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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 28, 1994 - 13

,Soccer travels to Texas
Kickers battle first-year programs

Spikers look to repeat
success against Purdue

By TIM SMITH
Daily Sports Writer
For the first-year Michigan
women's soccer team, membership
definitely has its privileges.
After spending many years living
the life as a club team with the 12-
hour road trips and packed hotel
rooms, the Wolverines are starting to
reap the benefits of being a varsity
sport.
Michigan (8-6-1) will travel to Aus-
tin, Tex. to take on fellow first-year
programs Arizona and Nebraska in a
round robin tournament this weekend.
"Everybody's really excited to go
0 to Texas just to travel and get on a
plane and go south," Michigan coach
Debbie Belkin said. "So everybody is
really psyched and has been practic-
ing really hard."
The Wolverines face the Wildcats
(2-8-0) Saturday and the Cornhuskers
Sunday. Nebraska beat Arizona, 2-0,
earlier in the season.
The Wildcats have struggled some
* in their inaugural season. They dropped
back-to-back overtime losses to South-
ern Cal and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and
beat Loyola Marymount, 2-1, Sunday
for their second win of the season.
Jenn Duran (13 points on the sea-
son) and goalie Jen Weibel (77 saves
in eight games) lead Arizona.
STICKERS
Continued from page 12
"I think the game against Iowa, if
anything, gave us more confidence,"
Lupinski said.
Confidence was on all sides after
Michigan's victory over the Spartans
on Oct. 5, which was its last victory
over a Big Ten opponent. Coming on
the heels of a 1-0 upset of Penn State-
* ranked No. 7 in the country - the win
was a high point of the Wolverines'
season.
The Wolverines look to continue
their success in East Lansing and
Columbus.
The
0 ~WAMES
Wisconsin at Michigan
Ohio State at Penn State
Indiana at Michigan State
Illinois at Notwsen
Iowa at Purdue
Celorado at Nebraska
Duke at Florida State
Virginia Tech at Miami
i NC State at North Carolina
Aiona at Oregon
Last Week
IOverall

"I expect the teams that we are
going to play against are going to be
good,"Belkin said. "They have strong
records and they have been playing
some good teams, soI think it's really
going to be a challenge for us."
Another challenge for the Wol-
verines will be putting the ball in the
net. Michigan has had strong perfor-
mances recently againstBig Ten pow-
ers Michigan State and Penn State,
only to lose, 1-0, in each contest.
"Maybe if we were an established
program we would be getting down,"
Belkin said. "But being a new pro-
gram gives us a comparison how we're
doing against other teams."
The Wolverines have been play-
ing solid defense and the offense has
shown some signs of its potential.
Belkin hopes someone will step up
for the squad and help it break out of
its scoring slump.
"I don't know what the problem is,"
Belkin said. "We can just try different
people and see who is going to (perform
well) for us at that time."
This weekend the Wolverines will
stick to their usual game plan and hope
the scoring slump comes to an end.
"We're just going to go out and
play the game like we've been play-
ing and hopefully (the shots) will go,"
Belkin said.
"We definitely know we have a
chance to win the playoffs," junior
defender Aaleya Koreishi said.
This weekend, Michigan looks to
concentrate on the fundamentals of its
game. Individual offense and defense
were stressedlin practice this week, in
order to help the Wolverines recuperate
from their weekend losses.
Regardless of its record, Michi-
gan knows it can compete. The Wol-
verines look to start afresh in Colum-
bus and put their regular-season de-
feats behind them.
"We've come so close to beating
the top teams in the conference, and I
think it's possible," sophomore
midfielder Bree Derr said.

By DAVID ROTHBART
Daily Sports Writer
A good memory is sometimes a
bad thing to have. The Michigan
women's volleyball team, losers of
seven straight matches, is doing its
best to forget the last 26 days. That is
how long it's been since it came away
with a victory.
The Wolverines (1-9 Big Ten, 5-
16 overall) are trying not to wallow in
their past defeats, coach Greg
Giovanazzi said.
"It's difficult for athletes to keep
their heads up with this much fail-
ure," the coach said.
Giovanazzi tried to identify the
common denominators of the losses.
He said his squad has committed too
many unforced errors and has had
trouble playing hard consistently.
"There's been a lack of someone to
step up and shoulder the team,"
Giovanazzi said. "We need somebody
to take responsibility, to pick everyone
up a notch."
Junior middle blocker Suzy
O'Donnell said if the squad can avoid
focusing on the past, it will perform
well in the remaining 10 games.

