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68 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - October 28, 1996


soccer shells fill-in Dayton

goalkeeper on way to 3-0 win

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By Mike Rubi
For the Daily
The Michigan Wolverines may not consid-
er themselves to be particularly religious.
But Sunday afternoon, the Michigan
women's soccer team gave Dayton goalie
Tiffany King a baptism by fire in the form of
a 26-shot, three-goal outburst.
The offense combined with solid defense
and goalkeeping to secure a 3-0 victory.
With both his No. I and No. 2 goaltenders
injured and unable to play, Flyers' coach
Mike Tucker pressed the freshman defender
into service as a goaltender in the Flyers'
matinee contest.
"It's hard enough playing a position that I
haven't been at since fourth grade," King
said. "But it was really scary facing such a
good offense."
The Wolverines (3-3-1 Big Ten, 7-6-3
overall) dominated play over Dayton (9-8-0),
potting two goals in the opening stanza and
an insurance goal in the final period.
Michigan forward Ruth Poulin started the
scoring with 25:11 left in the first half by
heading an Amber Berendowsky pass by a

sprawled King.
Emily Schmitt tallied her fifth goal of the
year at 36:38 in the first half.
Schmitt displayed tremendous patience by
maneuvering past three Dayton defenders
and calmly depositing the ball in the back of
the Flyers' goal.
The final Michigan goal was scored by
sophomore defender Kristin Buckley with
28:19 left in the contest.
"We're coming together as a team both
mentally and physically - we are playing
well," Michigan coach Debbie Belkin said.
The shutout was Michigan's sixth of the
season, dropping the team's overall goals-
against average to 1.21 per a game.
With the victory, the Wolverines are riding
the crest of a four-game unbeaten streak that
has not only seen them post wins over the
Spartans and Northwestern but also a score-
less tie with No. 11 Wisconsin.
When asked about the teams' preparation
for a non-conference foe, Belkin said; "We
aren't good enough to take anyone lightly.
We have a lot of momentum right now, and
we need to take advantage of that."

It's hard playing a :
position I haven't
since fourth grade."'-
- Tiffany King
Dayton freshman defender/goalie
The Wolverines are quickly approaching
the end of their regular season slate.
"We have been up and down all year'
sometimes we show up and play like we d
against Wisconsin, and other times we-
don't," junior defender Janie Ross said:
"The key to the rest of the year and the Big
Ten tournament will be coming out to play
every- game."
The Wolverines can look forward to
Thursday's game when they play host to
Detroit-Mercy at the Michigan Soccer Field:
"This next game against Detroit is huge "
Belkin said. "We have a bit of a rivalry with
them and we can't let down at all." ,

Wolverines like defender Michelle Brach fired plenty of shots at Dayton freshman defender-turned-goal-
keeper Tiffany King on the way to a 3-0 victory Sunday. The Flyers were hampered by injuries to their
first two goalies, forcing Dayton coach Mike Tucker to search his bench for an able-bodied replacement.

Spikers can't climb out of 8th ---------

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
. The weekend wasn't supposed to end
like this. Not for the Michigan women's
volleyball team.
:On Friday, it was hard for the
Wolverines not to expect two victories.
they were fortunate to come away with
Michigan split the weekend, beating
Indiana on Friday, 4-15, 15-5, 6-15, 15-
-12, 15-13, and losing to Purdue, 15-8,
40-15, 15-6, 15-12, on Saturday.
"I'm going to (reevaluate) our goals,
4nd how we're going to reach them,"
'Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi said.
f'Our training may change, and our per-
sonnel may definitely change."
The match against the Hoosiers (2-8
dig Ten, 8-14 overall) proved to be a gut-
wrenching fight to the finish. Each team
that served first managed to get out to an
early lead and win that game.
The Wolverines (3-7, 8-13) got down
early, but fought back from two games
,down to force a fifth game.
"Everyone kept their heads up and did-
n't crack under the pressure," Kristen
'Rushiensky said.
Friday was the first time all season that
the Wolverines managed to win a game
ive in four tries.

