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6 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, September 12, 1994
Spikers nab first two victories after dropping one to Spartans

By TOM SEELEY
Daily Sports Writer
While a loss to Michigan State is
rarely the start of a good weekend, the
Michigan women's volleyball team
took it in stride and rebounded to win
its first two matches of the year.
After losing a tight five-game
match to the Spartans on Friday night,
3-15, 15-5, 15-10, 6-15, 15-10, the
Wolverines (2-5) recovered and turned
this weekend into their most successful
series of the young season.
The victories against Virginia (15-
9, 7-15, 15-10, 15-2) and Pittsburgh
(15-12, 13-15, 15-13, 15-1) Saturday
gave the host Wolverines a 2-1 record
in the Kaepa Volleyball Challenge.
After a rocky opening week, it also
gave the team its first winning streak
of the season.
"Our team is playing at a much
higher level now," Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "(Saturday's wins) are
very big because this is a team that is
starting to blossom and all the teams
that we played against in this tourna-
ment are all very similar in level."
In the match against Michigan State,
the Wolverines' script seemed at times
to be following that of their previous
contest - a tough four-game loss to
Eastern Michigan. As in that match,
Michigan found itself in a position to
win the pivotal third game after split-

ting the first two, but watched the op-
ponents close out the third game in
convincing fashion.
However, that's where the simi-
larities ended. The Wolverines came
back and stopped the Spartans in game
four, 15-6, behind strong serving by
freshman Chereena Tennis and junior
Suzy O'Donnell.
In the fifth and deciding game, the
veteran Michigan State squad jumped
to a 5-2 lead and fought off several
Michigan comebacks before winning
the game and the match with a 15-10
triumph.
"Even though it looked like it was
following a similar scenario to the
(Eastern Michigan) match, the level
of play was much higher," Giovanazzi
said. "Also, after losing game three,
we came out and were very focused in
game four.
"The match came down to a couple
of points where we didn't convert in
game five. We had opportunities and
if we would have had the same good
ball control we had earlier on, we
would have been great. Instead, we
end up losing a tight five-gamer to a
good Michigan State team."
Despite the outcome, the young
Wolverine squad seemed to gain con-
fidence from the match against its
intrastate rival. This was evident the
next day when Michigan claimed its

first victories of the year.
In Michigan's opening contest of
the day, it dispatched a tough Virginia
squad in four games. After playing a
rather evenly matched first three
games, the Wolverines exploded for a
15-2 victory in game four and notched
their first win of the 1994 campaign.
Leading the Wolverine attack were
middle blockers O'Donnell and jun-
ior Shannon Brownlee. O'Donnell
spiked her way to a match-high 15
kills and a .500 hitting percentage
while Brownlee had 10 kills and a
team-high 13 digs.
"Getting that first win is amaz-
ing," Brownlee said. "We knew that
we were good and all of us played
really well individually, but we
couldn't get it together as a team. So
we had a couple of team meetings and
decided to come together and cel-
ebrate, and it worked."
O'Donnell and Brownlee were
also the main contributors later that
evening when Michigan gained its
second win of the year. The Wolver-
ines sealed the Panthers' fate with
another strong finish - this time in
the form of a 15-1 thrashing in the
fourth game.
O'Donnell led the way with an-
other match-high 28 kills while
Brownlee contributed 18 of her own,
and their play has given Giovanazzi

MOLLY ITEVEN/Daily
Shannon Brownlee (left) and Sarah Jackson go up for a block against Virginia Saturday at Cliff Keen Arena.
Brownlee had 10 kills and a team-high 13 digs in Michigan's win over the Cavaliers.

reason to smile.
"I'm happy to see Suzy and Shan-
non doing so well," he said. "We
spent a lot of time with those two in
the spring just running the middle ev-
eryday, and it's starting to pay off."

Despite the loss to Michigan State,
this weekend provided the confidence
boost that the team needed after its
shaky start. The Wolverines now have
a rosier outlook before they start con-
ference play in two weeks.

"Even though we did lose one, we
still improved our play 200 percent,"
Brownlee said. "We've come so far in
the last couple of days, and this week-
end has been totally successful for us,
which is good going into Big Ten play."

