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Following are the NCAA
rankings as of Nov. 14.
2. ' Arkansas
8. Brigham Young
11. (tie) Penn State
4. (tie) Washington
19. Boston College
21. (tie) Illinois
25. Notre Dame
'M' volleyball hopes to tame
Wildcats m season opener
By JAMES GOLDSTEIN
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's volleyball
team has already succeeded, even
though the season has yet to begin.
The Wolverines carry a lot of mo-
mentum into their season's debut
against Northwestern Saturday nightat
7 p.m. at the Intramural Sports Build-
ing. By finishing first in a preseason
tournament at Michigan StateMichi-
gan is just where it wants to be.
The confident Wolverines know
they have to put the preseason matches
"Afterabig win like (the Michigan
State tournament), it is real hard to stay
focused," team president Kevin Urban
said. "The team has to keep its concen-
While it's true that Michigan is
satisfied with winning all eight games
at the Michigan State tourney, there is
cause for concern that the Wolverines
may look past their upcoming oppo-
nents. Even the Wildcats, who finished
ninth in the conference last year, are
not to be easily dismissed.
"Northwestern is amuch improved
team," coach JenniferSlosarsaid. "We
can't afford to take any team lightly."
If the Wildcats took proper notice in
Lansing, they should be worried about
Michigan's fundamentally-sound style.
The team's power comes from the out-
side hitting duo of sophomore Ernesto
Rodriguez and junior Gun Unluer.
Rodriguez was chosen as one of
16 All-Americans at last year's na-
tionals, and Unluer should be at the
top of the conference in kills this sea-
The emphasis for the Northwestern
match, however, is on passing and de-
fense. Even with theirweapons loaded
and ready to attack, the Wolverines
can't succeed without their shields.
"Hitters are a dime a dozen these
days," Slosar said, "but to find six
players on the court that can pickup the
ball is pretty rare."
What is also rare is for six players
wearing Michigan uniforms tobe taller
than their opponents. In the preseason,
most of Michigan's foes were an aver-
age of twoto three inches taller than the
Wolverines. Michigan, however, is
not concerned about height disadvan-
tages. The team still has strong jump-
ing ability, and that should counter
any height advantage Northwestern
"We're known as being the small
guys that can jump real high and dig
everything," Urban said. "However,
we have to work at putting up bigger
blocks and getting on the offensive
with our serve."
Michigan heads into the weekend
with a blowout on its mind. The team
does not anticipate losing any games to
Northwestern. Anything less than a
clean sweep would be a disappoint-
ment in the players' eyes.
Now that they know they can play
at a higher level, the Wolverines are
on a mission.
Actually, three missions.
"One, one, and one" is the team's
motto. It represents the team's goal of
finishingflrstin all of the following: the
Big Ten Championships, the MIVA'S
(Mid-West Volleyball Tournament)and
the National Championships.
The Michigan volleyball team opens its season Saturday.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Chris
Webber re-signed last night with the
iolden State Warriors after a bitter
contract dispute, but that did little to
quell speculation he may not remain
with the team.
The Warriors did not release terms
of the agreement with Webber, last
season's rookie of the year. They said
Webber was expected to rejoin the
team tomorrow or Saturday.
The signing came at the end of a
oldout that led coach Don Nelson to
ay he would quit if such a move
would facilitate signing Webber, who
has said he was unhappy playing for'
Nelson last season.
Webber, whose agents said they
were investigating possible trades
with four teams during the stalemate,
was angered at Nelson for making
such a suggestion.
By signing Webber, the Warriors
*ow would be able to trade him. They
could not have traded Webber, or
even negotiated with other teams
about a trade, while he remained an
unsigned restricted free agent.
"We continue with the specula-
tion," agent Bill Strickland said in
response to a question about whether
Webber would soon be traded.
"He's under contract with the
arriors, and that's all I can say at
is time. He's happy to have signed
his contract, and hopefully we can
move beyond what has been a press
spectacle out there."
The 6-foot- 10 forward has missed
the team's first six games this season.
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