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Coaches' Mouth lecture series. The lecture is free and will take place in
the basement of the Michigan League. The public is invited and the talk is
February 14. 1995
'M' volleyball falls to
Mich St. in Kentucky
Hitters fire up, melt
down at Ice Volleys
By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's volleyball
team ventured down to Kentucky,
eager to showcase its talent to the top
southern teams in the country. The
Wolverines were not expecting to play
teams that they have played already
this season, especially conference foes
Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Saturday, Michigan reached the
semifinals of the North-South Tour-
nament in Lexington, Ky., before
bowing out to intra-state rival, Michi-
gan State, 15-9, 15-13.
Florida took first prize of the tour-
nament by beating the Spartans in
three tight games.
The tournament consisted of 20
teams, mainly from the Midwest and
the South. Four pools of five teams
each were split up for round-robin
play. The Wolverines wound up with
a relatively easy slate, having to op-
pose Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois State
and the Louisville B team. Florida
and Georgia Tech were the top two
teamsin the tournament.
Every team played the other four
squadsin its pooltwice. Thethreesquads
in each pool with the most victories
moved on to the elimination rounds.
Michigan emerged from the pre-
liminary round with a 7-1 record. The
Wolverines were tied with Michigan
State for the second seed in elimina-
tion play. However, the tie-breaker
was decided by point differential in
round-robin action and Michigan had
The Wolverines were familiar
with most of the teams in their group.
Louisville, Kentucky and Illinois State
participated in the Collegiate Classic
Tournament held in Ann Arbor Feb.
11. In addition, the Wolverines faced
another conference opponent, Wis-
consin, in the quarterfinals, defeating
the Badgers, 15-10, 16-14.
Michigan was tired of competing
against the same teams and had hoped
to see some new blood.
"We really wanted to play Florida
since they are one of the top club
teams in the nation," team president
Kevin Urban said. "Our pool wasn't
as competitive as the others."
The Wolverines played the entire
tournament with a different lineup
than they usually use. Michigan's top
outside hitter, Ernesto Rodriguez, was
still suffering from shoulder prob-
lems. As a result, captain and setter
Stan Lee switched positions with
Lee, who has played as an outside
hitter frequently in the past, was re-
warded for his tournament play. He
was named to the All-Tournament
team, even though he played out of
his natural position.
Even with a change in the lineup,
the Wolverines fared well. Michigan
rolled through preliminary action and
the team seemed to prosper from the
combination of Rodriquez's sets and
The team considers this an impor-
tant time for the interim starting squad
leading up to the National Champion-
"The injury (to Rodriguez) has
taken us out of our natural positions,"
Urban said. "We can use this lineup
as a way to get experience as we get
closer and closer to the Nationals.
This (different lineup) can give us
one more facet to our game."
The Wolverines had trouble in the
first game of its semifinal match against
Michigan State. The Spartans' setter
was passing accurately to his outside
hitters which led to many clean bump-
set-kill plays to the Michigan side.
Michigan never gave up during in
its next game, trailing the Spartans
throughout. Neither team dominated
as the Wolverines pulled within one
twice, 10-9 and then 14-13.
"Michigan State is starting to jell,"
Urban said. "With a sturdy passer, it
opens up its offensive game."
By Brett Krasnove
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's tennis play-
ers were fired up heading into the
Ice Volleys in Minnesota this week-
end, but a split in two dual meets
left their flames flickering.
They lost the first dual Friday
night at the 98th Street Racquet Club
in Bloomington to Boise State, 4-3.
The following night, the Wolver-
ines rekindled their fire with a 4-3
victory over Texas A&M.
On Friday night, Michigan won
two singles matches out of six with
No. 2 John Costanzo defeating the
Broncos' Vilmer Silva, and No. 4
seed Geoff Prentice edging Ben
Davidson, 7-6, 7-5. The Wolverines
did gain the doubles point, how-
ever, winning two of three doubles
Michigan rebounded Saturday
night winning four singles matches
to gain the victory over Texas A&M,
despite losing the doubles point.
In essence, the Wolverines were
the 'cardiac kids' against the Aggies,
with the top three singles players all
coming back from one set down to
defeat their respective opponents.
The No. 1 seed, junior Peter
Pusztai, less than 24 hours after a
tough 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 loss to Boise
State's Ernesto Diaz, overcame a 1-
6 disadvantage to beat Texas
A&M's Blake Arrant 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
in what was the clinching match of
"I started playing my game,"
Pusztai said. "I was just going for
everything and I wasn't holding
The other comebacks were reg-
istered by junior John Costanzo de-
feating Bernardo Martinez 3-6, 6-1,
6-3 and freshman David Paradzik
overcoming Carlos Tori 2-6, 6-4, 7-
The other Michigan victory came
in No. 5 singles, with senior Grady
Burnett taking Robbie Krause in
straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
"We finished on a good note,"
As for the level of competition,
assistant coach Dan Goldberg felt
the two teams the Wolverines faced
"The two teams were relatively
equal. Boise State was ranked 36th
or 37th and Texas A&M was ranked
24th," Goldberg said.
He also felt that playing tough
teams early in the season, win or
lose, helps shape team character for
"You look at a lot of the better
basketball schools. They don't
worry about taking a few losses. A
lot of the better schools schedule
accordingly, Goldberg said.
"We've done that this year."
On a light note, the players were
grateful to the Michigan women's
gymnastics team, which just hap-
pened to be in Minnesota for a meet
of its own this weekend. In their
free time, the ladies found the time
to root on the guys and apparently
one or more members of the gym-
nastics team was asked to leave for
cheering too loudly.
"I think that helped us," Pusztai
Chris Wyatt pops up with a powerful serve. The Michigan men's tennis
team split two matches against Boise State and Texas A&M this weekend
at the Ice Volleys Invitational in Minnesota.
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