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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, September 16, 1996 - 3B

.Stickers on both sides of shutouts

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
When you give the opposing goaltender a day off,
you know it's going to be a long day.
The Michigan field hockey team granted Jamie
Hill, Old Dominion's goalie, that favor in the Lady
Monarchs' 7-0 annihilation of the Wolverines on
taturday in Norfolk, Va.
Not only was Michigan shut out, but the
Wolverines did not have one shot on goal. Old
Dominion outshot Michigan, 29-0, and dominated in
penalty corners, 11-0.
Danielle Chellew led the way for the Lady
Monarchs. Chellew netted a hat trick with all the
goals scored within a six-minute span of the second
half. Five different Old Dominion players scored.
The Wolverines made a quick recovery, though.

Yesterday, also at the Foreman Field, Michigan
turned the tables against William and Mary with a
shutout win of its own, 2-0.
The Wolverines (2-2 overall) rebounded from
Saturday's zero-shot output with 15 shots on goal
against the Tribe. They led in penalty corners, 6-4 -
a category on which Michigan coach Marcia
Pancratz focuses. Before the season began, the first-
year coach said that getting and converting on penal-
ty corners is one of the biggest keys to the
Wolverines' games.
But neither team could convert anything.
Michigan and William and Mary dueled it out to a
scoreless first half. And the game remained dead-
locked at zero until the 11 th minute of the second
half. That's when Wolverine attacker Michelle
Smulders netted Michigan's first goal at 8:49.

Freshman midfielder Erika Widder added an
insurance goal just three minutes later. Widder's goal
was the first goal of her collegiate career.
And that was all Michigan's goaltender, Ann
Helber, needed. Helber finished the game with 10
saves. She was also the lone bright spot in Saturday's
loss. Even though she let in seven goals on 29 shots
against Old Dominion, Helber still stopped 16 Lady
Monarch attempts.
The Tribe's goaltender, Jen Rinella, countered
with nine saves.
Michigan returns home this weekend to begin a
five-game homestand. The Wolverines face Ball Sate
this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ocker Field. Michigan
begins its conference slate Sept. 27 against Ohio
State, followed by Penn State Sept. 29 and Michigan
State on Oct. 2.

Women lInksters take 5th at own Invite

By 1J. Berke
For the Daily
The Michigan women's golf team
opened its 1996-97 season at the soggy,
cold University of Michigan Golf Course
with a fifth-place finish at this weekend's
olverine Invitational.
'I was expecting a better finish, due to
the fact that we were playing at home and
our play in the qualifying round, but I'm
not overly disappointed," Michigan
coach Kathy Teichert said. "However, it
did seem that we went through the
motions on the back nine during the final
The Invitational, which saw Saturday's
round washed out by rain showers, was
won by 20th-ranked Indiana, which fin-
ted with a two round total of 626. Ohio
Tate, which is ranked 24th in the nation,
came in just behind the Hoosiers with a
627. Kentucky, ranked 31 st, finished
third with a total of 635.
After leading the first round by three
shots with a 312, the Buckeyes were
caught Sunday by an inspired Hoosier
team, which shot a 312 to overtake Ohio
State by one shot.
Indiana was led by Jenny Gray, who
On the individual title with a two round
total of three-over par 149 (74-75). Mary
Vajgrt also played very well with the

Hoosiers, taking fifth place with an 11-
over-par 157 (81-76).
The No. 36 Wolverines finished with a
659, one shot behind fourth-place Purdue
and five shots ahead of conference rivals
Michigan State and Northwestern.
Michigan was led by Wendy Westfall,
who finished in a seventh-place tie with a

out, was a good indicator of where we are
and what we need to work on in the
future,' Teichert said.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the
best finish by a local player came from
Kentucky's Katy Loy, an Ann Arbor
native who transferred from Michigan
this summer. Loy proved that you can
come home again, taking third place with

14-over-par 160.
"I can't be too
with a top 10 fin-
ish, but I could
have definitely
done better. I
had a couple of
mental mistakes
and let a couple
of holes get to
me," Westfall

I was expecting
a betterfin ih..
but I'm not overly
disappointed "
- Kathy Teichert
Michigan women's golf coach

a six-over par
152 (75-77), fin-
ishing behind
Gray and Ohio
State's Amy
Langhals, who
shot a five over
The Buckeyes
were also helped
out by Jessica
Luciuk, who
took fourth place
with a nine-over
par 155. Vajgrt
Stacy Orschell of

