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MAJOR LEAGUE
BASEBALL
BOSTON 5,
N.Y. Yankees 2
Chicago (AL) 3,
MILWAUKEE 1
Toronto at
OAKLAND, inc.
Detroit at
SEATTLE, inc.

COLORADO 9,
Houston 7
SAN FRANCISCO 7,
St. Louis 6
Chicago (NL) 3,
CINCINNATI 1
MONTREAL 5.
Pittsburgh 4
N.Y. METS 10,
Philadelphia 2

Atlanta at
LOS ANGELES, inc.
Florida at
SAN DIEGO, inc.

Thursday
September 11,

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K

9eyferth
up for BC
AD job
By Jmes Goldstein
SySports Writer
ust days after Michigan named Tom
Goss as its athletic director, there is
news of yet another possible move in
the athletic department.
Fritz Seyferth - one of Michigan's
four senior associate athletic directors
- is reportedly being considered for
the athletic director position at Boston
College.
According to a report in Tuesday's
ton Globe, the focus of Boston
College's search has shifted to Seyferth.
The report said that Seyferth went to
Boston College for a second interview
Monday night after being initially con-
tacted by the school three weeks ago.
This isn't the first time Seyferth's
name has come up for the job. He had
been a finalist in 1991, but Boston
College chose
Chet Gladchuk.
Last summer,
though, Gladchuk
left for the
University of
Houston.
Seyferth wasn't
able to be reached
yesterday. A
source told The
Seyf9rth Michigan Daily
that he would be
of town until Thursday night
ough The Globe said that Seyferth
was scheduled to fly back to Detroit
from two days ago.
The members of the search commit-
tee were reportedly eyeing Marquette's
Bill Cords, whom Boston College pres-
ident Rev. William Leahy knew when
they were both in Wisconsin.
By the end of the weekend, however,
Seyferthmoved up to the top of the list
after there were reports of committee
Oosition to Cords.
Senior Associate Athletic Director
Keith Molin has worked with Seyferth
since 1994. Although Molin had no
comment about the situation in Boston
College, he has high praise for his ath-
letic department officemate.
"Fritr has great character, integrity
and great commitment," Molin said.
"Any organization would be proud to
e him represent them."
eyfprth was a finalist for the
Michigan AD position in 1993 before
Joe Roberson was selected for the job.
A former Michigan fullback from
1968-1971, Seyferth entered his fourth
year as Senior Associate Director and
has worked in the athletic department
since 1979.
In 1996, Seyferth was given respon-
sibility for the athletic department's
financial operations after serving seven
arsa$ the Director of Development
Ahlmni Relations.

'M' spikers face multiple
obstacles in Louisiana

By Jacob R. Wheeler
Daily Sports Writer
The state of Louisiana is known for its alli-
gators and spicy food.
But indigestion and an untimely run-in with
a hungry reptile will be the least of the
Michigan volleyball team's worries this week-
end, when the Wolverines travel to Baton
Rouge, La., for the Tiger Invitational.
Michigan will certainly have its hands full.
The Wolverines take on Central Florida on
Friday, before a doubleheader against
Connecticut and Louisiana State on Saturday.
Friday's match should be the toughest for the
Wolverines because their opponent is well-
respected in the world of college volleyball.
The Golden Knights made it to the second
round in last season's NCAA tournament.
Although the Wolverines may run into many
a Cajun on their trip, a Russian on the Central
Florida team plans to serve up plenty more
than just hot chicken gumbo.
"Central Florida is the power of those
schools," Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi
said. "They've got a real nice Russian outside
hitter who attacks from the right side of the
court instead of the left. They run a very
unusual offense, so it'll be something that we
haven't seen before."
Connecticut and Louisiana State definitely
aren't cupcakes, but they usually aren't men-
tioned in the same breath with the Golden
Knights.
The Wolverines will also have to battle plen-
ty of fatigue as they take on their opponents.

Michigan lucked out with some relatively
short games last weekend. The Wolverines
played only 10 games and won two out of their
three matches at the All Sport Volleyball
Challenge, thanks to sweeps over Eastern
Michigan and Montana.
But the Wolverines weren't as fortunate the
week before when they suffered through a cou-
ple of draining, five-game losses at the hands
of Idaho and Washington.
Michigan will also be hard pressed to beat
the Huskies or the Tigers without Michigan
setter Linnea Mendoza.
The fate of the Michigan volleyball team lies
on Mendoza's shoulders each time she walks
onto the court.
But the star senior's timing might be in jeop-
ardy at this weekend's tournament.
Mendoza suffered a thigh contusion in the
All Sport tournament and hasn't been practic-
ing at full tilt this week. But Michigan coach
Greg Giovanazzi is optimistic about her status
for this weekend.
"She got a pretty good charlie horse from
(teammate Sarah) Jackson," Giovanazzi said.
"She's definitely fit enough to play, but her
timing might be off a little because she hasn't
practiced."
The Wolverines have a couple of other set-
ters, including sophomore Maggie Cooper,
who saw limited action last weekend. But none
have the leadership or skills of Mendoza, who
has assisted in 3,662 career kills.
Each match this season has presented
See TIGER, Page 14A

JONATHAN SUMMER/Daily
Unnea Mendoza might have to bend over backwards for Michigan this season if the Wolverines hope to
have any sort of success in the Big Ten.
Islanderssi ognnIOner M
ice LuhniCg to cotract

By Mark Snyder
DailySports Writer
For the first time in four years, Warren Luhning
spent the first day of hockey practice watching his
teammates skate.
It wasn't a normal feeling. Fortunately for him, it
didn't last long.
Yesterday, Luhning joined fellow 1997 Michigan
graduates John Madden, Brendan Morrison and
Jason Botterrill in NHL training camps when he
signed his first professional contract. The New
York Islanders, who originally drafted Luhning in
the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, inked the former
Michigan star to a two-year deal.
While the details were important to the comple-
tion of the deal, Luhning is eager just to step on the
ice.
The team "started yesterday," he said. "And the
rest of the guys skated today."
But while Luhning stood around and watched
his future teammates skate, the final details of the
contract were being hammered out by his agent,
Kurt Overhardt.
Despite his busy schedule - Overhardt just fin-

ished Morrison's contract with the New Jersey
Devils on Monday - this is not a new scenario for
the Denver-based agent.
As with most of his clients, Overhardt began the
negotiations immediately after the college season
concluded - -but nothing was finalized until yes-
terday.
"This has been going on all summer," Overhardt
said. "We knew we had to keep working.
"Both sides worked hard."
Overhardt, who reclined to release the specifics
of the negotiations, only commented that the deal
was "pursuant to the NHL entry-level agreement."
Even though he didn't have a contract during the
summer, Luhning was undeterred in his prepara-
tion.
"I've trained for four months for this,"he said. "I
was in Ann Arbor until June, and was (working out)
in Ann Arbor last week."
The transition from the Great Lakes state to the
Big Apple will place Luhning under the micro-
scope of the notorious New York sports fan - an
See LUHNING, Page 15A

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Warren Luhning is going to have to trade in his maize and blue for the blue and white of the New York
islanders - the team with which he signed yesterday.

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