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Men's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Sunday, 2:15 p.m. (CBS)
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Hockey
vs. Notre Dame
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
The Palace of Auburn Hills

'M' hockey battles for first
Pressure on goalies in contests with Falcons, Irish

By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
Daily Hockey Writer
Quite frankly, tonight's matchup
between the No. 2 Michigan hockey
team and No. 6 Bowling Green is a
goalie's nightmare.
TheWolverines(l1-2-OCCHA,16-
4-0 overall) and the Falcons (12-3-1,
15-6-1) probably have enough ammu-
nition in their lineups to blow holes in
the fragile walls of Yost Ice Arena.
Michigan (6.1 goals per game)
and Bowling Green (5.73) rank first
and second, respectively, in the CCHA
in overall scoring.
The contest, which is slated to
start at 7 p.m., is also a matchup
between the league's first- and sec-
ond-place teams. In the conference
standings, the Wolverines trail the
Falcons by three points, 25-22.
Tomorrow, Michigan travels to the
Palace of Auburn Hills to face Notre
Dame (2-11-1, 6-15-1) at 7 p.m.
Tonight's contest features the
nation's top scorer in Bowling Green's
Brian Holzinger (47 points in 22
games). Holzinger is about as easy to

stop as a runaway bulldozer.
He figures to have at least one
Michigan defender in his jockstrap
all evening long. The senior center has
torched the CCHA for 18 goals and 15
assists in only 16 conference games.
"You can't ever ignore him,"
Wolverine captain Rick Willis said.
"You always have to be on him when-
ever he's on the ice."
Wolverine coach Red Berenson
says that he will depend on the entire
defense to contain Holzinger.
"Our defensive game has to be
good, otherwise Holzinger will tear
us apart," Berenson said.
If there is one team that has indeed
stopped him this season, it's Michigan.
Holzinger hadjust one assist when
the Wolverines stomped the Falcons,
7-3, Nov. 12 at Bowling Green. In
that contest, Michigan goalie Marty
Turco had 27 saves.
"I don't think that game is an indi-
cation of how good they are,"
Berenson said. "They've proven that
they're not only one of the best teams
in our league, but in the country, too."

While Holzingeris ascary player,
the Falcons are hardly a one-man
team.
Bowling Green boasts the top
three scorers in league games this
season in Holzinger (33 points), right
wing Curtis Fry (25) and defender
Kelly Perrault (24).
Falcon coach Buddy Powers said
that despite the fact his team is cur-
rently leading the CCHA, Michigan
is the better team.
"The only question at the be-
ginning of the year was how well
Turco was going to pray," Powers
said. "He's been great and they are
where they belong at the top of the
league."
Actually, Bowling Green leads
the CCHA, but there's a catch The
Falcons have played three more
league games than Michigan.
"Michigan has as much or more
talent than anyone in the nation,"
Powers said. "If you look to the end
of the year, it's hard to see anybody
else other than Michigan at the top of
the league."

T EVAN PETRIE/Daily
This weekend, the Michigan hockey team will battle Bowling Green and Notre Dame for first place in the CCHA.
en track travels to Penn State

By CHAIM HYMAN
Daily Sports Writer
Coming off last Saturday's victory
over Indiana, the Michigan men's track
team heads to Penn State this weekend
where it will match up against the
Nittany Lions and Michigan State.
This meet has some changes in store
for the Wolverines, one of which is
Penn State'strack. Because ofits shorter
length, a mile on the track is ten laps
instead of the standard eight.
"(The track length) probably will
affect us in the 200,400 and 600 meter
runs," Michigan coach Jack Harvey
said. "While it may affect our time, it
certainly will not affect our competi-
tiveness.".
Michigan will also see some
changes in its lineup. Junior Trinity
Townsend will run the 200-meter race
instead of the 400, which he won last
week.
Other switches include freshman
Dwayne Fuqua, who will now run the
800, and senior Nick Karfonza who
will compete in the 600 run. Senior
captain Ian Forsyth and sophomore
Kevin Sullivan will try to qualify for
provisionals in the 3000 relay together.
Despite the success of the Wolver-
ines thus far, Harvey feels this meet will

be challenging.
"Penn State is real good in distances
and always a competitive matchup for
us," Harvey said. "Michigan State may
have some holes in their lineup, but
they're much improved from last year.
We basically expect a real competitive
meet."

Such sentiments are felt by mem-
bers of the Michigan team as well.
"Indiana was basically a tune-up
meet," Townsend said. "The next
couple meets will determine whether
we're really good or not. They're real
important to us as Big Ten contend-
ers."

