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2- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSTuesday - Tuesday, January 18, 1994

Here is how the top 25 teams in college basketball fared this
weekend, with first-place votes in parentheses. Games played are
through Jan. 16.

Here is the WMEB 91.9 FM (Orono, Maine) college
hockey media poll, with first-place votes inparentheses.
Games played are through Jan. 16.

Team

1. Michigan (15)
2. Boston University
3. Lake Superior State.
4. Northern Michigan
5. Harvard
6. New Hampshire
7. Wisconsin
8. Michigan State
9. Colorado College
10. Northeastern

Record
21-1-1
14-4
16-7-1
15-6-1
12-3-2
15-5-1
13-8-1
13-6-3
14-6-2
12-5-2

Points
150
135
108
104
96
73
51

40
39
22

0

Others receiving votes: Maine 10, RPI 7, Minnesota 6,
Alaska-Fairbanks 2, Brown 1

Michigan grapplers spill
meets; fail to Lions, beat

A )Y'
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WHO: David Oliver
TEAM: Hockey
4OMETOwN: Courtenay, B.C.
FEAR: Senior
!LIGIBILITY: Senior
WHY: Saturday against Notre Dame, Oliver scored a goal and addedr
three assists in Michigan's 6-1 victory over the Irish. Oliver now has F
31 points (19 goals, 32 assists), best in the country. With those four
points, he passed Mark Ouimet (1989-93) for ninth place all-time at
:Michigan with 188 points.
BACKGROUND: Oliver is an alternate captain for the top-ranked hockey
seam. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh
ound in the 1991 NHL draft.

By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Heading into Saturday's Big Ten
opener at No. 7 Penn State, Michigan
coach Dale Bahr said that his fourth-
ranked Wolverines would have trouble
matching up in the first three weight
classes against the Nittany Lions.
Sure enough, Penn State won the
first four weight classes, including two
by fall and one by technical fall, to grab
a commanding 20-0 lead en route to a
29-15 victory.
Sunday, Michigan bounced back to
defeat Lehigh, 20-12, in Bethlehem, Pa.
"We struggle in our first three
(weight classes) and we're going to
struggle there all year," Bahr said. "And
with (126 pounds) Brandon Howe out
for the season (torn anterior cruciate
ligament), we're essentially starting
three walk-ons at 118, 126 and 134."

Against Penn State, theWolverines
fought back from the early deficit by
winning the next three weight classes.
Senior Brian Harper got Michigan
on the board by defeating Russ Hughes,
6-2, in at the 150-pound weight class.
Senior All-American Sean Bormet
pinned Tony Griffin and when junior
Chad Biggert decisioned Matt Hardy,
8-4, the Wolverines had cut the Penn
State lead to 20-12.
Two critical matches sealed the
Wolverines' fate.
The first was at 142 pounds, where
junior Mike Ellsworth lost to the Li-
ons' John Hughes, 8-6, in overtime.
The second was the 177-pound
match where Rawls lost in overtime.
"Those two matches were really
critical in beating Penn State," Bahr
said. "Had we won those two sudden-
death overtimes ... we would have

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any Big Ten team to knocking off the
Boilermakers -21 points.
"We all love the sport of basket-
ball," DiGiacinto says. "We all love to
get on the court and really play."
That much was obvious from guard
Amy Johnson's ear-to-ear grin after
she pick-pocketed an unsuspecting
Badger on the inbounds pass after a
Michigan basket for an easy score.
"It'sjust been a fun season but very

frustrating," Shellman summarizes.
That is where Roberts comes in.
With such a young team -in addition
to the five freshmen, there is sopho-
more Brzezinski and junior captain
Shimmy Gray-Roberts' greatest fear
is that her charges will get mentally
buried under their loss-saturated record.
"They go out and play their hearts
out and to them, they don't seem like
they're getting anywhere," she says.
"But we have to keep on reminding
them they're improving whether they
see it or not."
Roberts says her opposing coaches

L weekend
r
Engineers
won the match."
AgainstLehigh, Michigan struggled
early but rebounded to win five of the
last six decisions to post the victory.
The Wolverines quickly found
themselves behind, 9-3, to the Engi
neers.
After junior Matt Stout (118) beat
Jason Kutz to open the match, sopho-
mores Andy Behm, Bryan Sosinsk
and Ellsworth lost consecutive deci-
sions to put Michigan in the early hole.
But the momentum shifted back to
Michigan when senior Brian Harper
beat Brian Strunck in overtime, 3-1.
The Wolverines then won four of
the last five decisions, with senior All-
American Steve King finishing the
match in a major decision victory over
Bill Closson, 13-5.
Michigan faces Michigan State at
Cliff Keen Arena tonight at 7:30.
definitely see it.
"They come tome and they say, 'Oh
my goodness, you've got some good
freshmen. You're really going to be
strong down the road,"' Roberts says.
Kiefer, the point guard, seems to
epitomize the group, meaning she is
short, lacks experience, but shows great
promise. Generously listed at 5-foot-7,
she looks very much like the tag-along,
kid sister when on the court.
"Lack of height is going to bother
her throughout her college career,"
Roberts admits.
The Badgers bothered her into a
handful offive-second violations when
she couldn't find an open teammate.
But Kiefer is a solid ballhandler, a
developing floor leader and of course,
only a freshman. Her line Sunday -
eight points, nine assists and four steals
- was a glimpse of the player she can
become. Roberts is more than willing
to take the good with the bad with
Kiefer, just as she is with the others.
"She's learning by her mistakes,"
Roberts says. "By the time she's a
junior or senior, she's going to be a
very good point guard."
Somewhere, perhaps two or three, or
maybe four or five years from here, there,
is a corner just waiting to be turned.
Another solid recruiting class is on
the way, ready to sit and form an actual
bench. The current freshmen are mak-
ing great strides daily. Someday, hopes
Gray, the captain. Someday.
"It's gonna come, because we're
just working too hard for it not to
come," she says. "Somebody's gotta
be watching over us."

C ALLER S
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hired to call alumni nationwide for an alumni fundraising phonathon.
$6.20per hour, incentives, bonus pay, plus great work experience!
Callers will be expected to work a minimum of two calling sessions each
week for six weeks, February and March. Phonathon held Sunday through
Thursday evenings. Only registered UM students are eligible for these
positions.

For interviews,
call 763-4880
TODAY !!!

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