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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 24, 1997

'M' volleyball splits weekends
yet for seventh straioimt time

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By T.J. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's volleyball
team tied a school record for Big Ten
victories this season. The Wolverines
are also caught in a rut, as they split
their matches for the seventh consec-
utive week.
Michigan (11-7 Big Ten, 18-11
overall) was blasted by No. 2 Penn
State, 15-6, 15-8, 15-8, its second
blowout loss to the Nittany Lions this
year. The Wolverines did take of
business Friday however, as they
defeated Indiana (4-13, 17-13) in four
games, 15-13, 18-20, 15-5, 15-12.
The Lions (17-1, 28-1) didn't
waste any time earning their 32nd
consecutive win at home - the
longest current streak in the NCAA.
Penn State finished the match with
an astounding hitting percentage of
.399. Michigan wasn't nearly as suc-
cessful, hitting only .200 in the
"We went in hoping to get momen-
tum," Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "I felt we did much
better than we did when we played
them the first time."
Senior Terri Zemaitis led the way
for the Lions. She struck 21 kills and
recorded six blocks on the night.
Zemaitis was one of four Lions with
double-digit kills. Penn State also
got excellent production from
Lauren Cacciamani, who tallied 14
kills and a game-high seven blocks.
Lindsay Anderson and Carrie
Schonveld were the other two Lions
who made the double-digit kill club,

both finishing with 10 kills.
Karen Chase led the Michigan
charge with 17 kills and a pair of
solo blocks. Chase's blocks account-
ed for half of Michigan's blocks on
the night, as the Lions outblocked
the Wolverines, 13-4.
Jeanine Szczesniak played well in
a losing effort for the Wolverines.
She smacked I1 kills and led the
team with 10 digs. Sophomore Anna
Poglits took advantage of extended
playing time Saturday, adding 10
kills off the bench.
"We did a good job of siding out
against them, but we just couldn't
score points," Giovanazzi said. "We
outdug them, which showed a great
deal of hustle, but we just couldn't
block or serve them tough enough."
Extending their season-long pat-
tern, the Wolverines defeated a less-
er Indiana team Friday night. The
victory was Michigan's 11th in the
Big Ten, tying its best conference
win total ever and assuring a winning
conference season for only the third
time in history.
"We did a good job across the
court tonight," Giovanazzi said. "The
win assures us of a winning Big Ten
record, making it hard for us to be
overlooked for the NCAA national
tournament field."
The Wolverines registered more
kills Friday night than most hunters
during deer season, racking up 87
kills in the match. Chase led the
Michigan charge, smashing a career-
high 28 kills and hitting a blistering

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"Karen had an unbelieveable
game," Giovanazzi said. "She took
advantage of late middle block
and just had a terrific match. She
finally gotten back to where she was
before she got injured."
Chase wasn't the only Wolverine
padding her kill statistics.
Szczesniak had 20, senior Sarah
Jackson garnered 17 and junior
Linsey Ebert added a game-high
eight blocks in the match. Senior
Linnea Mendoza also benefited frdm
the numerous kills, recording 72
Indiana was no slouch when ; it
came to kills, piling up 81. The
Hoosiers were led by Melissa
Rooney, who recorded 20 kills, apd
Julie Flatley, who added 19 and lpd
the Hoosiers with six blocks.
"It was a great win because Indiana
played really well," Giovanazzi said.
"The fact that Illinois and Indiana,
two quality teams, are well below
.500 is a testament to the strengt1w
the conference."
The weekend left the Wolverinies
in the same place they were coming
into the weekend - tied with
Michigan State for fifth place in the
Slightly ahead of both the
Wolverines and Spartans are
Minnesota and Ohio State.
The Golden Gophers and
Buckeyes finished the weekend t
for third with a 12-6 mark. Michig
will get its shot at improving its tour-
nament status when it hosts the
Buckeyes this Friday.

The Michigan women's volleyball team set a school record for Big Ten conference victories Friday by beating Indiana in four
games. Saturday, things didn't go so well for the Wolverines, who were beaten In three games by No. 2 Penn State for the
second time this season.
Bendel's big day leads Michigan
Women's swimming team sinks Penn State with late burst of energy

By Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
The old adage says it isn't over till it's over. Friday, in its
meet against Penn State, the Michigan women's swimming
and diving team made the saying come true.
In the last event of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay,
the Wolverines were trailing by 150 yards when Talor Bendel
took to the water. With a burst of energy, she caught up to her
competitors and took the lead with less than 25 yards left.
Michigan won the event in 1:36.41.
"I was pretty pleased with the results,' Bendel said. "We
just put the relay together at the last minute because a few
people weren't feeling so well. It was just kind of fun to get
four people together and swim a fast relay."
Bendel had a great day overall, winning the 100 free
(51.32), the 200 free (1:49.62) and taking second in the 200
butterfly behind teammate, Kasey Harris.
Michigan won the meet, 156-136, by taking 12 of the 15
events. Senior Linda Riker had the most success in
Michigan's only home meet of the season, winning the 1,000
free, the 100 backstroke and the 200 back
Former Canadian Olympian Shannon Shakespeare added
-two victories of her own. Freshman Kasey Harris rounded out
the leaders with an additional two victories.
Harris' 2:00.77 time in the 200 butterfly was only .67 sec-
onds slower than the time posted by the Big Ten champion in
last year's conference championship.
."Kasey just had a great 200 fly," Michigan coach Jim
Richardson said. "She's been training really well all season."