Tonight, Michigan begins the sec-
ond half of its Big Ten season against
Purdue - the last team the Wolver-
ines defeated.
Giovanazzi thinks his team can
beat the Boilermakers again as long
as it maintains the error-free play it
demonstrated in the teams' first meet-
ing on Oct. 1. Purdue (2-8, 4-15)
enters the match riding a four-game
losing streak of its own.
Injuries to Colleen Miniuk and
Kristen Ruschiensky have Left
Giovanazzi concerned. Freshmen
Darlene Recker and Chereena Tennis
will start in their places.
Miniuk said the pain of not being
able to play and help her team was
worse than the pain of her shoulder
injury. She was encouraged, how-
ever, by the motivation the team
showed this week in practice.
"It was awesome. Everyone
worked so hard," Miniuk said. "Los-
ing builds frustration, and frustration
makes people work harder. We're all
psyched up for this weekend."
Tomorrow, Michigan takes on Illi-
nois (6-4, 14-8), which swept the Wol-
verines in Ann Arbor on Sept. 30.

, ~MARK F-RIEDMAN/Daily
The women's soccer team challenges Arizona and Nebraska this weekend.
Cross country at Iwa

By DAN McKENZIE
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's cross coun-
try team heads into the Big Ten cham-
pionships at Iowa Saturday with a
chance to win its third conference title
in a row. The Wolverines are ranked
sixth in the nation after winning four of
their five meets, including an upset of
No. 4 Stanford two weeks ago.
However, a three-peat perfor-
mance won't be easy for Michigan.
Standing in its way will be No. 5
Wisconsin. Penn State, another top
15 team could also give the Wolver-
ines problems.
"You never know (about the
rankings) on the day of the race,"
senior Karen Harvey said. "But I don't
think that (Penn State) can beat Wis-
consin or us."
Coach Mike McGuire has selected
nine Wolverines to travel to Iowa.
The squad includes seniors Harvey
and Jessica Kluge,juniors Molly Lori
and Katy Hollbacher, sophomores
Jennifer Barber and Emily Shively,
and freshmen Deanna Arnill, Pauline

Arnill and Eileen Fleck. Serving as
alternates will bejunior Heather Grigg
and sophomore Tanya Manson.
"At other meets, it was a mix of
people," Harvey said. "We were test-
ing people out. Of all of those meets,
we've chosen our top nine. This is the
all-star team."
Despite the fact that they are not the
top-ranked team going into the meet,
the Wolverines feel confident about
their chances. The scoring system ap-
pears to favor a team like Michigan.
The Wolverines' depth will be advanta-
geous since only the top five runners for
each team count toward the final re-
suIts. Besides Harvey, who earned All-
Big Ten honors last year, Michigan has
improved its lineup with freshmen twins
Deanna and Pauline Arnill.
Deanna Arnill has finished first
among all Wolverines in each of the
races she has competed. She also
placed first overall at the Wolverine
Interregional two weeks ago.
After returning from an injury,
Pauline Arnill placed fifth overall in
her final meet of the season.

Experience in crew's favor

By MICHAEL JOSHUA
Daily Sports Writer
The one thing that coach Mark
Rothstein's womens crew team has
on its side for this weekend's regatta
in East Lansing is experience. And in
more ways than you might think.
In this weekend's competition
against intra-state rivals Michigan
State and Grand Valley, the Wolver-
ines have the experience they acquired
from last weekend.
At the Head of the Charles Re-
gatta in Boston, the team faced not
only powerhouse squads from the col-
lege circuit, but also clubs from all
over the world.
"We went out there to see where we
were at the moment and where we have
to improve," senior Pam Carroll said.

Michigan finished in the top 25
against the field. Yet, even with this
impressive outcome, the Wolverines
were not satisfied.
"We're a little upset that we didn't
do better than we did," senior Carrie
Hoag said. "(But) whereas some teams
peak now, we would like to be in top
form in the spring. Then, hopefully, the
teams we lost to now, we'll beat then."
Experience is also on Michigan's
side in regards to the leadership
brought to the team. The Wolverines
have nine seniors - who all serve as
co-captains - leading the squad this
year.
Having the guidance from the el-
ders, the new members have adjusted
well to racing against tougher compe-
tition.

B Rachel Brett Michael Chad Bud *
ACHMAN FORREST ROSENBERG SAFRAN VAN DE WEGE

Michigan
Penn State
Indiana
Illinois
Purdue
Nebraska
Florida State
Virginia Tech
North Carolina
Arizona
5-S
44-24-2

Michigan
Penn State
Michigan State
Illinois
Purdue
Colorado
FloridaState
Miami
North Carolina
Arizona
6-4
44-24-2

Michigan
Penn State
Michigan State
Illinois
Iowa
Colorado
Florida State
Miami
North Carolina
Arizona
5-5
45-23-2

Michigan
Penn State
Indiana
Illinois
Purdue
Nebraska
Florida State
Miami
North Carolina
Oregon
7-3
49-19-2

Michigan
Penn State
Michigan State
Illinois
Iowa
Colorado
Florida State
Miami
NC State
Arizona

4-6
9-10-1

*This week's guest selector is Bud Van De Wege, owner of Moe's Sports Shops. Michigan Marching Band
director Gary Lewis picked games last week, and Wolverine basketball coach Steve Fisher was the visiting
prognosticator two Fridays ago. The overall mark above represents the combined record of Fisher and Lewis.

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