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10 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 29, 1993

monuay,rinovemoer zu--- Here is how the top 25 teams in college football fared this week-
Men's Basketball vs. Cleveland State, 7:30 p.m. end. First place votes are in parentheses.
Crisler Arena
Tuesday, November 30 - Team Record How they fared
Women's Basketball vs. Eastern Michigan, 7:30 p.m. 1. Florida St. (42) 11-1-0 beat No. 9 Florida 33-21
Crisler Arena 2. Nebraska (17) 11-0-0 beat No. 19 Oklahoma 21-7
Wednesday, December 1 3. West Virginia (1) 11-00 beat No. 15 Boston Col. 17-14
Men's Basketballivs. Tulane, 7:30 p.m. Crisler Arena 4. Auburn (2) 11-0-0 idle
Thursday, December2-- 5. Notre Dame 10-1-0 idle
Men's S imming, at U.S. Open, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m 6. Tennessee 9-1-1 beat Vanderbilt 62-14
Women's Swimming, at U.S. Open, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 7. Texas A&M 10-1-0 beat Texas 18-9
Friday, Decemfbr 3 8. Miami 9-2-0 beat Memphis State 41-17
Hockey vs. Western Michigan, 7 p.m., Yost Ice Arena 9. Florida 9-2-0 lost to No. 1 Florida St. 33-21
Wrestling, Las Vegas Classic, all day, Las Vegas 10. Wisconsin 8-1-1 idle
Men's Swimming, at U.S. Open, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.11. Ohio St. 9-1-1 idle
Women's Swimming, at U.S. Open, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 12. North Carolina 10-2-0 beat Duke 38-24
Women's Basketball vs. Cal-Irvine at Marriot Classic, 8 p.m. 13. Penn St. 9-2-0 beat No. 25 Michi. St. 38-37
Irvine, California 14. UCLA 8-3-0 idle
Saturday, December 4 s15. Boston College 8-3-0 lost to No. 3 West Va.' 17-14
Men's.Basketball vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1 p.m. 16. Alabama 8-2-1 idle
Cris.er t rena 17. Arizona 9-2-0 beat Arizona State 34-20
Hockey vs. Wetern Michigan,7 p.m., Kalamazoo 18. Colorado 7-3-1 idle
Wrestling, Las Vegas Classic, all day, Las Vegas 19. Oklahoma 8-3-0 lost to No. 2 Nebraska 21-7
Men's Swimming, at U.S. Open, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 20. Kansas St. 8-2-1 idle
Women's Swimming, at U.S. Open, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 21. Indiana 8-3-0 idle
Women's Basketball vs Cal'St.-Sacramento or University of 22. Virginia Tech 8-3-0 idle
North Texas, 6 p.m. or 8 p.m,1 Irvine, California 23. Michigan 7-4-0 idle
Sunday, December 5 24. Clemson 8-3-0 idle
Men's Swimming, at U.S. Open, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 25. Michigan St. 6-4-0 lost to No. 13 Penn St 38-37
Women's Swimming, at U.S. Open, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Others receiving votes: Southern Cal 32, Louisville 31, Fresno
State 23, Cincinnati 18, Virginia 13, North Carolina State 12,
fi any club would like to add its schedule to the.'M' Sports Calen-.Washington 11, Arizona State 4, California 4, Wyoming 4, Ball
dar, please drop off a copy at theMichigan.Daily, 420 Maynard.. State 2.
SpikedIrsefepinal matche-gameason
Women defeat Michigan State, Illinois in five-game battles

Wrestlers perform well
at Northern Open

By DAVE SCHWARTZ
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
In just one week's time, the Michi-
gan wreslting team has already built
up nearly 2,000 frequent bus miles on
Greyhound. It goes without saying
how important those miles are if one
hopes for a free pass to exotic
Ypsilanti.
After a 13 hours of wrestling Sat-
urday in Madison, the Wolverines
returned home at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
This follows last week's trip to St.
Louis.
Michigan, along with 30 other
teams, competed in the Northern
Open. Although the results don't af-
fect the teams' records, the match
provided an opportunity for about 500
wrestlers to prepare for the regular
season.
Forthe 10th-ranked Wolverines,
they were able to gauge the depth of
their team against other top teams
such as (No. 3) Iowa, (No. 4) Minne-
sota, (No. 9) Iowa State and (No. 12)
Wisconsin.
Judging from Michigan's solid
performance, the team looks ready to
get the season started.
"We wrestled much better this
weekend," Coach Dale Bahr said.
"Overall, I was really pleased."
Senior Steve King won the heavy-
weight class by defeating Jeff Walters
of Wisconsin in overtime in the fi-
nals. In the previous match, Walters
upset the top ranked heavyweight in
the nation, Billy Pierce (Minnesota).
"I had a lot of close matches, but I
was pleased," King said. "I definitely
wanted to win. I gained some confi-
dence."
Senior Brian Harper finished sec-
ond in the 158-pound class. He fell to
No. 1 Lincoln McIlravy (Iowa) in the
finals. Harper was impressed with the
improved performance of the team.
"We wrestled better than last

