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Scoreboard NATIONAL BASKETBALL
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE ASSOCIATION
HARTFORD 5, Boston 1 BOSTON 94, Indiana 84
New Jersey 2, DETROIT 0 CHARLOTTE 88, L.A. Lakers 78
N.Y. Rangers 1, N.Y. ISLANDERS 1 DETROIT 103, Dallas 84
PITTSBURGH 5, Edmonton 2 WASHINGTON 96. San Antonio 86
Washington 2, TAMPA BAY 1 Chicago 106, MIAMI 100
MILWAUKEE 105, Vancouver 89 Thursday
November 7, 1996

9A.

UCLA's
Harrick
dismissed
LOS ANGELES '(AP) - Jim
arrick, a campus hero 19 months ago
hen he coached UCLA to its first
NCAA basketball title in 20 years, was
fired yesterday over an alleged recruit-
ing violation and a false expense report.
Steve Lavin, a 32-year-old assistant,
will be the interim coach this year, and
the school will look for a successor to
Harrick during the season.
The dismissal came two weeks before
the start of the season and one week
fore the fall signing period begins.
The university said the firing had
nothing to do with the well-publicized
sale ofa car by Harrick's son to the older
sister of a prized recruit in September.
UCLA chancellor Charles Young
announced the dismissal in a news
release, saying Harrick had been "termi-
nated" for "misstatements" following a
UCLA investigation.
The school, in response to an NCAA
inquiry, had been looking into possible
cruiting violations.
UCLA boasts one of the most storied
traditions in college basketball history,
having won 10 NCAA championships
in a 12-year span under John Wooden
ending in 1975, when Wooden retired.
Harrick, 58, leaves as the second-win-
ningest coach in school history, behind
Wooden.
1arrick was informed of the firing by
oung and athletic director Peter Dalis
er practice Tuesday.
"UCLA appreciates the hard work
that-Jim has invested in the men's bas-
ketball program during his eight years as
head coach, and his program has been
very successful," Young said. "However,
his termination is linked to the serious-
nesS of this situation."
Current assistants Michael Holton
and"Jim Saia will work under Lavin
when the Bruins open play Nov. 20
*aiist Tulsa in the Preseason NIT.
Harrick signed a five-year contract,

Blue spikers hope for
successful November

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
The last time the Michigan women's volleyball
team spent a weekend with Wisconsin and
Minnesota, the Wolverines came away with the
second-biggest upset in team history.
Nearly a month ago, Michigan swept then-No.
9 Wisconsin, only to lose the next day to a hard-
hitting, unranked Minnesota team.
Michigan (4-8 Big Ten, 9-14 overall) will trav-
el to Minneapolis on Friday and Madison on
Sunday. The Wolverines hope that history will
repeat itself, for the most part.
But this time, the situation is different.
"I don't think we played our best volleyball
(the last time we played) Minnesota,' Michigan
coach Greg Giovanazzi said. "And you don't go
into a weekend counting on upsetting a highly-
ranked team (like Wisconsin)."
The previous Wisconsin-Minnesota weekend
marked the end of the first half of the season.
Since then, Michigan has struggled, going 2-5.
Now the Wolverines need to string several vic-
tories together if they hope to finish in the upper
half of the conference by season's end. There are
eight matches remaining.
"We have to finish with four wins in the last
two weekends," Giovanazzi said. "We have to
generate confidence over the next two weekends
in order to do that."
On Friday, the Wolverines will find them-
selves in Minnesota facing the Gophers.
Minnesota (9-3, 18-7) defeated the Wolverines
handily when the two teams last met a month
ago, 15-12, 15-6 and 15-11. Michigan has gone
5-1 since.
Minnesota is one of the hardest hitting teams
in the country. The Gophers rank in the top 20 in
team hitting with a .271 percentage and in the top
10 in team kills with 17.4 per game.
"For Minnesota, as (Katrien) DeDecker goes,
so goes Minnesota;" Giovanazzi said.
All-American Katrien DeDecker is the leading
hitter in the nation, averaging an impressive 6.18
kills per game. Minnesota teammate Jane Passer
averages 2.98 kills per game.
"(Minnesota) had the luxury of observing an
entire match of ours against Wisconsin, so they
were very well prepared for us," Giovanazzi said.
"Now we've had a week to prepare for them."

