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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 27, 1994 -

Spikers begin conference with losses

By RODERICK BEARD
Daily Sports Writer
After a mediocre non-conference
season, the Michigan women's vol-
leyball team was hoping to start the
Big Ten season off well, because three
of its injured players were returning.
0 So much for dreams.
The Wolverines (4-8) opened the
conference season with a pair of road
losses at Northwestern and Wiscon-
sin.
The Wildcats (10-3) stopped
Michigan with a 15-6, 16-14, 15-8
victory, stretching their winning streak
to nine games. Going into the confer-
ence opener, the Wolverines had a
in streak of their own, having won
our of their last five matches.
"As a young team, we have the
tendency to come out and play ner-
vous and tight," coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "We did not do a
good job keeping pressure on when
we had the lead."
Giovanazzi was referring to the
second game, when Michigan led
Northwestern by eight points, but let
em come back to win the game.
The Wildcats overpowered the
Wolverines, blasting 12 service aces
in the match. Northwestern's senior
middle blocker, Molly Maloney, led
the way with five aces, 16 kills, and
11 digs. Senior Alison Krumbein
added 15 kills and 20 digs, pacing
five Northwestern players with 10 or
more digs.
While the Wildcats succeeded at
the service line, the Wolverines
struggled, committing 13 serving er-
rors. Sophomore outside hitter
Shareen Luze made four miscues.
Outside hitter Collen Miniuk led
Michigan with 13 kills, while Luze
and junior middle blocker Suzy

O'Donnell chipped in 11 kills apiece.
At Madison, in front of 2,336 fans
in Wisconsin Field House, the 25th-
ranked Badgers (12-2) extended their
home winning streak to 14 after de-
feating Michigan State and Michi-
gan. After Friday's 16-14, 15-10, 14-
16, 15-8 victory over the Spartans,
Wisconsin overcame a slow start and
dispatched the Wolverines, 5-15, 15-
8, 15-2, 15-10, Saturday night.
Michigan began the match quickly,
jumping out to a 13-1 lead before
winning the first game. The Badgers
recovered in the second game, taking
a 7-0 lead, and coasted for the remain-
der of the match.
The Wolverines had no answer for
Wisconsin's senior outside hitter,
Joanna Grotenhuis. Grotenhuis, who
was tied for the Big Ten lead in kills
last season, pounded 22 kills and un-
earthed a career-high 17 digs.
Giovanazzi was happy about his
team's play, even after the loss.
"We played much better than we
did at Northwestern," he said. "If we
had played at this level Friday, the
outcome would have been different."
Junior middle blocker Shannon
Brownlee continued her outstanding
play so far this season by blasting 18
kills - one short of her career high -
and picking up 13 digs. Luze had 13
kills and Miniuk added 11.
Giovanazzi was encouraged by the
sterling play of freshman middle
blocker Sarah Jackson.
"Sarah came in during game four
and played fabulous, sparking us at a
critical point in the game," he said.
Giovanazzi must now help his
team bounce back from the two losses
and concentrate on the next two con-
ference matches this weekend.

Here is how the top 25 te
end. First place votes are
Team
1. Nebraska (34)
2. Florida (22)
3. Florida State (2)
4. Penn State (3)
5. Colorado (1)
6. Arizona
7. Notre Dame
8. Michigan
9. Alabama
10. Virginia Tech
11. Texas
12. Miami (Fla.)
13. Ohio State
14. Wisconsin
15. Washington State
16. Kansas State
17. Oklahoma
18. North Carolina
19. Southern Cal
20. North Carolina St.
21. Colorado State
22, Syracuse
23. Utah
24 Illinois
25. Brigham Young

parentheses.
Record
4-0-0
3-0-0
4-0-0
4-0-0.
3-0-0
3-0-0
3-140
2-1-0
4-0-0
4-0-0
3-0-0
2-1-0
3-1-0
2-1-0 -
3-0-0
3-0-0
2-1-0
2-1-0
2-1-0
3-0-0
4-0-0
3-1-0
4-0-0
2-1-0
3-1-0

Total Points
1510
1498
1405
1373
1333
1216
1097
1088
1061
894
876
863
742
735
668
569
533
526
449
413
252
149
122
119
105

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
The Michigan volleyball team opened the conference with two road losses.

"We'll refocus at practice," he
said. "We must get better defen-
sively and we need to start scoring
points."

The Wolverines don't have too
much time to prepare, as they host
Illinois Friday and Purdue Saturday
night at Cliff Keen Arena.

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Women golfers making strides

SUSAN DANN
For The Daily
The Michigan women's golf team
is riding a wave of success. The Wol-
verines are cruising back to Ann Ar-
bor after a seventh place finish at the
Lady Spartan Invitational in East Lan-
sing last weekend.
Wisconsin won the tournament
with a team score of 612. Illinois and
Ohio State tied at 621. Michigan State,
Notre Dame, and Purdue all finished
in the 630's just strokes below the
Wolverines.
Michigan posted rounds of 321-
319 for a 36-hole total of 640.
"We accomplished our goal,"
sophomore Molly Vandenbark said
f the team's low score for the tourna-
ent. "We wanted to have a score of
320 or lower on the average and we
ended up averaging exactly 320."
Vandenbark shot the lowest score
for the Wolverines, shooting a 10-

over-par 156 (77-79), tying for 10th
place.
"I knew that if I stayed focused
and concentrated on each shot indi-
vidually, a good score would follow,"
Vandenbark said.
Other top finishers for Michigan
were sophomore Wendy Westfall and
junior Shannon McDonald. Westfall
finished 20th, scoring a two round
total of 159. McDonald placed 30th
with a score of 81 both rounds.
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert
said she was satisfied with the show-
ing of the entire squad.
"We have to be happy with our
individual performances," Teichert
said. "Our scores are getting lower
and our average is a lot lower than it
has been.
"We were getting the ball a lot
closer to the hole. I just hope we start
capitalizing on some of our putts."
Vandenbark also said the team

needs to work on its putting.
"It wasn't necessarily a problem
at Michigan State, but this week I'm
really going to concentrate on my
chipping," Vandenbark said.
The Wolverines traveled with a
young squad to the Michigan State
golf course. Freshmen Laura Tzakis
and Nicole Green joined Vandenbark
and Westfall. McDonald and senior
Jenny Zimmerman were the only two
upperclassmen.
Vandenbark was pleased with the
finish of the young team, but sensed a
bit of uncertainty.
"One thing we need to work on is
confidence," she said. "I think the
whole team in general gets intimi-
dated too easily.
"A lot of the time, people suggest
that teams are so much better and it
gets to our heads," Vandenbark said.
"We know that we are just as good as
they are. We just have to prove it."

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