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COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
{3} KANSAS 102
Emporia State 50
(16) CLEMSON 78
Maryland 65
(19) Temple 56,
MICHIGAN STATE 54
N.C. State 71,
(21) GA. TECH 69

PRO
FOOTBALL
CINCINNATI 41.
Tennessee 14
PRO
BASKETBALL
WASHINGTON 118.
Sacramento 96
DALLA S 105,
New York 91

HOUSTON 94,
Atianta 87
MILWAUKEE 102
Charlotte 92
PRO
HOCKEY
OTTAWA 3.
Los Angeles 2
Colorado 2,
CHICAGO I

ST. LOUIS 4,
Toronto 3
New Jersey 4.
PITTSBURGH 0
"Former Michigan
center B'ndan
Morr so, last years
Hobey Baker Award
wnner, scored his
first NHL goal for the
Devils.

Friday
December 5, 1997

13

M'

spikers move on to 2nd round of NCAAs

By TJ. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
The NCAA tournament is something new for
both the Michigan and Temple volleyball teams.
Last night in College Station, Texas, their inexpe-
rience showed.
In a game that included many gigantic momen-
tum swings, Michigan advanced to the second
und of the tournament for the first time ever
ith a five-game victory over Atlantic 10 cham-
pion Temple, 15-8, 6-15, 15-12, 8-15, 15-10,
snapping the Owls' 21-game winning streak.
The victory sets the Wolverines (21-1 1 overall)
against Texas A&M, which beat Hofstra - 15-4,
15-5, 15-5 - following the Wolverines victory.
Michigan will play the Aggies at 8 p.m. today, and
the winner will advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

The Owls (29-5) and Wolverines were unable
to sustain any sort of consistency throughout the
match, as Michigan outhit Temple .363 to .289 in
the odd-numbered games.
Temple returned the favor in
the even-number games,
outhitting Michigan .318 to
.134.
"They are a much better°
team than people give them"
credit for," Michigan coach
Greg Giovanazzi said.
"Temple's serving game was _
just excellent."
To overcome Temple's Mendoza
excellent play, the Wolverines got a clutch effort
from middle blocker Linsey Ebert. Ebert led the

Wolverines with 18 kills and hit a blistering .419.
She also added three blocks, including a key solo
block in the deciding fifth game.
Ebert's play was even more remarkable, con-
sidering the Owls were trying to keep the ball
away from Ebert and fellow middle blocker Sarah
Jackson with their serves.
"Their serving game took us out of our best
offensive set, which is the set to the middle,"
Giovanazzi said.
The Wolverines resorted to a bit of trickery in
the beginning of the first game, as freshman
Sarah Behnke used a rarely seen jump serve to
grab four consecutive points.
After falling behind early, the Owls closed the
gap to 8-7, but five straight points by the
Wolverines put the game out of reach. Junior out-

side hitter Jeanine Szczesniak led the way in the
opener, smacking four of her 13 kills. Senior
Linnea Mendoza also notched her 5,000th career
assist during the first game.
Game 2 was just the opposite for the
Wolverines, as they hit a lowly .098. Despite the
poor attacking, Michigan did force a deadlock at
six before Temple ran off nine consecutive points
to tie the match.
Temple was led by Albanian freshman Alma
Kovaci, who hit a remarkable .600 during the sec-
ond game. Kovaci finished with 20 kills, second
to fellow outside hitter Sharia Bryant's 21.
"They have really dynamic outside hitters,'
Giovanazzi said.
The uneven pattern continued during the third
game, as the Wolverines and Owls traded points

before Michigan finally pulled away with the
game. After Temple surged ahead, 7-6, the
Wolverines made a crucial run, scoring five con-
secutive points to take the lead for good.
As was the theme of the night, a role reversal
happened in the fourth game, as the Owls roared
back to tie the match.
The fourth game didn't look like it was going
to go Temple's way in the beginning, as Michigan
broke out to a 5-l lead. The Wolverines expanded
the margin to 8-3, but Temple scored 12 consec-
utive points, tying the match once again.
In a game of spurts, the Wolverines came
through with the most important one in the final
game, as they grabbed a 4-1 lead. Michigan main-
tained the lead for the rest of the game, drawing
off Ebert's key block solo to clinch the victory.

