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CLEVELAND 4, California 3
Montreal at CHICAGO, inC. BALTIMORE 5, Detroit 4
Colorado at HOUSTON, 're Texas 4, TORONTO 3
Cincinnati at LOS ANGELES, inc.
St. Louis at SAN FRANCISCO, Inc. Philadelphia at GREEN BAY, inc.
Florida at NEW YORK, inc. Home team in CAPS

September 10, 1996


If there's a coaching edge,
gg Carr says it's Colorado's

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By Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
A healthy dose of humility is essen-
tial in any profession, but coaching
may require a little more than most.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr proved
he wasn't lacking when asked to com-
ment on his coaching counterpart in
this weekend's contest, Colorado
coach Rick Neuheisel.
"I think he's the greatest asset they
have in the game, because they have
Rick Neuheisel and Michigan has me,"
Carr joked.
Neuheisel, who could easily be
mistaken for Conan O'Brien, began
his second season as the head man in
x Boulder, Colo., after taking over from
former Michigan assistant Bill
The Buffaloes finished their first
season under Neuheisel 10-2, beating
Oregon in the Cotton Bowl.
Colorado opened this season with a
Z1r victory over Washington State, and a
48-34 win over Colorado State last

sense for us to look back. Why would
we look back? We have to look for-
However, when Carr looks forward
he sees a team that he knows will be
tough to beat.
The Buffaloes boast a high pow-
ered offense led by quarterback Koy
Detmer, receiver Rae Carruth and
running back Herchell Troutman.
If there is one thing that worries
Carr more than anything else, though,
it is the overall speed of the
lI tink he'"s the
greatest asset
they have in the
gan-me, because
they have IRick
Neuheisel and
Michigan has me."
- Lloyd Carr
Michigan football coach on
Colorado football
"Colorado is without question the
fastest team we've played since I've
been at Michigan," Carr said.
Carr even believes the Buffaloes
are faster than the 1991 Florida State
team that streaked past the
Wolverines 51-31 in Ann Arbor.
To help prepare, Carr used his first-

string units against each other in prac-
tice more than normal, but he admits
that doesn't quite do it.
"We cannot simulate on offense the
speed they have," he said.
Still, Carr is confident that his team
is faster than the one which faced the
Seminoles in '91, and while he wish- a
es Michigan had played last weekend,
Carr hopes Colorado watched the
tape of Michigan's opening game.
"If they look at our game against
Illinois, they're going to be very con-
fident," he said.
Carr feels Michigan used its off-
week well, though, and is sure the
players will be ready for a game that,
whether they admit it or not, they
have been looking forward to since
"It is a great inter-sectional game,'-
Carr said. "It's the kind of game you
come to Michigan to play in."
SWETT RETURNS: Carr said junior
inside linebacker Rob Swett would
return to full speed practice yester-
day, and would be ready to play
against Colorado.
Swett will not start, however.
That distinction still belongs to
Sam Sword who Carr felt had a
strong game against the Fighting
Clarence Williams will start his sec-
ond game at tailback Saturday. Junior
Chris Howard will be eligible after
missing the opener due to unfinished
academic work.
Carr hopes to give both tailbacks
equal work.

Michigan (1-0 Big Ten, 1-0 over-
all) will be the second opponent for
No. 5 Colorado (2-0) when the
Wolverines and Buffaloes kickoff
Saturday at 3:30.
It will be the first time the teams
have faced each other since 1994
when Colorado topped Michigan 27-
A one-point loss wouldn't mean
much to this game if it weren't for the
fact that Colorado's final six points
came on the last play of the game on
a pass from really far away.
"We haven't talked about it," Carr
said of the 1994 game. "It makes no

FILE POTDilijuiy
Michigan defensive end Glenn Steele and his teammates will need to bring all the firepower they can muster to Colorado this
weekend. The No. 11 Wolverines are looking to avenge a 27-26 loss in 1994. In that contest, Buffalo quarterback Kordell
Stewart connected on a Hail Mary pass on the game's final play. Both squads are now under new leadership, with Lloyd Carr
having replaced Gary Moeller at Michigan and Rick Neuhelsel having replaced Bill McCartney at Colorado.

