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12 -The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 28, 1995

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Continued from page 11.

Lion he played against.
"It's allowed me to spend more of
my energy with the forwards and del-
egate responsibility for the coaching
end of it to the defense. With MacIsaac
back there, and Imes, and the other
returning defensemen, it's the strength
of our team.
"The other thing I really like about
him, that I've noticed, is what a good
leader he is."
Having played with so many great
hockey players during his time at
Maine, Imes deflects any notion that
he's been over-
looked. It's further
evidence of his un-
selfish manner and
team-first attitude.
"I've never re-
N ally played for the
limelight," Imes
said. "I'm glad I
got the opportu-
nity to play with
Imes the Ferraros,
(Paul) Kariya,
(Jim) Montgomery, (Scott) Pellerin,
(Jean-Ives) Roy, and the list goes on
and on.
"You've got to have good players
and I was real fortunate to play with
all those players."
Walsh has plenty of praise for his
captain and believes he is the defen-
sive ingredient that was missing from
last year.
"He was the guy we really missed
back on the blueline," Walsh said.
"Having him back is an added boost.
He may be the best college
defensemen that's played here. '

Every year I've
been here I've
improved by leaps
and bounds"'
- Chris Imes
Maine defenseman, on his
career with the Black Bears
"Now whether or not he can play
at the next level (remains to be seen),
but he's been an overachiever every-
where he's been."
Imes has enjoyed his four years
at Orono and believes he has grown
up a lot during that period. In his
career as a Black Bear, Imes has
only missed one game due to injury.
He has personal goals for this sea-
son, but he prefers to keep those to
himself.
Imes, a preseason All-American
and Hockey East's Player of the Year
this season, simply hopes hockey re-
mains a part of his future no matter the
level of competition.
"Hockey-wise I've improved dras-
tically," Imes said. "Every year I've
been here I've improved by leaps and
bounds.
"You mature a lot in college and
the college atmosphere has done won-
ders for me academically and socially.
Academically, I'll graduate and hope-
fully I've improved as a student along
the way."
After a recent practice, Imes re-
ceived the ultimate compliment from
Standbrook.
"He's a character person on and
off the ice," Standbrook said. "That
says it all."

'M' lacrosse sweeps.
weekend matches

By Dorothy Chambers
For the Daily
In the middle of what has been a
subpar season, the Michigan men's
lacrosse team went into the Big Ten
East Regionals at Purdue needing to
win all three games.
The Wolverines accomplished just
that.
Michigan faced adangerous Illi-
nois team on Saturday and used a
strong second half to pull away and
win 14-10. Later that same day, the
Wolverines crushed Indiana, 17-7.
Michigan then finished off the three-
game set the next day by dismantling
Purdue, 18-8.
Despite coming off a heartbreak-
ing 8-7 loss to the Motor City La-
crosse Club on Wednesday night, the
team entered the tournament confi-
dent that they could handle the com-
petition.
Against Illinois, Doug Henke pro-
vided much of the offense, scoring
five goals and assisting on another.
Coming off his best game of the sea-
son against Motor City, goaltender
Anil Arora once again anchored the
defense, making 16 saves.
"This was the best team Illinois
has had for the past five or six years,
and they were really gunning for us,"
Paul Dreyer said. "We came out and
played really strong and beat them, so
that was the real key to the whole
weekend."
Since the second team didn't get

much playing time against Illinois,
Michigan coach Bob DiGiovanni de-
cided to start his reserves against In-
diana.
The scoring was spread out among
several Wolverines, with 17 different
players getting attack points. Spencer
Alstodt and Tony DiGiovanni led the
pack with three goals and one assist
each.
"I'd like to recognize Tony
DiGiovanni," John Kolakowski said.
"He is playing the hardest I've ever
seen him play and I think if wD can get
more people to play the way Tony'
plays and try to emulate him, we're a
going to have a lot more success over
the rest of the season."
In Sunday's matchup against
Purdue, Henke led the way once again
with six goals and two assists. Lyle
Shirley chipped in with three goals
and an assist and Paul Tauber added
three goals.
Throughout the weekend,
Michigan's ground ball control was,4
especially impressive. The team is,
used to playing and practicing on the
astroturf at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse,
but on road trips, the games are played
on natural grass.
"The midfielders and defensemen
did real well picking up the ground
balls, especially Andy Tumpowsky,"
Dreyer said. "He played on almost
every faceoff and did really well con-
trolling the midfield on the ground *
balls."

