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Nicholas J. Cotsonika
y Sports Editor
Somewhere amid the rain, some-
where amid the missed chances, some-
where amid the fourth straight game in
which Michigan scored 20 points, Scott
Dreisbach saw something good.
About an hour after the Wolverines
slid by Boston College, 20-14, on
Saturday, Dreisbach said Michigan's
offense was "very close" to being great.
q nd that wasn't just a cocky quarter-
ack talking. That may be a fact.
"Offensively, there were a lot of pos-
itives in that game," Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr said yesterday. "I think
Dreisbach played his best game at
Michigan, and we spread the ball
around. We did a lot of good things out
Carr's comments seemed to echo
Dreisbach's. Carr said that when his
offense works out some of its problems,
*ichigan is going to be one good foot-
ball team. And looking at some of the
Wolverines' problems Saturday, solu-
tions may lie in lunging for an extra
yard, holding onto the ball, or catching
passes at their fingertips. ^
The Wolverines wanted to get out to
a, fast start against the Eagles, Carr
said, and on their first seven posses-
sions, they had the chance. Each time,
. ey were in a position to score. But
ch time, they killed their own drive
with fumbles, penalties or intercep-
Carr was quick to point out, however,
how close the good things were.
"Dreisbach was 50 percent on third
down, and some of those passes should
works out
By Nita Srdvastava
For the Daily
The Michigan women's tennis team
played in its first tournament of the
season in the fourth annual William
and Mary Invitational this weekend.
Included in the tournament were
f4-of the top 110 players in the ITA
rankings. Five of the nine teams com-
peing placed highly in last spring's
'A-al national rankings, led by third-
Mgked Duke.
The tournament was a flighted sin-
glis and doubles format with four
singles and two doubles flights.
.buke led the way with two singles
fliht wins and one doubles flight
witn. Two freshmen Blue Devils
sqeared off in the Flight A singles
chmpionship, with Vanessa Webb
defeating Karin Miller, 6-4, 7-5.
.ke's Kristin Sanderson defeated
ebnessee's Erin Lowery, 6-1, 6-4 in
the Flight B singles. Webb and Miller
beat Tennessee's Flight A doubles
team, Manisha Malhotra and Margie
Lepsi, by a pro-set score of 8-3.
Notre Dame's Kelly Zalinski beat
Tennessee's Emily Woodside, 6-3, 7-
6 in the Flight C singles. Tennessee's
Candy Reid and Carrie Spinner bat-
tled it out for the Flight D singles,
4it Reid emerging victorious, 6-0,
Once again, two Volunteer duos
fQUght for the Flight B doubles title,
wiih Kristin Bachochin and
NM odside defeating Spinner and

Lowery, 8-5. v
-Although the Wolverines did not
manage a flight championship, senior
Sarah Cyganiak had two wins in the
Flight A singles over Thea Ivanisevic
Maryland, 7-6, 6-2, and Elizabeth
ascarilla of Syracuse, 6-4, 6-4.
"I was happy I was able to win
throse matches to help prepare me for
may next match," Cyganiak said.
See TENNIS, Page 10

have been caught," Carr said. "He
missed Tai Streets on a long pass, but I
guarantee he's going to hit that pass
And eventually, Michigan's running
backs are probably going to hold onto
the ball better. And eventually,
Michigan isn't going to run the ball on
17 straight first-down plays, as it has
already done this season.
"That's bad," Carr said. "You have to
have better balance than that, and we
With tight ends Jerame Tuman and
Mark Campbell playing well, Carr has
Tuman gained a career-best 99
receiving yards on four catches
Saturday, Michigan's best receiving
performance by a tight end since Tony
McGee caught six passes for 117 yards,
against Washington in the 1993 Rose
Bowl. Campbell caught one pass for 35
"If you're going to have great balance
in your offense, you have to have a tight
end that can catch the ball and block;"
Carr said.
Although running back Chris
Howard's status is questionable for
UCLA, the Wolverines are hoping the
offense will come together as soon as
this weekend.
missed field goals, that blocked extra-
point attempt -they all came down to
one thing.
"They were all Remy" said Carr of
his placekicker, Remy Hamilton. "He
miss-hit the first two, and the third, he
was too slow. I think he was trying to

