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Spikers to take on Big Ten foes
Iowa and Minnesota stand between Wolverines and even record
By J.L. ROSTAM-ABADI
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Oh, the terrible twos.
Forstarters, the Michigan women's
volleyball team (0-2 Big Ten, 4-6 over-
all) will head westward to face two
opponents - Iowa and Minnesota.
In terms of position, the Hawkeyes
and Golden Gophers are basically
equal to Michigan - 0-2 in Big Ten
"It seems like a really good week-
end for us togetback on track,"Michi-
gan head coach Greg Giovanazzi said.
"Our goal is to get our level of play
back up to where it was the weekend
we played in Colorado."
The Wolverines defeated Iowa
State (15-12, 11-15, 15-5, 9-15, 15-
10) and fell to Colorado (11-15, 15-
17,13-15,9-15) at the Colorado Con-
Iowa's offensive leaders are Jill
Oelschlager, who averages 3.1 kills
per game, and Jennifer Webb, who
averages 2.6 kills per game. Lisa
Dockray will be setting for the
Iowa leads the over4ll series, 12-8.
During last year's confrontation,
Michigan lost the match after five
games at Iowa City.
"We had a battle there last year,"
Giovanazzi said. "We're kind of ex-
cited to get back in that gym and try to
win a match against a team that we
feel like we should succeed against."
To the north, the Gophers' offense
is geared behind first-year player.
Katrien De Decker, who carries team
highs in attack efficiency (.341) and
kill average (4.17 kills per game).
Minnesota leads the series, 20-2. Last
year, Michigan split season matches
A pair of starters - senior co-
captain Michelle Horrigan and junior
outside bitter Aimee Smith - are
suffering from injuries acquired dur-
ing the recent Michigan State match.
Horrigan is plagued by a sprained
ankle, while Smith's shoulder is the
"(Smith) was playing defense and
she put a lot of pressure on her shoul-
der and she strained it pretty seri-
ously," Giovanazzi said.
Smith's injury does not appear to
be as severe as Horrigan's, as she will
be traveling with the team and possi-
bly see some playing time.
"We'll be lucky just to have Aimee
(Smith) in there passing," Giovanazzi
Both players have been out of ac-
tion for 10 days and it will probably be
close to two weeks total before they
can start practicing full speed.
"We're hoping that at least Aimee
will be back next weekend and possi-
bly Michelle (Horrigan)," Giovanazzi
Necessary adjustments had to be
made with the starter's abscence.
"This week in practice, we've fo-
cused on a couple different lineups
because of the twoof them being out,"
senior middle blocker Fiona Davidson
For the weekend games, the Wol-
verines will move Davidson from the
middle to Smith's regular position on
the left as Julie Scherer starts at setter.
Karen Jacobsen, JoAnna Collias, Sh-
annon Brownlee and Suzy O'Donnell
round-out the lineup.
Despite the loss of Horrigan and
Smith, the Wolverines have confi-
dence in the remaining squad.
"I think that even though those two
people aren't going to be ready to
play, the people that are going to be in
form are more prepared now to do a
better job," Giovanazzi said.
Davidson echoed the sentiments
of her coach.
"I don't think the team looks at it
as a huge detriment," Davidson said.
"We still have a lot of very good
players who can go out and do the job.
We just have to work together as a
Obvious revisions had to be made
with Michigan's objectives for the
"We're more concerned this week-
end with just getting our side of the
net taken care of," Giovanazzi said.
With team work and strong indi-
vidual performances, the Wolverines
may be able to come home with two
victories, evening out their Big Ten
record to, what else?
with the Gophers.
The terrible part of the number two
comes into the picture again when the
Wolverines' injury list is the topic of
Michigan's Julie Scherer and Suzie O'Donnell fiercely block an opponent's spike
attempt earlier this season. The Wolverines play Iowa and Minnesota this weekend.
After all these years,
Bo's still an original
When I heard the instructions over the telephone, I knew not to be late.
"OK, be in my office at two o'clock next Wednesday. Got that?"
I got it. After all, it was Bo on the other end of the line.
