68 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - September 22, 1997
'M' volleyball conquers fears with wins in North Carolina
By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Wrter
The final score doesn't show it. You can't see
it in the box score, and there are no official
stats to track it.
But it can make a difference between a vic-
tory and a defeat.
It is confidence, and the Michigan volleyball
team has been struggling to find it of late.
So when Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi
saw his team blow a 14-12 lead in the first
game of a best-of-five match against Duke on
Friday, he was a little worried.
"We had a good lead in that first game, and
we let them back into the match by dropping
the game," Giovanazzi said. "We were 5-4, and
the confidence was still up in the air. I was kind
of worried about how that would affect our
But what Giovanazzi witnessed could be the
turning point of the young season for the
Wolverines. Instead of buckling under the
pressure, Michigan came back to sweep the
next three games, 15-13, 15-13, 15-7. The
Wolverines then defeated North Carolina on
Saturday in a five-game thriller, 14-16, 15-10,
15-6, 12-15, 15-5.
The key to the weekend could have been the
strong play of freshman Sarah Behnke. With
outside hitter Karen Chase sidelined with a
disc problem for the second straight weekend,
Giovanazzi looked to Behnke to step it up -
and she responded.
The freshman recorded a career high 18 kills
against Duke, then turned in another 15 against
the Tar Heels. But her most important contri-
bution was her consistent passing.
"Along with the obvious, which is attacking,
(Behnke) is just passing and digging the ball
really well," Giovanazzi said. "Our ball han-
dling gets a lot better with her in the lineup."
The improved passing gave middle blocker
Sarah Jackson a chance to show why she was a
preseason All-Big Ten selection. The senior
recorded a career-high 23 kills against North
Carolina and added 13 against Duke.
"Sarah is without question one of the pre-
miere quick attackers in the conference,"
Giovanazzi said. "The problem with that is,
when the passing goes down, it's really difficult
to get the ball to her. But we passed really well
because Sarah Behnke's in the lineup."
The solid passing made Jackson's solid play
"I felt good, but I didn't feel like I was hav-
ing the best match of my career," Jackson said.
"This weekend was the first time I played my
true position, because the coaches were trying
me out at a couple of different positions. I felt
All of this adds up to one thing for the
Wolverines - increased confidence.
"This weekend was really good for helping
with the confidence," Giovanazzi said. "We
controlled the course of the weekend. When
we lost games, it wasn't because we got out-
played at any point, it was because we gave up
points where we shouldn't have."
Those M' volleyball Blues
Despite compiling a 7-4 record in their non-confer-
ence schedule, the Michigan spikers struggled with~
their confidence coming into this weekend. r
Here are some reasons why:
Matches lost in the fifth game: 2
r Star player lost to injury: Karen Chase
Matches lost in which Michigan was leading: 3.
Record on Fridays: 1-3
This weekend, the Wolverines regained their confi- w
dence while extending their winning streak to four.
A few factors:
First-ever victories over Duke and North Carolina
8 First four-match winning streak since November,
U Freshman Sarah Behnke emerges as star
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Softball gets early
start on big season
By Mak Francescutti
For the Daily
U .. I
The most successful Michigan varsity
team might not be ice hockey, football or
men's basketball this year. It could very
well be the Michigan softball team.
Softball already? Team preparation
has been underway for weeks, and the
exhibition season began this weekend at
the Elk Rapids Collegiate tournament in
Traverse City. Michigan played well,
winning four out of five games.
Saturday, the Wolverines easily dis-
patched Western Michigan, 3-0, fol-
lowed by victories over Notre Dame, 2-
0, and Central Michigan, 5-2.
In Sunday's final round, the
Wolverines lost a heartbreaker to the
Chippewas in a nine-inning tie-breaker,
2-1. But the Wolverines recovered in
their last game - a 1-0 triumph over the
Leading the Wolverines were Melissa
Gentile, Sara Griffin and Pam Kosanke,
who all batted over .400 for the weekend.
Even though the team has lost four
seniors including star pitcher Kelly
Holmes, five freshmen hope to retain the
Freshmen Rebecca Tune and Melissa
Taylor played well in their first taste of
college softball. Tune batted .363, play-
ing third base and shortstop, while
Taylor batted .272 but provided great
effort at second base.
"The freshmen played well," Michigan
assistant coach Kelly Kovach said.'
Returning for the Wolverines are
senior Kellyn Tate, junior Traci Conrad
and junior Tammy Mika, all of whom
were named to the All-Big Ten first team
Top pitcher Griffin, who broke her left
arm in a collision with Conrad last spring,
returns with last year's Big Ten freshinan
of the year, Gentile.
The Wolverines will try to improve on
last year's record-setting season..After a
school-best 56-win season - second in
the conference - Michigan won theE
Ten tournament and went on io'place
fifth in the Women's College World
Michigan has been very competitive
since 1985, finishing among the top-
three teams in the Big Ten 12 times.
But is the team confident about best-
ing their record-setting season?
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins laid the
Wolverines show promise.
"We have just as much talent as last
year," Hutchins said. "I think we can
just as good as last year or better
Hutchins is also upbeat about the
freshmen this season.
"They are very diverse," shr said.
"They can play both infield atid -out-
With the ability of the new freshmen,
Michigan should have little p0rblem
making up for the loss of the seniors.
Throughout the fall and winter, t
team will continue to train for the coW
The Wolverines have talent and eonfi-
dence - two keys to becoming a cham-
pionship team. Could a College World
Series title be in the Wolverines'future?
The question will beginr to be
answered when the regular ' eason
begins in San Diego at the UnivMity of
San Diego Tournament on Feb. 20.
After four tournaments, the Big Ten
season opens with a doubleheadO
against Indiana on March 28. ;Home
games start April 5 versus Ohio State at
Alumni Field - for what could be one'
of Michigan's premier teams this year.
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The Michigan softball team won four of five games at the Elk Rapids Collegiate
tournament in Traverse City this weekend - probably a sign of the Wolverines'
upcoming success in the regular season, starting in February.
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