'M' volleyball faces
reunion in Toledo E

Blue women's soccer
uses calm before storm

By Kevin Kasiborski
Daily Sports Writer
There will be a volleyball match dur-
ing the UCLA class reunion tonight in
Toledo. But the Bruins won't be play-
rActually, the match between the
Michigan women's volleyball team and
Toledo is the main event, but there are
UCLA connections.
When Toledo coach Reed Sunahara
played for the Bruins, Michigan coach
Greg Giovanazzi was the top UCLA

"We have some video tape on them
and, they look tough," Giovanazzi said.
"They are a year better, just like us. We
are looking forward to playing them."
Toledo may be improved, but they
are not of the same caliber of opponent
the Wolverines have faced thus far. The
Wolverines 1-4 start can largely be
attributed to the fact that all four of
those losses came against ranked
Saturday, the Wolverines beat

assistant coach.
Two Michigan
assistant coaches,
Mora Kanim and
Yne Renteria, are
oformer UCLA
All four of the
coaches won at least
one national champi-
onship as Bruins.
Last year,
Sunahara's first sea-
son with Toledo, the
Wolverines swept the
#ockets at home, 15-
15-10, 15-5.
"Toledo is a pretty

Georgia, 15-3, 15-1,

'M' volleyball

What: Michigan volleyball against
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Toledo
Notable: The Wolverines swept the
Rockets last season, 15-4, 15-10,
15-5, at Cliff Keen Arena ...
Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi was
an assistant coach at UCLA when
Toledo coach Reed Sunahara played
for the Bruins. Two Michigan assis-
tant coaches, Mora Kanim and Irene
Renteria, also played at UCLA.

15-6, for their first
win. The
Wolverines are
now rewarded
with the gentler
portion of their
schedule before
Big Ten matches
"It's like hit-
ting against a
95-mph fastball
pitcher, and then
they bring in the
slow stuff,"
Giovanazzi said.
"Over the next
two weeks, we

The Wolverines
maneuver lineup to
prepare for Eastern
By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
The start of the 1996 Michigan
women's soccer season seems more like
new student orientation.
The Wolverines have been engaging
in a get-to-know-you process on the
field in their first few games of the sea-
son. Michigan coach Debbie Belkin
will see just how well her players are
adapting to each other when the
Wolverines face Eastern Michigan
today in Ypsilanti.
In the meanwhile, Belkin has also
been maneuvering the starting line-up
in order to get the right combination of
Michigan's schedule has been espe-
cially generous in allowing enough
time for the team to get settled and for
the players to become familiar with
each other. The first three games of
Michigan's season has been spread out
over nearly three weeks.
The trickle of games will soon turn
into a river. The Wolverines will play
two games every weekend for the rest
of the season.
"We really get into it in about a week,
with two games on the weekend,"
Belkin said. "We are trying to sort
things out and get to know each other in
these few games."

The fact that the Wolverines do not.
encounter a ranked foe until Sept. 22,
when they meet No.16 Kentucky, also
helps them as they get settled into the
The adjustment process was clearly
evident in Michigan's games against
Butler and Wright State.
After losing to Butler, 2-0, the
Wolverines bounced back to defeat
Wright State by the same score.
Belkin attributed the squad's first
win of the season to an increase in con-
fidence. The Wolverines had more
shots on goal, while playing stronger
defense. From one game to the next, the
Wolverines were able to cut their oppo-
nents shots on goal in half.
The Wolverines need to focus on
shooting, Belkin said.
"We have to try to be sharper and
create scoring opportunities and capi-
talize on those opportunities," Belkin
Eastern Michigan began its 1996
season with a 3-0 victory over
Schoolcraft College last week. The
Eagles did not allow the Ocelots any
shots on goal. The Eagles fired 29 shots
on goal en route to the shutout.
Last year, the Wolverines shutout the
Eagles, scoring four goals -under
unfriendly weather conditions. The
temperature for the late-October game
was in the low 40s, with bellowing
Even though the Wolverines had rel-
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The Michigan volleyball team finally gets a breather from top-caliber opposition
when It plays at Toledo tonight. The Wolverines look to Improve their 14 record.

improved team over last year,"
Giovanazzi said.
"We played them when they were just
getting their program started under a
new coach.
"Their coach played for me when I
was coaching at a different school, so it
is kind of a fun match that way. He is
trying to develop something over
Sunahara's first season at Toledo was
spent developing the program. Toledo
finished ninth out of ten teams in the
Mid-American conference, with a 4-13
conference record, and a 7-21 mark
This year's start has been encourag-
ing, though. The Rockets are off to a 4-
3 start, and over the weekend they won
e Toledo Classic, with victories over
uffalo, Youngstown State and
Toledo's junior setter Amy DeLong
was the tournament MVP She averages
10 assists per game. Sophomore
Lauren Waldrop leads the team with a

are going to see teams that don't bring
the heat the way the outside hitters on
Florida or Hawaii did."
Instead, junior Sarah Jackson (53
kills), sophomore Karen Chase (51
kills), and senior Shareen Luze (46
kills) will try to bring the heat to the
Sophomore Linsey Ebert (14
blocks), Luze (46 digs) and Linnea
Mendoza (35 digs) will try to keep the
defense shored-up.
For their efforts last weekend against
Florida and Georgia in the volleyball
challenge, Luze and Mendoza were
named to the all-tournament team.
The Wolverines will face Gonzaga,
George Mason and Wyoming at the
Spikeoff Spokane Tournament next

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, Women's soccer at Eastern Michigan, Ypsilanti,
Volleyball at Toledo, 7 p.m.

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