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2 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, December 6, 1993

Here is how the top 25 teams in college football fared this week-
end. First-place votes are in parentheses.
Team Record Result
1. Florida State (42) 11-1-0 idle
2. Nebraska (15) 11-0-0 idle
3. West Virginia (3) 11-0-0 idle
4. Notre Dame (1) 10-1-0 idle
5. Auburn 11-0-0 idle
6. Tennessee 9-1-1 idle
7. Texas A&M 10-1-0 idle
8. Florida 10-2-0 beat Alabama, 28-13
9. Wisconsin 9-1-1 beat Michigan State, 41-20
10. Miami 9-2-0 idle
11. Ohio State 9-1-1 idle
12. North Carolina 10-2-0 idle
13. Penn State 9-2-0 idle
14. UCLA 8-3-0 idle
15. Boston College 8-3-0 idle
16. Arizona 9-2-0 idle
17. Colorado 7-3-1 idle
18. Alabama 8-3-1 lost to Florida, 28-13
19. Oklahoma 8-3-0 idle
20. Kansas State 8-2-1 idle
21. Indiana 8-3-0 idle
22. Virginia Tech 8-3-0 idle
23. Michigan 7-4-0 idle
24. Clemson 8-3-0 idle
25. Fresno State 8-3-0 idle
tie. Louisville 8-3-0 idle
Others receiving votes: Southern Cal, Cincinnati, N.C. State,
Michigan State, Virginia, California, Washington, Arizona State,
Wyoming, Ball State.

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WHO: Mike Knuble
TEAM: Hockey
HOMETOWN: Caledonia, Mich.
YEAR: Junior
WHY: Knuble scored four goals and had one assist in leading the Wolverines to two victories over West-
ern Michigan this weekend. The junior now has 12 goals on the season and has become a force on the
power play.
BACKGROUND: Knuble scored 26 goals and added 16 assists for 42 points last season; the seventh best
on the team. Eleven of his goals came on the power play , ranking him 11th nationally.

Here are the top 10 teams in the WMEB of Orono, Maine college
hockey poll. First-place votes are in parentheses.

1. Michigan (15)
2. Lake Superior
3. Boston Univ.(1)



Team Record
6. Wisconsin 8-5-1
7. RPI 6-4-0
8. Harvard 6-2-1
9. Michigan St. 9-3-3
10. New Hampshire10-2-0





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still just having fun at nine."
Wendy's mother actually
discouraged her from doing
gymnastics and pleaded with her to
choose another sport like ballet,
soccer or anything other than her
sister. Still, though, her parents
supported her in every endeavor,
even when she thought of going all
the way to California to escape her
sister's shadow.
High school for Wendy in
Hicksville, N.Y. was full of medals,
awards and, a different club each
year. She sought the perfect
combination of coaches and trainers
that could mold her into a consistent
and competitive athlete.
"It didn't matter where I went, as
long as I did gymnastics. There
wasn't a coach who was going to
stop me from doing it. (Switching
around) was always my decision,"
Marshall said.
A member of a varsity squad
since seventh grade, Marshall led a
No. 1 division one team of whose
success she accredits to the
domination of she and her sister.
However, she did not even consider
going to the University of
Massachusetts-Amherst where Tami
starred because, "I lived in her

shadow my whole life, and college
was where I was going to be myself.
"It's OK (to be placed in Tami's
shadow). I look up to my sister,"
Marshall said. "That's the best part
of my whole life is that she went to
UMass, and I went to Michigan."
During the early signing period,
Marshall looked at Georgia, Ohio
State, North Carolina State, and
Eastern Michigan. Georgia even
asked her to wait until the later
signing period, but it was the phone
call from Michigan three weeks
before the last signing that sealed her
Her trip to Michigan lasted longer
than her actual visit. She was bound
by train for 17 hours each way, only
to stay in Ann Arbor for eight. But
she knew instantly that this was
where she belonged.
Marshall described her visit as a
true recruiting trip by which she
chose the school based on its
academics, the coaching staff and her
would-be teammates.
"When I was here, I knew I
belonged here. I loved it," Marshall
said. "Everything was perfect about
this school. The gymnastics program
was on the rise."
Apparently, the team welcomed
her in such a manner that she decided
to join the Wolverines. And now,
Michigan coach Bev Plocki credits
Marshall with being very

committed and dedicated to the
team, enough so that she is active in
Coming to Michigan knowing
very few people, Marshall has since
managed to socialize and have fun
even with a rigorous year-round
practice schedule. Unfortunately,
there is little time for her to pursue
interests other than academics or
gymnastics, but she does find time to
study and maintain her grades.
"The first couple of months of
school were really hard, not
knowing what to expect," Marshall
said. "You learn how to organize
your time. You know the (athlete)
routine when you come here, but
now there are the 'extracurricular
"We do the same things; we just

