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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 1, 1993 - 7

'M' field hockey takes two
Wolverines return to form; top MSU, Maine

By DAVE SCHWARTZ
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
They're back.
After dropping four out of its last
six, the Michigan field hockey team
swept a pair of games over the week-
end.
The Wolverines (3-5 Big Ten, 12-
6 overall) defeated Michigan State
(0-8, 5-11) Friday, 1-0, in East Lan-
sing, and Maine Sunday, 3-0, at
Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.
Call it excellent play by Michi-
gan, or call it poor play by the Black
Bears - whatever it was, the Wol-
verines dominated Maine (11-4-1
overall) from start to finish.
"It was great," junior Gia Biagi
said. "Our defense put a nice little
stranglehold on and wouldn't let them
shake it."
"What was great was the way we
pounded the goal with shots, making
the Black Bears move around alot."
Despite a scoreless first half,
Michigan put tremendous pressure
on Maine goalkeeper Mary Lou
Winstel, peppering her with 11 shots
on goal along with seven penalty cor-

hers.
The Wolverines put the game away
with a pair of quick goals in the sec-
ond half. At 17:58, senior Kalli Hose
scored. Senior Shay Perry quickly -.
followed with a tally at 16:26.
With the score 2-0 and Michigan
demonstrating an unforgiving de-
fense, Maine warmed up the bus. The
Wolverines limited the Black Bears
tojustone shotand no penalty corners
in the game.
The final piece of candy in
Michigan's bag of treats came in the
form of senior Jennifer Dimascio's
score with just 30 seconds left in the
game.
Michigan assistant coach Meri
Dembrow waspleasedwith the team's
effort.
"As far as our passing game, I
don't think we've had a better game
this season," Dembrow said. "It's re-
ally encouraging to see right now, at
the end of the season. This is when
you want to stay peaked."
What made this win special was
the fact that this was not only the
Wolverines' final home game of the

year, but it was also parents' week-
end. In addition, all three of the
Michigan's goals came from seniors.
"Overall, this was a great team
effort," Perry said. "It was fun play-
ing, with it being parents weekend
and the seniors scoring."
It was more of the same in the
Wolverines' victory at Michigan
State.
The Wolverines turned up the of-
fensive heat with 11 shots and eight
corners in the second half. Michigan
scored on a goal from Dimascio with
20:28 left.
With these two victories, Michi-
gan is primed for this season's final
games next weekend. The Wolver-
ines take to the road to battle No. I
Penn State and No. 2 Northwestern.
They'll probably need to win both:to
make the NCAA tournament.
"We're excited. This (win against
Maine) is a great springboard for those
games coming up," Biagi said. "This
weekend has such huge implications
and we know that were as good as, if
not better, than our opponents in that
matchup."

The Michigan field hockey team improved its overall record to 12-6 with two victories over the weekend. The
Wolverines defeated Michigan State, 1-0 and Maine, 3-0 in their last two homes games of the season.
Blue volleyball continues to strugglein
Big Ten with losses to Minnesota, Iowa

U

S

NET RESULTS

Next year is
now for spikers

Way BRETT JOHNSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
It was supposed to be a new begin-
ning. The Michigan volleyball team
was looking at the second half of the
Big Ten season to try to get back on
track. However, this weekend's
matches were not a cure for the Wol-
verines' woes.
Michigan (3-9Dig Ten, 7-14 over-
11) took both Minnesota (14-8, 6-5)
and Iowa (3-9, 11-13) to four games,
but was unable to get a solid offensive
attack started in either match.
The games took on an almost iden-
tical look, with Michigan dominating
the first game and then losing three
straight.
Friday, the Wolverinesjumpedon
the Golden Gophers quickly. After
innesota earned kills on its first two
serves, Michigan got a side-out and
ran off 12 consecutive points.
"We expected that it would be a
good match," Minnesota coach
Stephanie Schleuder said. "I think
their hitters were doing a really good
jbb early in the match, and we made a
lot of errors also."
Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi
said he thought the first game's result
was due more to Minnesota's lack of

passing than his team's play.
"We didn't make any errors in the
firstgame, but we weren'tneccessarily
playing great volleyball," Giovanazzi
said. "I thought we served pretty well,
and they were passing poorly. They
got into a bad rhythm. At the end of
game one, they started to play a little
steadier. I thought from then on, they
were never really in trouble."
The Wolverines never really got
going again, losing the match, 3-15,
15-5, 15-10, 15-11. This was due to
the Wolverine's bad serve return and
poor passing in conjunction with
Minnesota's timely blocking
"There didn't seem like there was
any rhythm to the game," Giovanazzi
said."The receiving on our end of the
serve was definitely our weak point,
and as a result, we passed poorly and
our offense became predictable. Hit-
ters hitting against two blockers is a
lot to ask of anybody."
Although Schleuder didn't think
her team blocked exceptionally well,
she thought the squad came up with
good blocks at key times.
"We've been blocking well
throughout the season," Schleuder
said. "But our blocking really didn't
come together well until the end."