Men's golf places
3rd at Falcon-Cross
By Y.J. Beika
FRr the Daily
The Michigan men's golf team
finished third in the Falcon-Cross.
Creek Invitational tournament in
Colorado Springs, Colo., this week-
Michigan used a final round score
of 293 to jump from a sixth-place tie
to its final position of third for a three
round total of 894 (296-295-293).
The Wolverines were paced by
David Jasper, who finished second
with a three-day total of 216 (71-71-w
74), or even par.
Brent Idalski tied for 16th place
and Kyle Dobbs tied for 23rd.
Nebraska took the all-around title
with an 975.(292-286-297).
However, Ball State's Jaime Broce
took the individual title with a four -
under par 212 (69-71-72) to become
the first Mid-American conference
player to win the Falcon Invitational
The Cardinals also did well as a
team, finishing in second, six shots
behind the Cornhuskers..

Sharon Park
was next in line
for Michigan
with a 161(79-82), which put her in a tie
for 11th place. Nicole Green ended up
tied for 30th with a 168 (87-81). Molly
Vandenbark (90-83) and Sarah
Lindholm (87-86) finished in a tie for
47th, and Ashley Williams (87-87) took
51st place.
"This tournament, for the first time

SP1TS 1nayColumn
Sollenberger in Paradise
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I'm looigfr lessons
S omeone once said that there is nothing tougher to do in all of sports than to
hit a round ball with a round bat. That person, of course, was talking about
baseball.That person, of course, must have never played golf. Because there
is no sport tougher to be good at than golf.
Now, I must qualify what I mean by good. I don't consider a bogey golfer a good
golfer. Pretty much anybody can pick up a set of clubs and - with lessons and
practice over a couple of years - shoot 90 pretty regularly. The next step is the real
challenge. It is much tougher to go from 90 to 80 than it is to go from 100 to 90.
To me and to most amateurs, there is something special about someone who can
consistently break 80. A golfer who can shoot 78 every time out can legitimately
say: "I'm a break-80 player."
It's a dream of many avid golfers, including me. A couple of Fridays ago, I made
my way to the University of Michigan Golf Course to watch some break-80 players
- the Michigan men's golf team members - at the team's annual tryout. I joined
coach Jim Carras, and the two of us carted around the course watching 27 nervous
golfers fire away in the hopes of making the team.
You see, nervousness is as much a part of the game as divots. And the tension
only increases as the stakes become higher. No matter how nervous you are on a
lazy Sunday afternoon trying to make that five-foot putt, actual competition will
make your knees shake that much more. At the tryout, the first golfer I saw swing
away was a freshman, and no doubt a good player (Carras has to receive recom-
mendations for anyone who wants to try out).
The first hole is an easy par-five. But for this freshman, the only thing that mat-
tered about the hole was the number - one. And he must have felt like the Masters
hung in the balance. So the freshman takes his driver back and ... duff! ... hits
more nature than ball. "There are a lot of nerves on the first tee," Carras said, mak-
ing the understatement of the day.
The divot from the shot landed about as far down the fairway as the ball. The
poor guy must have wanted to uo bury himself in the nearest sand tra. and vet.
anybody who was watching (and there was a group), had to have felt sorry for him.
Every serious player knows how tough golf is.
"In baseball, you either get a hit or you don't," Carras said. "You've got other
guys who can bail you out. In golf, you are your own enemy out there. It's you
against you, and that's the hardest thing for all of us."
But the battle of you against you makes golf special. And if there is one wayto
win it, it's by improving your mental game.
Jack Nicklaus has won 19 major championships, many with his head. Sure, the
Golden Bear has physical ability, but his mental game is unmatched. In contrast,
Greg Norman has won just two majors, because he has a tendency to choke on the
final holes. You see, in golf, a strong mental game is the difference between win-
ning and losing. It is the difference between a 78 and an 82.
You can hit 18 poor tee shots and still shoot a good score if your mental game is
strong. You can grind.You can battle. You can be tough around the green.
And if you can do all that, the next thing you know, you'll be in the clubhouse,
reliving your round over a few drinks - even if you didn't hit a solid shot all day.
And how? Because you battled hard on every shot, and didn't get down when
things went badly.
You will owe it all to your mental game. Unfortunately, it works the other way,
too. Imagine this: You are playing the difficult Michigan course and have just saved
par on the 17th hole to stay at eight-over for your round. Now if you can just par the
18th hole, a 455-yard par-four with a lake fronting the green, you will break 80 for
the first time in God-knows-when.
You pull out the driver and boom a shot 240-or-so yards down the middle, leav-
ing you 215 yards from the pin - with a breeze in your face. But you're confident,
so you select the two-iron for your approach. Calmly, you address the ball and take
the club back as smoothly as your nerves will allow. Everything feels good until the
club reaches the height of your back swing. And then suddenly, panic hits.
You realize that if you hit this shot onto the green, you are going to make par and
shoot 79. But if you flub it, the previous 17 holes that you played so well will be
wasted. On your downswing, you catch the ball heavy. Splash. You end up making
seven, for an 82. You are dejected. You are mad. You are hurt. And you can't wait to
get back out there again. Such is the game of golf- the toughest in the world.
- When he's not trying to break 80, Barry Sollenberger can be reached over e-mail

