14 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 14, 1994
Volleyball prepares for conference foes
Women host Golden Gophers, Hawkeyes after loss to No. 11 Notre Dame
By DAVID ROTHBART sophomore Shareen Luze. She killed prospects at setter, and sophomore Saturday night, Michigan takes
Daily Sports Writer eight balls on 11 chances, hitting for outside hitter Katrien DeDecker, who on Iowa, a surprise contender in the
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The Michigan women's volley-
ball team needs one so badly, it may
start scraping steel and flint together.
The Wolverines are down, fol-
lowing a disheartening three-game
sweep by No. 11 Notre Dame Tues-
day night. The team hopes to bounce
back this weekend in matches against
Minnesota and Iowa.
Michigan (1-5 Big Ten, 5-12over-
all) came out focused against the Irish.
The first game was close, but the
Fighting Irish's experience and steadi-
nrss helped them to a 15-8 victory.
Passing errors hurt the Wolverines in
thee second game as Notre Dame
"They blew our butts out of the
water," coach Greg Giovanazzi said.
Giovanazzi was pleased with the
play of his team in the third game,
however, The Wolverines stormed out
to a 12-7 lead behind the play of
a phenomenai .636 average in the
Notre Dame brought topspin spe-
cialist Nicole Coates in to serve and
the Irish rallied to win, 15-13.
Giovanazzi said his team has had pre-
vious chances to win third games, but
has been unable to convert.
"We've played well in spurts, but
we need to play more consistently,"
Giovanazzi said. "At a couple of
moments (against Notre Dame), we
played as well as we've played all
season. We need to keep ourselves up
at that level."
Michigan's next challenge is to-
night against a tough Minnesota squad
that is coming off wins over Iowa and
Indiana. The Golden Gophers (3-3,
11-7) were picked in a pre-season
coaches' poll to finish third in the
They are led by freshman Becky
Bauer, one of the nation's top five
was last years Btig Tenr reshman or
Giovanazzi said there is no way to
shut down DeDecker.
"She's a force in this conference,"
he said. "You can't handle her. You
just assume she'll get her kills."
Michigan's strategy will be to give
DeDecker room and concentrate on
containing the rest of Minnesota's
"We've played well in
spurts, but we need to
The Golden Gophers lead the se-
ries 22-2, and Michigan has not de-
feated them at home since 1991.
Big Ten. The Hawkeyes (3-3 Big Ten,
13-5 overall) were picked to finish at
the bottom of the conference, but have
shown flashes of brilliance this sea-
son. They won 12 straight matches in
September, including a 3-0 sweep of
Illinois in Champaign.
Next Wednesday, the Wolverines
take on Michigan State. Giovanazzi
is optimistic about the upcoming slate.
"We'd love to come out 3-0 or 2-
1," he said. "Our rookies have been
playing like veterans."
Giovanazzi admitted that his team
lacks confidence, but compensates
"They're hungry," he said. "They
want to win these matches. Once they
got on a hot streak, they'll stay hot."
All they need is a spark to get them
going. It could happen tonight against
Minnesota. Or the Wolverines might
have to start scrounging around for a
The Michigan women's volleyball team is looking to rebound after its loss to .
Notre Dame. The Wolverines take on Minnesota and Iowa this weekend.
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playing our game," Koreishi said. "But
we're going to have to score a lot
more (this time)."
Michigan also hopes to refute any
doubts that its victory over Penn State
was a fluke. The Wolverines' victory
was the first in five attempts against
"We're looking to prove we knew
what we were doing (last time),"
sophomore midfielder Michelle
The weekend of Sep. 21-23, the
Wolverines hoped to start their Big
Ten season off on the right foot, going
against conference foes Northwest-
ern and Iowa on the road.
Michigan lost both games, scor-
ing only one goal in the process, and
came back worn and weary, losing to
Ohio State five days later. The Wol-
verines are hoping for a different out-
come this time around.
"It's important to remember the
lessons we learned, but we have to
move on and learn from our mis-
takes," Smulders said.
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