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Scoreboard
NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE
CINCINNATI 12, Chicago 4 OAKLAND 7, Seattle 5
HOUSTON 6, New York 2 BOSTON 5, New York 3
FLORIDA 7, Atlanta 1 Baltimore 4, TORONTO 1
Montreal 5, PHILADELPHIA 2 California at Texas, inc.
San Francisco at Los Angeles, inc. Home games in CAPS

01

Friday
September 27, 1996

12

.Toledo and Bruins .
move into Ann Arbor

By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor

It's not easy being Bob Toledo
these days.
To say that the UCLA first-year
football coach is under a microscope
would be wrong. He's under much
closer scrutiny than that.
Toledo has replaced a legend as
UCLA's head man. Late last season,
Terry Donahue stepped down as the
winningest coach in Pac-10 history
after 20 years in Westwood.
Toledo, UCLA's offensive coordi-
nator the past two seasons, wasn't
even the school's No. I choice to fill
Donahue's void. After the season,
UCLA offered the football job to
Colorado's Rick Neuheisel and then
Northwestern's Gary Barnett. Both
said no, thanks.
The Bruins were stuck with
Toledo, and that's how many UCLA
fans felt - stuck.
But the best way to gain support as
a coach is to win, win, win. The
Bruins (1-1) haven't done that just
yet, but they've already shown signs
that suggest they are better than their
low pre-season rankings indicated.
UCLA played well before falling at
then-No. 2 Tennessee, then the
Bruins blasted Northeast Louisiana.
"I think, if nothing else, that peo-
ple respect UCLA," Toledo said.
"We've had some great football play-
ers over the years."
UCLA and No. 7 Michigan (1-0
Big Ten, 3-0 overall) kick off tomor-
row in Michigan Stadium at 3:30
p.m.
Donahue won three Rose Bowls at
UCLA, including one over Michigan
(1983). While he is gone, the Bruins'
traditional strengths are not.
"I think they are an athletic team
with great speed," Michigan coach

Lloyd Carr said. "Their big-play
potential is really exceptional."
The Bruins have a long history of
great quarterbacks, most notably a
guy named Troy Aikman. Their cur-
rent signal-caller, sophomore Cade
McNown, is not in that class yet, but
he'll test the Michigan secondary.
He kept the Bruins in the game
against the Volunteers by completing
16 of 24 passes for 230 yards and a
touchdown.
Two weeks ago against Northeast
Louisiana, Toledo won his first game
as coach. McNown connected on 13
Tomorrow
Who: No. 7 Michigan (3-0) vs. UCLA
(1-1)
Where: Michigan Stadium
When: 3:30 p.m.
Television: ABC, Ch. 7
of 20 attempts for 164 yards in an
easy 44-0 victory.
"I think (McNown) is a great ath-
lete, and he has a good arm," Carr
said. "He's a big-play guy. We've got
to contain him, we can't let him
scramble around a lot."
When he's not airing it out,
McNown will hand the ball to a cou-
ple of capable backs.
Skip Hicks and Durell Price both
rushed for over 100 yards against
Northeast Louisiana - the first time
two UCLA backs had accomplished
that feat in the same game since 1993.
Hicks spends most of his time in
the opponents' end zone - and on
the training table.
He tied a school record with four
touchdowns rushing against
Northeast Louisiana, but the junior
hasn't had an injury-free fall while at
UCLA.
Hicks is healthy for tomorrow,
though, and that presents Michigan

with some problems.
"He's 222 pounds with bla
speed," Carr said. "So he's ano
big-play guy."
Defensively, strong safety Abdu
McCullough leads the Bruins. A
times, it's difficult to tell what sid
of the ball the senior All-America
candidate is on.
Against Tennessee, he returned ai
interception 51 yards for a touch
down.
He also recovered a fumbled
for a touchdown last year agas
Miami, Fla.
"Everybody on the West Coas
says that (UCLA) has the best sec
ondary in the Pac-10," Carr said
"Abdul McCullough and Shau
Williams are the two best safeties i
the league."
McCullough also returned a
interception 98 yards for a touch
down against Ari-
years ago.
Speaking of the Sun Devil
Toledo is hoping to pull an ASU thi
weekend, as in an upset of a highl
ranked opponent. Last weekend, th
Sun Devils stunned then-No.
Nebraska, 19-0.
"For ASU to beat Nebraska th
way they beat them ... that's great f
college football," Toledo said.
think everybody has a chance in i
day and age. With the numbe
scholarships, there's so much parity
A UCLA victory over Michigan
while an upset - would not-be
shocker. The Bruins have the tale
and speed to test the Wolverines.
"Everybody says that they are su
posed to be the big team out in t
West," Michigan tight end Jeram
Tuman said. "They are (in the role
the) underdogs that nobody's lookin
at, but I think we'll be ready
them. I think we'll step it up."

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
The Michigan football team looks to up its record to 4-0 when It takes on UCLA (1-1) tomorrow at Michigan Stadium. The
Wolverines beat Boston College, 20-14, at home last weekend in less-than-favorable weather conditions.

