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October 2, 1997


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golf fights
the blues
By Dan Lev
For the Daily
Michigan women's golf coach Kathy
Teichert hopes there's no place like
home for the Wolverines. After two tour-
naments, Teichert hasn't been pleased
# what she's seen.
"Right now our freshman and upper-
clmssmen are not really coming through
tohere I'd like to see them be," Teichert
said. "If that continues to happen, we'll
have trouble being competitive."
Ax struggling women's golf team will
look-to get on track this weekend when
Michigan hosts its only tournament of
the year, the Wolverine Invitational.
'Two weeks ago at the Lady Northern
I2Lte at Penn State, Michigan finished a
ppointing 14th out of 16 teams. The
p6of finish was especially frustrating for
the-Wolverines, because it came a week
after a promising fifth-place perfor-
manfce at the Spartan Invitational.
Michigan's top player, Sharon Park,
has been averaging a score of 78.5 in
two-tournaments. Park finished tied for
1th place last year in the Wolverine
Invitational, but this year she hasn't been
Wjfied with her scores.
haven't been playing well, Park
s4g"What I need is to gain confidence
itOdyself. Once I do that, I'll probably
.'ark sees improvement in the
Olverines' future.
Our team has gotten off to a slow
sat, but we have a lot of potential,"
said. "This tournament is a good
ofrtunity to show that we can play
it seems that our team, like myself,
confidence. We need to play well
c to get going."
chigan has the advantage of play-
n its par-73, 5,962-yard home
cese. Knowing the course should give
fbiiigan golfers an edge.
Ve have a huge advantage playing
ea1r home course" Teichert said. "We
k the greens better than anyone else.
inow the holes. We know when you
to take a little extra club and when
greensWill hold."
rk, on the other hand, doesn't see
tdo Michigan golf course as home sweet
"It's somewhat of an advantage' Park
s. But then again, it's such a difficult
golf course that there is no way we can
match up to it ourselves.'
Michigan will be part of a 13-team
field featuring five Big Ten teams,
including last year's Wolverine
fitational tournament champion,
diana. The tournament will be played
in a six-count-four format, meaning that
six players from each team will play,
with the lowest four scores counting.
The golfers will play 36 holes Saturday
and 18 holes Sunday, beginning at 9
a.m. each day.
The six-golfer lineup will include
Park, seniors Laura Hess and Nicole
Green, redshirt freshman Jennifer
'*umann and true freshmen Amy Balliet
and Amy Talbot. Freshman Trish
Watkins won't be in the lineup this week-
end, due to a bout with mononucleosis.
- Teichert has high hopes for the tour-

-"I'd like to have' every person have
their lowest individual scores and lowest
tournament scores this weekend,"
Teichert said. "We'll do okay, we just
need to get everyone going and we'll be


spikers wake

up, sweep 'Cats
Blue improves to 3-0 in Big Ten

By Josh Klolnbaum
Daily Sports Writer
For the first five minutes, the
Michigan volleyball team struggled.
Then, the Wolverines woke up and
routed a sloppy Northwestern team, 15-
11, 15-7, 15-11.
After two Northwestern points and
14 side outs, the Wolverines (3-0 Big
Ten, 10-4 overall) finally got on the
board - and they did it in style, scor-
ing seven of the next eight points.
The Wolverines are off to their best
start in the Big Ten since 1992, when
they went 4-0. That is largely a result of
getting back to the basics - well-bal-
anced attackers combined with a strong
"This is by far the best Michigan
team I've been on," junior Sarah
Jackson said. "We play defense better
than any team I've been on. We've got
well-rounded attackers, it's not just one
or two people.'
The Wolverines made the victory
look easy, and it was, largely because
Northwestern (1-2, 10-4) was doing all
of the work for them. Thirty of the 45
points Michigan scored were a result of
errors by the Wildcats.
"We're struggling right now to play
consistent volleyball," Northwestern
coach Kevin Renshler said. "Right off
in the first game, we missed six serves.
It was a case where Michigan didn't
have to do anything."
But the Wolverines did do something
- particularly freshman outside hitter
Sarah Behnke.
Behnke has played solidly in the
absence of outside hitter Karen Chase,
who is sidelined with back injury. It
seems every week another aspect of her
game improves. First, it was her attack-
ing, then it was her passing. Last night,
it was her serving. In the second game,
the Wolverines unleashed a streak of
eight straight points on Behnke's serve,
including three consecutive aces.
"We have a rule that once you ace a
player, you keep going after that play-
er," Behnke said.
Because of that rule, Northwestern
outside hitter Jennifer Higgins was the
victim of all three of Behnke's aces.

The serving game as a whole was a
strength for the Wolverines. In games.
one and three, Michigan tried to serve
short to disrupt Northwestern's attack
"That caused them problems, and
they got sloppy," Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "In game two, Sarah
just blew them off the court."
It was almost as if two different
matches were being played. In games
one and three, the Wolverines relied on
forcing Northwestern errors and on a
solid defense, ending long rallies with
kills. In the second game, Michigan
was much more aggressive, netting
many quick points with service aces
and a strong power game, led by
Behnke's serving. Both methods
worked effectively and served to dis-
rupt the Wildcats, throwing them off-
"We have a tendency to go back to
the old ways," Renshler said. "In my
humble opinion, I don't think the old
ways are going to win.
The old ways are not going to win for
Northwestern - 30 straight Big Ten
losses before a victory this past week-
end proved that. Renshler said the old
ways are a slow style of volleyball that
fails to get the whole team involved. In
order to win, the Wildcats have to gom
around the opposition. They're not big
enough to go through them.
But the Wildcats failed to do that,
particularly in the third game. They
challenged Michigan at the net and, as
a result, got blocked nine times, six
times in the final game alone.
The key to the match was the second
game, in which the Wolverines jumped
out to a 14-4 lead, tearing the heart out
of the Wildcats. "We didn't play with a
lot of heart in game two" Renshler
Heart was something the Wolverines
didn't have to worry about, although
Giovanazzi was a little concerned that
his team might look past the game to
Michigan State tomorrow.
"Just walking into the gym tonight
and seeing the look on the players
faces, I knew that they were ready to
play tonight," Giovanazzi said.