On Saturday, the Wolverines head out to
Madison to face the No. 13 Badgers. Wisconsin
is 9-1 at home and most likely has not forgotten
its loss in Ann Arbor a month ago.
"Wisconsin is more dangerous (than
Minnesota) because they have a balanced attack," r
Giovanazzi said.
Laura Abbinante, arguably the best setter in the
Big Ten with 13.21 assists per game, leads the
balanced Minnesota offense.
Michigan's trip to Gopher and Badger country
won't be a friendly one. The Badgers, seventh in
the nation in attendance, draw an average of
2,048 people per game, while Minnesota's 1,440
average ranks 15th in the country.
Michigan seems poised for a big weekend,
We peak late
because of the way we
train... I think once
again we'll find that
we play our best
volleyball in
November."
- Greg Giovanazzi
Michigan volleyball coach
having defeated Northwestern and putting up a
tough fight against Michigan State last weekend.
Shareen Luze is coming off a career weekend
and appears to be emerging from a mid-season
slump. Kristen Ruschiensky has returned from
knee surgery and Linsey Ebert is playing well.
Karen Chase is ready to return to the lineup after
a minor injury, Giovanazzi said.
"In the past .. we've always played our best
volleyball in November," Giovanazzi said. "We
peak late because of the way we train. We're usu-
ally healthy when everybody else is beat up.
"I think once again we'll find that we play our
best volleyball in November."

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Sarah Jackson and the Michigan volleyball team travel to Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend. The
Wolverines hope to launch themselves into the upper half of the conference by the end of the season.
Michigan has eight matches left, four of them at Cliff Keen Arena, including a nationally televised con-
test against Ohio State on Nov. 16 on ESPN2.

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By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
One thing has been missing from the
Michigan women's swimming and div-
ing team so far - excitement.
In its first two meets against
Michigan State and Illinois, Michigan's
average margin of victory was almost
79 points.
But No. 10 Tennessee (2-1) is expect-
ed to make waves in Canham
*atatorium when it goes head-to-head
with No. 3 Michigan (2-0 Big Ten, 2-0
overall) on Saturday.
This weekend's meet is expected to
grab the attention of the spectators early.
"The key event is the first event of the
meet" Michigan coach Jim Richardson
said. "The second key event is the
1,650."
The 400-yard medley relay is the first
vent, and the pressure falls on the
'olunteers to pull out a victory because
of Michigan's strength in the freestyle
relays.
The Wolverines have assembled one
of the finest groups of sprint freestylers
in the country. At last year's NCAA
championships, Michigan's freestyle
relay teams finished no lower than
fourth place while the 400 freestyle
relay just missed a second straight
national championship by .65 seconds.
111 but two freestylers return from that
squad.
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"Tennessee feels they have to win the
medley relay,' Richardson said. "They
can't afford to give us both the medley
and freestyle relays."
The Volunteers won't be giving much
away in the 1,650; the distance
freestyles are one of their most solid
events. The event is expected to be the
closest and most exciting individual
race of the meet.
The contest will match Michigan
junior Kerri Hale against Tennessee's
Leslie Mix and Sarah Nichols, who
swept the event in Tennessee's 144-98
victory over South Carolina.
While Michigan is outnumbered in
the race, Hale seems to have the upper
hand because of last year's success at
NCAAs. Hale earned All-America sta-
tus in the 1,650 after she finished sec-
ond, improving on her 1l1th-place finish
the previous year.
While the distance freestyles look to
be competitive, Michigan should domi-
nate the individual sprint freestyles just
as they should in the free relays.
Michigan is led by junior Talor
Bendel and sophomore Jen Eberwein,
who finished first and second respec-

tively in the 100 and 200 free at the Big
Ten championships. Eberwein also won
the conference title in the 50 free in Big
Ten record-breaking time.
If the freestyle events go as expected,
Tennessee coach Dan Colella sees the
other strokes to be pivotal in keeping his
team competitive with Michigan.
"The key to staying in the meet will
be to be strong in the stroke events, the
butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke"
he said. "We will be pretty strong in the
butterfly."
Tennessee's strength in the 200 but-
terfly comes from Tori DeSilvia whom
Richardson expects to emerge victori-
ous in the event.
The rest of the races don't look to
have a clear cut favorite as many events
are a toss-up, but... Tennessee should
pick up points in the diving competition.
The only other area where Michigan
might be at a disadvantage is rest. Even
though this is a tough meet, Michigan
doesn't relax during the season.
"We are having a hard week of prac-
tice," senior captain Lidia Szabo said.
"It will be a good indicator to see how
people are adapting to the practices."

After cruising to victories in its first two meets, the Michigan women's swimming team expects No. 10 Tennessee to present
a significant challenge. On Saturday, the third-ranked Wolverines host the Volunteers at Canham Natatorium. Michigan hopes
to put Tennessee on its heels from the get-go with strong performances in the 400-yard medley and 1,650 relays.
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