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Hockey
vs. Alaska-Fairbanks
Friday, 11 p.m.
Fairbanks

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Volleyball
vs. Notre Dame
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

Intensity lacking all over
Moeller still searching for leadership on offense

By ANDY DE KORTE
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
After losing to Michigan State last
Saturday, the Michigan football team
found itself in doldrums not visited
since the last time it lost to Spartans.
Around campus, only seniors and
some others can still remember what
the 1990 loss meant. Not suprisingly,
coach Gary Moeller will look to his
seniors to supply the leadership
needed to rebound and win the next
six games, just as the 1990 squad did.
"We were here three years ago
when we had two big losses," Moeller
said. "The great senior class (includ-
ing Jarrod Bunch, offensive lineman
Dean Dingman and Tom Dohring and
defensive backs Tripp Welbourne and
David Key) came up big and there we
were."
Senior defensive captain Buster
Stanley held a meeting for the de-
fense before the Iowa game, and rais-

ing his personal game provided the
spark for the whole defense.
However, no leader has emerged
to satisfy Moeller's need on the of-
fensive side of the ball.
"In a game like that, a 17-7 loss, I
question a lot of people's toughness,"
Moeller said. "We all know that's it
mental not physical. I think that there
were some guys that needed to come
to the front, and they didn't."
Moeller did not try to downplay
the effect that he could have on moti-
vation or preparation. Nonetheless,
he stated that despite what coaches
did, player leadership held more sig-
nificance.
Because the lineman are still so
young, Moeller said his disappoint-
ment lies largely with the skill posi-
tion players.
Offensive captain Ricky Powers
has not held any offensive meetings.
Powers, whonetted amere three yards

rushing on three carries against the
Spartans, has had difficulty leading
by example.
"We know we need to beat Penn
State. I think we should be playing
Penn State," defensive back Ty Law
said. "If it was Purdue or Minnesota,
it would be a team we are supposed to
beat. We want to prove we're better."
INJURY UPDATE: The much-ma-
ligned offensive line may be in for
some help. Center Marc Milia, who
missed two games due to a pinched
nerve in his neck, should return against
Penn State Saturday.
Inside linebacker Steve Morrison
jogged for the first time in weeks
yesterday. However, he is still un-
likely to play against the Nittany Li-
ons. Defensive back Clarence Thomp-
son left the game against the Spartans
holding his shoulder. An AC separa-
tion may have Thompson keeping
Morrison company on the sidelines.

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DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Tailback Jesse Johnson gets stuffed by the Michigan State defense in Saturday's 17-7 Michigan loss.

Men's tennis sends two
to tourney's second week

Spikers get one-game
vacation from Big Ten

By DAN MC KENZIE
FORTHE DAILY
The Michigan men's tennis team
advanced two players and produced
its strongest efforts of the fall season
in the 1993 Volvo All-American Tour-
nament which began last weekend
and ends this Sunday in Austin, Texas.
Because of his solid showings in
previous tournaments, senior Dan
Brakus has already qualified for the
main draw, which begins Thursday.
Only one other Wolverine will have
the opportunity to qualify for Thurs-
day play.
JuniorGrady Burnettplayed some
of the best tennis of his career as he
fought his way through four tough
matches in the pre-qualifier tourna-
ment. Hemust win four more matches
to earn a spot in the main bracket.
"The performance of Grady
Burnett was spectacular," coach Brian
Eisner raved. "This is one of the grand
slam events in college. Winning four
matches here is comparable to win-
ning an entire tournament in other

places."
Sophomore Peter Pusztai alsoper-
formed well, winning two matches
before falling to Alex Guevura of
Louisiana State. Pusztai's tournament
highlight came when he was able to
easily defeat Jeff Loehr of South
Florida, who had easily dismissed
Pusztai a year ago.
"Peter Pusztai played some of the
best tennis that he'sever played at the
University of Michigan," Eisner said.
"He went to another level in Texas."
Senior Mike Nold and freshman
Brad Kramer both lost in the first
round.
"Overall, we are very pleased with
our performance in this tournament,"
Eisner said. "This tournament is a
great oppurtunity for Dan to show his
ability. With Grady, I believe he can
advance to the main draw."
Matches are scheduled to resume
today at noon. There is a 32-player
main draw with four openings yet to
be determined.