DOUGLAS KAWTER/ Daily
Michigan's Paul Tauber scored three goals against Purdue Sunday. By
winning all three games this weekend, the Wolverines earned the first
seed in the East Region at the Big Ten Championships April 15-16.

Spartans edge Blue for volleyball title

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's volleyball
team had numerous chances to cap-
ture the Big Ten Championship in
Madison on Sunday. However, the
Wolverines just fell short, losing to
Michigan State in the finals.
In a match that seemed to go on
forever, the Spartans defeated Michi-
gan, 15-10, 10-15, 24-22, taking sec-
ond place in the conference tourna-
ment held over the weekend.
"(The third game) was insane. It
was out of control. Adrenaline was
flowing through everyone's bodies,"
Michigan's Ernesto Rodriguez said.
"Both teams were earning their
points and when one team faced
match point, the other team would
get a dig up and put it down. It was
some seriously good volleyball play-

ing by both teams."
The Wolverines had several match
points and all they needed were side-
outs to win the championship. This is
because the two teams played rally
scoring in the final game. The scoring
system only served to add drama to an
already tension-filled duel.
The end of the Michigan State
match was so close that neither team
held more than a two-point lead in the
entire game.
Michigan wasn't tested prior to
the final round. The eight confer-
ence teams present were divided
into two pools of four. The Wolver-
ines had Minnesota, Purdue and
Ohio State in their division. The
other bracket consisted of Illinois,
Wisconsin, Northwestern and
Michigan State.
Michigan had no trouble with its

competition Saturday, beating the
Gophers, Boilermakers and Buckeyes
in two straight games each.
With three victories in their
bracket, the Wolverines earned the
first seed for the elimination rounds
beginning on Sunday.
In the quarterfinals, Michigan
eased its way to a two-game sweep of
eighth-seeded Northwestern and fol-
lowed that up with a win against
Purdue in the semifinals before suc-
cumbing to the Spartans.
Injuries remained a factor for the
Wolverines throughout the entire tour-
nament. In addition to middle Dave
Hunter's season-ending ankle injury
suffered earlier in the season, starting
outside hitter Chad Engel sprained
his ankle before the tournament and
was unable to play.
Outside hitters Jamie Reynolds

and Judd Lamed came off the bench
to help fill in for Engel's position and
Rodriguez chipped in by shifting his
role to that of the setter.
Rodriguez and senior captain Stan
Lee received accolades for their solid
play. The two Wolverines were named
to the All-Tournament team.
Michigan is now preparing for
this weekend's MIVAs, which will
be held in Lansing. The team con-
siders it to be the most important
tournament of the season in terms of
attaining a high seed for the Na-
tional Championships April 13-16
in Minneapolis.
"We will probably meet Michi-
gan State in the finals (of the
MIVAs) again if all goes well,"
Rodriguez said. "In matches be-
tween us, they've won three and we
have won two."

SO FTBALL
Continued from page 11
the first two runs of the first game.
She finished the series with six RBI,
one double and six hits. She raised her
season RBI total to nine. Pitcher/short-
stop Sara Griffin leads all Wolverines
with 21 RBI on the season, collecting
four this past weekend.
Five Wolverines had perfect hit-
ting performances in the March 25
nightcap. Michelle Silver, Kelly
Kovach and Tracy Carr went 3-for-3
and Sara Griffin and Cheryl Pearcy
were each 2-for-2. '
Kovach upped her season pitch-
ing record to 8-0. She nearly pitched
a no-hitter in the second game and
held off the opposition in the 4-3, 10-
inning victory in the fourth game. She
has a .288 batting average and two
homers on the season, one behind
team-leader Griffin.
"(Kovach) is truly our team leader,"
Hutchins said. "All of our kids showed
a lot of poise (this weekend)."
Michigan will kick-off a double-
header with No. 23 Notre Dame (15-
7) today at 2 p.m. at Alumni Field.
The Wolverines will have their hands
full with the Fighting Irish, who
handed Michigan one of its three
losses Feb. 24th at the Arizona State
Classic.
Notre Dame won the first meet-
ing, 4-3, in nine innings. The Fighting
Irish's Elizabeth Perkins drove in a

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"They are a good, solid team,"
Hutchins said. "They have one of the
toughest-pitchers we will face. (Michi-
gan and Notre Dame) are two of the;
top three teams in this region. We
want to come out on top.
"We need to control our own des-
tiny."
Notre Dame boasts one of the top
pitchers in the country in junior pitcher
Terri Kobata (7-1, 0.62 ERA). She
was named to the Hawaii Softball
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