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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 5, 1993 -11

While Michigan's offense has been
and inconsistent, Todd Collins has r
to put up some impressive numbers.
week against Wisconsin marked the
time this season that he has throwr
200 yards in a game and he is on pa
break Jim Harbaugh's single-season
of 209.9 yards/game. Purdue count{
sophomore Rick Trefzger who will sIt
third game for the in'ured Matt Pike,
Without the services of Tyrone Whei
week ago, the Wolverine ground attar
about as potent as sour milk. The ou
the game will be altered a great deal
depending on his availability. Meanwl
Boilermakers' engines aren't any me
powerful. Fullback Mike Alstott is ti
ground gainer, averaging 74.4 yards
The Ail-America candidate has run fo
TDs and is the No. 3 receiver on the
Since returning to the fold a month a
Derrick Alexander has shown why h
considered one of the best receiven
country. Purdue's Jermaine Ross an(
Hill give Boilermaker coach Jim Colle
experienced tandem. But it is difficul
them to be effective weapons when
don't get the ball on more than threi
occasions a game.
Well it's game nine and there is still
of a true "Wolverine" offensive line.
to preseason prognosticators, the u
not come together in the least, mixin,
as well as oil and water. Boilermaker
tackle Ryan Grigson has regained hi;
starting job after suffering a blow to
abdomen last season which led to k
failure, pancreatitis and pneumonia.
captain Elvin Caldwell are keys to t
The Wolverine line has been somewi
erratic of late as it tries to cope with
injuries and hefty Big Ten offensive ui
healthy Tony Henderson along with E
Stanley are no less critical this weel
Purdue defensive front is a little gree
freshman Damell Howard and sophc
Jayme Washel starting. But the Wolki
must beware of a team that has mad
tackles for losses so far this season.
It's the same story each week. Injuri(
the Wolverines' bugaboo as Steve N
is questionable for tomorrow's game.
Jarret Irons has been a pleasant surf
leading the team in tackles with 75.1
redshirt freshman needs only three i
to take the all-time freshman tackles
Inside LB Bart Conley leads Purdue
tackles with 62 and he's only a soph

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Blue spikers seek first
triumph in weeks

; _....

The Michigan women's volley-
ball team is facing a seven-game
losing streak going into its matches
with Wisconsin and Northwestern
this weekend.
However, tonight just might be
the cure the eighth-place Wolver-
ines (3-9 Big Ten, 7-14 overall)
have been looking for when they
battle Wisconsin (5-7, 12-10).
Ironically, the last victory the
Wolverines earned was a 3-0 sweep
of the Badgers Oct. 9 in the "Rock
the House" match at Cliff Keen
The Badgers are led by outside
hitter JoAnna Grotenhuis, who is
averaging over four kills-per-game.
Michigan will invade last-place
Northwestern (2-10, 9-13) Satur-
day for a second chance at victory.
The Wolverines defeated the Wild-
cats 3-1 Oct. 8 in Ann Arbor.The
Wildcats' offensive leader is Allison
Krumbein who carries a 3.55 kill
Michigan head coach Greg
" Giovanazzi is optimistic about the
two matches.
"I think we will play a lot better


this weekend than we did last week-
end," Giovanazzi said. "Last week-
end, we tried to rush (back) our
injured players too quickly when
some of them were only healthy the
day of the match."
The slump, which started with a
loss to nationally ranked Notre
Dame Oct. 12, includes losses to
three of the Big Ten's top teams --
Penn State, Ohio State and Minne-
sota, who are first, second and
fourth, respectively.
Seniors Karen Jacobsen and
Erica Badran-Grycan say they want
to finish out the conference season
on a high note, starting this week-
"We're ready for this weekend,"
the pair said in unison.
"Its been hard this year with all
of the injuries," Badran-Grycan said.
"But since everyone is healthy, we
should do well."
"Yeah, but it's going to be tough
because they have big crowds, es-
pecially Wisconsin," Jacobsen said.
Continued from page 10
by an average score of 7-3.
The Bulldogs have already faced
some tough competition this year,
losing two games apiece to Northern
Michigan and Lake Superior. But the
Bulldogs, who return 17 lettermen
from last year's team, are fresh off a
4-3 win Tuesday night at Michigan
"They'll be really pumped after
that game," Berenson said. "We
thought they would be in the upper
echelon of the league this year. They
finished off last year by beating
(Michigan) State in the CCHA play-
offs. They're definitely on a roll right
Center John Duff leads the Bull-
dogs with three goals. Right wingers
Brad Burnham and Tim Christian each
have three points for Ferris.

