10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 16,1993
CROSS COUNTRY NOTEBOOK
Unusual scoring stuffs
Out runner's title hopes
By TOM BAUSANO
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
BLOOMINGTON -Florida State wasn't the only team to fall victim to the
luck of the Irish this weekend. Notre Dame upset Michigan's hope of capturing
the men's Region IV District Cross Country Championships held Saturday at the
Indiana University Golf Course.
The Wolverineshadhighexpectationsheading into theDistrictsafter winning
the Big Ten conference. However, Michigan finished third at Districts behind
Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio). Although this was a disappointing finish, the
team did earn an automatic bid for the NCAA Finals to be held at Lehigh
University next Monday.
The scoring for the meet was a little unusual. The point totals for each team
were still calculated by adding the places of the top five finishers, however the
individual places of runners whose school did not field an entire team were
excluded from the team-scoring results. Michigan placed second in a straight
calculation of the point total,but with this adjustment Miami nipped the Wolver-
ines by one point.
A FOUR-TEAM RACE: The meet was also unusual in comparison to past years
due to a big phase shift between the tougher and weaker teams.
"The top four teams established themselves by the 3-k(kilometers)," Michi-
tan coach Ron Warhurst said. "They just battled back and forth between
themselves from that point on in to the end."
There is usually a higher diversity of teams represented among the top
finishers, but this year developed into a quadrangular meet between Notre Dame,
Miami, Michigan and Wisconsin.
SDespite the finish Saturday, Michigan still could end up in the top three
nationally. The course on Saturday was slow and hilly, which took away the
Wolverines' advantage of having better foot speed than most of its opponents.
The majority of the runners on the cross country team possess above average
foot speed, which should enable them to run away from their competitors at the
end of the race.
FRESHMAN PHENOM: Freshman Kevin Sullivan is enjoying an outstanding
cross country season. He captured the individual title on Saturday as well as Big
Ten Freshman and Athlete of the Year honors. In the last two competitions,
Sullivan has demonstrated how he can use his world-class middle distance speed
to put other runners away in the final straightaway.
He is not tfie only runner who brings tremendous track speed onto the cross
country course. Sophomore Scott MacDonald has established himself as a
memberof thenation'selitemiddle distance runners by running a4:02 in the mile,
and setting a school record of 3:52 in the 1500 meters. Senior Shawn MacKay,
junior Ian Forsyth and senior Matt Schroeder competed almost exclusively in
the middle distance events during the track season.
The course at Lehigh is flat and quick, which should enable the Michigan
runners to use their track speed to surpass their opponents.
LONG-DISTANCE RUNNING: The Wolverines appear to be better at 10,000
meters (the length used at Districts and Nationals) than many of their opponents,
who have trained more for the typical 8,000 meter courses used throughout the
The margin of difference between Michigan and Wisconsin was less at the
8,000 meter course at Big Tens than on the longer course used at Districts.
Warhursthas had his team train at that distance to prepare better for longer races.
The combination of endurance for the longer distance and superior foot speed
marks this year's team as one of Michigan's finest.
LATESTARTERS: Xavierhadaparticularly tough finish toits season. Somehow
the coaches were under the impression that the women ran before the men. Only
half the team made it to the course, and started about aminute behind the rest of
Spikers get back
on all cylinders
By JEREMY STRACHAN
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Michelle Horrigan tied her own personal record with three aces this weekend. She was one of
the reason why Michigana broke a nine-game losing streak with wins over Purdue and Indiana.
The Michigan women's volleyball team was running W
on all cylinders during two five-game match victories over
Purdue and Indiana last weekend.
The wins broke a nine-game losing streak for the
Freshman Wolverine setter Erin McGovern was the
spark plug in the victories. McGovern broke or tied four
career records against the Boilermakers and Hoosiers, and
matched five of her personal Big Ten records.
Against Purdue on Friday,the setter topped her set
assist record by one with 55 attempts. Also, McGovern
broke her career ace record with two smokers, and tied her
career best in kills with two.
Saturday against Indiana, McGovern topped her career
mark in digs by three, scraping up 17 balls, and matched her
Big Ten block assist record with three.