concentrate too hard and took too
much time."
Don't expect Carr to pull Hamilton
in favor of Jay Feely, however.
Hamilton kicked well in Colorado two
weeks ago on Folsom Field's artificial
turf, hitting from 37 and 42 yards. And
even though Hamilton has trouble on
Michigan Stadium's grass, that doesn't
"I haven't lost any confidence in
him," Carr said. "And I hope he hasn't
lost any confidence in himself."
SPY HARD: One of the arts of coach-
ing that can't be seen from the stands is
espionage. It's football espionage, the
bastard cousin of baseball espionage.
It's signal-stealing.
"(Offensive line coach) Bobby
Morrison is a master spy," Carr said.
"At some point in the game, he can say
what their alignment is and how they're
going to play that down."
And that's one reason why Michigan
has burned so many time outs early in
games this season. Carr suspects his
opponents stole some of his signals last
season, and now he often sends in plays
with players.
But that creates confusion, with play-
ers running on and off, yelling at each
other, and the play itself evolving from
ear to ear like a dirty rumor.
"It's a communication problem, and
pretty soon we have to call a time out,"
Carr said. "It's slower, and then when
things get screwed up, the quarterback
doesn't know the play, and he calls time
"And everyone says, 'Those dumb
coaches.' And they're right."


Michigan quarterback Scott Drelsbach is brought down Saturday against Boston College. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, however,
said that the victory over the Eagles marked Dreisbach's best performance as a Wolverine. The sophomore was 19-of-28 for
292 yards and two touchdowns. He was Intercepted once.

'M' spikers win stats, lose match

By Kevin Kasiborski
Daily Sports Writer
In a quiet moment following his
team's five-set loss to No. 12 Notre
Dame on Friday night, Michigan
women's volleyball coach Greg
Giovanazzi looked up from the stat
sheet and just shook his head.
Words didn't need to be spoken. It
was clear what he was thinking.
On paper, his team had beaten the
Looking at the statistics alone,
Michigan appears to have dominated
the match. The Wolverines had more
kills (81-61), more digs (90-61) and a
higher hitting percentage (.250-.190)
than the Fighting Irish.
But the one-sided stat sheet didn't
satisfy Giovanazzi.
"I'm really pleased with the team
effort," he said. "I just feel we need a
win in one of these matches. When this

team gets that win, they are going to
realize how good they really are."
Early in the match, when the
Wolverines were not in control and not
playing particularly well, Giovanazzi
made only one adjustment.
"We put Colleen Miniuk in, he said.
"That was really the difference. She
was hitting shots that they hadn't seen,
and she was hitting the ball at a high
level very hard"
Coming off the bench, Miniuk fin-
ished with team highs in kills (24), digs
(23) and hitting percentage (.383).
With Miniuk in the game, Michigan's
offense came to life.
The Irish have a strong defense that
averages 3.53 blocks per game (seventh
nationally), but the Michigan attackers
were consistently able to score kills,
and their .250 hitting percentage is the
highest by a Notre Dame opponent this

"Michigan played very, very well,"
Notre Dame coach Debbie Brown said.
"They put a lot of pressure on us. Our
blockers were very confused. They,
passed well, they were able to run the
middles. When they set on the outside I
thought Colleen Miniuk did a great job
for them."
Notre Dame's confusion was a result
of the way junior setter Linnea
Mendoza ran the offense.
"I thought that Linnea set as good a
match as I have seen her set all year,'
Giovanazzi said. "She kept their block
- a very good block - off balance all
night long.
"A lot of that has to do with how this
game is all connected. The passing was
good enough, and Linnea was using
Sarah (Jackson) and Linsey (Ebert)
enough to open things up for Karen
(Chase) and Colleen and Jeanine


Michigan's Sarah Jackson spikes the ball Friday against Notre Dame.

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