"When she came, we looked at
her as not the 'all- around superstar'
that we're looking for," Plocki said.
"However, what we saw in her was
a diamond in the rough. We felt that
her other events would come along if
we dealt with her in a consistent
coaching philosophy."
Obviously, her limited
contributions were recognized as
greater efforts than she
acknowledged. She won Big Ten
athlete of the month in February
1993 for most consistency on the
vault, winning every time she
competed. At the end of the season,
she and two teammates were all
named second team All-American.
These awards all overshadow the
fact that she set a Michigan

Name: Wendy Marshall
Team: Women's gymnastics
Year: Sophomore
Height: 4-foot-11
get less sleep. We're just like
regular students. Just because our
pictures and names are in the paper
all the time, doesn't mean we're
any different."
After having solely dominated
her high school and club divisions,
one of the biggest transitions
Wendy has had to adjust to is the
level of her colleagues' talent.
"Everybody comes from high
school being number one as an
athlete, and then you come to
Michigan and everyone is number
one," Marshall conceded. "You just
always won in high school and
here, you're competing with
everybody that is number one. It's a
At the beginning of her
freshman season, Marshall was
restricted to competing on vault and
'was disappointed to not perform all-
around as she had in the past four

"If I only compete in one event.
or two, that's fine if it's going to
benefit the team," Marshall said. "I
learned last year from watching.
The people on the sidelines are
more important than the people that
are just competing in that one event.
If there's no team support, then
there's no reason for that person to
be competing."
Last year, the grapevine of
gymnastics gossip reported
Michigan was lucky to be at the
NCAA meet, yet the Wolverines
placed ninth. This year, Marshall
and her teammates are shooting to
be members of the super six, the top
six programs in the nation.
In order to be part of a team, you
must bond with a coach as well as
your peers. Initially, Wendy had
problems with this concept because
she and coach Plocki had a "rocky"
"She laid down the rules from the
beginning, and we worked
everything out," Marshall said. "As
the meets went on, we got closer
and closer, not just me and Bev, but
me and the team."
Not only does Plocki continually
watch over her team as athletes, but
she often acts as a 'mother-away-
from-home' model for the women.
"When a coach walks into a room
and you want to do it for her,
yourself and the team, that is a good
coach," Marshall added. "We
respect her. She is a tough coach,
but if she wasn't, she wouldn't be a
(gymnastics) coach."
Marshall admires the coaches as
well, but misses the sensitivity of
former assistant coach and friend
Dave Kazarra, the man who recruited
her. He left the team this summer
for a head coaching position at none
other than UMass-Amherst, where
her sister went.
"He helped me through a lot
mentally and physically," Marshall
said. "He was Bev's right hand and
left. When things were bad, he
would change it somehow,
This past summer, Marshall did

some coaching at Gym XL on Long
Island, where she once worked out
and where her sister is now
employed. Coaching on the college:
level is one of her interests, and
something she will try to do so
someday perhaps while she is
working on her masters. A
Kinesiology major, Marshall is.-
pursuing a teaching degree.
School has always been
important to the Marshall family.
Throughout her childhood,
Wendy's parents always insisted
that both their children only do
gymnastics if it was fun, and that-
once it wasn't, to get out. They both
stuck with it and managed to excel
in academics as well.
"They're alike and they're not
alike," said Wendy's mom, Arlene..
"They both have their
While Wendy and her sister
Tami may be different people, it's.-
hard to ignore their uncanny
"(Wendy) and her sister both.
were notorious, when they're
performing or when they're notfor.
their smiles are unbelievable,"
Plocki said. "She is an extremely
outgoing, energetic, upbeat
personality. That helps to bring
everybody around her up."
Both Wendy's coach and parents
feel she has definitely maturedy.
since coming to Michigan. It's been
a formula of being away from
home, balancing an education with
athletics and escaping her sister's,.
shadow to become an independent,
personality in her field that have 41,
contributed to her success.
"She's learned to love the
sport," Tami said. "Her priorities...
and goals are straight. Her attitude,
will carry her a long way."..
And she's still smiling.
Trivia Answer
The Bluebonnet, Fiesta, and
Hall of Fame. Michigan has
won its only appearance in

individual record on the vault,
scoring 9.9 twice during the season,
breaking junior Beth Wymer's 9.85
Marshall's least favorite event is
the uneven bars, even though she did
compete in this event last season. It
helped her place sixth all-around at
the conference championships.
"Physically it is the hardest for
me because you need a release
move. I can do every single one but
I just can't catch them," Marshall
said. "I've been working on some
and this year I'll have a release
Consistency is everything to
Wendy, especially this year when
she hopes to compete in the all-
around. But if nothing else, last
season taught her that it is
beneficial to partake in just one
event and simply support the team
by doing whatever can help it most.


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