Bo, as in Schembechler. As in the legendary former Michigan football
coach whose name was, and still is, synonymous with Wolverine athletics.
As in the coach whose office is in a building named after him on State Street.
As in the coach who told former Wolverine quarterback Jim Harbaugh,
when he was late for his first meeting as a freshman, that he'd "never play
a down" at Michigan.
I knew not to be late.
I wasn't. And the interview that transpired was worth the punctuality.
Let's get this straight (as Bo might say): contrary to what you might have
heard, Bo is still Bo.
Yes, he's three years removed from his last game as coach of the
Wolverines. Yes, he's experienced several career changes in between, as his
stints with the Detroit Tigers and ABC-TV have come and gone.
But in most ways, he's still the coach who roamed the Michigan Stadium
sidelines for 21 years, and retired with the best record in Michigan history.
And he can still put on the Schembechler act that he did as a coach, as he
described in his autobiography.
"My dramatic style is simple," he said. "I steamroll."
For instance ... Gender equity? He told me about it, and he doesn't like
the current system. He'd prefer a different model for achieving equality, one
he said he worked for as Michigan athletic director.
The Big Eleven? Bo put it bluntly when he said "Eleven is the wrong
The emphasis placed on the national football championship? When I
brought that up, the tone of the interview -and the volume level -changed
significantly. Midway through the discussion of the issue,
"There will come a time (in the Big Ten season)," Bo said, "when you
may have to make a decision as to whether it's in (the team's) best interest
to go for this tie and win the conference, or try to win this game in the
National Championship. What are you going to do?"
"Well ..." I said.
"I'm going to win the conference," came the reply . "You agree with me,
Adam? Do you agree with me?"
I did. And we moved on to the next issue.
But Bo the performer is really more than an act. Though he admits much
of his temperament and style was calculated for his players, in the end it's
all genuine. Bo, to use the cliche, tells it like it is, or at least how he sees it.
Always has, always will.
Further, Bo will always, genuinely, be a Michigan Man. He's not tied to
coaching now, but Michigan still matters to him. College athletics still
matters to him. His old players still matter to him, too.
Simon and Garfunkel put it best. When they performed together, and only
on some occasions, they would insert this lyric into their trademark song,
"After changes, upon changes, we are more or less the same - after
changes we are more or less the same."
Bo is still Bo. The man. The coach. Bo.
And that's the way it should be.
With the start of the Big Ten season upon us, tempers will surely be flaring on the
field, but hopefully not in the manner that they did in Raleigh, N.C.
Golfers head south to
Eastern Kentucky links
By DOUG STEVENS
FOR THE DAILY
The Michigan men's golf team
travels to Eastern Kentucky this week-
end set to compete in its third tourna-
ment of the fall season. The Wolver-
ines will battle a field of 15 teams
including Kentucky, Louisville, East-
ern Kentucky, and Michigan State at
the Colonial Classic.
"Some of the teams are unknown,
but it's a reasonably strong tourna-
ment based on the field," Michigan
head coach Jim Carras said.
The team's visit to Richmond, Ky.,
will be its third competition of the fall
season. In its first tournament at Air
Force, Michigan finished 11th out of
24. They followed that up at Northern
Illinois with a fourth-place showing,
only three strokes out of second.
Heading into this weekend's affair
at Eastern Kentucky, the team is very
optimistic about its chances. Carras
explained his expectations.
"I'll be very unhappy if we don't
finish in the top five out of.15," Carras
Freshman Kyle Dobbs concurred
with Karras, picking the Wolverines
as a favorite.
"If we play well, we are definitely
going to finish in the top five, if not
win it," Dobbs said.
From one tournament to another,
the five-player lineup varies and is
often not determined until a couple of
days before the meet. That was the
case this week, as competition pro-
duced the lineup of juniors Bill Lyle
and Mike Hill and sophomores Chris
'I'll be very unhappy If
we don't finish In the top
five out of 15.'