Also, check out our line of Major
and Minor League Pro Teams

finished next, with

Purdue taking sixth with a 159.
Michigan heads back out on the links
this weekend at the Lady Northern
Intercollegiate tournament in East
Lansing. The tournament serves as a Big
Ten preview, as every team in the confer-
ence will be there.

Linea far from the Mendoza line,'
ready to set new school assist record

By Kevin Kasiborsi
Dily Sports Writer
Maybe it will be Shareen Luze. Or it could be
Sarah Jackson. Karen Chase could be the one.
Sometime in the near future, one of the

Wolverines will elevate into the
air, slam the ball down for a kill
and make Linnea Mendoza the
career assist record holder at
The junior setter is already in
the record book for most assists in
a season, 1,478 last year, and
most assists in a match, 73, which
she has done three times.
With her 76 assists in the
Wolverines' three matches over

the weekend,

outside chance to break the record when Michigan
visits the Illini on Sept. 28. She would have to aver-
age 64 assists in the next four matches.
The reason why any Wolverine could break the
record for kills is because Mendoza doesn't have a
favorite target. Her even distribution of the ball
keeps her teammates happy, and opposing defenses
"Linnea played a great match - she was all
over," Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi said after
the Wolverines beat Gonzaga Friday. "She ran a
good offense for us, doing an outstanding job of
distributing an even attack among our hitters."
weekend in a row, Mendoza and teammate Luze
were selected to the all-tournament team. Last
weekend, they were on the Volleyball Challenge all-
tournament team for their play against Florida and
The rest of the Spikeoff Spokane team was

Gonzaga, and Barbara Kovacs, Virag Domkos and
Joy Kingsley-Ineh (tournament Most Valuable
Player) from George Mason.
LET'S PLAY Two: Sophomore Anne Poglits, who
is also a member of the Michigan women's basket-
ball team, is in her first season playing college vol-
"Anne continues to show she has a strong attack
and blocking game," Giovanazzi said. "She is doing
a good job for us."
Poglits played in all three matches over the week-
end. She had two kills and two digs in the
Wolverines' loss to George Mason.
LET'S PLAY THREE: All three of Michigan's
matches this weekend ended after three sets. In nine
matches so far this year, the Wolverines only played
three sets seven times.
They lost to UCLA in four sets Sept. 1, and beat
Toledo in four last Tuesday.
Michigan has yet to play a five set match this sea-

Mendoza is now 254 short of Tarnisha Thompson's
record of 2,619.
Thompson is currently an assistant coach at
;4inois. Although it is unlikely, Mendoza has an

Jennifer Kubista and

Christy Kubista from

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the end, however, George Mason
proved to be too much, scoring six
straight points.
"This match was a learning expe-
riernce for us," Giovanazzi said.
O h~eir serving kept us off balance
whole time."
The 14 aces by George Mason was
a season high for a Michigan oppo-

nent. George Mason's Joy Kingsley-
Ibee, the MVP of the tournament,
and Virag Domokos combined for
26 total kills to add to Michigan's
Jackson topped the Wolverines
offensively with seven kills and
seven digs, defensively.
The loss halted Michigan's win-
ning streak at three games. But the
Wolverines didn't have much time to
lament, or rest, since their next game

was against Wyoming

that after-

The Cowgirls were leading 7-2 in
the first game, before the
Wolverines rallied and won, en route
to a 15-11, 15-8, 15-5 sweep.
Michigan used a balanced scoring
attack, once again spearheaded by
Mendoza's 40 assists. Chase had a
Michigan season-best .519 hitting
percentage with 17 kills, and per-
sonal career highs in kills (15) and

digs (13), as well. Luze added 15
kills and 13 digs.
For their strong performance
throughout the tournament,
Mendoza and Luze were selected to
the l-tournament team.
The Wolverines have a week to
reflect on their successful 2-1 per-
formance at this weekend's tourna-
ment before facing Notre Dame in a
non-conference match Friday at
Cliff Keen Arena.



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