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14 - Tne Michigan Daily - Friday, December 2, 1994

Blue hosts last-place Irish
Berenson adjusts lines to ignite Michigan offense

By TOM SEELEY
Daily Hockey Writer
Those poor Irish. First the potato
famine, now this.
The Notre Dame hockey team
knows it is in for a tough game tomor-
row night against Michigan based on
the lopsided result of its last trip to
Yost Ice Arena.
But things have just gotten worse
for the Fighting Irish.
Last year Notre Dame (1-8 CCHA,
3-10 overall) was the victim of a 13-2
Michigan thrash-
ing. Now it must
face a similar
Michigan team (6-
2, 9-4), with the
difference being
thattheseWolver-
ines have ven-
geance on its
mind.
Willis "I feel sorry
for the next team
that plays us," Michigan captain Rick
Willis said. "We want to take out a
few frustrations."
This eagerness stems from the re-
sultof the lasttime the Wolverines took
the ice. In their last game, Michigan lost
to Minnesota, 4-3, after leading 3-1 in
the third period.
Tomorrow's game will also be
tough for the Irish because it's the
Wolverines' only home game in the
month of December, and it's the only
game for both teams this weekend -
thus making it the focal point for the
Wolverines' aggression.
"We have something to prove this
weekend," Willis said. "(The Minne-
sota) game showed us we have some
work to do."
Notre Dame is also returning to
conference play after a brief holiday

respite. The Irish skated at the Great
Western Freeze-Out in Inglewood,
Calif., where they lost to Princeton, 6-
3, and Maine, 4-1.
In those games, especially the pen-
alty-filled affair with Princeton, the
Irish struggled when they had a man-
advantage. Against the Tigers, Notre
Dame converted on only one of 11
power play opportunities and against
the Black Bears they were 0-of-4.
Currently the Irish find themselves
with the second-worstpower-play av-
erage in the league, converting a pal-
try 14.8 percent of their chances.
Michigan, on the other hand, is lead-
ing the CCHA in that department, mak-
ing good on 31.4 percent of its extra-
man opportunities. Despite their appar-
ent advantage and the fact that the
Wolverines have defeated the South
Bend natives 12 times in the last three
years, Michigan coach Red Berenson is
not downplaying tomorrow's contest.
"The thing that's important is how
we play," he said. "Notre Dame is a
team that's going to beat Michigan at
somepoint; it'sjustamatterofwhen."

After the last game, Berenson ex-
pressed some worries with how cer-
tain lines were playing and has since
changed the line configurations.
Kevin Hilton, who usually plays
left wing alongside center Brendan
Morrison and right wing Mike Knuble,
will move to the center spot between
Warren Luhning and John Madden.
Jason Botterill jumps up to
'I feel sorry for the
next team that plays
us.'
- Rick Willis
Michigan hockey captain
Michigan's top line to join Morrison,
the team's leading goal-scorer, and
Knuble, last week's CCHA Offensive
Player of the Week. Matt Herr joins
Robb Gordon and Bill Muckalt, creat-
ing an all-freshman line. Finally, sopho-
more Mike Legg joins the checking line
with senior mainstays Willis and Ron
Sacka.

i
JOE WESTRATE/Daily
John Madden and Warren Luhning will try to help the Wolverines continue their domination of Notre Dame.

Men spikers prepare for grudge match against Michigan State

By ALAN GOLDENBACH
For the Daily
The Michigan men's volleyball team is go-
ing into tomorrow's match against Michigan
State trying to prove that its three-game sweep
over Northwestern in the season opener was
anything but an aberration.
However, the Wolverines know that they
will be up against much stiffer competition this
time, in the form of a veteran Spartan club.
"They are a highly experienced team," coach
Jennifer Slosar said. "They're also going to be
geared up to play us after we beat them in the
preseason."

