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Butle'r disruptsh 'M'
soccer's balancin act .
Freshmen and veterans out of sync, fall 2-0 .,

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Experience may be important, but as
the Michigan women's soccer team
found out, practice makes perfect.
With four of their top five scorers
returning, the Wolverines have the
firepower to win games. But the
upperclassmen and the team's newest
additions are still adapting to each
other. Against Butler Saturday, the
Wolverines could not seem to find a
comfortable rhythm.
Their 2-0 loss to the Bulldogs
largely came at the hands of a single
Butler senior Beth Crauder
knocked in both scores to put away the
Wolverines. Michigan sent 23 shots in
the direction of Butler goalkeeper
E.B. Larson but were repeatedly
turned away.
The Wolverines missed on their best
scoring opportunity soon after Crauder's
second goal, when freshman Marie
Spaccarotella headed a Ruth Poulin pass
off the goalpost.
Despite the defeat, Michigan has rea-
son to remain optimistic.

The Wolverines return 18 members of
last season's squad, led by second-year
co-captains Deb Flaherty and Michele
Brach. Michigan coach Debbie Belkin
thinks their experience will help them be
successful team leaders.
66All of our
recruits are going
to make an Impact
as division I
- Debbie Belkin
Michigan soccer coach
"Being second-year captains, it
becomes a little easier" Belkin said.
"(Flaherty and Brach) know exactly
what their role is"
And that role increases with the addi-
tion of nine newcomers. Heading the list
of upstarts are two Parade All-

Americans, Amber Berendowsky and
Mari Hoff. Both are in-state recruits, an
important factor according to Belkin.
"This was one of the best years in the
state of Michigan (for local talent),"
Belkin said. "All of our recruits are
going to make an impact as Division I
Michigan's recruiting class is consid-
ered one of the top in the nation accord-
ing to Soccer America. The potential of
the nine newcomers is significant, with
many vying for playing time.
But the standard was set last season
by the returning players.
Flaherty, a junior midfielder, returns
this season after leading the squad in
assists. Most of her passes went to junior
forward Ruth Poulin, last season's top
goal scorer, and junior Ashley Marks,
who tied Poulin last season with three
game-winning goals.
Another year of experience should aid
the Wolverines in close games. Last sea-
son, the Wolverines were defeated four
times by only one goal.
The Wolverines have close to a week
to regroup before they face Wright State
in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday.

Co-captain Deb Flaherty and her Michigan teammates look to jump into the soccer season, despite losing to Butler, 2-0,
Saturday. The Wolverines return 18 players from last season's squad and add nine newcomers. The team hasn't come togeth-
er yet, but it has nearly a week to prepare for its next opponent. The Wolverines play Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, on

Big Ten beast best prepared for by tough
non-conference schedule, Giovanazzi says
No. 1 Hawaii, No. 6 UCLA expected to tune up Blue for several tough conference foes

By Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
Nonconference schedules are
played to prepare for when the games
really count. In the case of the
Michigan volleyball team, that
would mean getting ready for the rig-
ors of a Big Ten campaign.
The problem is, at least as far as
Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi
sees it, the conference is going to be
extremely good this year.
"The conference is an absolute
beast," Giovanazzi said before the
Wolverines left for last weekend's
Wahine Classic in Honolulu. "I don't
think there will be a tougher league
this year.
"There are just a lot of really good
teams in this conference."
Michigan State advanced all the
way to the NCAA championship
game last season.
They'll be challenged by Penn
State, Illinois and Ohio State - all
of which will not only be conference
powers, but national ones as well.
Which brings us back to the pre-
season, and the question of how you
prepare for what could be a beast of
a season.
Well, you apparently travel across
the country and a good piece of the
Pacific Ocean.
And when you get there, you play
three top-25 teams, including No. I
Hawaii in its own backyard.
Giovanazzi had hoped to play
tough in Hawaii.
He wanted to see where his team
stood after losing two of his top play-

I'm not sure you'll be able to gauge
how good this team might be by the
record because of how tough we open
up. I'm looking to see how we've
matured in playing teams at that
- Greg Giovanazzi
Michigan volleyball coach

ers - and leaders - from last year,
Shannon Brownlee and Suzy
He wanted to observe.
"I'm not sure you'll be able to
gauge how good this team might be
by the record because of how tough
we open up," Giovanazzi said.
"I'm looking to see how we've
matured in playing teams at that
level, to see the first glimmer of play
at that level."
And, before last night's game
against No. 25 Louisville, Michigan
was still looking for its first win. The
match finished after the Daily went
to press.
The two losses, however, were against
two of the best teams in the country, No.
I Hawaii and No. 6 UCLA.
As Giovanazzi had hoped, the
Wolverines played both teams tough
until the end.
The Wolverines will not get a

break in the remainder of the presea-
son schedule either.
Next up is the Volleyball
Challenge this weekend at home in
Cliff Keen Arena.
The Wolverines will get their first
look at Big Ten opponent Illinois,
who will be at the event, and
Michigan will go head-to-head with
Florida and Georgia.
The Wolverines will also face what
should be a tough Notre Dame squad
Sept. 20 before finally opening the
conference season Sept. 27 in Iowa
At that point, Giovanazzi hopes
the non-conference rigors will pro-
duce Big Ten results, and an invita-
tion to the NCAA tournament. A
chance the Wolverines feel they
deserved and should have gotten last
But that's in the future. For now,
it's one tough opponent after another.

Michigan lost last year's co-captain Shannon Brownlee to graduation. Michigan
missed the regularity of Brownlee's digs and kills this weekend, falling to No.1 .
Hawaii and No. 6 UCLA in the Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Continued from Page 13A
finished the match with double-digit
kills. Jackson led the Wolverines
with 17.
Mendoza finished the match with
56 assists.
The Wolverines had six more kills
than the Bruins, but UCLA out-
-blocked (35-9) and out-hit (.202-


Volleyball schedule

.109) Michigan.
The Wolverines faced the
Cardinals last night in their third and
final tournament game.
The match ended after the Daily
went to press.
Michigan opens its home season
next weekend when it hosts the
Volleyball Challenge beginning
Friday night at Cliff Keen Arena.

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Home games in bold
Date Opponent
Sept. 6..... .............. .Volleyball Challenge
Georgia vs. Louisville, 5 p.m.
Michigan vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7o..................................................V lleyball Challenge
Iflinois vs. Florida, 5 p.m.
Michigan vs. Georgia, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 ........................ ... ..... ..... Toledo, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13....................Spikeoff Spokane Tournament
Michigan vs. Gonzaga, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14-.. ..................... ..Spikeoff Spokane Tournament
Michigan vs. George Mason, 10 a.m.
Michigan vs. Wyoming, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 20...................................... ............Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21...................................................Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2i.. .. .. . .. .. ... .. ... ..owa, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 ...................................................Illinois, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4.....................................................Michigan State, 7 p.m .
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Oct. 11 ..............................................Wisconsin, 7 p.m.
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