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10 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 10, 1994

Women's soccer tops Buffalo

By TIM SMITH
Daily Sports Writer
In most sports, teams go into a
contest with a game plan designed to
exploit theiropponents' weaknesses or
to coverup their own.
A lot of times these strategies do
little to effect the outcome of the game,
butinsomeinstances, smartgameplans
and well executed play have given some
underdog teamsjustthe advantage they
need to win.
In the Michigan women's soccer
team's narrow 2-1 victory Saturday, a
defensive strategy helped SUNY-Buf-
falo come dangerously close to upset-
ting the Wolverines.
"It was annoying," freshman center
midfielderDebFlahertysaidofSUNY-
Buffalo'spackingdefense. "Weplayed
into their trap of playing just the way
they wanted us to. We didn't open the

field for ourselves. They were trying to
close the space in and they did."
Even though SUNY-Buffalo was
not successful in its quest to beat the
Wolverines, its defense did cause
Michigan many problems.
"We should have killed them,"
Flaherty, who had one of the Wolver-
ines two goals, said. "It was 2-1, but
(the game) wasn't close at all. We
dominated the whole game."
Michigan got on the board late in
the first half when freshman forward
Betsy Axley was in the right place at
the right time and scored off a rebound
right in front of the goal.
"I ran in expecting there to be a
rebound, and there was so I lucked
out," Axley said.
Michigan didn't have any luck
with referees for much of the game,
with two apparent goals called back

because of offside penalties, and
SUNY-Buffalo's lone goal being
counted after an obvious foul.
The Wolverines, who outshot
SUNY-Buffalo, 24-7, came danger-
ously close to letting one of the easier
games on their schedule slip away when
Buffalo scored on a direct kick early in
the second half to tie the game at one.
On the play, Wolverine goalie Alicia
Smith was flattened by a SUNY-Buf-
falo player, without penalty, to enable
the goal.
Michigan quickly regained the lead,
however, when Flaherty scored from
in front of the goal to give the Wolver-
ines the decisive 2-1 advantage.
"They were aphysically good team
and they worked hard,"Michigan coach
Debbie Belkin said. "We had to spread
things (the offense) out, and when we
did that we were successful."

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women's soccer team were slowed but not stopped by SUNY-Buffalo's defense.

Women's volleyball drops two on the
road to Buckeyes and Lady Lions

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By RODERICK BEARD
Daily Sports Writer
As the old saying goes, any team
can beat any other team on a given day.
That is, unless the other teams are Ohio
State and Penn State.
The nationally ranked Buckeyes and
Lady Lions continued their mastery of
theMichigan women's volleyball team
this weekend, each posting easy three-
game victories.
"We're still looking to play hard,
consistent volleyball," coach Greg
Giovanazzi said.
Playing at Ohio State was a chal-
lenge forthe Wolverines (1-5 Big Ten,
5-10 overall), because they have never
won a match at Columbus and the
Buckeyes had won 13 consecutive
matches over Michigan. The Wolver-
ines stayed close with the Buckeyes in
each of the first two games, but in the
end, Ohio State (5-1,12-2) pulled away
to win both games. In game three,
Michigan jumped ahead 9-7, but relin-
quished the lead, the game and the
match to the Buckeyes.
"Ohio State is at a different level.

They have the most sophisticated of-
fensein the country," Giovanazzi said.
"They didn't give us an opportunity (to
get into the match).
"If we had played against other
teams the way we played in that third
game, we would have a lot more wins
this season."
Junior Suzy O'Donnell led the
Wolverines with a team-high 10 kills
and a.429 hitting percentage. Shareen
Luze chipped in six kills and six digs.
The Buckeyes got their offensive
production from Tricia Stragliotto, who
had 11 kills, 13 digs and an impressive
.733 hitting percentage. Jenny Jackson
added 12 kills, three blocks and a.500
hitting efficiency.
The trip to State College was not
pleasant for Michigan, which was look-
ing for its first ever triumph over the
Lady Lions.But Penn State (5-1, 16-1)
refused to give in, handing the Wolver-
ines their fifth loss in six matches, 15-
6, 15-4, 15-7. The win improved the
Lady Lions' record to 9-0 against the
Michigan.
"We can't score because their of-

fense is so good," Giovanazzi said. "(In
volleyball) you have to score when you
don't have the ball."
Sophomores Colleen Miniuk and
Kristin Ruschiensky led the team in
kills with eighteachfor the Wolverines.
Laura Cook paced the Lady Lions
with 17 kills, nine digs and a .371
hitting efficiency. Saundi Lamoureux
added nine kills and five blocks. The
1993 Big Ten Player of the Year,
Salima Davidson contributed 34 as-
sists, 11 digs and 4 kills.
So far this season, Michigan has
played five nationally ranked oppo-
nents - including then-No. 6 Florida
and No. I Stanford - and lost all five
matches. With the exception of the
match against Wisconsin, all five have
been three-game losses.
The Wolverines travel to South
Bend, Ind. to face No. 11 Notre Dame
Tuesday.
"We're capable of beating a team
like Notre Dame," he said. "We need
rewards for our consistent play, and a
victory (over a tough team) could give
us the spark to turn us around."

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