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1OB -- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 18, 1996

Blue spikers drop home matches to
No. 11 Ohio State, No. 4 Penn State

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SBy Kevin Kasiborski game. Mid
Daily Sports Writer before it eve
Lights, camera, volleyball action. Ohio State c
The sights and sounds of Michigan volley- outside hitt
ball were broadcast to a national television bulk of the
Saudience for the first time ever Saturday night. But then
& And the Michigan women's volleyball team outscored tI
gave the ESPN2 viewers, as well as the crowd game, comp
at Keen Arena, a good show. The Wolverines the match.
threw a scare into No. 11 Ohio State before "I know ii
falling, 3-i (21-15, 12-14, 16-14, 19-17). game one. 1
t t It was Michigan's second loss of the week- team) could
end. The Wolverines also dropped a match to nervous," G
No. 4 Penn State on Friday, 3-0 (15-6, 15-4, 15- pens when c
~ ..' .. i..11), also at homne. gamne in mni
The unusual final score of the Ohio State the TV pack~
.'..ii .::::jij~, ~ ...match is a result of the modified scoring system Ohio Stat
used for TV matches. The first three games in the secot
~*~' ~- ~were eight-minute timed games with sideout started its c(
scoring. The fourth ganme was played using rally Trailing b
scoring (point awarded on every serve) up to cut the Buck
17. minutes remr
Michigan (5-11 Big Ten, 10-17 overall) Sophomo
looked like it was going to force a deciding fifth kill gave M
2 -game, as it led the fourth most of the way. The got a points
Wolverines posted leads of 8-5 and 13-10, and hitter Jeanin
a spike by sophomore outside hitter Karen and then rol
Chase broke a 16-16 tie to give Michigan a 17- digger was
i Michigan couldn't close the Buckeyes out, the poin t h
however. Ohio State (12-4, 23-4) got a sideout rallies of th
to tie the score at 17, and two kills by junior out- First, M'
side hitter Andrea Pankova ended the match. Maggie C(
"I felt like our team was the best I've seen Szczesniak
them all year tonight, and that includes the spike was b
upset over Wisconsin," Michigan coach Greg ball was h
Giovanazzi said. senior outs
"Here we took Ohio State out of their game. bailed the ~
The only time they came back is when we let dliving dig,
AMAPERCUDiy them back in." into a kill ai
Junior mIddle blocker Sarah Jackson (left) and sophomore outside hitter Karen Chase DAMIAd nEtRESCUOath In the beginning of the match, however, the Michigan
Penn State attack Friday night as the No. 4 Nittany Lions swept Michigan on its home court. Wolverines were at anything but the top of their the final 1:2
Cager Poglits moonlights for Blue volleyball
Two-sport athlete takes time off from the Crisler hardwood to bump, set and spike at Keen

higan found itself trailing, 8-1,
n1 got its first sideout of the match.
pened up an 18-4 lead, with junior
er Venessa Wouters handling the
offensive load.
the jitters wore off, and Michigan
he Buckeyes, 11-3, the rest of the
iletely reversing the momentum of
t just looked like a terrible effort in
but it wasn't a terrible effort, (the
n't function because they were so
'iovanazzi said. "That's what hap-
~ur conference gives us our first TV
i-November of the second year of
:age."
e also jumped out to an early lead
nd game, but this time, Michigan
)meback sooner.
~y as many as five, the Wolverines
keyes' lead to 12-10 with about two
iaining.
re middle blocker Linsey Ebert's
ichigan a sideout. The Wolverines
when a spike by sophomore outside
ie Szczesniak hit the top of the net
led over, and the diving Ohio State
called for a lift
Case pued aMichigan even, and
e night.
ichigan freshman outside hitter
ooper dug a Jen Flynn spike.
tried to take advantage, but her
locked by Brianne Spiers, and the
eading straight for the floor. But
1ide hitter Kristen Ruschiensky
Wolverines out with a spectacular
and Ebert eventually converted it
nda point.
was then able to hold its lead over
:2, an eternity in volleyball.

