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Four more say yes to Michigan
The Michigan football team has received four more verbal commitments
for next season, raising its total to 13, the Detroit News reported
Tuesday. Dion Grubbs, a running back from Detroit Cooley, and South
Lyon punter Cory Sargent will don the Maize and Blue next fall. The
Wolverines have also secured a pair of Texans: Thomas Hendricks, rated
one of the nation's top safeties, and defensive lineman Damione Lewis.

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J anuary 18, 1996

Potts boost
my Doug Stevens
Daily Sports Writer
As Michigan fans have discovered in
recent years, freshman athletes can truly
e a difference in a team's fate.
IR'hile the Michigan's men's swim-
ming and diving team - the defending
national champion - was hardly in dire
need of a dynamic recruiting class, it has
anj impressive crop of first-year students
on its roster.
Michigan's recruiting class totals 11
for the 1995-96 campaign. This includes
seven swimmers and four divers. Head-
ing the group of freshmen include Tom
chow and Andy Potts in the pool, and
tt Wilmot off the diving board.
Malchow, whose primary event is
the 200 butterfly, is the most heralded
repruit. The Mendota Heights, Minn.,
native won the gold medal in the 200
butterfly at this past summer's World
University Games and took the silver in
the same event at the Pan-Am Games.
Malchow has not lost a step this season
ashe has emerged as the Wolverines' top
swimmer in the butterfly.
He's been the most conscientious and
c nsistent freshman," coach Jon
Urbanchek said. "He is giving 110 per-
rent day in and day out."
Like numerous other members of the

'M' men's volleyball

Eleven freshmen are helping the Michigan men's swimming and diving team chase back-to-back national championships.

drilled by
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
When it rains, it pours..
The Michigan men's volleyball team,
coming off a heartbreaking loss to
Western Michigan, was dominated by
Michigan State last night.
What began as a chance for the Wol-
verines to gain respect within the con-
ference ended in a three-game defeat at
the hands of the Spartans, 15-5, 15-11,
Matched up against the bigger,
stronger Michigan State team, Michi-
gan coach Kent Booker saw this con-
test as a good chance for improve-
"This match is a test to see how well
prepared we are," said Booker before
the match began. "We need to take
them out of their game."
From the outset, it did not appear that
Michigan was focused on that task.
Michigan State dominated the set as the
Wolverines scrambled for any points
they could salvage.
"The first set was tough because we
were nervous," Booker said.
The second set appeared to be the
Wolverines' chance to turn the tide.
Michigan bolted to a 4-2 advantage
in a game that seesawed back and
Every point was contested as Andy
Spitser's power spikes kept Michigan
close. Captain Jamie Reynolds' hustle
allowed the Wolverines some points,
which they would not have gotten with-
out that extra effort.
But the Wolverines' heart was not
enough, as they fell by four points.
Booker saw this as the high point of the

"We got into a rhythm and were re-
laxed in the second (game)," he said.
Michigan was exhausted in the final
set. The Wolverines' play was inspired
but not enough to overtake the Spar-
"We were not concentrating enough,"
Michigan's Sam LaGrow said. "We
(need to be) more intense during prac-
The Spartans were able to rest most
state's) first
squad didn't make
any mistakes."
-- Kent Booker
Michigan volleyball coach
of their starters in the second set and
consequently, their depth proved to be
the difference.
"(Michigan State's) first squad didn't
make any mistakes," Booker said.
Michigan State, the defending league
champion, narrowly defeated the Wol-..
verinies in the conference finals last
Michigan didn't return any starters'
from last season's second-place squad,.
but started a team that was looking to
make a name for itself.
"The players had a good attitude
throughout and stayed in the game men-~
tally," Booker said.
As much as the Wolverines tried, the,
size and strength of Michigan State was
too much to overcome.

Wolverines, Malchow is gearing toward
the Olympic Trials where he hopes to
qualify for a trip to Atlanta in the butter-
fly. He was ranked 16th in the world in
that event before the season.
"My goal is to get on the Olympic
team, help us win the Big Tens and put us
back as NCAA Champions again,"
Malchow said.
Potts is another freshman who has made
a significant contribution to Michigan in
the early going. Hailing from Princeton,

N.J., Potts also came on with strong cre-
dentials. He finished fourth in the 1500
freestyle and third in the 400 individual
medley at the U.S. Summer Nationals, in
addition to being a member of the U.S.
team at the World University Games.
Potts has swum strongly for the Wol-
verines thus far, in making a significant
impact in both the distance freestyle events
and the 200 breaststroke. More impor-
tantly, he helped lessen the loss of five-
time NCAA Champion Tom Dolan when

Dolan redshirted for the fall semester.
"Potts filled in for Dolan and did a
super job," Urbanchek said.
In addition to potential Olympians
Malchow and Potts, Michigan will re-
ceive help from Joe Palmer and John
Reich in its quest to win the Big Ten for
the 11 th consecutive season.
Among the divers, Wilmot'has had the
biggestimpact. He has consistently placed
highly in both the one-meter and three-
meter springboard events.

