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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 15, 1993 - 11




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Harriers host Michigan Interregional meet

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might have the upper hand on Todd. Kerry
starts his third game since taking over for
John Sacca and Todd has yet to step up in a
big game. While Tyrone Wheatley has
grabbed most of the headlines at the tail-
back position, Penn State's Ki-Jana Carter is
currently the conference's rushing leader.
The Nittany Lions relies on the hands of
Bobby Engram, who has caught almost half
of PSU's receptions this season. He has
seven touchdown grabs. The return of
Derrick Alexander allows Michigan to once
again apply a multidimensional attack.
Alexander, Mercury Hayes and Amani
Toomer all average 45plus yards a game.
Unlike the Wolverines, Penn State has a
wealth of experience on the offensive line.
Seniors Bucky Greeley, Derick Pickett and
Mike Malinoski anchor a line which has
allowed the offense to gain 297.6 yards per
game on the ground. While the return of
Marc Milia may help, Michigan's front five
still leave something to be desired.
for the Wolverines, the defensive line has
proved to be an enigma. After having its
best performance of the season two weeks
ago against lowa, Michigan's pass rush was
almost nonexistent against MSU. Left tackle
Tyoka Jackson leads PSU in sacks with four
and has recovered a fumble thus far this
season for another experienced unit.
With Steve Morrison sitting out again, the
linebacking corp remains the most injury-
plagued unit for the Wolverines. Matt Dyson
needs to step up for the Wolverines. Inside
linebacker Brian Gelzheise, one of four
starting senior LBs, leads the Nittany Lions
in tackles with 37 and has an interception.

Looking for top-notch cross coun-
try racing?
It's sure to be in abundance when
the No.9 Michigan men's cross coun-
try team hosts Sunday's Michigan
Interregional at the University Golf
Of the 14 teams participating this
weekend, seven are ranked in the
NCAA top 25. Colorado leads all
schools at No. 7.
"This is the first time this season
that we will get to see a lot of quality
teams," freshman Kevin Sullivan said.
Michigan has made short work of
the competition so far this season.
The squad has one top finish and a
pair of third-place finishes thus far.
After a two-week layoff, the Wol-

verines' top six runners will be back
in action. Michigan coach Ron
Warhurst held them out of competi-
tion a week ago, opting to keep them
at home to train.
"We're all working out really well
and have had two good weeks of
training," Sullivan said.
Along with Sullivan -the team's
top finisher in two of three meets this
fall - Michigan is led by a pair of
sophomores, Theo Molla and Scott
MacDonald. Both helped to lead the
Wolverines to victory at the Lehigh
Invitational Sept. 11 by finishing
fourth and seventh, respectively.
Seniors Shawn McKay and team
captain Matt Schroeder and junior
Ian Forsyth make up the remainder of
the core of Michigan's squad.
Sunday's race could illuminate
Michigan's chance for a Big Ten title.

If you want to watch a Michigan
team with a chance to win a national
championship, the University golf
course is the place, and the Michigan
Interregional is the race.
Sunday, the Michigan women's
cross country team willhost the Michi-
gan Interregional meet. The race will
be held on the University Golf Course
at 10:30 a.m.
The Wolverines hope to keep on
track after dominating the Michigan
Intercollegiates hosted by Ferris State
last weekend.
Although the race will be held at
home, junior Karen Harvey doesn't
feel that the race will be an easy one.
"The home meet is a very hilly and
challenging course," Harvey said.

The course will not he the only
challenge awaiting Michigan. There
will be eight nationally-ranked teams
competing, including No. 11 Alabama
and No. 12 Notre Dame.
"This year we have some wonder-
ful teams coming here ... some of the
best," Harvey said. "It's going to be a
really good meet."
All of the teams will be looking to
upset the third-ranked Wolverines.
who keep on mowing over the com-
petition. However, the team feels it
has a chance to win at the national
"We've heard of some injuries,
and some people not running well on
some of the teams ranked ahead of us
and around us," Harvey said. "We
just looked at each other and said,
'We can do it ... we can really win the

Spikers look to go over .500 at Indiana, Purdue

Michigan volleyball coach Greg
Giovanazzi's new plan sounds like a
good one.
"I think at the start of the year, we
worried so much about what the other
team was going to do," Giovanazzi
said. "Now, we're really just focus-
ing on us and playing steady and
trying to improve our game."
The only problem is will he have
the bodies to execute the strategy.
The Wolverines try implementing
the plan this weekend, when they
visit Indiana tonight and Purdue to-
morrow and try to bounce back from
a three-set loss to Notre Dame three
days ago.
With prominent injuries,
Michigan's side of the net is full of
questions. The Wolverines (3-3 Big
Ten, 7-8 overall) are still without se-
nior outside hitter Michelle Horrigan,
who is suffering from an ankle injury
andjunioroutside hitter Aimee Smith,