J^"N'4 'T'Di"y
Michigan freshman outside hitter Sarah Behnke sends one of her many kills behind the Northwestern defense. Behnke also
served well in helping the Wolverines move to 3-0 in conference play.

Wolverines overcome mistakes, adversity to shine

By T.J. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
The measure of a good team is not how much
talent it has, but how it overcomes mistakes and
Mistakes and adversity have been a common
mantra for the Michigan vol-
leyball team under coach Greg
Giovanazzi. But last night's
three-game sweep of
Northwestern has the
Wolverines sporting a 3-0 con-
ference start and alone in first
place in the Big Ten.
The undefeated start, and a
seven-game winning streak
dating back to Sept. 13, has the_
Wolverines thinking that they are finally in range
of the Big Ten elite.
"What feels great is that we have a tremendous
amount of momentum right now" Giovanazzi said.
"We have corrected mistakes we made in the
beginning of the year, and we are learning to close
out games."
While the term chemistry has become so
overused in the world of sports that it is now cliche,

it has applied to the Wolverines thus far this sea-
Even with the injury to junior outside hitter
Karen Chase, Michigan has pulled together and
has seen freshman outside hitter Sarah Behnke
jump from the high-school ranks and become one
of the Wolverines' leading hitters.
"I'm just trying to take advantage of my
increased playing time and help out the team,"
Behnke said.
Another positive has been attitude. Women
remain supportive, even when they are not playing.
Senior middle blocker Darlene Recker and fresh-
man Joanne Fielder, who were instrumental in the
non-conference season, have sat the bench for the
better part of the past two weeks.
"We have the luxury this year of having a great
deal of depth," Giovanazzi said. "This year, our
depth is more concerned with seeing our team do
well than seeing themselves do well.
"Darlene and Joanne have been great in sitting
the past few weeks and putting the team in front of
themselves. They both are legitimate Big Ten vol-
leyball players."
The Wolverines will see how far they are among
the conference elite tomorrow night when in-state

rival Michigan State drives down to Keen Arena to
renew the two teams' grudge match. But in con-
trast with the past few years, Michigan has a legit-
imate claim to be among the Big Ten elite.
THE TERMINATOR: At the end of each game last
night, there was one thing in common -the
appearance of Anna Poglits. The 6-foot-4 sopho-
more outside hitter has been key off the bench late-
ly with many timely kills.
Last night was no exception, as Poglits was sec-
ond on the team with nine kills, only one behind
In last night's game, Poglits's kills were not note-
worthy due to quantity, but rather because of their
timing. In each game-point last night, Poglits was
present and delivered the fateful point.
another Linnea Mendoza milestone. Or so it
seems. The senior setter, who has become
Michigan's all-time assist leader and has broken
the 4,000 assist barrier already this season, is clos-
ing on another mark.
After a 34-assist performance last night,
Mendoza needs 19 assists to become the 17th play-
er in Big Ten history to hit the 4,125-assist mark.

game saw the return of Karen Chase, who has been
on the shelf for the past four weeks with a disc
injury in her back. Or did it?
Toward the end of the first game, Giovanazzi put
in Chase for a possible game-winning point.
Northwestern won a sideout, and Chase promptly
exited the game. She did not return.
"We wanted to get her out on the court before
Friday," Giovanazzi said. "She isn't at full strength
yet, but we can use her to block and hit some if we
need it.'
secret that there is no love lost between the
Wolverines and the Spartans. Kids growing up in
the state of Michigan are bred to love one school
and hate the other.
The same goes for out-of-state students who
attend either school. As the rivalry is set to erupt
tomorrow night, it allows one to reflect on how
they feel about their rival.
"Coming from Minnesota, at first I really didn't
care about Michigan State," Jackson said. "Ever
since I have been here, I have developed a real
hatred for them.
"I don't know why, but they really get under my

Men's cross country
searches for respect

By chaykjdata
ly Sports Writer
Montana. Where the buffalo roam and
the deer, the antelopes and the
Wolverines play.
That's right, the Michigan men's cross
country team travels to Missoula, Mont.,
this weekend, but not to play.
"If there is one thing we don't do, it's
nIav" Michigan' Chris Runt said "We

as September's athlete of the month.
Mortimer set a record at the Jayhawk
Invitational two weeks ago and finished
second last week at Illinois.
If the Wolverines are looking to
strengthen their national respect, this
weekend is the perfect time to start. The
Montana Invitational features a strong
field of teams.
Amonia some of the field featured this

The Michigani men's cross country team is on a mission to earn the
respect of the Michigan students, the media and the nation. The
Wolverines are off to a pretty good start already. Here's a few reasons why
they deserve respect.
A The Wolverines won the Jayhawk Invitational, beating a group of
Jamaicans more than five years their senior
0 Michigan placed first in the Illinois Invitational, with Kevin Sullivan and
John Mortimer finishing first and second, respectively
N Michigan was fourth in the nation last year for team grade point average.
And that's not with cheese-puff majors, either. The Wolverines major in sub-
jects from architecture to engineering
* Mortimer won Big Ten athlete of the month honors for September, after
breaking the course record at the Jayhawk
R Sullivan is Canadian. And Canadians are cool

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