The Iowa game took on a similar
tone. The Wolverines took game one,
15-5, as the outside hitting became a
major force. Michigan killed at a.454
clip.
After the opening game, Iowa's
blocking then took control of the
match. After not recording a single
block in the first game, Iowa recorded
20 total team blocks over the final
three stanzas. Hawkeye freshman Jen-
nifer Webb led Iowa with 11 block
assists.
"My problem with blocking is
sometimes I get so excited. I just need
to slow down and take a look at what
the other team is doing," Webb said.
The blocking helped to elevate
Iowa's play after the first game. Iowa
coach Linda Schoenstadt said this was
the difference in the match.
"Going into the second game, we
needed to serve better and block bet-
ter. Michigan throws the ball up pretty
high, and it takes a bit of adjusting."
Although Giovanazzi said he felt
Saturday's loss was due more to the
great Hawkeye blocking than Wol-
verine passing errors.
"That is one of the best blocking
teams I've ever seen," Giovanazzi
said.

By BRETT JOHNSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
After another losing weekend, the
Michigan volleyball team needs to
regroup. It is time for the Wolverines
to start looking toward next year. Due
to an injury-plagued season, Michi-
gan has failed to live up to preseason
expectations and has struggled to find
good team chemistry.
With a playoff berth now out of
the realmofpossibilities, the Wolver-
ines need to turn their focus on next
season. Although Michigan wants to,
and should strive to, win its remain-
ing games, it needs to start giving its
younger players some solid Big Ten
experience.
Wolverine coach Greg Giovanazzi
started heading that way this week-
end, as sophomore Suzy O'Donnell
started her first two games at outside
hitter. O'Donnell, who has played
middle blocker most of her career,
showed some initial signs that she is
capable of become a dominant out-
side hitter in the conference.
"Suzy's play this weekend was
encouraging," Giovanazzi said. "I
won't say that it was satisfying, but it
was definitely encouraging. Suzy's

very athletic. She jumps well and
moves well. She's been a middle
blocker and now she is suddenly play-
ing outside. I'm a hell of a nice guy
throwing her to the wolves like that.
"Suzy is going to be a force in the
conference next year. We're trying to
do two things at once. We're trying to
have a good year, and we're trying to
prepare people."
However, the team needs to inte-
grate not only O'Donnell, but the rest
of its younger players. For instance,
freshman Shareen Luze had a good
weekend two weeks ago against Indi-
ana and Purdue.. She set a personal
best in kills against the Hoosiers and
then broke it the next night against the
Boilermakers. Last weekend, she
served up a career-high three aces
against No. 7 Penn State.
However, this weekend she played
only sparingly in the Minnesota match
and did not play against Iowa at all.
Although she has played in 20 of the
21 matches, a lot of the times it has
been in very small stints. Luze's hit-
ting percentage is not high (.059), but
improvement can only be made with
more playing time.
"It hasn't been frustrating but it
has been weird notknowing how much
I'm going to play," Luze said. "I think
right now we're trying to find a set
lineup and are trying to get the people
who have been injured back into the
lineup. We'retrying togetsomechem-
istry ... My attitude is, if I get to play,

Suzy (O'Donnell) Is
going to be a force in
the conference next
year. We're trying to do
two things at once.
- Greg Giovanazzi
Michigan volleyball
coach
I'll go in and try to do my best, but I
trust the coaches' decisions."
Another player who needs to be
integrated is middle blocker Shannon
Brownlee. Brownlee, a sophomore in
her first season at Michigan, has
started all year and is fifth on the team
in kills. However, the offense has
become left-side oriented as of late,
and Brownlee seems to be getting
fewer chances in the middle. Satur-
day against Iowa, she did see more
balls as she recorded 10 kills. This
must continue.
Giovanazzi has started to look to-
ward the future, and this is wise. The
more experience these future Michi-
gan stars can get today, the less they
will struggle to find themselves in
years to come. Solid experience as a
first-year player will lead to solid
play nextseason. Astheprogram looks,
to move to a higher level and to com-
pete with the national elite, it is cru-
cial that it starts now.