Women harriers capture Miami Invitational *
Harvey claims first place as fifth-ranked Wolverines outdistance 10-team field

By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
Daily Sports Writer
It was business as usual for the No.
5 Michigan women's cross country
team Saturday at the Miami University
Invitational.
The two-time defending confer-
ence champions blasted the 10-team
field at the meet in Oxford, Ohio. The
Wolverines compiled a team score of
29, far outdistancing second-place
Miami of Ohio (67) and third-place
Eastern Kentucky (76).
Overwhelming victories, how-
ever, are commonplace for a Michi-
gan squad that is trying to finish in the
top 10 nationally for the third consecu-
tive year.
"Going in, we were pretty sure
that we were going to dominate the
competition, and we did," senior All-
America Karen Harvey said.
Harvey won the individual compe-
tition with a time of 17 minutes 28
seconds in the 5,000-meter race.
Despite easily capturing first
place, Harvey said that she can do
better.
"My time was a little slower than
I thought I was capable of running,"
she said. "I ran really hard in train-
ing this past week and I think it took

its toll.
"But it's early in the season and we
now have a couple of weeks of training
before our next meet."
Sophomore Jenny Barber was
Michigan's second runner and fin-
ished third overall with a career-best
time of 17:58. Freshman Eileen
Fleck's time of 17:58 was good
enough for fourth-place overall, a split-
second behind Barber.
"I was really happy with Barber
and Fleck," Michigan coach Mike
McGuire said. "As for Fleck, under
18 minutes for a freshman in a 5,000-
meter race is outstanding."
The youngster also impressed the
veteran Harvey.
"Fleck ran really solidly,"
Harvey said. "She looked very prom-
ising and will definitely be in our
top seven at the Big Ten (champion-
ships)."
Junior Kelly Chard made her re-
turn after missing all of last season
due to foot surgery. The 1992 All-Big
Ten performer finished 17th overall
with a time of 19:09.
"By her standards, Chard's show-
ing was modest," McGuire said. "But,
overall, I was really encouraged with
her run because she has been out with

the foot surgery.
"The key with her is to have her
healthy."
The Wolverines' five other finish-
ers were Molly Lori (18:37), Katy
Hollbacher (18:41), Tanya Manson
(19:11), Heather Grigg (19:36) and
Michelle Spannagel (20:08).
While winning the meet was al-
most a foregone conclusion for Michi-
gan, it was a good gauge for the squad
early in the season.
"I think (the meet) helped Mike
decide who is going to be in our top
seven," Harvey said. "He has to de-
cide who is going to run and how we
are going to win each individual
meet."
It also allowed some younger run-
ners to gain experience.
"In training, you can simulate the
competition," McGuire said. "But
until you get into the competition,
you really don't know what to ex-
pect."
The road will get tougher for the
Wolverines. After an open date next
Saturday, Michigan travelstoMissoula,
Mont., for the Mountain Classic West
Sept. 24.
"At our next meet, the competition
will be at another level," McGuire said.

"But it's two weeks down the road, ano
we will be performing at ahigher level."
For that meet, the Wolverines
will regain the services of three of

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their top runners: All-America
Courtney Babcock, junior Heather
Grigg and freshman Deanna Arnill.
The three stayed home Saturday to
rest.

SPORTS INFORMATION
Michigan's Karen Harvey finished first in Saturday's Miami University
Invitational. As a team, the Wolverines took first with 29 points.

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By ANTOINE PITTS
Daily Sports Editor
Two weeks into the season the
Michigan men's soccer team still
looked for its first victory of the year.
The Wolverines travelled to Canada
Friday to record that first win in blow-
out fashion.
Michigan (1-1-2) got goals from
seven different players en route to an
8-0 defeat of St. Clair College in
Windsor, Ont.
"It was good for us to get our first
win of the season," Michigan coach

Steve Burns said. "You need a game
like this. Putting a lot of goals in the
back of the net will help our confi-
dence."
The Wolverines scored early and
often and kept pressure on St. Clair the
whole afternoon. In fact, St. Clairhardly
tested the Michigan defense. Goal-
keeper Chris Dow needed to make only
one save in the first half and Mike
Milman only faced one shot in goal
during the second half.
"We weren't really challenged,"
Burns said. "For about 90 minutes we
were in their half of the field just
attacking and attacking. We had a
good opportunity to get all our play-
ers some game time."
Ryan and Adam Carriere, both
transfers from Schoolcraft College, led

the Michigan offense. Adam notched a
goal while Ryan, a defender playing up
front, tallied two goals and an assist for
the Wolverines.
"The Carriere boys really put some
numbers up for us," Burns said. "Ryan
is a natural defender but we used him
up on offense. He and his brother
really worked well for us."
Michigan's initial goal came from
forward Herschel Wancjer. Midfielder
Joe Cusumano converted on a penalty
shot and midfielder Kris Wiljanen
scored to give the Wolverines a 3-0
halftime lead.
"I thought we played erratic in the
first half but then we settled down,"
midfielder Ian Kurth said. "They
weren't that tough."
Adam Carriere scored five minutes

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'This was a good way
to break loose. In our
first three games we
had just four goals and
no wins.'
- Ian Kurth
junior midfielder
into the second half and Ryan Carriere
followed with two straight goals to put
the game away. Kurth and midfielder
Rob Sirrine finshed out the scoring for
the Wolverines.
"This was a good way to break
loose," said Kurth, who also had two
assists. "In our first three games we
had just four goals and no wins."
The Wolverines play their first
home game of the season
tommorrow night against Spring
Arbor. The game is set for 6 p.m. at
Mitchell Field.

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