Blue hoops to face first test

By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
Despite the turnovers, the scoring
droughts and the mental mistakes, the
Michigan men's basketball team is 4-1.
But the Wolverines' skin-of-their-teeth
victories may soon turn into losses if
they don't clean up their act.
After struggling against .
small-time programs, the 50
Wolverines will now face game
stronger competition as the Who; Mic
non-conference season UN LV
kicks into high gear tomor- When: 1p
row when Michigan hosts Where: Ci
UNLV (3-1) at I p.m. : None
Since beating Cleveland
State, 77-59, the Wolverines have been
cutting it close, edging Towson by three
points and Detroit by one. Even in
Wednesday night's 71-62 victory over
Florida International, the Wolverines
struggled to put away an inferior team.
"Sometimes you underestimate abili-
ties just because they're not a big-name
school," said co-captain Travis Conlan
after Wednesday's game.
Beating three of Michigan's next four
opponents -- UNLV, Eastern Michigan
and Duke - will be no small feat.
"We'll get a little more excited to play
- play harder," Michigan coach Brian
Ellerbe said. "But the question is - are

we going to get smarter?"
While the Wolverines have shown no
sign of bucking their trend of suffering
mental breakdowns, their lapses have
not hurt them too much, yet:
Michigan's problems actually start-
ed in the exhibition season when it let a
15-point second half lead over Athletes

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in Action slip away and
W S lost, 95-93.
Then, in almost a car-
e vs. bon copy of the collapse
against AIA, Michigan
blew an i1-point second-
r Arena half lead against Western
Michigan and lost the sea-
son opener, 68-63.
Two games later, the Wolverines

And even though Michigan beat
Florida International by nine points, it
failed to put the Golden Panthers away
when it had the chance. Up by 13 in the
first half, the Wolverines watched the
Panthers score the final seven points of
the period and actually lead, 27-26.
Part of the reason for the Wolverines'
mental breakdowns may have to do with
the fact that senior co-captain Robert
Traylor is struggling, and Conlan, the
other senior captain as well as floor
leader, missed the first three games after
injuring his wrist against AlA.
"Travis makes up for everybody's
mistakes," guard Louis Bullock said.
Conlan played against Florida
International and Detroit, however, and
is expected to see action against UNLV
While the Runnin' Rebels feature
two seniors in their starting lineup,
Tyrone Nesby and Corky Ausborne, a
freshman has been making waves.
Greedy Daniels had 17 points along
with nine rebounds, six assists and five
steals in an 82-72 victory over
Southern Cal on Tuesday.
The Rebels' lone defeat came in a 92-
68 blowout at the hands of No. 3 Kansas
in the preseason NIT.
UN LV will be without All-America
center Keon Clark, who was suspended
for dealings with an agent, until January.

looked to be putting away Towson when
they stretched their lead to eight midway
through the second half. But again, the
Wolverines let their opponent back into
the game, before winning what became
a barn-burner, 75-72.
Another breakdown, this one a
scoring drought, almost cost Michigan
the game against Detroit. After taking a
52-49 lead late in the second half, the
Wolverines did not score for almost five
minutes. When they finally did, it was
on a Maceo Baston layup with one-tenth
of a second left that won the game for
the Wolverines, 54-53.

SARA STILIMAr,
chigan guard Robbie Reid and the Wolverines begin a tough four-game, eight-day stretch tomorrow afternoon at Crisler
ena against UNLV. The Wolverines made games against weak, non-conference opponents a little closer than they would
have liked. Michigan won't have to face All-America center Keon Clark, who is suspended until January.

Herr returns, Turco
returns home again

I

Fred Link
Daily Sports Writer
Winning games on the road in the
CCHA is never easy, and for the
Michigan hockey team, tonight's game
against Lake Superior (3-4-3 CCHA, 4-
6-3 overall) in Sault Ste. Marie should be

no exception.
But winning
should be a little bit
osier this weekend
rthe Wolverines
(6-2-2, 11-3-2)
because for the first
time since suffering a
groin injury against
Minnesota in the sea-

What: Michigan at
Superior
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Abel Arent
Sault Ste. Marie
WT: FOX Sports Ne

But the Wolverines will need more
than just the return of their captain if
they are to come away with a victory.
Herr has only practiced with the team for
three days, and it will take some time
before he is playing at the same level as
before the injury.
"I may not play a lot;'
Herr said. "I'm not in great
3amo shape right now - at least
t Lake ice shape. I can ride the bike
at a hundred miles an hour
for 40 hours, but I'm not in
a, - a bike race out here:"
Tonight's game is also an
etwork important game for goal-
tender Marty Turco, but for
a different reason. Turco is from Sault
Ste. Marie, and this will be his last
chance to play at home in front of his
family.
"He knows he's under a bit of a micro-
scope when up there;' Berenson said.
"But he's been there before and he's
proven that he can play well there. He
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son opener, Michigan captain Matt Herr
is expected to play.
"You love to have his presence and his
ability and his leadership on the ice,"
ichigan coach Red Berenson said..
Herr's return should help take some of
the offensive burden off Bill Muckalt
and Bobby Hayes, who have provided
most of Michigan's offensive production
in recent weeks.
"It's a big boost for the hockey club to
have him back on the ice;' Muckalt said.
"I know I'm looking forward to it. I
guess time will tell, but we should be a
much better hockey club."

Marty Tutco will make his last re ualr-season trip to Lake S uperlor' Abel Arena
tonight. The Mlchig~n senior goaltender hails from the Sautl Ste. Marie area.

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