Wolverines look to crash boards
against tough conference opponents

Women's track awaits
By EUGENE BOWEN
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's track
team, which is coming off a definitive
win in the Michigan/Indiana Duel, is
looking forward to its first major in-
tercollegiate meet.
Michigan hosts the Ken "Red"
Simmons Invitational Saturday. Junior
Tearza Johnson looks forward to this
meet for reasons few may imagine.
"The meet should be fun because
you get awards," Johnson said.
It is traditional that the nature of
the awards be kept secret until the
meet,
There are, however, other reasons
behind this meet's importance. Many
of those who made waves last week
are expected to do so again. Assistant
coach Patty Davis is excited about the
high jump competition in which jun-

awards at Invitational
iors Monika Black (who has already
earned NCAA provisional qualifica-
tion in the event) and Linda Stuck will
compete.
"Both our high jumpers are ready
to compete," Davis said. "Based on
their performances in practice, they
should both qualify for the NCAA's."
The distance medley relay is an-
other interesting event for the Wol-
verines. The four women on the relay
team - Brandy Taylor, Michelle
Slater and twins Deanna and Pauline
Arnill - are all freshmen.
"Look for us," Taylor said. "Dis-
tance medley's going to rock."
The "Red" Simmons Invitational
will also be important for freshman
Anika Felton.
"This is my first collegiate meet.
I'm looking forward to the test," she
said.

By DAVID ROTHBART
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan women's basket-
ball team needs to rebound this week-
end, in both senses of the word, when
the Wolverines host Illinois tonight at
7:30 and Ohio State Sunday at 7 p.m.
at Crisler Arena.
The Wolverines (2-3 Big Ten, 7-8
overall) will have to crash the boards
hard to emerge victorious against the
Fighting Illini and the Buckeyes. And
Michigan must bounce back from last
Sunday's devastating 92-44 loss to
Penn State.
The Wolverines count on rebounds
on both the offensive and defensive
ends to win games. In the Wolver-
ines' losses, they have been unable to
come up with putbacks and surren-
dered two, three and sometimes four
shots to their opponents per posses-
sion.

"When we out-rebound (oppo-
nents), we win," coach Trish Roberts
said.
Center Jennifer Brzezinski is av-
eraging 9.7 rebounds this season, but
she couldn't hold her own against
Penn State's taller, more physical in-
side players.
Forwards Silver Shellman and
Catherine DiGiacinto have helped out
on the glass. In Michigan's win over
Michigan State, the two grabbed four
rebounds apiece.
That victory, which brought
Michigan's 21-game conference los-
ing skid to a halt, inflated a balloon of
confidence and optimism for the re-
building Wolverines. The balloon
swelled to blimp-size after Michigan
followed the Michigan State victory
with one over Northwestern. The wins
were Roberts' first Big Ten victories
at Crisler Arena.

But the maize-and-blue blimp
crashed and burned as the Lady Lions
smoked Michigan inUniversity Park.
"We're trying to build a winning
tradition," Roberts said. "We need to
start playing consistently. We've won
some games, but the consistency just
isn't there."
Illinois (1-4, 8-7), like Michigan,
is a team on its way up. The Fighting
Illini have strung together sub-.500
seasons for the past seven years, but
they are coming off a 68-54 upset of
24th-ranked Minnesota.
Senior forward Kris Dupps leads
the way for the Fighting Illini with
15.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
Ohio State (3-3, 10-6) boasts
Katie Smith, one of. the nation's
best small forwards. The junior All-
American leads the Big Ten in scor-
ing, averaging almost 23 points per
game.

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By JAMES GOLDSTEIN
Daily Sports Writer
Volleyball is probably the only sport
where a kill is better than an injury.
But it is the injury factor that is
plaguing the Michigan men's volley-
ball team for tonight and tomorrow's
matches. Instead of focusing on pass-
ing the ball crisply, the Wolverines (2-

I overall) are more concerned with the
slings being passed around the team.
Two sore shoulders are affecting
Michigan's top two kill leaders for
tonight's (7 p.m.) and tomorrow's (4
p.m.) road matches against Illinois and
Minnesota, respectively. Both matches
are being played in Champaign.
Sophomore outside hitter Ernesto

Rodriguez is still recovering from a
bum shoulder. Junior outside hitter
Gun Unluer is also suffering from
the same kind of injury as Rodriguez.
Not only will Michigan miss
Rodriguez's timely kills, but more
importantly it will miss his efferves-
cent style.
"When Ernesto steps out (on the
court), we lose quite a bit of energy
on thecourt,'Michigancoach Jenni-
fer Slosar said. "He adds spirit and
enthusiasm, not to mention his kills
at crucial situations."
There is still a chance, however,
that Rodriguez will play this week-
end. Slosarmay slot him in the lineup
as a middle, instead of his normal
outside hitting position. Even if he
plays, Slosar will not take any
chances of doing further damage to
his shoulder. As a result, he will not
hit any balls at the "swing" position.
Unluer, however, is definitely out
for the weekend. His contribution to
the team has been impressive, con-
sistently tallying an .500 or higher
hitting efficiency.
Without their two best players, the
Wolverines will be forced to compete
with a different lineup. The shuffling
begins with outside hitter Kevin Urban
replacing Unluer. If Rodriguez plays
at all, senior middle-Stan Lee will
switch positions with the sophomore.
No matter what lineup is out there,
Lee thinks that the team needs a wake-
up call to get rid of its sluggish play.
"We have to play with a lot more
intensity," Lee said. "I think we sat
back a little bit (last weekend) be-
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