Penn State's secondary has picked off nine , ~.
passes thus far this season (14 in all).
Again, the Nittany Lions are long on exper-
ience with four senior starters. On the other
hand, Michigan has only three interceptions
and has been burned deep on more than one
occasion this year. Look for Pennsylvania
native Ty Law to step up this weekend. A@x>antage EN[N STATI

whose shoulder injury continues to
be a problem.
"Health-wise, we're concerned
still about Aimee," Giovanazzi said.
"She's going to play the whole game
... We're just going to try not to set
her too many balls. We're not going
to have her be a focus offensively, but
we need her blocking and her defense
and her passing.
"We're going to try to give the
middle, Shannon (Brownlee) and
Suzy (O'Donnell), an opportunity to
hit a lot more balls, as well as Fiona
(Davidson) and JoAnna (Collias)."
Besides the challenge of injuries,
Michigan will be attempting to sur-
pass its current.500 conference mark.
"Last weekend got us out of a 1-3
spot... now we're 3-3 with a chance to
go (above .500)," Giovanazzi said.
Last weekend, Michigan sweptNorth-
western and Wisconsin. "(Indianaand
Purdue) are two teams that we really
have a great opportunity to do that
Indiana (3-3,7-8) is tied for fourth
with Minnesota, Michigan State and
Michigan in the Big Ten this week.
Offensively, the Hoosiers have been
struggling as of late, with a .181 hit-
ting percentage against Big Ten op-
Middle blocker Anne Eastman
leads the Indiana offense and is sev-
enth in the Big Ten in kills and fourth
in blocks. Last year, Michigan won
both matches against Indiana.
Tomorrow, the Wolverines will
face the Big Ten's ninth-place team,

Purdue (1-5, 8-7). The Boilermakers
defeated Michigan in both meetings
last season, and despite a rocky start,
they will again be a challenge for the
This weekend is a chance for the
team to get its play back to the level of
last weekend, when it played strong
volleyball against the Wildcats and
Tuesday night, the Wolverines
looked sluggish and fell to No. 13
Notre Dame. However, Giovanazzi is
more concerned with the team's play

within the conference schedule..
"Notre Dame, as important as it
was, was something that we couldn't
afford to focus on, because the prior-
ity right now is the Big Ten season,"
Giovanazzi said. "That's kind of what
makes or breaks us.
"If we had played well on one day
of practice and one day of prepara-
tion, then we were going to be happy.
If we didn't play well, then we were
just going to go right on to the next
thing, which was preparing for Indi-
ana and Purdue."






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to boot - has the makings of a clas-
sic, despite the fact that Michigan
comes into the game with a 3-2 record.
"It's not lost anything at all (from
preseason expectations)," Paterno
said. "This is a very, very big football
game. In our position, we're still go-
ing toplay six opponents that wehave
not played. So we've got a real chal-
lenge ahead of us."
Is Paterno be implying that the
game is just one of many Penn State
must face on its road to Pasadena?
If so, who could blame him? In
addition to Carter, his offense fea-
tures quarterback Kerry Collins, solid
with a .532 completion percentage,
six touchdown strikes and only two
interceptions. There's wide receiver
Bobby Engram who has seven touch-
down catches.
Paterno's club also boasts a sti-
fling defense, highlighted by senior
strong safety Derek Bochna, who has
two blocked punts and two intercep-
tions to his credit this season.
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Penn State challenges kickers, too

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Penn State is the football team for
Michigan to beat this weekend. Not
only for the 300-pound guys who don
helmets and bulk up with tons of
pads, but also for a team that plays the
European version of the same-named
Sunday, the Michigan women's
soccer team will face the Nittany Li-
ons in what may be its toughest com-
petition of the year.
"They'll be a really big competi-
tor for us," sweeper Michelle
McQuaid said. "They're probably the
toughest we'll see."
Halfback Lynda Hart echoed her
teammate's thoughts.
"They're always a solid team,"
she said. "Last year we tied them, 3-

3, and I think the year before that, too.
They're always pretty strong."
The game starts at 1 p.m. at
Mitchell Field.
The Wolverines will have to base
everything they know about their up-
coming opponents from previous
years. They know almost nothing of
this year's version of the Nittany Li-
"We haven't seen them yet," Hart
said. "We haven't heard about them
from teams they've played."
McQuaid said she had a little more
information about the Lions.
"They've got the same sort of strat-
egy as we do, and they're really good
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