Men's basketball assistant McCallum joins Ball St.

By CHAD A. SAFRAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Steve Fisher's bench has turned
into a diving complex.
Over the summer former Michi-
an assistant Perry Watson used his
position as a springboard to be named
head coach at Detroit-Mercy.
Ray McCallum, hired from Wis-
consin to replace Watson in June,
stepped on to the high dive platform
and jumped off to make a big splash
of his own as he was named head
coach at Ball State Friday, just hours
before Michigan's practice began.
McCallum was chosen as the suc-
essor to Cardinals coach Dick
Hunsaker, who resigned Oct. 12 amid
NCAA allegations of wrongdoing
after four years at the Ball State helm.
McCallum spent the nine previous
seasons with the Badgers before join-
ing Fisher's staff last spring. While in
Madison, McCallum served as the
team's recruiting coordinator and was
an integral factor in the signing of
*Wisconsin star Michael Finley.
"You're looking at the happiest
man in the world right now,"
McCallum said at the press confer-
ence announcing his hiring. "This is a
dream come true. We're so thrilled
that I just don't know what to say."
McCallum brings plenty of cre-
dentials to the job, but what may have
been most important in his hiring was
his link to the Cardinals. He owns a
list of accolades as deep as an Olym-
pic-size pool. McCallum graduated
from Ball State in 1983 asnot only the

school's all-time leading scorer with
2,109 points, but as the Mid-Ameri-
can Conference leader as well. (He is
now fourth on the conference list.)
McCallum was honored as the
nation's best senior college basket-
ball player under 6-feet following the
1982-83 season.Then-Munciemayor,
Alan Wilson, honored the Cardinals'
three-time MVP with his own day -
Feb. 23, 1983.
Ball State Athletic Director Don
Purvis could not contain his excite-
ment at McCallum's coming home.
"Ray was clearly a great player at
Ball State, but he's not here because
he was a great player," Purvis said.
"He is here because he's an accom-
plished professional who has paid his
dues at two Big Ten universities as an
assistant coach under three head
coaches."
Fisher, who has known McCallum
since Fisher was an assistant at West-
ern Michigan, previously hinted at
the Wolverines' media day that his
new assistant could be departing.
"You better catch him now," Fisher
said, "because he could be headed to
Ball State pretty soon."
Just as Fisher was "delighted for
Ray and his family," so was Michigan
assistant Brian Dutcher, who, along
with fellow assistant Jay Smith, will
resume many of McCallum's duties.
"I'm happy for him," Dutcher said.
"It's great. It is what every assistant
coach hopes for. To go back to coach
at your alma mater is really special."
Although McCallum was only in-

terviewed Thursday, he let Fisher
know previously that he was going to
jump at the chance to return to Muncie.
"The University of Michigan is a
place where you can stay at and be
happy for a long, long time,"
McCallum said. "However, I told
Steve that if an opening were to occur
in that time period at Ball State Uni-
versity, that I owe it to myself to be
interested, and I would like his bless-
ing to possibly pursue that job."
While McCallum must now deal
with organizing his team for the up-
coming season, Fisher is forced into
the predicament of having only two
assistants -a familiar situation.
Prior to the 1991 season, Mike
Boyd jumped off the Crisler bench
into the waters of Lake Erie to steer
the ship of Cleveland State after its
coach, Kevin Mackey, was fired.
"We're just going to have to in-
crease what we have to do," Dutcher
said. "It's happened before."
Last time, Smith was promoted to
a full-time assistant. However, any
further additions to the staff have not
been discussed. Fisher was in Florida
prior to Saturday's practice.
McCallum is looking to bring an
up-tempo style toa team that has been
regarded for its defensive prowess in

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recent seasons.
"We're going to really push the
ball and try to get some easy buck-
ets," McCallum said. "It may take
time to get the pace that we want, but
we have time, because we are com-
mitted to being here a long time and
getting things right."
While Fisher may be short one
coach on his bench, it is easy to guess
that many coaches will be lining up to
step on the Crisler diving board.

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