The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 8, 1994 - 13
By DOUG STEVENS
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
While most Michigan students are
forced to deal with the cold April
weather by remaining indoors, the
Michigan sailing club has been able
to experience the conditions in a dif-
ferent fashion. This weekend, the team
travels to Oxford, Ohio, for a regatta
In Oxford, the Wolverines will
sail against 17 of the best teams the
Midwest has to offer, including West-
ern Michigan, Marquette, Ohio State
*-and the host Redskins.
"Our goal is to finish in the top
five," Michigan club member Bill
Although the Wolverines will hold
a sail-off today to determine who will
compete this weekend, they can look
to Nate Weersing, Chris Choate and
Alan Krauss, who have performed
well all season. Additionally, Michi-
gan sports a solid contingent of fresh-
man sailors including Sherman, Jeff
Kayes and Greg Apotsos.
Sailing, like many other outdoor
sports, is at the mercy of the weather
conditions. Unlike many of the top
teams' locations out west, Michigan's
practice site, Baseline Lake, just
thawed out about two weeks ago.
"The wind is the main factor; the
faster the wind, the faster we sail,"
The sailing team has had to over-
come a situation very similar to those
faced by all club sports - little money
for equipment and travel expenses.
As a result, team members often pay
their own way for a regatta.
In addition, the Wolverines face
another disadvantage preventing
them from competing against var-
"Our lack of coaching is our main
weakpoint," Sherman said. "We've
got the ability and potential, but we
don't have the coaching to use it."
Spikers get ready for season's end
By DAN McKENZIE
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
The Michigan men's volleyball
team take the home court for the last
time this weekend when two of the
top teams in the Big Ten come to Ann
The Wolverines take on Michigan
State tonight, followed by Ohio State
tomorrow. Both matches will be at 7
p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.
This competition is the first for all
three teams since the conference tour-
nament last weekend. Michigan sur-
prised the other teams in that tourna-
ment, taking second behind Illinois.
Both the Spartans and the Buck-
eyes also had unexpected finishes.
However, they were probably not as
pleased with the outcome as the Wol-
After a year in which both squads
had success against many Big Ten
foes, Michigan State finished fifth
and Ohio State sixth.
But results like that don't change
senior outside hitter Bill Seeley's
opinion of the competition.
"I have the same expectations go-
ing into these matches as I would
have before," Seeley said. "These
matches will both be really competi-
tive and hard fought. These are teams
that don't like to lose to each other."
Team captain Stan Lee agreed.
"Neither team did very well last
weekend," Lee said. "But I think both
teams just had an off weekend."
The Wolverines know what both
opponents are capable of. Michigan
lost to Michigan State in three games at
East Lansing earlier this season. The
Wolverines thought they would be able
to return the favor later in the season at
the Collegiate Classic Tournament.
However, Michigan, however, dropped
thematch 2-1 after taking the first game.
Michigan also dropped a decision
to Ohio State earlier in the season in
However, things turned around for
all three teams at the conference tour-
"We've had minimal success
against both of these teams this year,"
Lee said. "But our recent meetings
with them have been very close."
The matches this weekend, how-
ever, may have more significance than
just bragging rights. With the club
national tournament around the cor-
ner, teams still have to consider the
effects this weekend will have on
their respective seedings.
"I think that beating the teams would
help us," Seeley said. "But I don't think
that losing would change much. I think
that all three teams should be in the top
20 heading into nationals, depending
on what happens around the nation this
"For the most part, our thoughts
are on nationals," Lee added. "Our
confidence is up a lot because of last
-. tea -"
The Michigan men's volleyball squad wraps up its regular season this
weekend at Cliff Keen Arena against Michigan State and Ohio State.
Women golfers try to escape the clutches of USF's Claw
By REBECCA MOATZ
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
The white board hanging on the
wall of their locker room lists 10
goals that the team is working toward.
The eighth one - confidence - is
something the Michigan women's golf
team has been lacking this spring sea-
Heading into the University of
South Florida's Spring Invitational in
Tampa, Fla., the Wolverines hope to
increase their confidence to a level
which will enable them to compete
"We need to get our confidence
back and do well in one tournament,"
freshman Wendy Westfall said. "We
can probably do it by not putting so
much emphasis on it going in to the
Westfall will be joining juniors
Tiffany and Tegan McCorkel, sopho-
more Shannon McDonald and fresh-
man Ashley Williams in this
weekend's tournament to be held at
USF's golf course, The Claw.
Last week, McDonald led the
Wolverines to a 15th place finish at
the Indiana Invitational, grabbing a
12th-place tie herself. But don't ex-
pect the same results this week.
"Every player is capable of low
scores, even those staying at home,"
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert said.
"Our goal is just to have low team
scores. If each member has low scores,
then the team does well," -an achieve-
ment that falls under team goal number
The Bulls host a big field this
weekend, with the 22 schools partici-
pating including Iowa, Minnesota and
The large field will put the Wol-
verines to the test, forcing them to
play a strong short game. The chip-
ping and putting aspects, as well as
the under-50-yard game, have been
the trouble spots for the team this
With a short week due to the turn-
around time between tournaments,
coupled with two days of qualifying
rounds, Michigan has little time to
work on its fifth goal - practice.