By JEREMY STRACHAN
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
It is just another game.
That's the attitude of Michigan
women's volleyball head coach, Greg
Giovanazzi. The game that he is re-
ferring to is Tuesday night's match
against No. 14 Notre Dame in Cliff
Keen Arena at 7 p.m.
The Fighting Irish beat the Wol-
verines (3-3 Big Ten, 7-7 overall)
last season in three straight games.
Giovanazzi and his staff have told
their players to expect an Irish team
very similar to the one who shutout
Michigan last year.
Notre Dame is also ranked first in
the NCAA Mideast region. These
rankings are used to determine which
teams are invited to the postseason
tournament..
Michigan assistant coach Jenni-
fer Dhaenens knows Notre Dame is a
strong club.
"Notre Dame is a good team,"
Dhaenens said. "They're solid.
They've had a good year so far.
They're pretty quick. They keep the
ball in play. We expecta good match.
"There's no doubt that beating
the number one team in the region,
and a No. 14 team inthe country
would be a big win for us right now.

But our focus remains on the Big Ten.
Tonight's a break from the Big Ten
race, but it's still an importantmatch."
Notre Dame head coach Debbie
Brown has the Irish running on all
cylinders with a 13-3 season ledger.
Notre Dame is led by Molly Stark, a
middle blocker, who is averaging 2.15
kills per game this year.
Michigan senior captain Fiona
Davidson sees differences between
tonight's matchup and those against
Big Ten foes.
"Because it's anout-of-conference
match," Davidson said, "our main
focus is to go in and play hard, and to
keep our positive attitude from the
weekend moving towards a positive
attitude next weekend.
After Saturday's victory over Wis-
consin, Giovanazzi said the team's
focus would be on this weekend's
matches at Indiana and Purdue. As of
Saturday night, he had not even looked
at the Irish.
"I thinkthis is oneofthosematches
where if we go outand play well itcan
be a good match," Giovanazzi said.
"It's going to be an interesting experi-
ment to see how we come out in a
midweek match in the middle of the
Big Ten season and play a ranked
team.

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Women's golf continues to struggle during fall season

By'MELA NIE "SCH UMAN
FOR THE DAILY
Before this weekend's tournament
atOhio State, Michigan women's golf
coach Kathy Teichert felt her team
had some psychological barriers that
needed to be overcome. So despite
coming away from the Lady Northern
Intercollegiate Tournament with a
14th-place finish, the Wolverines did
accomplish one important goal: know-
ing they can play well.
"The team morale really im-
proved," sophomore Shannon
McDonald said. "Today was a com-
ing together point for us. Everyone
supported each other."
However, Michigan's final team
score of 1,016 created doubts about
what its chances are in the Big Ten
Championship that will be played in
Columbus next spring. The Wolver-
ines' score was far behind those of the
other Big Ten schools. Indiana
emerged as the tourney s top team
with a mark of 952.
Fortunately for the Wolverines,
the sun was not their source for a
bright spot in the competition. Once

again, rain and below-freezing tem-
peratures plagued the women's meet.
As one player noted, it's hard to play
when you can't feel you fingers.
A bright spot did come from
McDonald who shot 81, 83, 79 in her
three rounds to finish tied for 17th
overall - a performance described
as very respectable and low for the
women's golf team this fall.
"I was nervous going into this
tournament. I did all that I could do to
play better (which included six layers
of clothing)," McDonald said. "It's
unbearable to play when it's thatcold.
The conditions were definitely not

ideal (the temperature at 8 a.m. was
35 degrees)."
JuniorJenny Zimmerman, the next
best player on the women's squad this
weekend, came through on the last
three holes of the tournament to finish
the tournament at 255, tied for 53rd.
Speculation that Michigan simply
was pushing too much was evident in
an evaluation of this weekend's 14th-
place finish. The Wolverines play was
about the same as it has been; scores
were high, but supposedly this was a
very difficult course for them.
"Sometimes in golf when you try
too hard, things just don't work out,"

