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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 27, 1996 -13

Newcomers give
iM' harriers a kick

4:

Blue women's
golf looking for
some consistency

By ChrisFarah -
Daily Sports Writer
0 The Michigan women's cross-
country team faces the toughest
challenge to its relatively inexperi-
enced front-line tomorrow at the
4Miami (Ohio) Fall Classic
Invitational.
The Wolverines are the favorites
entering the meet but will have to
deal with Mid-American Conference
powerhouse Bowling Green, which
qualified for the 1995 NCAA
Enational championships.
The Wolverines will also race
against the host team, Miami, which
has made major strides since last
year.
The Invitational will provide a
glimpse of what the
Wolverines can expect
from the Big Ten confer- TOmo
ence race. Indiana and Who: The
Ohio State will also run women's
this weekend. try team
Michigan head coach Where: Th
Mike McGuire remains (Ohio) Fall
confident in his team. But lnvitationa
he realizes that facing Ohio
better opponents will
require more focus and effort from
the Wolverines, who have virtually
breezed through their competition in
their first two meets.
"With 12 schools in there, there's
always top individuals from respec-
tive teams that'll impact the front of
the race," McGuire said.
"And so we're focused on the fact
that there will be potentially more
people there to split us up. We want
to work on racing hard together, run-
ning hard and realizing that there's
going to be a half-dozen to 10 ath-
letes that are going to impact the
front of the race outside of our team.
k Whereas last week, there were only
two or three athletes that did that."
Senior Jennifer Barber and sopho-

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more Katie McGregor have provided
leadership for the Wolverines thus
far.
However, they rely heavily on four
newcomers - two true freshmen,
Elizabeth Kampfe and Nell
Shieldsand, and two redshirt fresh-
men, Allison Noe and Marcy Akard.
"Our freshmen and redshirt fresh-
men make up an integral part of the
team," McGuire said. "But Barber
has been through the wars here for
four years, and so she adds a wealth
of experience and leadership into the
fray."
The Wolverines gained extra expe-
rience in victories at the Michigan
State dual meet and the Kansas
Jayhawk Invitational.
McGuire is certain
that the younger runners
OW on the team are ready to
ichigan prove once again that
)ss-coun- they possess a maturity
beyond their years.
Miami "I don't see any prob-
lassic lem at all," McGuire
Oxford, said. "Our redshirt
freshmen have been
exposed to competition,
and the two true freshmen that we're
running are still making a bit of an
adjustment.
"In high school they ran two miles
(instead of three at the college level),
but they're handling themselves
pretty well."
McGuire is looking for improve-
ment this weekend from Shields and
McGregor in particular, who have
both had impressive practices
recently.
"Obviously, I think everyone
would like to be the No.i runner,"
McGuire said.
"They're all talented runners, and
they're doing well because they have
other good people that they're work-
ing with, so there's some competi-

Teichert said. "We are going
to try to be consistent and
improve on our averages:'
Consistency is a must in
golf, as the young
Wolverines found out at
East Lansing.
The Wolverines were
doomed last weekend

Tomorr
Who: The M
women's go
Where: TheI
Badger mnvit
Madison

By J.J. Serapiglia
For the Daily
The Michigan women's golf team
travels to Madison this weekend to com-
pete in the Lady Badger Invitational.
After erratic play and a disappoint-
ing ninth-place finish in the Lady
Northern Invitational in East Lansing
last weekend, the Wolverines look to
redeem themselves and better their
scores.
"We are going in (to the tournament)
with the attitude of trying to play a lot
better golf," Michigan coach Kathy

The Lady Badger Invitational will be
the third tournament the Wolverines
have competed in this year. They fin-
ished in fifth place in their first tourna-
ment and ninth in last weekend's invita-
tional.
"There is a lot of parity in the Big
Ten," Teichert said after last weekend's
tournament. "It is a lot closer than you
think. If you start playing well and get
the ball rolling quicker, then things will
start to happen."
This weekend's tournament will fea-
ture some familiar foes for the
Wolverines. Eastern
Michigan, Michigan
rOW State, Illinois, Minnesota,
ichigan Iowa, Iowa State,
If team Northern Illinois, Purdue
Lady and Wisconsin will all
ational, compete in the par-72,
invitational.
The schedule for the
tournament features practices today, 36
holes of golf tomorrow and 18 holes
Sunday.
The Lady Badger Invitational is dif-
ferent from other tournaments in that
only five players from each school are
allowed to compete.
Only the four lowest scores count. In
other tournaments, teams are allowed to
bring six players, and count the five low-
est scores.
The Lady Badger will be a preview of
future things to come. The University
Ridge Golf Course will be the host for
the NCAA women's golf championship
in 1998.
After this weekend, the Wolverines
have only one more tournament left
before the winter months. Things will
pick up again in the springtime, when
the Wolverines participate in seven more
tournaments.