In the 200 individual medley Harris smoked her nearest
competition by nearly three seconds. For Harris, merely
swimming in that kind of environment was a novel experi-
"I'm just really excited to swim for the team,' Harris said.
"It's such a different experience swimming for a team. When
I swam in high school, I swam mostly for myself.
"Now we do cheers and relays on the team. It just makes
the meet really fun."
In this meet Michigan was hampered by the illness of All-
American Jennie Eberwein. Though she did swim, her per-
formance was not as impressive as usual.
"She's been sick all week," Richardson said. "I was debat-
ing whether to let her swim at all."
While the swim team had a relatively easy, relaxing day,
the water wasn't as smooth for the diving team. Although as
a team they looked fairly sloppy, individually, sophomore
Hanna Shin had a strong outing.
"I was glad that Hanna dived very well," said coach
Richard Kimball. "She just missed the NCAA cuts. She did a
good job."
The Michigan diving team features two freshman this year.
According to Kimball, it will take a little time for them to
get acclimated to competing on this level.
The Wolverines came into the competition with a winner's
mentality and came out victorious.
"Overall, I think we swam really well as a team," Bendel
said. "We're pretty tired and run down right now, but we
pulled it out:'

The Michigan women's swimming team needed a big day from Taylor Bendel to beat Penn State on Friday. Bendel led the
Wolverines by winning the 100-yard freestyle, the 200 free and taking second in the 200 butterfly. Bendel also ancored the
Wolverines' victorious 200 free relay team.

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Tennessee, Manning pass by Kentucky*

The Associated Press
At Lexington, Ky., Peyton
Manning passed for a school-record
523 yards and five TDs as the Vols
beat the Wildcats for the 13th
straight time.
It was a day of records as
Kentucky's Tim Couch also broke
his school mark with 476 passing
yards and set SEC single-season
records for passing yardage (3,884)
and total offense (3,759).
Mike McQueary threw for 269
yards and three TDs and Curtis Enis
ran for 138 yards and two scores,
including a career-long 78-yard
touchdown. Ron Dayne ran for 126
yards for Wisonsin (8-4).
At Los Angeles, Cade McNown
passed for three TDs as the Bruins
beat the Trojans for the seventh con-
secutive year but lost out on the

Rose Bowl because of an early-sea-
son loss to Washington State.
The Bruins have won nine straight
since opening 0-2. Southern Cal (6-
5) could be headed to the Aloha
Bowl, possibly against Oklahoma
At South Bend, Ind., Ron Powlus'
11-yard TD pass to Bobby Brown
late in the fourth quarter lifted Notre
Dame (6-5) over West Virginia (7-3)
21-14, despite Amos Zereoue's 234
yards rushing.
At Bloomington, Ind., Ed Watson
had 163 yards and two TDs as
Purdue (8-3) beat Indiana 56-7 to
complete its first winning season in
13 years. The Boilermakers could be
headed to the Alamo Bowl against
No. 19 Missouri.
Villanova completed its first unde-
feated regular season (11-0) in 59
years with a 49-35 win over

Although Illinois went 2-20 in
Robert Holcombe's last two seasons,
the running back was sad to see his
college career come to an end.
"I'm going to miss it. This is
something I'll always remember. I'll
always remember the coaches and
the players I've had an opportunity
to play with," Holcombe said
Saturday after Illinois lost 27-17 to
Michigan State, its 17th loss in a
The loss made it a winless season
for the Illini under new coach Ron
Turner and only the third season in
108 years that Illinois has gone with-
out a victory.
With the win against Illinois (0-8,
0-11), Michigan State has the six
needed to be eligible for a bowl
The Spartans (3-4, 6-4) close their
regular season Saturday at home
against No. 4 Penn State.
"We could very easily be 8-2,"
said Spartans coach Nick Saban,

referring to tough losses to Purdue
and Northwestern. "And if we're
bowl eligible and that close to being
8-2 in our league, I think we ought to
have an opportunity to play some-
place that's a reasonably good bowl."
No. 13 AUBURN 18, ALABAMA 17
Add another amazing Iron Bowl to
the history books. And cement J
Holmes' name into the annalsW
Auburn-Alabama lore.
Holmes kicked a 39-yard field
goal with 15 seconds remaining
Saturday night to give No. 13
Auburn an 18-17 victory over
Alabama in a game that had seemed
lost for the Tigers just moments ear-
Auburn (6-2 Southeastern
Conference, 9-2 overall) clinchedit
first SEC West title.
Despite its best effort of the sea-
son, Alabama (2-6, 4-7) finished
with its worst record since 1957.
It was the first Iron Bowl to be
decided by a last-second field goal
since Alabama's Van Tiffin beat
Auburn with a 52-yarder in 1985.

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