"I really haven't seen us fight adversity that
well all year, I haven't felt like that's been our
strength," Giovanazzi said. "I just felt like
tonight was kind of a breaking point for us, a
little bit of a metamorphosis where we became
a unit."
The third game was another close one, but
this time it was Ohio State making a late run.
An ace by Szczesniak gave the Wolverines
an 11-9 advantage. Ohio State got a sideoute~
and Wouters prepared to serve. She served five
straight points, two of which were aces, giving
Ohio State a 14.-I lead that it was able to pro-
tect until time expired.
Michigan was led offensively by Ebert, who
had 17 kills and a robust .536 hitting percent-
age. Chase also had 17 kills, and Ruschiensky
added 14.
Ohio State got 26 kills from Wouters, Who is.
second in the nation with a 6.11 average, and
15 kills from Pankova.
Friday, Michigan simply lost to a superor.
team, getting swept by Penn State.
"We ran into a very good team (Friday), a
team that plays such good defense and blocks
so well that it even affected our side out game,
which is usually pretty solid," Giovanazzi said.
Penn State (25-2, 14-2) controlled the first
two games while Michgan strugged to score-
with a .326 hitting percentage, made only one
hitting error the entire second game, hitting at
an incredible .692 clip.
The third game, however, was very compet-
itive. Michigan made Penn State work, and
managed to tie the game at 11-11 before the
Lions were able to close out the match.
"I thought in game three we played very well
and finally got them off-balance," Giovanazzi
said. "We were setting the people that were hot. :
which were our outside hitters. I wish we
would have done that from game one."

By Kevin Kasiboreki
Daily Sports Writer
When the Michigan women's basketball team took
the court on Friday night for the first time this season
against the Slovak Republic, sophomore center Anne
Poglits was unable to run on the floor with her team-
mates.
She couldn't watch the
game from the bench or the
stands either. The 6-foot-5 S ed
Pogrlits has spent very little
time at Crisler Arena this fall.
She isn't hurt, she lust has rhn sn
some unfinished business th to h
around the corner and down
Hoover Street in Keen Arena. d n tdo
Poglits is also a member of
the Michigan volleyball team, kind of a
and the volleyball season lasts
until the final weekend of fresh air,
November. Until then, Poglits -
is going to stick to the volley- -E
ball hardwood. Mi chig an VOI le
But Michigan basketball sophomor
coach Sue Guevara's loss is
Michigan volleyball coach
Greg Giovanazzi's gain.
"She does things naturally that other people don't do,
and it's kind of a breath of fresh air," Giovanazzi said.
"You put that together with the fact that she is a basket-
ball player and an engineering student, and you wonder,
'Wow, where is the flaw in this woman?' Plus she is just

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a pleasure to coach."
This is season has been Giovanazzi 's first opportuni-
ty to coach Poglits. Last season, she was exclusively a
basketball player.
"When I started college, I was just going to play bas-
ketball, but then I missed volleyball so much (last
year)," Poglits said. "'When I came to play a couple of
times in the spring, I liked it so
much that I decided that I defi-
es nitely wanted to play volleyball
this year."
When Giovanazzi saw Poglits
play as a senior in high school,
peoplehe was convinced she could play
Division I volleyball. But by
md it'sthat time, she had already
signed to play basketball at
ireath of Michigan and didn't want to
play both.
Unwilling to give up,
.Giovanazzi approached former
eg GiovanaZZi Michigan women's basketball
)a11 coach, on coach Trish Roberts, and
Anne Poglits Roberts agreed to let Anne
attend volleyball workouts last
spring.
"Anne came out about eight
to 10 times over the course of the whole spring,"
Giovanazzi said.
"And it was obvious from the first day that this was a
sport that she was going to pick up really quickly."
Poglits has received more playing time as the season