Teichert said.
Their performance was typical of
the domino theory. One mistake sim-
ply leads to another and it becomes
harder and harder to come back.
"When you don't have a swing
that will hold up under pressure, it
fluctuates and you get inconsistency,"
Teichert said.
Teichert indicated that the team
will be going back to the basics as
soon as it finishes its fall season, to
make "somewhat of an evaluation of
what they need and where they're
going."

Blue crew rows to strong
showing agaist top teams

Women's soccer goes for 14th consecutive victory

By BOB ABRAMSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
When the Michigan women's soc-
cer team last took on Siena Heights
Sept. 14, the Wolverines probably
had more trouble locating their oppo-
nent than playing against them.
A mix-up in the scheduling saw
the Wolverines trek out to Siena
Heights, while Siena Heights ven-
tured its way to Ann Arbor. Eventu-

ally, the two teams would meet back
in Siena Heights, where Michigan
emerged with a 4-2 victory.
"We dominated the entire game,"
sweeperMichelle Mcquaid said. "We
were up 4-0 with about seven minutes
to go but we let up a little bit at the end
and they ended up scoring two goals.
"We're trying to stop giving up
those goals at the end, though. The
defense's job is to protect the shut-
out."
Since then, the Wolverines (14-1)
have run off a club-record 13 con-
secutive victories and have recorded
five shutouts along the way. With an
improved defense, the team is look-

ing to add another victory at Siena
Heights today.
"Rightnow, we are basically pum-
meling our opponents," McQuaid
said. "The reason is that most of the
club teams we played last year have
now turned varsity."
Following tomorrow's game,
Michigan will play Penn State Sun-
day. The Lady Lions, like the Wol-
verines, are one of the few club teams
remaining in the Big Ten.
"I think they are a team that can
give us some real competition before
the Big Ten Club Championships,"
McQuaid said.

By TOM SEELEY
FOR THE DAILY
For the second week in a row, the
Michigan men's and women's crew
teams proved that they are two of the
top programs in the Midwest. The
squads turned in solid performances
at the Head of the Rock race in Rock-
ford, Ill., Sunday.
The men's first varsity-eight boat
placed fourth overall in the open divi-
sion and the women's lead boatplaced
third in its division.
The Wolverines went up against
the top program in the Midwest in
Wisconsin. The men's varsity-eight
finished fourth and seventh in a race
where the five Badger men's boats
took five of the top six spots.
In the open men's four raceMichi-
gan finished second and beat four
Wisconsin boats.
"We were really very pleased with
our performance," men's varsity
coach Greg Hartsuff said. "We proved
ourselves as the second-best program
in the race and we even beat some
Wisconsin boats in the men's four."
The women came off a difficult
week of practice. One of the cox-
swains quit, putting the Wolverines
in a bind heading into the race.

"Overall, it was a good day,"
women's varsity coach Mark
Rothstein said. "The loss of a cox-
swain was difficult to overcome, but
we were lucky that a new coxswain
really steppedupandhadagoodrace.
"We were much closer to Wiscon-
sin this year than we have been in past
years. In fact, if we were to race them
after another month of practice we
could fare even better."
However, both Michigan coaches
saw areas that they would like to see
their teams improve upon.
"Our technique is still not very
clean," Hartsuff noted. "The season
is still young and we're still trying to
get our teams to mesh. We do well
because we have such a powerful
team, but I really hope to improve on
our technique before the next race."
Rothstein said the physical fitness
on the women's team is what needs
work.
"Weakness io aerobic condition-
ing and strength is typical of the fall
season, and we hope to improve upon
that as the season progresses."
Both teams will have the opportu-
nity to continue their success in the
upcoming Michigan Chase on Ford
Lake November 7th.

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