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Blue spikers show off team depth
Wolverines split squad, enabling team to gain valuable experience
By DAN McKENZIE
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Experience always beats raw tal-
ent. Try telling that to the members of
the Michigan men's volleyball team.
Due to the fact that none of this
weekend's events counted toward their
Big Ten record, the Wolverines were
able to experiment with their lineup.
Led by senior outside hitter Chad
Stielstra, six first year players, includ-
ing four freshman, received an oppor-
tunity to show their skills .
Originally, the team was scheduled
to split up, with half of the members
going on the road, and the other half
staying in Ann Arbor for amatch against
an unannounced team. However, that
home match never occurred, giving the
older, more experienced players, as
well as their coach, Pam Griffin, a
chance to rest.
The other half of the Maize and
Blue traveled to Ohio to take on Cin-
cinnati Friday. The Bearcats needed all
five games to defeat the young Wol-
verines, scraping by in the last game,
Despite the loss, Stielstra felt up-
beat about his team's performance.
"I thought that we played pretty
good," Stielstra said. "It was our first
time playing together, and a lot of
players were playing out of position."
Saturday, Michigan continued its
road journey, traveling to Lexington,
Ky. for the North/South Tournament.
The tournament was divided into two
pools of five teams each, with the top
three teams from each pool advancing
into the elimination rounds. Each team
played the other four teams in their
'The important thing this weekend was for the
younger players to get playing time. I thought
that, overall, things went really well.'
Michigan men's volleyball player
The Wolverines finished with a 4-4
record in their division, giving them a
fourth place finish. However, both the
second and third place teams in that
division finished with 5-3 records, leav-
ingthe Wolverines only one game short
of qualifying for the next round.
"The important thing this weekend
was for the younger players to get
playing time," Stielstra said."I thought
that, overall, things went really well."
Stielstra felt that senior outside hit-
ter Kevin Urban played exceptionally
well in all the matches.
"This was the first time he got this
much playing time," Stielstra said. "But
he really was the go-to man this week-
deserved rest, having played every
weekend since Jan. 8. They will take to
the court next against Minnesota in
Minneapolis early next month.
Captain Stan Lee and several other Wolverines did not accompany the team
for its weekend matches in Cincinnati and Lexington, Ky.
Rose wins player of week
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Michigan guard Jalen Rose was
named the Big Ten men's basketball
player of the week for the week of Feb.
It was the first time in his two-plus
seasons with the Wolverines that the 6-
foot-8 Detroit native has earned the
The award comes on the heels of
Wolverine center Juwan Howard cap-
turing the conference player seven days
Rose averaged 19 points and six
assists in Michigan's two victories last
week while committing just two turn-
overs. Against the Hoosiers, Rose
knocked down 20 points while dishing
out four assists with one steal as the
Wolverines roared past Indiana, 91-67.
Sunday, the junior scored 18 points
and dished out eight assists as Michi-
gan narrowly beat Ohio State, 72-70.
Rose leads Michigan with a 20.4
overall scoring average and 19.4 in Big
CHAD A. SAFRAN
Jansen causes hearts to
break one more time
Due to Spring Break, there will be early deadlines for
the following publications:
Have you ever had a broken
The first time it hurts. The
second time it agonizes.
The third time? No one wants to
consider the third time.
After breaking twice, your heart
cannot bear to take any more. It is
While most of us cannot relate to
that destructive feeling, American
speedskater Dan Jansen certainly
can. His heart must now feel as if it
has been pulled from his chest and
stepped on by a sumo wrestler.
This was supposed to be his year.
He became the only man in history to
complete the 500 meters in under 36
This was to be his Winter
Olympics, erasing all the pain of
Calgary and Albertville. He would
stand upon the medal stand with gold
draped around his neck and the
National Anthem blaring in the
background. He would be an
But some cruel, heartless being
must live beneath the skating oval. It
hibernates for years, only to awaken
as it senses Jansen digging his skate
into the ice for an Olympic race.
Yesterday, the beast awoke, and
let Jansen know it was still around.