The Michigan volleyball team has not had a victory since defeating
Wisconsin almost a month ago. The Wolverines face the Badgers tonight.

M', MSU to conduct clinic before match

This weekend will be a new expe-
rience for the Michigan men's vol-
leyball team.
The Wolverines meet Michigan
State in Burton, but it's not just an-
other clash on the court. The teams
will be co-hosting a three-hour vol-
leyball clinic open to the public at
Atherton High School at 3 p.m. to-
Wolverine coach Pam Griffin and
Spartan coach Sante Perelli will pro-
vide instruction on basic volleyball
skills. Participants will then have the
opportunity to work with the Michi-
gan and Michigan State players.
"This is the first time the Michi-
gan club has worked a clinic like
this," Griffin said. "The event has
been well publicized so we are ex-
pecting a big turnout."
Although it will be the Wolver-
ines' first such event, the Spartans
have been doing similar clinics for
several years.
"We've been sponsoring such clin-
ics over the past five years," Perelli
said. "They're a lot of fun. You get a
lot of young people that come out,

especially boys who really have no
other opportunity to see and work
with older players."
The Wolverines said that they are
eager to pass on their knowledge of
the sport.
"I'm looking forward to working
with the little kids," junior outside
hitter Chad Engel said. "It's always
rewarding to help out people who
want to improve their own game and
can have fun playing the sport."
"What's exciting about these clin-
ics is that everyone there is sincerely
interested in learning the skills," jun-
ior middle hitter Todd Coffey said.
Following the clinic, the Wolver-
ines and the Spartans will compete in
their firstmatch of the year. Michigan
and Michigan State have both reached
the semifinals in two of the same
tournaments this past month.
Senior outside hitter Justin
MacLaurin said the team is looking
forward to playing its state rival.
"It's always a rush when we play
Michigan State," MacLaurin said.
"Though we usually play very well
against them, they are a tough team to
defeat. With our squad this year, we
definitely have a chance to take them

What is different about this match
is that it will take place before a po-
tential crowd of 1500 people.
"Promotions have sold 200 re-
served tickets," Griffin said. "Coor-
dinators expect the auditorium to fill
to its 1500-person capacity the night
of the game."
The Wolverines are looking for-
ward to playing in front of a larger
"Having such a large crowd
present will be different for us," Engel
said. "Fan support isn't as strong in
the Midwest as it is on the coasts. But
men's volleyball is growing in popu-
larity, and the response to this
weekend's event reflects that."

The Wolverine secondary still leavess.
something to be desired. The most telling
defensive statistic for Michigan is that
~~~ htstrong safety Shante Peoples i eodo
r rig secons on
th emin tackles withet eth 65. Corerback
Jimm Yong nd free safety Pat Johnson
are performing well in what is the brightest so nteBiemkr ees.Bt
spot on the Boilermakers' defense. Both
have two interceptions this season.
ou ave to ta e e g wit. e a , -
right? Well, make no mistake, this is the bad..
Purdue's closest Big Ten game was the 59-
56 extravangza against Minnesota. However,
the Boilermakers lost, just as they did
against Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State and
Iowa. The trend will only continue tomorrow
as Michigan tries to salvage a disappointing
season of its own. The Wolverines thought
they would be writing history in 1993. Little .C 2 E 10
did they know that it would the negative type.
This has got to be one of their two wins in
the next three weeks if they are to play after

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