has progressed. She has played in 25 of Michigan's 27
matches and 54 of its 96 games.
When Michigan is serving, Giovanazzi will some-
times take out setter Linnea Mendoza and send in
Poglits for her blocking presence.
Often, Poglits will come right back out without hav-
ing touched the ball, but not always.
Against Ohio State on Saturday, Poglits was sent in
for Mendoza in game four with the score tied at five.
Poglits made her presence felt right away, teaming up
with Sarah Jackson to stuff an Ohio State spike, giving
Michigan a point.
On the next serve, Poglits showed her versatility by
setting Kristen Ruschiensky. Poglits didn't get an assist,
but the Wolverines eventually won the point.
It was a short sequence in a long match, but
Michigan nearly made that two-point lead stand-up.
"She hasn't had a lot of repetitions as far as touching
the ball goes, and she is just so far ahead of where
somebody should be," Giovanazzi said. "Her hands are
second probably only to Linnea's on the team.
"I think if we didn't have such strong seniors like
Shareen and Kristen, she would be in there a lot. I don't
see any reason why she won't be a starter next year if
she puts in the work in the off-season."
Poglits says she has been studying her basketball
playbook and doing extra conditioning to get herself in
running shape for basketball.
She hasn't decided yet whether she will take a day or
two off between seasons, but it might be a good bet that
she won't.,,
"I just like to play," Poglits said. "Even in practice?

JENNIFER BRADLEY-SWIFT/Daiy
Junior setter Linnea Mendoza and the Michigan volleyball team fought through a@$
case of TV-Induced nerves to stay close to No. 11 Ohio State before losing.

Glare and glamour of television spices up action at Keen

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By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
At about 5 p.m. on Saturday, thou-
sands of regular viewers of ESPN2 were
probably asking, "What the hell hap-
pened to 'Speed Week'?"
Quality programming such
as stock car racing, cliff diving ~
and the world's strongest man
competitions had to make way \6
for women's volleyball.
This year, ESPN2 has 'been Note
televising Big Ten volleyball,
and Saturday the bright lights
were in Ann Arbor, televising
Michigan against Ohio State.
"It definitely gave us an
excited, nervous feeling," Michigan mid-
dle blocker Sarah Jackson said. "It's good
to know they're giving volleyball a shot."'
The television cameras, normally alien
to the volleyball scene, had an effect on
nearly every aspect of match. From the

scoring format to the crowd to the emo-
tions of the players, everything was a new
experience for the Wolverines.
Saturday's match was the first time
that Michigan volleyball has ever been

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seen on national television.
"They couldn't breathe
because they were so nervous in
the first game" Michigan coach
Greg Giovanazzi said.
The players' nerves eventually
settled down, but the crowd did-
n't. The considerably large
crowd at Cliff Keen Arena
seemed to be more energetic in
the past with several fans trying
their hardest to get a couple of

with an alternate scoring format.
The format is as follows - the first
three games of the match are timed, eight
minutes in length, with the clock running
only when the ball is ins play. The team
leading when time expires is the winner,
not the first team to score 15 and lead by
two points. In the fourth and fifth games,
the rally scoring format is used (which
means each point counts) and the first
team to reach 17 and lead by two points
wins the game.
Not too confusing, right?
"1 think if it was the same scoring in all
five or the first four games it would be
great," Giovanazzi said. "I think the mix-
ture of three (games) then two is a little
bit hard to follow and a little bit hard to
play."
Television does have a positive effect
on volleyball, however. The sport is get-
ting an opportunity to be seen during
prime viewing time.

"(The game) was actually between two
football games, which is really a break-
through for us," Giovanazzi said. "A
women's volleyball game between two
powerhouse football programs, betwe4
two collegiate football games, on ESPNT
-- it's kind of a neat setting."
ESPN2 hopes to return to its regularly-
scheduled lumberjack challenge soon.'
COMEBACK KID: Michigan outside hit-
ter Kristen Ruschiensky returned to tlg
starting lineup earlier this season- after
having missed most of last season due tt
a knee injury. Since her return, she has
been averaging 3.74 kills per matdlj,
which is higher than her 2.76 seas
average. Ruschiensky also had a seasoW
high 22 kills against Wisconsin last weet.
DowN THE STRETCH: The Wolverines
only have four matches remaining, facing
Purdue, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa to
close out the season. Each of the teamns
are below .500 in the Big Ten.

seconds of national exposure.
Along with the elevated emotions on
the court and in the stands, the most
noticeable effect of television was the
scoring. To accommodate the network
sponsors, volleyball has to be modified

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