weekend at St. Louis," Harper said.
"The freshmen looked good. They're
starting to adjust to big time college
wrestling."
Sophomore Jesse Rawls Jr. wound
up third at 177 after a tough loss to
another No. 1 ranked Hawkeye wres-*
tler, Ray Brinzer.
Bahr was particulary happy with
junior Mike Ellsworth, who finished
fourth at 142. Ellsworth has won 12
matches in the last two tournaments.
"I was very impressed with him,"
Bahr said. "Mike is coming into his
own. He's given us a solid perfor-
mance."
Junior Chad Biggert (167), sopho-
more Jake Young (150), freshman 0
Sean Contos (118) and freshman Tim
Stringer (134) all won four of their six
matches.
"The freshmen are improving and
looking really good," King said. "By
the end of the season, they'll play a
key role in our success."
Senior Sean Bormet (158) did not
wrestle this weekend. Bahr wants to
save Bormet for the Midlands Cham- 0
pionships in Chicago in late Decem-
ber. Because the NCAA permits wres-
tlers to compete on just 16 days,
Bormet would have to skip a tourna-
ment in January if he took part in this
weekend's tournament.
For the Wolverines, the pre-sea-
son is over. The real action begins
Friday and Saturday.
Michigan travels to the Las Vegas
Classic for its first official team event
Other top teams competing include
Penn State (No. 1), Oklahoma State
(No. 2) and Oklahoma (No. 12). The
Sooners knocked off the Nittany Li'
ons Friday.
"In my opinion, this will be a
preview of the NCAA's in March,''
Bahr said. "I feel good coming into it
after our performance in Madison."

By JEREMY STRACHAN
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
While Michigan students were at home stuffing
themselves with turkey, the Michigan women's
volleyball team ended its season with a feast of its
own.
The Wolverines (7-13 in the Big Ten, 11-18
overall) stuffed 23rd-ranked Illinois in a close five-
game match, 9-15, 4-15, 15-13, 18-16, 15-5, at
Cliff Keen Arena Saturday. Michigan previously
cooked Michigan State in another match that ended
in a rally-game, 15-6, 6-15, 10-15, 15-9, 15-11,
Wednesday in East Lansing. The two victories
preserved the Wolverines unbeaten mark in five-
game matches in which they finish at 6-0.
In the first two games against the Illini (14-6,
17-12), Michigan had trouble receiving serves.
Illinois pummeled the Wolverines with nine aces
in the first two games. Michigan switched setters in
the middle of game two, giving freshman Erin
McGovern the duties.
"Passing, that played a big role (in losing the
firsttwo games)," Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi
said. "You can't get any momentum going (when
you pass poorly). I thought we seemed very fo-
cused from the beginning. Its just that that skill
(passing) was off, and when that skill's off you play
poorly."
The third game was a big turn around for the
Wolverines. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to
see Illinois run off eight-straight points. Michigan
battled back and trailed 13-12 before sophomore
Suzy O'Donnell served up three straight aces to
win clinch the game.
With the Illini leading 10-6 in game four, the
Wolverines grinded out the next eight points to
lead 14-10. Illinois held off the game point and
scored four straight to knot it at 14. Michigan held
on to win the match, 18-16, and send it to a decisive
game five.

In the final game, the Wolverines leaped out to a
9-1 lead and never looked back to preserve the upset..
"I think the pressure of the fifth games that
we've played so far this year have made us pretty
good when the chips are down," Giovanazzi said.
"Not just in game five, but also in games three and
four it payed off.
"I didn't see any panic on our faces. I thought
after two terrible games we came out and played at
the level that we've really been playing at consis-
tently for the last three weeks."
TheIllini were led by outside hitter Tina Rogers
who led all players with 27 kills while hitting .500.
Middle Kristin Henrickson added 14 kills, 13 digs
and hit .414 for Illinois.
The Michigan seniors were phenomenal in their
final appearance in Cliff Keen. Outside hitter
Michelle Horrigan pounded out a team-high 22
kills and tallied nine digs. Middle Fiona Davidson
totaled 16 kills and served three aces in the match.
JoAnna Collias scooped up 20 digs and added
twelve kills for the Wolverines.
"I think the seniors played their best volleyball
at the end of their senior year," Giovanazzi said.
Michigan seniors: EricaBadran-Grycan, Marita
McCahill and Karen Jacobsen all played well dig-
ging 17 between them. The six seniors were all
honored Saturday in a pre-match ceremony. The
upperclassmen went out with a bang with their
defeat of third-place Illinois.
"The weight fell on these three (Horrigan,
Davidson and Collias), and to have Marita and
Erica and Karen come in - I mean, our seniors, all
six of them, did such an excellent, excellent job,"
Giovanazzi said.
That bang may have burst the Illini's bubble
and a shot at the NCAA tournament.
"I figured we were on the bubble (for an NCAA
berth). Even before (the loss), there was a chance
that we might not get in," Potter said.

