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Football
vs. Houston
Saturday,1 p.m.
Michigan Stadium

S

Volleyball
vs. Illinois
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Champaign

Spartans spike

Wolverines for Pride
MS U gives 'M' the blues in three

Rivalry
Crosses
state
boundries
By CHARLIE BREITROSE
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Lastnight's State Pride match meant
a little bit more than last season's com-
petition for Michigan's second-year
coach Greg Giovanazzi.
The California native, an ex-UCLA
player and assistant coach, came to
Michigan with virtually no exposure to
the intrastate rivalry between the Wol-
verines and Spartans.
"Really,it's that hard to come into a
position and just assume a rivalry."
Giovanazzi said. "I really did not grasp
the whole Michigan-Michigan State ri-
valry right off the bat.
"I'd been here a month and a half
before we first played them, and I'm
sorry, but it really doesn't matter that
much at that point."
ButtoGiovanazzi'sdelight, the Spar-
tans hired an old nemesis of his, ex-
SouthernCalifornia coach Chuck Erbe.
"Being that he was at SC he was
automatically the object of a lot of en-
ergy," Giovanazzi said. "The fact that
he ended up to Michigan State is a great
irony, and it makes that rivalry just that
much better for me.
"I just kind of grew up with the
concept of rivalries, and competing,
and letting those rivalries fire you up
and play at a higher level," Giovanazzi
said.
School loyalties are just the start of
the two coaches differences.
'We come from two different back-
grounds," Giovanazzi said. "Just like in
many sports there are different schools
of thought (in volleyball)."
Erbe went to the Far East to learn the
Asian style of volleyball directly from
their coaches. Michigan's head man
acquired his knowledge from his men-
tor, long-time UCLA head coach Andy
Banachowski. Giovanazzi employs the
Eastern European philosophy of vol-
leyball which stresses controlling play
at the net.
On the court the Spartan offense
focuses on passing the ball around to
different hitters, so that the opponent
cannot focus its defense on Michigan
State's star, Jennifer Jones. Jones is the
Spartans' only big hitter. The Wolver-
ines, on the other hand, go to one or two
hitters with the vast majority of the sets.
"They're two pretty conflicting
styles," Giovanazzi commented. "One
requires a lot more hours in the gym,
that's the Asian style, and a lot more
work on technique.
"If (Erbe) had the kinds of athletes
he would recruit, I'd imagine typically
a smaller faster team. Our team's a
bigger team."
Though the two strategies differ
greatly, both have been proven to be
successful. While atUCLA, Giovanazzi
won the national title once as an assis-
tant, and Erbe won four in his tenure at
USC.
Due to the different types of person-
nel each school is looking for, theMichi-
gan-Michigan State rivalry will not ex-
tend to the recruiting wars.

Through all the bitter hatred associ-
ated with the Wolverine-Spartan and
the Bruin-Trojan rivalries, Giovanazzi
insists that his friendship with Erbe is
just a "good healthy rivalry."

By JEREMY STRACHAN
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
It was bad news all around for the
Michigan women's volleyball team
Wednesday at Cliff Keen Arena when
Michigan State came to town for both
teams' Big Ten opener.
Not only did the Wolverines get
swept by the Spartans 15-13, 15-6, 15-
12, but they also lost two key players to
injuries after the firstgame in the fourth-
annual State Pride match.
'We're devastatedbecause wecame
in focused on beating Michigan State to
open up the Big Ten," senior captain
Fiona Davidson said. "We thought we
were the better team."
Davidson led the Wolverines with
nine kills in the match. Second was
senior JoAnnd Collias who put seven
balls down. Michigan used its whole
roster due to the injuries, and had a
surprisingly low team hitting percent-
age, .055.
The Wolverines committed 11 more
errors than MSU and were out-dug 42-
37. The team passing also left alot to be
desired with errant passes going too
high and ball approaches being too late.
Michigan head coach Greg Giovanazzi
said he knew why the team did not play
up to its potential.
"Rivalries sometimes bring out the
best in the best, but it can also bring out
the worst," Giovanazzi remarked after.
theloss. "I think weplayedafraid to lose
instead of going out to win. I thought

going in we were the better team but
now I think they're better."
The loss was not all on the Wolver-
ines shoulders. Spartan senior captain
Jennifer Jones led her team to victory
with a team high 14 kills while hitting
.286. Freshman Stephanie Friedlund
was the only other Spartan in double
figures with 11 kills and a .200 hitting
percentage.
Jones, the Big Ten kills-per-game
leader, said after the game that the win
meant a lot to the team although she
never thought about bringing the State
Pride flag back to East Lansing.
'Webasicallyoutpoweredthemwith
our shots," Jones said, "Every shot was
down. I mean they are just not as quick
as we are in the backcourt."
First-year Spartan coach Chuck Erbe
said thathe told his team that they had a
chance against the Wolverines.
"I told them if they did certain things
well thatwecouldbeatMichigan," Erbe
said. "We just out-executed them. We
had a plan and we took what Michigan
gave us."
The Spartans won game one by
outscoring the Wolverines,8-1, to build
a quick 10-6 lead and held on for the
win. After the loss of the two Michigan
players, MSU ran offeight straightpoints
in the middle of game two. And in the
finale Giovanazzi moved Davidson to
the right side to keep Michigan in the
game.
"The team is shocked by the out-

