10- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 15, 1994
'M' spikers look to continue winning ways
By RODERICK BEARD
Daily Sports Writer
Riding the wave of the season's
first winning streak, the women's
volleyball team travels to Virginia
Tech to face three tough teams this
weekend at the Comfort Inn Hokie
After victories over Virginia and
Pittsburgh last week, the Wolverines
(2-5) look to extend their two-game
winning streak when they face Kan-
sas tomorrow at 8 p.m. The streak
gives Michigan momentum after a
miserable five-match losing streak
that began the season.
"We hope to play with more con-
fidence, something that we were defi-
nitely missing before," coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "We have excep-
tional talent, but we just haven't been
able to pull out the wins."
If the Wolverines win any matches
this weekend, it will be without the
services of three of their key players.
Senior outside hitter Aimee Smith,
junior middle blocker Suzy
O'Donnell, and sophomore right-side
hitter Shareen Luze will not make the
trip because of injuries.
With the lingering abdominal in-
jury to Kristen Ruschiensky, who
practiced for the first time this week,
Michigan enters the tournament with-
out many healthy players.
"The injuries hurt our depth,"
Giovanazzi said. "This means we have
fewer options if someone isn't play-
The injury to O'Donnell hurts
most, because of her experience and
recent sterling play.
"Suzy was playing the best vol-
leyball of her career (before she was
injured); she was really hitting the
ball well," Giovanazzi said. "We're
going to miss her leadership."
In the Pittsburgh match, O'Donnell
had 28 kills, one shy of the Michigan
record for one match. This is an ex-
traordinary feat, considering middle
blockers don't get as many kills as
outside hitters. She is second on the
team with a 3.22 kills per game aver-
The loss of three key players means
that some younger players, such as
Darlene Recker and Chereena Ten-
nis, will get more playing time.
Giovanazzi said that he was willing to
play some of his younger players, but
the injuries force his hand.
"We need to see them play more,
and this is a good opportunity for
them," he said.
Michigan continues the tourna-
ment Saturday morning with a match
against William & Mary at 11 a.m.,
and concludes with Virginia Tech at
The three matches this weekend
are the last tune-up for the Wolver-
ines, as they begin the rigorous Big
Ten conference schedule next Friday
Three more wins this weekend
would give the Wolverines a .500
record for the first time this season. It
would also equal their longest winning
streak since 1992, when they had five
consecutive wins to start the season.
Giovanazzi remembers that winning
streak well - they were his first five
games as Michigan's coach.
Usually, coaches don't like to
make bold predictions, but Giovanazzi
went out on a limb. "We intend to go
in to win three matches," he said.
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past 34 days has taught everyone that
this cannot be repeated next year. We@
need to get down to some earnest
collective bargaining as soon as pos-
sible. ... The job of a union is to
participate in collective bargaining.
Threats of strikes and strikes do not
produce solutions. Only earnest bar-
Selig spoke of a "cooling-off pe-
riod," while Ravitch said an owners
meeting could take place in the "not
too-distant future" and indicated that
he'll contact the owners tomorrow
and be in touch with Fehr soon. Fehr
will begin conducting a series of re-
gional player meetings next week.
Fehr said the union would not nec-
essarily oppose participating in bind-
ing arbitration, but Selig responded,
"This will only be solved at the bai-
The owners have offered the play
ers 50 percent of baseball's revenues
in a proposal that calls for a payroll
floor and ceiling for each club. The
players vehemently oppose any sort
of salary cap and say they want to
maintain the free-market system in
which the average player salary ha
soared to nearly $1.2 million a year.
Late last week, the union made a
proposal to the owners that would iii6
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share their revenues - and subsidize
the game's small-market clubs - but
the owners contemptuously rejectedtle
plan, saying it contained no mechanismi
for curbing players' salaries. Face-to-
face talks broke off Saturday.
The economic and commercial law
subcommittee of the House Judiciary
Committee is scheduled to conduct
hearing on the owners' long-standing
exemption from federal antitrust laws
today. A procedural block already has
kept a bill to limit the antitrust exemp-
tion - and permit the players to sue if
the owners attempt to declare an im-
passe in negotiations and unilaterally
impose a salary cap - from reaching
the Senate floor for a vote this session.
But union officials say they believe
congressional scrutiny of the antitrust
exemption will increase dramatically
if the owners impose a salary cap.
Administration officials said Presi-
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in the dispute. "We will follow it, but
I don't think at this point there are any
plans for action," White House press
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