished 44th with a score of 230. Bob
Henighan was the final Michigan fin-
isher, shooting a241 fora9lstplace tie.
After this year's inaugural appear-
ance, Carras is hoping to return to Colo-
rado Springs for next year's tourney.
"I absolutely want to go back,"
Carras said. "It gives our kids a great
opportunity to see a unique part of the
country. I think we will be invited back.
I made sure of it."
Over the next three tournaments
Carras will be changing his lineup to get
the best production from his club. In
each tournament, five players compete.
Yet, only the top four scores are counted
toward the team's total.
For this weekend's tournament, The
MidwesternInvitational, inDeKalb, Ill.,
Carras will have Mike Hill and Carl
Condon in addition to Dobbs, Lyle and
Brockway.

Control of
emotions
key to 'M
By ELISA SNEED
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Intensity.
With afivegame winning streak, the
Michigan women's soccer team (6-1)*
has a reason to be proud. The team's
only losscame atthefeetofLindenwood,
a small private college in St. Louis. But
as the team goes into tonight's game
against Central Michigan, intensity is
something that the Wolverines will need
to control with care.
"We have to keep up our intensity,"
senior sweeperMichelle McQuaid said.
"When you play a team that's not up to
your level you tend to kind of slack off,
and we just can't do that."
Michigan defeated the Chippewas
last year, 7-0 and is the favorite for
tonight's matchup. Yet Michigan coach
Linda Hamilton said that the Wolver-
ines will have to stick to their gameplan
if they want to triumph once again.
"If we're playing a team that's be-
low us we can't play down to their
level," Hamilton said.
Senior stopperCarrie Taylor agreed.
"We expect to beat them, butI don't
want to say we're taking them lightly,"
she said. "We'll go in and play and then
we'll take it from there."
The Wolverines cannot allow their
intensity to slip because they are really
working toward a long-term goal, the
Mid-West Tournament. However, their *
immediate focus is on tonight's game.
Awin in the Mid-West Tournament
would give Michigan a spot in the Club
National Championships in Texas. But
since their regular season record will
not make a difference in the tourna-
ment, the Wolverines will have to keep
working to be competitive.
"Our ultimate goal is to win theMid-
West Tournament, but we'll have to
keep improving each game," Hamilton
said.

DOUGLAS KANTERDally
The women's soccer team will attempt to keep its emotions in check when the Wolverines
go for win number seven against the Chippewas of Central Michigan.

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