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FLORIDA 9, Chicago 2
MONTREAL 6, San Francisco 0
PITT S6URGH 5, Colorado 2
CINCINNATI 12, Atlanta G
NEW YORK 3, Los Angeles 2
ST. LOUIS 6, Houston 4

TORONTO 6, Kansas City 0
CHICAGO 11, Detroit 6
Cleveland 7, MILWAUKEE 0
Minnesota 7, TEXAS 6
New York at OAKLAND, imc.
Baltimore at CALIFORNIA, Irnc.
Boston a SEATTLE, inc.


September 5, 1996


Home team in CAPS

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Spiked by a tough Big Ten, which features several top-10 teams, the Michigan
women's volleyball team will have a net-high task this season.
Experience, confidence
key to Blue volleyball

limp with
By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's cross-coun-
try team will miss two of its key mem-
bers for the first month of the 1996 sea-
son - two All-Americans,
Junior Pauline Arnill and redshirO
sophomore Michelle Slater are side-
lined for at least the six meets in
September with stress fractures in their
Both runners suffered their injuries
in late spring and have not recuperated,
enough to be ready for the first meet,
which gets under way in a dual meet in
East Lansing. this Saturday ate
Michigan State.
Arnill, who earned her secont,
straight All-America citation last year,
has the stress fracture in her shin.
Arnill performed consistently, grab-
bing one first-place win and six sec-
ond-place finishes in all her meets.
Slater has done serious water train-
ing this summer to strengthen the leg,
but will not participate in this week-i
end's meet.
The Rochester Hills native was the
biggest surprise of the 1995 seaso
which was her first year running crossi
Michigan coach Mike McGuire will
follow the status of his two injured run=
ners carefully.
"We'll be on top of the situation fron
week to week," McGuire said. "But it
definitely looks as if both runners will
be out for the first month. We will miss
them, but I think we'll be OK with tte
other solid runners we have and tl$
people who will fill in for (Arnill and
One of those runners is 1995 BigTen
Freshman of the Year Katie McGregor.
Coming into just her sophomore
year, McGregor will be looked on by
McGuire as one of the Wolverines' top
McGregor grabbed two third place
finishes, including one at last years
NCAA Championships.
McGuire calls McGregor, Arnill
Slater (when the two injured runner
return) the "cornerstones" of the squad.

By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
The goal is clear: make the NCAA
Although NCAAs seem like the next
logical step for the Michigan women's
volleyball team, getting there will be no
easy task. Last year, the Wolverines
made their first postseason tournament
appearance since 1981.
The Wolverines finished 19-15 last
year. Their record landed them in sixth-
place in the Big Ten and earned them a
trip to the National Invitational
Volleyball Championship tournament.
This season, the Wolverines are off to
an 0-3 start after losing to No. 1 Hawaii,
No. 6 UCLA and No. 25 Louisville last
weekend in the Wahine Classic in
Honolulu, Hawaii.
Despite the losses, the Wolverines
have several reasons to be optimistic
-two of which are last year's late-sea-
son upsets of No. 8 Penn State and No.
21 Illinois. Overall, the Wolverines
won five of their last seven matches in
"It was really exciting (when we beat
Penn State and Illinois), because we
started to see that the potential wasn't
just in the future," Michigan coach
Greg Giovanazzi said.
The confidence gained from last
year's strong finish, combined with the
team's experience will help the
Wolverines in their attempt to attain

their goal.
The Wolverines lost co-captains
Shannon Brownlee and Suzy O'Donnell
to graduation, but Giovanazzi antici-
pates that five of the six starters this sea-
son will be juniors or sophomores.
"This is the first year since I've been
here we haven't had to rely on freshmen
to come in and take over right away,"
Giovanazzi said.
Michigan will compensate for the
departure of Brownlee, who topped all
Wolverines last year with a 4.30 kill
average, and O'Donnell, who led the
team last season with a .337 hitting effi-
ciency, with several veterans.
One of them, Linnea Mendoza, is
already off to a fast start. The junior set-
ter, who directed Michigan's offense
last year while averaging 12.63 assists,
moved into second place on Michigan's
career assist list earlier this week.
A couple of healthy seniors, specifi-
cally outside hitters Colleen Miniuk and
Kristen Ruschiensky, could also boost
Michigan's offense. Both missed more
than half of each of the past two seasons.
When healthy, Ruschiensky is one of
the top attackers in the country,
Giovanazzi said.
In case injuries plague them again
this season, the Wolverines are stocked
with three more outside hitters that
should receive significant playing time
- senior Shareen Luze and sopho-

The Michigan women's cross-country team finished second In the Big Ten last year, but the Wolverines will be without former
All-American Courtney Babcock this season. Two other All-Americans, Pauline Amilil and Michelle Slater, will miss the first
month with stress fractures.

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