6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - October 20, 1997
Pair of sweeps for
'M' volleyball: one
for, one against
Stickers rise to tast,
sweep 'Cats, Iowa
By TJ. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend at Cliff Keen Arena, the
Michigan volleyball team played the role
of both underdog and favorite.
On Friday, the Wolverines (6-2 Big
Ten, 13-6 overall) were bullied by top-
ranked Penn State, 15-5, 15-7, 15-7, but
they bounced back to sweep Indiana, 15-
6,17-15, 15-10, on Saturday.
"Considering the time of the year it is,
I'm pleased with our performance this
weekend," Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "Midterms are this
week, so that takes a toll on the team."
The University test schedule can't be
blamed for the whipping the Wolverines
received from the Nittany Lions (7-0,
Penn State demonstrated why it is the
top team in the nation, finishing with a
: .391 hitting percentage. On the other
hand, Michigan finished by hitting .211.
"I think we came out tentative tonight,
because we were playing Penn State,"
Michigan outside hitter Jeanine
Whatever tentativeness that existed
against the Nittany Lions was forgotten
the next night against the Hoosiers (3-5,
After being dominated by the 6-foot-2
k tandem of Lauren Cacciamani and Terri
Zemaitis the night before, Michigan took
advantage of a small Indiana frontline to
sweep the Hoosiers.
"The win is particularly significant,"
Giovanazzi said. "With the way Indiana
has started, it was very important to get
After smacking the Hoosiers during
the first game, the Wolverines found
themselves down, 14-7, in the second
Michigan stormed back, scoring eight
straight points to go up, 15-14. After the
Hoosiers tied the game at 15, the
Wolverines used an ace by Jane Stevens
and a kill by Szczesniak to complete the
"We were down, 14-6, to our second
team in practice on Thursday, and we
came back to win," Szczesniak said.
"That experience really helped us out
The Wolverines were far from perfect
against the Hoosiers, hitting only .210.
But Indiana only hit .151, committing 12
serving errors and giving Michigan
enough leeway for a sweep.
"We couldn't serve the ball in the
court," Indiana coach Katie Weismuller
said. "It's hard to score when you can't
keep your serve."
Szczesniak overcame the sloppiness
of the Indiana game, hitting .435 with I1
kills. Senior middle blocker Sarah
Jackson tied with Indiana's Ryann
Connors for the match lead in kills with
Junior Linsey Ebert also added 10
kills, with five coming during
Michigan's second game comeback.
No EMBARRASSMENT NEEDED: The
typical reaction when a team gets swept
off its home floor is one of shock and
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Title IX is the law of the land, the
NCAA cannot and should not seek to
enforce federal laws. Fine.
So instead of not complying with
federal legislation of gender equity
as the Star originally reported, the
NCAA is just blatantly admitting
Michigan outside hitter Jeanine Szczesniak and her Michigan volleyball teammates
endured a rough weekend, splitting games with Penn State and Indiana.
By Kurt New
This weekend, the Michigan field
hockey team was forced to stare potential
disaster in the face.
The Wolverines (4-3 Big Ten, 12-5
overall) needed to win at least one of two
road games to have any chance to capture
the Big Ten title.
While such a task may not seem
daunting at first glance, Michigan had
lost three games in a row and was finish-
ing a physically and emotionally exhaust-
ing five-game road trip. The stage
seemed to be set for the Wolverines to
join the list of also-rans who dwell on
what could have been. Only no one
remembered to tell the Michigan players.
Instead of collapsing under the pres-
sure, Michigan rose to the challenge and
won both games, beating Northwestern,
2-0, on Friday and Iowa, 3-2, yesterday.
The match against Iowa was especial-
ly dramatic. Michigan beat Iowa (4-3, 8-
6) for the second time this season -
before this year the Wolverines had never
beaten Iowa in team history.
lowa jumped out to an early lead, scor-
ing just 10 minutes into the game. But the
Wolverines refused to let the Hawkeyes
gain momentum, answering with a goal
by junior Amy Philbrook less than four
The score remained tied until early in
the second half, when Iowa again took
the lead on a goal by the lHawkeyes' lead-
ing scorer Kerry Lessard.