Slosar is referring to the preseason tourna-
ment at Michigan State, in which Michigan
came into East Lansing and defeated not only
the Spartans, but all seven other teams in the
tournament as well.
Michigan State is a talented team with re-
venge on its mind.
"They are strong in the middle," Slosar said.
"We can't afford to make too many mistakes
with them because our middles are still learn-
ing."
"Our middle play will be very important to
establish," team president Kevin Urban said.
That shouldn't be a problem as long as

Michigan plays up to the standards it set for
itself against Northwestern. In that match, the
Wolverines made a total of only 11 hitting
errors. But continuing to play at that high level
will not be easy.
"We weren't challenged to our fullest poten-
tial (against Northwestern)," Slosar said. "They
never got into a rhythm. We were picking up
free balls in transition and converting them into
easy scores."
Michigan will also try to take advantage of
the Spartans' weakness at the setter position, as
they have lost key players from last year to
graduation. Urban knows that this will be an

important area of Michigan State's game to
exploit.
"They're weak from the setter (position) and
if we can take advantage of that, we can take@
them out of their offense really quickly," Urban
said.
This is the last match until January, and the
Wolverines would like to end 1994 on a win-
ning note. But more importantly, they want to
beat their archrivals and keep them from gain-
ing revenge.
"This is our biggest game of the year,"
Urban said. "When we play Michigan State, we
not only play to win but play for pride as well." .

SOUTH CAROLINA (82)
FQ FT REB
MIN W-A M-A OT A F PTS
Funderburk 38 2-7 4-6 1-1 6 4 8
Johnson 37 9-24 13-14 2-8 5 3 34
Randall 37 516 5-8 6-9 2 2 16
Timmons 36 4-10 0-2 0-5 4 1 11
Kelly 20 2-4 0-2 3-6 0 4 4
Ramsey 16 2-4 1-6 4-9 0 1 6
Godfrey 10 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 3
Thompson 6 0-1 0-1 0-2 0 1 0
Totals 200 25-49 2339 2045 1716 82
FG%: .362. FT%: .590. Three-point goals:9-31,
.290 (Johnson 3-9, Timmons 3-9, Ramsey 1-1,
Godfrey 1-3, Randall 1-8, Funderburk 0-1).
Blocks: 1 (Johnson). Turnovers: 16 (Funderburk
5, Johnson 5, Timmons 3, Randall 2, Kelly).
Steals: 17 (Timmons 9, Johnson 6, Funderburk
2). Technical Fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (78)

Brzezinski
Johnson
Shellman
DiGiacinto
Murray
Rloss
Willard
DuBois

MIN
40
40
37
33
22
18
7
3

FO
M-A
7-10
12-22
3-11
2-8
4-10
3-6
0-2
0-0

FT
M-A
1-1
2-2
1-2
0-1
1-2
3-5
0-0
0-0

RES
o-T
2-19
5-6
2-6
1-7
1-4
1-1
2-4
0-0

A
1
2
4
0
3
4
2
0

F PTS
4 16
5 28
4 9
3 4
4 12
4 9
4 0
1 0

GAM ECOC KS
Continued from page 13
ine cause.
Johnson's 12-of-22 shooting per-
formance, her best this year, included
a two-of-five night from beyond the
arc.
The Wolverines continue their
Southern swing this weekend. To-
morrow, Michigan takes on Georgia
State in Atlanta. It will be the first-
ever meeting between the Wolver-
ines and the Panthers.
Georgia State is led by the twin
towers, Lakia Hayes and Rhian Jones.
Both standing 6-foot-2, they are the
Panthers' top returnees. Hayes, a
sophomore center, averaged 15.3
points and 9.4 rebounds per game last
season. Jones, a junior forward, tal-
lied 11.1 ppg, pulled down 8.1 rpg
and swatted away 35 shots in the 93-
94 campaign.

Sunday, December 4
1 p.m. Cowboys vs. Eagles
Jets vs. Patriots

Totals 200 3169 8413 15-50 1629 78
FG%: .449. FT%: .615. Three-point goals: 8-17,
.471 (Murray 3-5, Johnson 2-5, Shellman 2-6,
Brzezinski 1-1). Blocks: 4 (Brzezinski 4).
Turnovers: 25 (Johnson 7, Murray 5, Brzezinski
4, Ross 4, Willard 3, DuBois 2). Steals: 11 (Ross
3, Shellman 3, Brzezinski 2, DiGiacinto, Johnson,
Murray). Technical Fouls: none.
South Carolina....... 41 41-82
Michigan................44 34-78
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Giants vs. Browns

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