come," Davidson said. "Most of the
team was devastated by losing the first
game. Wejust played tighter and tighter
as the game went on."
Senior outside hitter Michelle
Horrigan came down on a teammate's
foot and sprained her leftankle on the
final point of the first game. Horigan
hadralliedthe Wolverines back to within
one point of State in game one by scor-
ing the last three points for the team
before retiring.
Ironically, Horriganhadjustentered
her first game in over a week due to a
previous shoulder bruise that kept her
out. The other injury involved outside
hitter Aimee Smith's right shoulder.
Giovanazzi said that the loss ofthese
two players would greatly affect the
team's chances this weekend against
nationally ranked Illinois.

ANASTASIA BANCKL/Daly
Fiona Davidson and JoAnna Collias react to a successful block last night against MSU.

Womien netters oe al eaoniANC

By TYLER BARRETT
FOR THIS DAILY
The Michigan women's tennis team
will see a sneak preview of its winter
season this weekend when itplays in the
Wolfpack Tennis Classic tournament in
Raleigh, N.C.
The tournament, hosted by North
Carolina State, includes Campbell Col-
lege, Duke, Houston, North Carolina,
Wake Forest and Big Ten foe Wiscon-
sin. The matches played this weekend
will not affect the teams' dual meet
standings but will reflect on the indi-
vidual players' overall records.
"Our goal for the tournament is to
get an idea where each player stands,"
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said. "We
can see their strengths, weaknesses and
physical condition. There isterrificcom-
petition so our players will be tested."
However, Ritt said that the Wolfpack
Classic is not an intense tournament
because each player is guaranteed four
matches.
"Being our first tournament, ,we
would like to start the season on a good
note and have everyone compete well,"
co-captain Jaimie Fielding said.
Michigan will be short three players
when they arrive in Raleigh. The team
has seven players on the roster, which is
one less than the standard, and two of
the remaining seven cannot attend the
tournament due to illness.
Ritt will bring a squad depleted in
numbers but not in talent.
'We have several players who could
play at the top spot," Ritt said. "They are
competitive with each other in practice
which benefits the entire team."
Fielding holds a similar opinion of
her team's ability.
'We stack up very well against our
opponents and we have great depth,"
she said. "Anyone can play any seed on
agivenday.Although we are short three
spots, we will still put in a very strong

showing."
The tournament is structured into
four flights with two player seeds in
each one. Simone Lacher and Fielding
will play seeds one and two, respec-
tively.Co-captainLizCyganiak, Allison
Schlonsky and Tara Graff will fill the
remaining three spots.
Each player plays in every round
under the compass draw system. Play-
ers either advance in the championship

or consolation bracket but are not elimi-
nated as in most other tournaments.
The principle of the tournament is to
give the players an opportunity to play
matches and gain experience before the
dual meet season begins.
Following their weekend in Raleigh,
the Wolverines continue their fall sea-
son by playing in the Notre Dame Tour-
nament the following Friday, Saturday
and Sunday in South Bend, Ind.

Tom Fallon Invite chance to
test what 'M' learned in '93

By RYAN WHITE
FOR THE DAILY
With four of the eight players play-
ing their first college tennis last year,
Michigan coach Brian Eisner described
the season as "the year of the fresh-
man."
And while last season was a grow-
ing process, the Wolverines are ready to
see if they retained what they learned as
they start their 1993 campaign tomor-
row at the TomFallon Invitational Tour-
narnent in South Bend, Ind.
Sixteen other schools will also be
competing in the weekend tournament,
including more than half of the 11 Big
Ten teams. The tournament should be a
strong indicator of the team's progress
early in the season.
Last year, the team finished with a
record of 8-14 overall, 6-9 in the Big
Ten, and came in seventh place at the
Big Ten tournament.
While the record may not reveal it,
Eisner saidthat his young~team learned
so well, that by the end of the season, it
was "as good as any team in this part of
the country.".
Eisner said he felt the only thing that
kept them from placing higher at the
Big Ten tournament was a number of

injuries to key players.
This year, however, is a different
story. While there was a surplus of
freshmen a year ago, no seniors played
for the Wolverines. Every player from
last year returns.
Senior Dan Brakus, the current No.
1 player in the NCAA's District No. 4,
which covers the Midwest region, will
lead the team.
Eisner said that juniorGrady Burnett
had a great summer playing tourna-
ments. The coach also noted that sopho-
more Chris Wyatt made good progress
over the summer.
The Tom Fallon Invitational Tour-
nament this weekend provides Eisner
his first chance to look at this year's
'team. Each player competes individu-
ally at the tournament, but still repre-
sents the school.
The tournament is divided into four
brackets, A through D. Brakus and
Barnett will represent Michigan in the
A bracket.
In the B bracket will be junior Adam
Wager and sophomore Peter Pusztai.
Wyatt and senior Mike Nold will
play in the C bracket. Brad Kramer, the
team's lone freshman in this tourna-
ment, will be in the D bracket.

FILE PHOTO
Jaimie Fielding makes her fall debut this weekend at the Wolfpack Tennis Classic.

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