FILE PHOTO/Daily
A young Michigan women's cross-country team will be tested by tough competi-
tion at the Miami (Ohio) Fall Classic Invitational tommorow. Two true freshman
and two redshirt freshman are expected to be key members of the squad. The
Wolverines will also get a look at conference rivals Ohio State and Indiana.

because of their up-and-down play. On
the first day of the tournament, the
Wolverines shot an average score of
80. On the second day, that average
improved to 77.75, and on the last day,
Michigan's average fell to 82.
"On the first day, Sharon (Park),
Wendy (Westfall) and Ashley (Williams)
played well," Teichert said. "On the sec-
ond day, Ashley and Wendy did not play
well and on the last day, Sarah
(Lindholm) was the only player under
80."
The Wolverines will only become
competitive if each player plays a solid
round each day. The Wolverines,
because of their youth, are learning this,
via their on-the-job training.
"We had some players that were going
to get more experience (this year),"
Teichert said. "We wanted to become
more competitive."

tiveness there, but it's still a team
sport."
McGuire said he has been more
than satisfied with his team's perfor-
mance thus far.
He expects the Wolverines' suc-
cess to continue at the Miami meet,
despite the added competition from

both the MAC and the Big Ten.
"They're tough kids and good
competitors, ... (but) we're not
expecting them to set the world on
fire," McGuire said.
"We're expecting them to con-
tribute, to improve and to run tough,
and they've done all those things."

Swan stays home, will not play in Baltimore

By Jordan Field
For the Daily
Amidst a busy fall season of team
practice and individual tournaments,
Michigan tennis coach Brian Eisner
chose not to send junior Arvid Swan to
Baltimore to compete in the National
Clay Court Championship.
The tournament, which begins today,
is one of the season's four national tour-
naments and is the only one played on a
clay surface.
It is the only clay-court competition
the Wolverines would have played in
this year.
"The main objective of the fall sea-
son is to prepare for the spring season,'
Eisner said. "All of our regular season
matches, as well as all of our team prac-
tices, are held on hard-court surfaces.
We made the decision for Arvid not to

compete in the tournament because we
didn't feel it would be a valuable expe-

spend the week in Baltimore qualify-
ing for the tournament before he
could have begun

rience for him."
The tourna-
ment is struc-
tured so that
the top two
players in each
region qualify
automatically,
Eisner said.
All other com-
petitors, aside
from the top
two in each
region, had to
begin qualify-
ing earlier this
week.

1I'm better off
staying here..
and using this
week for
practice. '
- Arvid Swan
Michigan tennis player

tournament play
today.
Eisner did not
want Swan to
miss a week of
class or subject
him to a change
in court surfaces.
"It's always an
honor to play in a
national tourna-
ment such as this
one," Eisner said.

didn't want to put him through some-
thing like that."
Swan agreed with Eisner's deci-
sion.
"I have projects due in my classes
this week, and missing those would not
be a good idea," Swan said. "I'm better
off staying here, getting my work done
and using this week for practice."
Swan and the rest of the Wolverines
will use this week to prepare for the
Tar Heel Invitational, which begins
Oct. 4.
"Not going (to the clay tournament)
was the best decision, especially with
the fact that we have the Tar Heel
Invitational on hard courts next week,"
Eisner said. "Had (Swan) gone, it just
would have meant that he would have
had to change gears again to get adjust-
ed to hard courts."

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"Arvid certainly
would have
played if he had automatically placed in
the main draw, but he didn't, and it isn't
fair for him to miss that much class. I

Swan is ranked third in Region IV,
meaning that he would have had to

I

.Seminoles, Tar Heels face off

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden
hasn't been in many low-scoring
}ames. That might change tomorrow.
The No. 2 Seminoles (2-0) meet No.
I1 North Carolina in a game showcas-
ing teams ranked 1-2 nationally in total
1 defense. North Carolina (3-0) also
ranks first in scoring defense and
turnover margin.
"Right now our guys are playing
with a lot of confidence, a solid, mature
confidence," said Carl Torbish, defen-
sive coordinator at North Carolina.
And that's not music to the ears of
Florida State's Thad Busby, who will be
making the third and most important
start of his career.
North Carolina claims the ACC's best
set of linebackers and top pair of cor-
nerbacks in Dre' Bly and Robert
Williams, who have already combined
to break up nine passes.
Bly, a redshirt freshman, has four
interceptions - three in last week's 16-
0 victory over Georgia Tech,
Linebackers Kivuusama Mays and
Brian Simmons lead the team with 27
tackles apiece and hard-hitting junior
safety Omar Brown has 20.
"We're going to have our work cut
out for us," said Florida State wide
receiver Andre Cooper. "Their line-
backers do everything (and) their
defensive backs get to the ball and
-make plays."
The Tar Heels, riding a six-game
'- -wnin treak- alreadv have two

uations, we can make them play our
game," said Florida State linebacker
Henri Crockett, the team's third leading
tackler with 16 stops in two games.
North Carolina State coach Mike
O'Cain watched the Seminoles do just
that a week ago when they buried his
team, 51-17.

"Their scheme has changed," O'Cain
said. "That scheme with their talent
makes them very, very difficult to do
anything against."
In wins over Duke and O'Cain's
Wolfpack, Florida State has allowed an
average of only 143.5 yards a game,
and just 42 yards rushing.

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School of Music
Tuesday, October 1
University Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Kiesler, conductor
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Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Friday, October 4
Symphony Band & Concert Band
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