The Wolverines spent Monday and
Tuesday qualifying for the tourna-
ment, and Wednesday was the team's
day off, though a few team members
did manage to find time to putt on the
To make up for this, the Wolver-
ines spent Thursday practicing the
Tampa course before meeting up with
the competition for today's first day
of tournament play.
The lack of practice doesn't seem
to bother the golfers though.
"(It) puts you in a competitive
type of setting and keeps you com-
petitive," Westfall said.
By focusing on goal number four
- concentrating on one shot at a time
and raising their confidence levels -
the team could return from Tampa
with a new, condensed list of goals -
one that may begin like this:
1. Keep winning...
Little changes for men as they prepare for tournament
By DARREN EVERSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
At first glance, life seems to be a-
changin' around Ann Arbor.
Daytime lasts a little longer, night-
time is now a little shorter and the
coldest winter in recent memory is
over. Anyone not on the Michigan
men's golf team would notice how
things are different.
For the Wolverines, though, not
much at all has changed. They still
haven't played at home, Ohio State is
the favorite to win the conference
again and they've got another diffi-
Michigan will compete in the
Marshall Invitational in Huntington,
W.Va., this weekend, the team's sec-
ond tournament this spring. And while
the rest of the field is as tough as the
Wolverines will see all year, Michi-
gan coach Jim Carras is trying to
determine who can lead his team.
"At this point, we're trying to find
out which five guys are going to play,"
Carras said. "And I know from expe-
rience that we might have a different
lineup each week that we play. I guar-
antee you that of the five that go,
there'll be at least one to three that
won't play up to expectations."
One golfer that has played up to
and beyond expectations is Kyle
The Saline native owns the team's
best average (75.33 strokes per round)
and was Michigan's top individual
player in last week's Tanglewood
Intercollegiate, finishing 12th. His
consistent play means he'll be a pres-
ence in the lineup.
"I suspect Kyle Dobbs, just from
what I've seen so far, will play in
every tournament," Carras said.
"Chris Brockway I would suspect will
play in every tournament. Bill Lyle is
kind of struggling right now, but he'll
be okay. Now the question is which of
the others are going to surface."
In addition to that trio of golfers,
freshman Justin Hicks and junior
Michael Hill will compete for Michi-
gan. Hill has played in 12 of the 15
rounds the Wolverines have partici-
pated in this year, carding a 79.0 av-
erage. Hicks, meanwhile, has seen
action in six rounds and has a 77.83
Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Illi-
nois finished 1-2-3 in the Tanglewood
event, and all three will be a part of the
Marshall Invitational. Also, two other
Big Ten teams will be in attendance
- Michigan State and perennial con-
ference powerhouse Ohio State.
Carras has seen these teams before
and knows what to expect from them.
"Ohio State has got to probably be
the preseason favorite to win theBig
Ten again," Carras said. "They've
won it so many times. I can guarantee
you that Ohio State, Kent State, Mi-
ami and Marshall will be in the top
The tournament site is the Guyan
Golf and Country Club, a par-72 course
spanning 6,446 yards. The Marshall-
hosted event features three rounds of
golf- two Friday and one Saturday -
with tee times at 7:30 a.m. each day.
Blue up against more than opponents
BY WILL McCAH ILL
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
That's the name of the game for
the Michigan men's lacrosse club this
weekend as it prepares to host the
Michigan Invitational Tournament.
After months of playing inside,
the team will have to deal with the
uncertain bounces of natural turf, as
well as the uncertain feel of the field
on the players' limbs.
Another uncertainty is old Mother
Nature, whose craftiness has foiled
many a game this spring, and for
many a team. Snow forced the cancel-
lation of the Wolverines' game at
Bowling Green Wednesday.
Add to this the unknowns that are
the Illinois and Notre Dame lacrosse
clubs, and you have a thoroughly un-
However, Michigan coach Robert
DiGiovanni is fairly certain of his
strategy for Saturday's 3 p.m. game
against the Fighting Illini - play his
subs early and often.
"When I saw Illinois (at the recent
Big Ten regionals), they did not ap-
pear to be very strong," DiGiovanni
With two games in two days,
DiGiovanni wants to rest his starters
as much as possible against Illinois so
the Wolverines will be fresh for
Sunday's 1 p.m. matchup with the
much stronger Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame is one of a handful of
Midwestern schools with a varsity
squad, which means the club team
will be made up of players who quit
the varsity or who didn't quite make
"Any club team at a university
with a varsity team is going to be
doggone strong," DiGiovanni said.
The coach admitted he was some-
what worried about the prospect of
playing in the great outdoors, but said
the conditions should not affect the
team's play once the Wolverines be-
come accustomed to the terrain.
"We're going to try to practice on
the ground (today), to work on ground
balls," he said.
Despite the presence of a non-
conference opponent on the week-
end's menu, DiGiovanni hopes the
team can maintain its focus on the
matches at hand, rather than looking
ahead to next weekend's Big Ten
Team co-captain John Kolakowski
speculated that the team might indeed
be doing just that. But its curiosity
about the Fighting Irish is keeping the
Wolverines' minds on the task at hand.
The fact that Michigan State is in
the tournament keeps the squad on its
toes, because the Wolverines will.
face the Spartans Wednesday.
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