- Jim Carras
Michigan men's golf coach
Brockway, Adam Anderson and Dobbs
for this weekend's three-round com-
petition. Both Andersen and Hill had
to play qualifying rounds in order to
break into the lineup for the tourna-
Following the event in Kentucky,
Michigan will host its own tourna-
ment next weekend, followed by its
final competition of the year at
Stanford Oct. 23-24.
In terms of goals for the remainder
of the season, Dobbs said that Michi-
gan is taking a relaxed approach.
"We're taking it one tournament at
a time," Dobbs said.
Run for the Roses
begins in earnest
By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
FOR THE DAILY
Finally, the Big Ten season is upon us. Well, at least for Wolverine fans
Tomorrow officially marks the beginning of the "Run for the Roses" and,
if non-conference play is any indication, it will prove to be an exciting one.
After four weeks of play, the Big Ten possesses anon-conference record of 21-
10, the league's best mark at this point in time since 1985.
Michigan's troubles have fueled excitement at the campuses of Penn State,
Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Nittany Lion, Buckeye and Badger faithful feel
their squads have the ability to stop the Wolverines' conference championship
streak at five.
Of the five games tomorrow, four involve head-to-head conference com-
petition. Only Penn State vs. Maryland (yawn) breaks the monopoly.
Let's get to the matchups:
Indiana (0-1 Big Ten, 3-1 overall)at Minnesota (0-1, 1-3):
Two traditional conference doormats meet tomorrow in the Metrodome.
Both teams have already lost their Big Ten openers.
Indiana needs this game desperately if it seriously hopes to entertain bowl
bids. Minnesota just plain needs this game desperately.
The Golden Gophers have been ravaged by opponents offenses. They
have given up an average of 388 yards and 29 points a game, bad enough for
last place in conference rankings. Last Saturday, Minnesota led San Diego
State and Marshall Faulk, 10-0, in San Diego before being outscored by the
Aztecs 48-7 the rest of the way.
The Hoosiers are led by a stingy defense that is allowing only 292 yards per
contest, good enough for tops in the conference. The real star on campus is,
however, punter Jim DiGuilio. His average of 47 yards per boot ranks him npt
only best in the league, but third in the nation.
The team should be able to get back on track against the Gophers.
Indiana 23, Minnesota 10.
Northwestern (0-0, 2-1) at Ohio State (0-0, 3-0):
The most intriguing matchup of the day. Many questions will be answered
tomorrow in Columbus concerning these two teams. Are the Wildcats for real?
Are the Buckeyes for real? Is John Cooper's job safe?
One thing is for sure - nobody's job is ever safe in Columbus. An upset
loss to Northwestern would only serve to tighten the noose that supposedly is
loosening around Cooper's neck.
He need not worry. The Wildcats, though much improved, don't have
enough horses to keep up with the Buckeyes, who are 19 1/2-point favorites.
Ohio State possesses a dynamic offense that is averaging almost 40 points
and a whopping 427 yards in total offense. The Buckeyes are getting it done f
in nearly all phases of the game. In conference rankings, OSU is first in scoring
offense, second in total and rushing defense, and third in rushing offense.
As for the Wildcats, they continue to surprise on both sides of the bill.
Senior Len Williams is a leader at QB and free safety William Bennett heads
a consistent defensive unit.
One item that does not bode well for the Wildcats is that they have not
beaten Ohio State since the Nixon administration, way back in 1971. It's
unlikely that they will end 22 years of futility tomorrow.
As for Cooper, he should breathe easily now, for the Buckeye faithful will
not forsake him.
Unless he loses.
Ohio State 30, Northwestern 10.
Illinois (0-0, 0-3) at Purdue (0-0, 1-2):
By all means, a scalper's night off. The Illini still haven't won and the
Boilermakers couldn't beat Notre Dame last weekend when the Irish had all
but given them the game.
On the bright side, both teams boast impressive defenses. Illinois has the
best rushing defense in the conference and the sixth best nationally. To
Purdue's credit, they held Notre Dame scoreless for two and a half quarters.
But both teams' bowl hopes begin and end with their putrid offenses.
Purdue and Illinois rank 10th and 11th, respectively, in the league in
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