Wednesday the Wolverines defeated Michigan
State, but lost the State Pride flag for the year. The
flag is hung in the season-series winner's arena
every year. The Spartans captured the flag for the
first-time ever due to the fact that they swept
Michigan in three games in their victory as op-
posed to the Wolverines five-game win.
In game one, the Wolverines led 12-1 and took
advantage of Michigan State's hitting errors to win
convincingly, 15-6. Michigan switched roles with
the Spartans in game two and committed several
errors as MSU dominated the game leading 14-I at
one time en route to a 15-6 victory.
The Spartans continued their consistency and
stormed out to an 8-1 lead. The Wolverines clawed
back to within three, 13-10, but MSU closed out the
game with the next two points. In game four,
neither team led by more than two as they fought to
a 9-9 tie, but then Michigan rallied to win the next
six points for the victory. The Wolverines held off
the Spartans in game five to win, 15-11. In the see-
saw game, neither team led by more than four.
The Spartans were led by freshman middle
Dana Cooke. Cooke killed 18 balls while hitting
.531, earned 17 digs, blocked two and had three
aces - all team-highs. Middle Val Sterk and
outside hitter Jennifer Gray Jones pounded 14 kills
respectively.
Horrigan was instrumental in the victory, nail-
ing 25 kills and digging ten balls. Collias had 13
kills along with a team-high 19 digs and setter Julie
Scherer added 14 kills for the Wolverines.
"I thought we did a better job of controlling the
net," Giovanazzi said. "They can have the banner,
all I know is we're going to finish ahead of them in
the conference. They're probably the most-im-
proved team in the conference. This is a big win for
us, real big win."
- Daily Sports Writer Charlie Breitrose con-
tributed to this story.

NET RESULTS
Blue can only dream of
season that might have been

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By CHARLIE BREITROSE
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Someone had a plan for the
Michigan women's volleyball team
this year, an evil plan.
With their triumph in the last match
of the season, Michigan completed
three weeks of solid volleyball. But
Saturday's game was not supposed to
be the last for the seniors. And the
victory over Illinois should not have
been only the 11th.
The final three weeks of the sea-
son were the way the whole year was
supposed to be for Michigan, not the
7-13 Big Ten and 11-18 overall record
that the team finished with.
"I think the last few weeks we've
seen some of the best volleyball, and
its all really come down to tonight,"
senior Michelle Horrigan said.
This year was supposed to be a
breakthrough year for Michigan.
Coach Greg Giovanazzi was looking
to guide his team into the school's
first NCAA tournament.
But whoever decides a team's fate
gave the Wolverines a curse, one that
afflicts their outside hitters.
Two of the team's top hitters,
Horrigan and junior Aimee Smith,
were afflicted by the curse early in the
season. But both were ready when
Big Ten season came along.
Michigan came into the match on
Sept.22 healthy and holding a respect-
able record of 4-4. But the Michigan
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State match, which was to be the start-
ing point for a great conference season,
instead sent the Wolverines in the op-
posite direction. Horrigan and Smith
went down once again and to rub salt in
the already gaping wound the Spartans
swept the match in three games.
This became an all too familiar
feeling to Michigan.
When the Wolverines returned tox
the friendly confines of Cliff Keen
Arena, the team was finally healthy:
again. The Wolverines had one of*
their best weekends ofthe year, sweep-
ing Northwestern and Wisconsin. The
wins brought their record back to.500
at 3-3 (7-7 overall).
Michigan was ready to make a run
when Notre Dame came calling the.
Tuesday following the sweep. But the.
volleyball Gods didn't like what they
had seen the previous weekend. The
Irish annihilated the Wolverines in.
three games. Eight matches later the.
Wolverines still had not won another..
game. Plus Michigan lost another
outside hitter for a weekend, this time
it was senior JoAnna Collias.
Purdueandlndianathencametotown.
Michigan now had nothing to hope for,
except avoiding the cellar. The team that
the Giovanazzi said had been inside the
whole year finally showed up that week-
end. The Boilermakers with legitimate
NCAA hopes were dismissed by the
Wolverines in five games.
Horrigan says the seniors won't
remember the hard times, though. In-
stead the final quarter of the season
will stick out in their mind.
But the thoughts of what could
have been, with a talented and expe-
rienced team, will probably linger
somewhere in the corner of the minds
of the Michigan team,
"You can never really tell what.
happens to a team when you have a
couple of injuries right at the begin,.
ning of the season. That's hard on any
team," Davidson said.

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