"Of the five-gamers we've lost this
year, we were up 2-1 (in each of them),"
Giovanazzi said. "This time we were
down 2-1 and we won."
Rushiensky and Karen Chase led the
way for the Wolverines with 16 kills
each, along with Jeanine Szczesniak's
.375 hitting percentage.
"(Linnea Mendoza) played a smart
game setting, keeping us out of sync,"
Indiana coach Katie Weismiller said.
Along with Mendoza's 45 assists, the
Wolverines got important contributions
from several players who haven't seen
much playing time. Maggie Cooper and
Darlene Recker played heavy minutes,
including crucial moments in game five,
with the score 12-11.
"Darlene was playing well, so I wasn't
going to take her out," Giovanazzi said.
"It seemed every time Maggie would go
in, she'd make something happen and
then Sarah (Jackson) would come back in
Purdue (4-6, 11-11) was supposed to
be a less threatening opponent for the
Wolverines than Indiana was.
Unfortunately for Michigan, it didn't turn
out that way.
"I'm really concerned," Giovanazzi
said. "All year we've said we're a better
team than (this). This match shows that

we really aren't right now."
The Boilermakers got out to early
leads in each game, and as a result went
up two games to one. The match was still
within reach for the Wolverines. In game
four, Michigan was leading, 12-3, with
the game all but sealed and looking for
yet another decisive fifth game.
But the Wolverines let the game, and
consequently the match, slip away, drop-
ping 12 straight points.
"We just weren't executing,"
Szczesniak said.
To Purdue's credit, it played well, espe-
cially down the stretch. The
Boilermakers made an excellent defen-
sive performance with 28 team blocks,
preventing Michigan's spikes from hit-
ting the ground. Laura Grimes led the
Boilermakers on offense with an amaz-
ing 25 kills and .489 hitting percentage.
Linsey Ebert had a team-high hitting
percentage of .440, while Chase and
Rushiensky recorded 17 and 16 kills,
The weekend was a crucial one
because Indiana, Michigan and Purdue
were all bunched up in the conference
between sixth and eighth place. So
instead of being in the desired sixth
place, the Wolverines dropped to an
eighth-place tie with Iowa.


'M' crew
takes 2nd'
b ehind
By David Eklund
For the Daily
The cold and rain in Columb's
couldn't keep the Michigan
women's crew team from putting on
an impressive showing Saturday, 4
the Wolverines competed in both tho
novice and open eight in the Jack
Speakman Regatta.
The three Michigan boats that were
entered in the novice eight fared well
as they took second, fourth and 13th.
The second-place boat finished 17
seconds behind Ohio State.
In the open eight, Michigan
entered three boats. It took first, sec-
ond and seventh place out of the 20
boats that were entered. The first tw
boats finished neck-and-neck with
times of 16:45 and 16:46. The third-
place Buckeyes finished in a distant
Ohio State's crew team went varsi-
ty a few years before Michigan's did,
so this victory gives testimony to the
Wolverines' quick development into a
competitive varsity squad.
Even more impressive is the fact
that Michigan performed as wellaW
they did with mixed boats.
Michigan's coaches spread their tal-
ent across all three boats while Ohio
State's third-place finisher was com-
piled of the Buckeyes' best rowers.
"We are really pleased with the
results," Michigan assistant coach
Pam Carroll said. "We usually don't
put much stock in (the fall season),
but to be 15 seconds ahead of Ohio
State with mixed boats is pleasing."
The only schools with varsity pro-
grams in the Big Ten are Wisconsin,
Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan.
Wisconsin is expected to win the con-
ference because it is the conference's
only established power, having been a
varsity sport decades longer then the
The Wolverines are heading into
the home stretch of their fall sched-
ule. They will compete at the He@
of the Elk, in Elkhart, Ind., on Nov. 2
and at the Ohio State Duel- in
Columbus on the Nov. 23. These
competitions are seen as tuneups for
the spring season. :
"The focus now is on improve-
ment," Michigan coach Mrk
Rothstein said.

With assists, like this one that set up a Linsey Ebert kill, Michigan setter Meg
Akehi helped the Wolverines to a win over Indiana. Akehi and her teammates, how-
ever, didn't have quite as much success in a four-match loss to Purdue.
Big Ten Standings

1. Michigan State
2. Penn State
3. Wisconsin
Ohio State
6. Illinois
8. Michigan
10. Indiana
11. Northwestern




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