As Jansen approached the finish
line of what has been his event for
the past 10 years - the 500 meters
- he skidded. And his hand touched
the surface, as if the mysterious
being in the ice wanted to hold it.
The world record holder in the
event came across the line in 36.68
seconds. The winner, Alexsander
Golubev, finished with a time of
36.33. Jansen came in eighth.
And as has become a common
vision in the Olympics, Jansen pulled
off his hood and looked skyward,
with an expression of "Why me?"
tattooed upon his disgruntled face.
He viewed the ceiling, looking
through the arena roof. Looking for
some strength to get him past this
Dan's sister, Jane Jansen Beres,
must have been looking down at her
brother as he lost his balance.
"Come on Dan, fight. You can do
it," she was shouting.
"Why Jane? Why?" his visage
asked. "Why does this keep
happening to me?"
Jane was the one who drew such
attention to Dan six years ago. She
had leukemia and fought valiantly in
her efforts to ward off the disease.
Jane died Feb. 14, 1988.
Although the disease robbed her
of life, Dan was determined to make
sure her spirit would never die. With
the emotional baggage still on board
his shoulders, Jansen skated one day
after her passing. If the International
Olympic Committee was taking
names to embody the Olympic spirit
at Calgary, it had the man.
But Jansen fell coming out of a
turn and crashed into the retaining
wall. As he cried with failure, the
entire world cried with him.
I remember lying on my couch at
home, sick with the flu, only to feel
worse as I saw Jansen tumble. My
heart was broken.
He tried again in the 1,000 meters
some days later. Again, he stumbled
and crashed. My heart cried out
again, but not with the immeasurable
pain Jansen suffered.
Although he did not tumble in
Albertville, Jansen left the 1992
games empty handed. He had one
more chance - Lillelhammer.
As he awoke this Valentine's
Day, the thought of his sister must
have weighed upon him once again.
It was six years to the day that she
had died. His heart would not be
Yesterday was to be a day of
glory. He would win the medal he
was supposed to already have earned.
However, he earned nothing but an
everlasting place in our souls.
Jansen has only one race now -
the 1,000 meters Friday. It will be his
final Olympic effort.
His last attempt to put his heart
back together and avoid the beast.
His last chance to have the world
cry for him joyously instead of
shedding tears of sadness.
Monday, Feb. 28
Tuesday, March 1
Wednesday, March 2
U. S. hockey seeks more scoring punch .
Los ANGELES TIMES
GJOVIK, Norway - Todd
Marchant is the playmaker, a clever
center who prefers passing to shooting.
Left wing Craig Johnson is the digger,
the dervish who spins into the corner to
fight for the puck. Right wing Peter
Ferraro is so natural a scorer that, ac-
cording to Marchant, "He just shoots
and the puck finds ways to go into the
net for him."
Together, the three pose the most
formidable scoring threat for the U.S.
Olympic hockey team. But they com-
bined for only one goal in Sunday's
tournament-opening 4-4 tie with
France, and will have to be more effec-
tive tonight against Slovakia for the
U.S. to stay in medal contention.
Unlike the defense-oriented French
team, Slovakia plays an up-tempo style.
That means the Johnson-Marchant-
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Ferraro line should be in its element,
since they are the three fastest U.S.
skaters and were 1-2-4 in scoring dur-
ing pre-Olympic play.
"Craig adds the power to our line
because he can score goals and he can
hit," said Ferraro, who scored 30 goals
for the U.S. in 60 pre-Olympic games.
"Todd adds good speed, and I try to be
somewhat creative and add scoring
punch. I think we have very good line
Led by former NHL star Peter
Stastny, Slovakia is seeded 12th in its
Olympic debut but has players with
significant international experience.
The same teams played a 5-5 tie at the
Telehockey Cup tournament at
Lillehammer in November.
"I think you're going to see a differ-
ent offensive game from our team (to-
day)," Marchant said after practice here
"We're really going to try to bury
our chances, especially on the power
play. One of the things we worked on
was just burying the puck. We can't
float it in and hope it trickles through.
That's what we were doing against
France instead of taking the puck with
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