10B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 11, 1996
M' golfers take 7th at Stanford
By John Friedberg
Daily Sports Writer
Going into its toughest tournament
of the year, the Michigan men's golf
team was well-rested. N
Facing their first action in a
month, the Wolverines placed an
impressive seventh place at the
Nelson, hosted by Stanford.
The strong field in the Nelson fea-
tured I1 of the top 50 teams in the
The surprise winner of the tourna-
ment was No. 50 Alabama. The
Crimson Tide placed three golfers in
the top 15.
The Crimson Tide's consistency
enabled it to edge No. 10 Tulsa and
Indiana by five strokes. Michigan
was 1 shots off the pace but just
five shots out of fifth place.
Individual honors went to
Tennessee's Tim Turpen, who was
the only golfer under par for the
tournament. Turpen's two-under 211
for the three rounds was two strokes
better than Indiana's Randy Leen.
Leading the way for a very consis-
tent Michigan squad - its top four
golfers were separated by three
strokes - was senior Brent Idalski.
Idalski's three-round 222 placed him
in a 19th-place tie.
Idalski's performance featured a
one-under par 70 yesterday. One
stroke behind Idalski was senior
Dobbs shot the best round of the
tournament Saturday with his three-.
under par 68. Only three other
golfers were able to match Dobbs'
Unfortunately for Dobbs, his other
two rounds were 78 and 77. His 223
placed him in a tie for 25th.
Redshirt freshman Michael Harris
was right behind his two teammates,
one shot behind Dobbs. Harris saved
his best play for Sunday. He followed
two rounds of 77 with an impressive
Sunday's round was good enough
to place Harris in a tie for 31st for
Isaac Hinkle sandwiched rounds
of 75 and 79 around an even-par 71
on Saturday. Hinkle was just one
shot back of Harris with a 225.
Hinkle was the fourth Wolverine in
the top 40 finishers placing in a
Senior David Jasper struggled this
weekend, shooting a 230. The senior
did, however, have Michigan's lowest
score in the first round with a two-
Jasper has been the most consis-
tent golfer this season, but this tour-
nament was definitely his toughest.
Due to the late arrival of players
and coaches, none could be reached
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over the past two seasons, the Big Ten
could use more experience in tourna-
Perhaps with this in mind, the confer-
ence's coaches finally voted to commis-
sion a study on the feasibility of a post-
season tournament last spring.
The study's findings will be present-
ed to university presidents next month.
If the study recommends the implemen-
tation of a postseason tournament, the
presidents would likely vote in favor of
it, and a Big Ten tournament could
begin as early as March 1998.
I don't have a phone book's space of
room to list the reasons for why the
presidents should vote yes, but here's a
It would, as mentioned, better prepare
the conference for the rigors of the
NCAA tournament. It would, of course,
bring added excitement to the Big Ten.
It would generate more money for the
conference through TV and added
exposure. It would put the Big Ten at or
near an equal level with the other great
college basketball conferences.
It would, from my point of view,
probably allow me to view the end of
my dream. And you know what? I real-
ly don't care if Traylor makes the win-
ning shot or not, or even if he's ever in
that position. The important thing is
that some Big Ten team will be crowned
on that Sunday in mid-March, 1998.
That somebody, anybody, will win
the first-ever Big Ten tournament.
- Barry Sollenberger can be reached
over e-mail at email@example.com.
Setter Unnea Mendoza, an important part of the Michigan volleyball team, injured her shoulder over the weekend against
Wisconsin. She should return to the lineup by Friday in time to face No. 6 Penn State and No. 15 Ohio State.
Blue spikerzsavenge loss to
Mi~nnesotafall to Wisconsin
By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
If the Michigan women's volleyball
team had a "to do" list, it would look
something like this:
No. 1: win at least one match this past
weekend over Minnesota and/or
Wisconsin. No. 2: have strong perfor-
mances against top-ranked Penn State
and Ohio State. No. 3: finish the season
with four straight victories over Purdue,
Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.
So far, the Wolverines can scratch No.
I off their list, having split over the
Michigan defeated Minnesota and lost
to Wisconsin on its trip to the colder
regions of the Big Tenthis past weekend.
When Minnesota (10-4 Big Ten, 19-8
overall) visited Ann Arbor in October, it
swept Michigan in three games. On
Friday, however, the Wolverines (5-9,
10-1) used a ferocious hitting attack in
the first two games of the match to pro-
duce a three-game sweep over the
Gophers, 15-12, 15-7, 15-10.
"Linsey (Ebert) and Jeanine
(Szczesniak) put together a flawless
attacking game," Michigan coach Greg
The usually powerful-hitting Gophers
received a taste of their own medicine,
falling victim to Michigan's 57 kills and
.259 hitting percentage. Szczesniak was
the most brutal attacker for the
Wolverines, hitting a team season-high
.630 hitting percentage with 13 kills and
zero hitting errors.
Ebert's 11 kills and .350 hitting per-
centage along with Kristen
Ruschiensky's 13 kills proved to be too
much for Minnesota to handle. The
Michigan offense, lead by Linnea
Mendoza, kept the Gophers off-guard.
"Linnea (Mendoza) made things hap-
pen tonight," Giovanazzi said. "She did
an excellent job of distributing the ball to
all the hitters and keeping the Minnesota
The 44 assists contributed by the set-
ter Mendoza, along with the hitting and
service game of Michigan, gave the
Gophers fits all match long.
"We served Minnesota off the court,
putting pressure on them," Giovanazzi
said. "They had trouble passing and get-
ting their offense going."
Due to the strength of Michigan's
passing and serving, Minnesota's All-
American, Katrien DeDecker, was
unable to get into a rhythm. She finished
with only 13 kills and just a .024 hitting
percentage - far below her nation-lead-
ing season average of over 17 and .315.
Just as the Wolverines avenged their
earlier loss to Minnesota, the Badgers
did the same unto Michigan. The No. 13
Badgers (10-4, 20-4) defeated Michigan
15-7, 15-13, 12-15 and 15-2.
"We battled in the first three games,
coming back time and time again,"
Giovanazzi said. "Game three really
took (the energy) out of us - there was-
n't much left for the fourth game."
The road-weary Wolverines had trou
ble keeping up with the Badgers offense,
led by setter Laura Abbinante's 69
assists. In the fourth game, Wisconsin's
service game was too much for
Ruschiensky. led the Wolverines with
a personal season-best 22 kills, while
Sarah Jackson recorded 13 kills and a
.375 hitting percentage. In her first
match since Oct. 26 due to injury, Kare
Chase scored 14 kills.
Michigan suffered an early set back
when Mendoza went down with an
injury in the first game. She crashed into
the boards and bruised her shoulder but
is expected to return to the lineup by
The Wolverines have their work cut
out for them if they want to stay on task
with their "to do" list. They host No. 6
Penn State and No. 15 Ohio State in the
The Ohio State match will be tele-
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