Schedule
Today
Women's volleyball at Iowa, Iowa City,?7 p.m.
Men's golf at Northern Intercollegiate, Columbus, all day.
Women's soccer at Ohio State, Columbus, 1 p.m.
FLeid hockey vs. Ohio State, Ocker Field, 4 p.m.
Men's tennis at National Clay Court Championships, Baltimore, Md., all day
through Sunday.
Women's tennis at ITA Clay Court Championships, Baltimore, Md., all day
through Sunday.
Tomorrow
Football vs. UCLA, Michigan Stadium, 3:30 p.m., ABC (Channel 7)
Women's cross country at Miami Fall Classic, Oxford, Ohio, TBA
Women's volleyball at Illinois, Champaign, 7:30 p.m.
Men's golf at Northern Intercollegiate, Columbus, all day.
Sunday
Field Hockey vs. Penn State, Ocker Field, noon.
Women's soccer vs. Indiana, Michigan soccer field, 2 p.m.

I

The I's have it: Michigan spikers face
Iowa, Illinois to open Big Ten play

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By Kevin Kasiborski
Daily Sports Witer
Close isn't going to cut it any-
more.
The Michigan women's volleyball
team heads into Big Ten play this
weekend, and the Wolverines are not
looking for moral victories.
They plan on winning.
Five of Michigan's six losses this
season came against ranked oppo-
nents. The Wolverines were, at the
very least, competitive in those loss-
es, and Saturday they outplayed No.
12 Notre Dame before losing in five
sets.
In a pre-season vote by the coach-
es, the Wolverines were picked to
finish fifth in the Big Ten, but they
have their sights set higher than that.
To win the conference or make the
NCAA tournament, Michigan (5-6)
must find a way to win the close
matches.
Michigan's next chance is this
weekend, with matches against Iowa
and Illinois.
"The preseason has the conference
in mind," Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "All we talk about
the entire preseason is, 'As tough as
these matches are, they are going to
have us ready for the conference
matches.' On playing Hawaii, play-
ing UCLA, all the top-25 teams and
Notre Dame last week, that was to

get us ready for where we are now."
Where Michigan is right now is in
Iowa City, preparing to face Iowa (5-
7, 0-1) tonight.
Last sea-
son, the
Wolverines
swept the Playing
H aw keyes playing UC
winningin
five sets at ~
Iowa and the top-25
handling and Notre
them in
three sets at last week,
home.
Iowa fin- was to get
ished 10th
in the Big ready for W
Ten last
year, and we are nor
that is also
where the - Gre
Hawkeyes Michigan voll
are picked
to finish
this season.
"If we go into Iowa and play good
ball, we are probably going to win,"
Giovanazzi said. "Linnea Mendoza,
Sarah Jackson and Linsey Ebert are
playing fabulous ball for us."
The Hawkeyes are led by senior
outside hitter Jennifer Webb. She is
averaging 5.15 kills per game, third
in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes lost their confer-

Ha Wail,
'LA, all
teams
Dame
that
us
Mere
g Giovanazzi
eyball coach

3, 1-0) tomorrow,
looking for their
first ever win in
Huff Hall. The two
teams split last
year, with the
Wolverines win-
ning a come-from-
behind, five-set
thriller in the sec-
ond meeting at
home.
Illinois finished
the '95 season
fourth in the con-
ference and
advanced to the
second round of the
NCAA tournament.
This year, they
were picked to fin-
ish seventh by the

once opener Wednesday, falling to
Illinois in three sets, 15-7, 15-11, 15-
10.
The Wolverines visit the Illini (6-

Last weekend, Illinois closed o
its non-conference schedule by wi
ning the Illini classic.
Senior middle blocker Kel
Scherr, freshman outside hitt
Tracey Marshall and sophomore ot
side hitter Mary Coleman we
named to the all-tournament team f
their efforts.
Michigan's road trip conti
next weekend with matches.
Michigan State and Northwestern.
"The payoff is that we will end L
with three weekends of home mate
es in November," Giovanazzi said.
think that three of the four teams a
right with us, and we have to pro'
that we are better. Michigan State
a team that we have to upset.
there are some great challeng
awaiting us."
The biggest obstacle
Wolverines must overcome is pro
ing to themselves that they can beat
upper-division Big Ten team in
close match.
"Now we are going to find o
whether we are going to con
through at twelve (points)
Giovanazzi said.
"That is the single biggest cha
lenge for us, because when yo
playing teams this even, it's goii
come down to the best team
twelve-all."
Michigan will start getting tho
answers tonight.

coaches.
"Illinois, ourselves, Minnesota -
when you get to that part of the con-
ference it could have been anybody,"
Giovanazzi said about the preseason
poll. "And with Northwestern, it's
the same thing.
"We can't go in there and expect to
win. We have to play to win. None of
these teams are going to lay down, but
we are good enough to beat them."

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This weekend
Who: The Michigan volleyball team vs. Iowa and Illinois
Where: Iowa City and Champaign
When: Iowa, tonight, 7 p.m., and Illinois tomorrow, 7:30 p
Why: Matches kick off the Big Ten season

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