Bullock's outside shooting opens up inside game

The last Sweet Lou that people in these
ts revered - Detroit Tiger infielder.
Lou Whitaker - retired this year.
Just as the mourning ends, another
Sweet Lou - this one Michigan fresh-
man sharpshooter Louis Bullock - is
making a name for himself. The upstart
guard, who has nailed 36 3-pointers in his
first 17 games, is one of the reasons that
the Wolverines are
avoiding last year's
17-14 performance.
yc omparison, last .
ar' s Wolverine N
long-range leader,
Jimmy King, hit only Notebook
28 treys all season.
With Bullock as
an outside threat,
opposing defenses
cannot pack the lane
to stop Michigan's talented frontcourt,
as was often the case last year. That
awed plainly in the Wolverines' re-
cent 76-54 laugher at Michigan State:
Bullock shot 4-of-6 from downtown,
pulling Spartan defenders out of the
lane. The Wolverines took advantage,
outrebounding the Spartans 42-30.
Bullock's 224 points average out to
13.2points per game, currently good for
sixth placeon Michigan's freshman scor-
ing list; he would have to catch fire to
reach 1977-78 freshman Mike McGee's,
~m. mark of 19.7 points per game.
ith as many talented players as the
Wolverines have, there's no demand

for Bullock to pull that kind of load -
he does enough just by forcing oppo-
nents to guard him.
- Brent Mcintosh
Death becomes of
opposition at Yost
Yost Ice Arena might as well be
thought of as a big, brick box. It's just a
coffin where the Michigan hockey
team's opponents go to die.
Heading into the season, the Wolver-
ines committed themselves to making
Yost an intimidating place to play. But
in their second home game of the year,
they were embarrassed, 7-2, by West-
ern Michigan.
"We've got to establish our home
ice," Michigan coach Red Berenson
said after that game. "We have to make
home ice an advantage. This can't hap-
pen again."
It hasn't. The Wolverines have not
lost at home since being defeated by the
Broncos, going 8-0 and outscoring their
opponents, 65-1 1. Teams around the
CCHA have begun to notice.
"The games are over before they start
here," said Illinois-Chicago coach Larry
Pedriea former Michigan assistant. "The
players just know they are going to lose.
This is a very tough place to play."
IRISH IN TOwN: The Wolverines' game
against Notre Dame this Saturdayorigi-

nally scheduled to be played at the
Palace of Auburn Hills, will take place
at Yost. The two teams will face off at
the Palace Feb. 16, when they were
supposed to appear at Yost. Tickets
with the Feb. 16 date will be honored on
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Lemire is Blue's
latest knee Victim
There's a disturbing trend forming
on the Michigan women's basketball
First it was Jennifer Brzezinski. Then
Pollyanna Johns. Jennifer Kiefer came
next. Now, freshman Ann Lemire has
become the fourth Wolverine in three
years to suffer a torn anterior cruciate
ligament in her knee.
She will be out for the remainder of
the season.
Lemire earned praise for her hustle
and intensity this season, and her ab-
sence means players like AmyJohnson
and Molly Murray will have to shoulder
a bigger part of the load.
As for Lemire?

"She had reconstructive surgery Jan.
3," coach Trish Roberts said. "She'll be
ready to go next year. She's looking at
six to eight months (of rehabilitation)."
-Jim Rose
Men's gymnastics
face tough tourney
The Michigan men's gymnastics team
will be tested early this season, with its
first major meet coming this weekend
at Illinois-Chicago.
Among the competition will be con-
ference foes. including Iowa, M ichigan
State and Penn State.
"As our second meet of the season, it
will provide us with a reality check,"
Michigan assistant coach Tim
O'Connell said. "It should tell us where
we are, and what we have to do."
O'Connell admits that expectations
are high for his team, especially for
seniors Kris Klingerand Chris Onuska.
"We will be looking for more from
our seniors than anyone else,"
O'Connell said. "They have the experi-
ence and are seasoned members."
- Chaim Hyman

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