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16A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1996

Continued from Page 12
mores Karen Chase and Jeanine
One outside hitter towers above all
the Wolverines. Anne Poglits, a 6-foot-
5 sophomore newcomer, who is also a
member of the women's basketball
team, has looked good in practice so
"She's just a natural," Giovanazzi
said. "She walked right into the gym,
and she was right at home. She's find-
ing herself on the first team quite a
On the defensive side, the middle
blocker position should be strong with
junior Sarah Jackson and sophomore
Linsey Ebert returning. Ebert will be a
force in the conference, Giovanazzi
One way the Wolverines can make
their way into the NCAA tournament is
by winning the Big Ten and gaining an
automatic berth.

"I think it would take just a little
more consistency than we had last year
(to be competitive in the conference),"
Giovanazzi said.
Several other squads will contend for
the Big Ten title. Michigan State, Penn
State, Illinois and Indiana all made the
NCAA tournament last year.
1995 final standings



1. Michigan St.
2. Ohio St.
3. Penn St.
4. Illinois
6. Michigan
7. Wisconsin
8. Minnesota
9. Purdue
10. Icwa
11. Northwestern

iference Overall
19-1 34-3
16-4 22-8
14-6 27-8
12-8 24-9
12-8 20-14
11-9 19-15
9-11 22-15
7-13 13-17
6-14 8-20
3-17 10-21
1-19 5-25

Continued from Page 12
But most of the remaining members of
the squad do not have the experience
and accolades as the top trio.
Twelve members of the this year's
team are freshmen. And five runners
are redshirt sophomores.
The senior class is anything but a
class. Just call it a senior trio. Jennifer
Barber, Molly Lori and Tanya Manson
return this year as the only true seniors
on the squad.
The trio is all that remains from
Michigan's first conference champi-
onship team in 1992. Lori didn't even
run last year and Barber competed in
just three meets last year, including
districts and NCAAs.
But McGuire isn't worried about
the lack of experience. He likes what
he has seen in practice and believes
that experience can be overrated.
"I'd rather have someone that is
inexperienced and really competitive

For this week-
end's opening
meet against the
Spartans, none of
the seniors will
In fact, Barber
will be attending
a wedding of a
Michigan cross
country alum.
The 12-person
squad McGuire
will use this
Saturday includes
three freshmen -

66I'd rather have
someone that is
inexperienced and
really competitive"

than someone that is experienced and
not competitive," McGuire said. "The
freshmen are the ones that are looking
good. They should do fine."

tenure as coach, his teams have fin-
ished no lower than second at the Big
Ten and NCAA District IV
Championships. Since joining the har-
riers in 1992,
I N - Irv - - - '

M cGuire 's

teams have
placed in the
top eight in
each of the
four NCAA
Last year,
Michigan fin-
ished second in
the conference
to Wisconsin,
captured the

also an All-American, who graduated
last year.
Babcock won a meet in the begin-
ning of last year's season and finishep
17th at the NCAA championships.
After Michigan's opening meet
against the Spartans, the Wolverines
host the first of their two home meets
- the Michigan Intercollegiate -
Sept. I1. The Jayhawk Invitational is
the Wolverines' next meet Sept. 14.
Michigan then hosts the Wolverine
Interregional Sept. 20, before ending
the regular-season schedule with twg
meets at the Eastern Michigan Classic,
Sept. 25, and at the Miami Fall Classic,
Sept. 28.
The Big Ten championship gets
under way Oct. 2 and the NCAA
District IV Championship commences
Oct. 16. The season concludes with the
First things first, however. McGuire
and his team are just looking forward
to getting onto the course for the star
of the season Saturday.

- Mike McGuire
Michigan women's cross-
country coach

Julie Froud, Elizabeth Kampfe and
Nell Shields - and three redshirt
freshmen - Marcy Akard, Sarah
Hamilton and Allison Noe.
McGuire heads into his fifth season
with an impressive record. In his

district title and placed seventh at the
Even though McGuire can look for-
ward to two All-Americans - Arnill
and Slater - returning to his squad, he
will be without Courtney Babcock,








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