Once again Michigan bore down and
responded to the challenge. Senior mid-
fielder Julie Flachs tied the game on a
penalty corner with 19:14 remaining.
The game appeared headed for over-
time until Flachs, who has b~uic s4n-
onymous with clutch goal,, st,; again.
With six seconds remaining;Michigan
was awarded a penalty comer nd i
ensuing action Iowa committed a foul
inside the circle, giving M higari a
penalty corner with no timeremaining.
Not surprisingly, Flachs was selected to
take the shot, which she prompty blasted
past Iowa goalie Lisa Cellucci to winthe
game for Michigan.
On Friday, Michigan put an end to its
longest losing streak of the season beat-
ing Northwestern (2-4, 6-9) behind a
brilliant performance by goalkeeper;
Helber. Helber made seven saves for ler
first shutout in Big Ten play.
Despite Helber's excellence,ff1e game
was in doubt for almost the entire game.
After a scoreless first half, Flachs gave
the Wolverines all the cushion they
would need with an unassisted goal with
Junior Loveita Wilkinson squashed
any hopes Northwestern had of a dra-
matic comeback goal, icing the ge
with just under 10 minutes to play.
The weekend was marked by spectac-
ular individual performances, both
expected and unexpected. On the expect-
ed side, there was Flachs, whose three
goals for the weekend not only helped
propel Michigan to two victories, but
made her the Michigan record holder for
On the unexpected side, there was
Philbrook, who had played sparingl,-1l
season after playing in every game t
season. When presented with an opportu-
nity this weekend, however, Philbrook
made the most of it, scoring a goal and
recording three assists.
embarrassment. But when a team gets
swept by Penn State as the Wolverines
did on Friday, relief is the more prevalent
Not only are the Nittany Lions the top-
ranked team in the country, they are per-
haps the most well-rested team as well.
In going 18-0 thus far this season. Penn
State has swept 13 games and has not
had to play a five-game match this whole
Penn State's domination is even more
impressive considering that the Nittany
Lions don't play teams like the
Albuquerque School of Music.
In fact, Penn State's schedule is
arguably one of the toughest in the
So far this season, the Nittany Lions
that it is breaking the law.
So much for Smith and Dempsey's
assertion that one of the NCAA's
ideals is "the importance of ethical
conduct in every endeavor."
As for maintaining high academic
standards for athletes, the NCAA has
yet to realize that standardized test-
ing like the ACT and the SAT are not
accurate measures of academic
have beaten No. 4 Stanford twice, No. 8
Wisconsin, No. 9 Nebraska and No. I I
Texas. The Nittany Lions also have an
undefeated record in the Big Ten - one
of the most competitive conferences in
And the results only scratch the sur-
face of the domination that Penn State
Two weeks ago, Team USA traveled
to State College. The Nittany Lions treat-
ed the national team rudely, sending
them home with a beating, 15-8, 15-13,
It looks as if the Nittany Lions will be
around for the NCAA championships in
December. And if things keep up, you'll
just maybe see them traveling to Sydney
in a few years for the Olympics.
Educational Testing Services, the
group which administers the SAT,
tries to dissuade the NCAA from
using its test as a point of reference.
Yet time and time again, the
NCAA stands behind its policy.
The NCAA says that it is "com-
mitted to the success of the student
athlete, both in the classroom and in
the field of play."
According to the Kansas City
Star's report, it is quite a way from
- To see the Kansas City Star's
cornipiele six-part series along with
its databases, research and the
NCAA s res.'aonse to the report, go to
htt p:iwww ncaa.org/kcstar.
Alan Goldenbach can be reached
over e-mail at email@example.com.
In two games this weekend against Iowa and Northwestern, Michigan faced a bet-
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