SEmoRs MAKE THEIR MARKS: Seniors JoAnna Collias
andFiona Davidsonmoved upon Michigan'sall-timebest
lists last weekend.
Collias broke the all-time career dig record last week-
end earning 34 digs to bring her total to 1,070, passing Lisa
Vahi's (1984-87) mark of 1,041.
Davidson nailed 5 acesagainst Purdue and Indiana totie
for third place on the Wolverine all-time ace list.
THEY WERE TYING THEIR BEST: SeniorMichelle Horrigan
and sophomore Shannon Brownlee also matched records
this weekend. Horrigan tied her Big Ten best in aces with
three, while Brownlee matched her career best with two
assists Saturday against the Hoosiers.
TAKE IT TO FIVE!: Michigan is undefeated in five-game
matches this season. The Wolverinesraised their mark to4-
0 in the rally-score battles with their two victories last
weekend. The other close calls were victories over Iowa
State (Sept. 17) and Illinois State (Sept. 1) in the first match
of the season.
IN TE CELLAR: Michigan came into last weekend tied
for last in the Big Ten standings due to its nine-match skid.
But the statistics justify the slide because the Wolverines.
were ranked last in five of the six main categories in the Big
Ten: hitting efficiency, kills, blocks, assists, and digs. The
best placement was ninth in aces.
BLUE FAITHFUL ABOUND: The attendance last weekend
was above average forMichigan homematches this season.
Wolverine fans filled 854 spots Friday versus Purdue and
totaled 584 Saturday against Indiana.
The average attendance at Cliff Keen Arena going into
these matches was 606. But that is still below the 805 home
attendance average of the other Big Ten teams.
By BRETT JOHNSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Finally it happened. After slowly inching her
way closer and closer to the all-time digs record,
Michigan senior outside hitter JoAnna Collias
reached the top spot in the Wolverine record
One month ago,
Collias was closing in
on Lisa Vahi's record
of 1,041 digsataquick
pace. However, an
ankle injury sidelined
her for two weekends.
Collias finally earned
the top spot last Friday
against Purdue when
she recorded 17 digs.
"Everyone is mak-
ing abigger deal out of Collias
it than I was thinking it
was," Collias said. "Right now, I just want to
win. It will probably be broken in a few years
The record-breaker came early in the second 1
period. After tying the record on an outstanding
dig, the record-breaking dig, her sixth of the1
night, was nothing spectacular. It was just a solid
hit that led to a Michigan kill. It is something
'M' dig record
Collias has been doing consistently the last four
Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi sees the
record as being very important despite Collias'
downplaying of the feat.
"JoAnna's not good at patting herself on the
back," Giovanazzi said. "The great thing about
the digs statistic is it's what leads to greater team
play. Someone who gets digs starts rallies. That's
the type of playerJoAnna will be remembered as.
She left her mark on a very significant category."
Fellow senioroutsidehitterMichelle Horrigan,
who is also closing in on a Michigan record of her
own in kills, said she sees this type of accomplish-
ment as something that marks a person's career.
It is something a person can be remembered by
after her playing days are over.
"It' s apiece of you thatisleftbehind," Horrigan
However, Collias still doesn'tsee itas thatbig
of a deal.
"It's a nice thing to have ... as far as everyone
else says," she said. "I guess it's good."
Collias shattered the record Friday night with
her 17 digs, and on Saturday against Indiana, she
added another 17 to her career total. The 34 digs
Collias recorded over the weekend leaves her
with 1,070. She has two weekends (four games)
left to add to the total.
STOPPER IS STOPPED; SLIDE STAYS: When Michigan
stopped its streak, it stopped Purdue's string of upset
victories and continued Indiana's skid.
Purdue had beatenNo.24Illinois andNo.15 Ohio State
in back-to-back, five-game matches and was 6-2 in its last
Indiana was hoping to end its six-match losing streak
this weekend in Michigan but to no avail. Michigan State
defeated the Hoosiers Friday and Michigan won Saturday
to send Indiana back to Bloomington with an eight-match
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FACNG HISTORY: Indiana and Purdue both hold huge
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Hoosiers now lead the series 20-9-1 over the Wolverines
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