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Rain delays 'Wimbledon West'
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in the first set. The second set lasted
1 hour, 1l minutes.
The second set was tied 5-5 when
Williams and Pierce played the game of
the match. It lasted 13 minutes, 57 sec-
onds and ended when Williams con-
verted her seventh break point to take a
Pierce broke right back and took a 4-
1 lead in the tiebreaker, but didn't get
another point in the match.
Already overshadowed by Mark
McGwire's chase for the home-run
record, the tournament almost had its
Labor Day showcase washed away as
thunderstorms and strong winds gave
the courts all the charm of a car wash.
With tornadoes touching down near-
by, players were forced offtthe courts as
the sky turned pitch black in mid-after-
noon. By the time they returned, the
temperature had dropped 22 degrees -
from 89 to 67.
"It was a scary sight, it was like
green out there," Sampras said of the
stormy sky. "Maybe it was going to rain
The rain returned at night, delaying
some matches by an additional half
The earlier batch of bad weather
came just after the day's biggest sports
moment, McGwire's 61st homer in St.
Louis. The feat was not announced to
the tennis crowd, although a big roar
could be heard from Shea Stadium
across the subway tracks, where the
Mets were playing Atlalnta.
The only singles match completed
before the rain was a marathon fourth-
round women's contest in which No. 13
Coetzer slammed a backhand passing
shot down the line on match point to
win 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 over No. 7 Conchita
With Coetzer and Martinez engaging
in long baseline rallies and occasional-
ly hitting moonballs, the match lasted 2
hours, 39 minutes. One game had 28
points, including l1I deuces, and con-
sumed more than 20 minutes. The sec-
ond set alone, at 1:16. was only one
minute shorter than the entire Sampras-
Michigan volleyball team opened its season with an impressive sweep at the Georgetown Acumen Classic. The
rines look to continue the streak this weekend as they host the Al-Sport Classic at Cliff Keen Arena.
olleyball'set' for strong season
ly Jon Zemke
ally Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team
earched for respect in its break-
gh season last year. This fall, the
o verines look to establish that
espect as a fixture in the program's
uture. They want to take the step from
Bing an up-and-coming program to
Bing a perennial power in the Big Ten
nd the country.
"It was a breakthrough season,"
ihigan coach Greg Giovanazzi said.
The (senior) class was solid."
ichigan started off on the right
y earning a 3-0 record to begin
he '98 campaign. The wins came en
oute to winning the Georgetown
cumen Classic in Washington, D.C.,
in Sept. 4 and 5. Michigan handed
taryland its first regular season loss
inec the '96 season. The Wolverines
Ito defeated Temple, which had fallen
Michigan in the first round of the
4CAA tournament last season.
The Wolverines can credit a deep
r6*xperienced unit returning many
ey players from last year's squad.
lere's a look at the team from each
OUTSIDE HITTER: This will be
ichigan's strong suit for the '98 sea-
on. Michigan returns five letter win-
ers from last year's team including
l-Big Ten honorable mention Karen
hase. The senior recovered from a
ung disc injury early last season to
average 3.95 kills a game and a .266
"Chase is the go-to player as far as
attacking," said Giovanazzi. "She is a
Captain Jane Stevens also returns
with fellow senior Jeanine Szczcnick.
"They handle all of the serves and
are two of our best servers,"
Junior Anne Poglits, the tallest
member of the team at 6-feet-4, and
sophomore Sarah Behnke will both
receive serious playing time at the
position. Sophomore C.C. Pryor will
also look to contribute, with freshmen
Amy Decines, Nicole Kacor and Jenny
DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST: More com-
monly know as the utility player, the
defensive specialist is looked upon to
contribute a very important role in this
year's team. A majority of this respon-
sibility will fall on the shoulders of
fifth-year senior Chereena Tennis.
Tennis is the marquee player in this
area by being a very aggressive passer,
digger and server.
Maggie Cooper will challenge
Tennis for more playing time. Cooper
has been praised by Giovanazzi for her
fearlessness on the court. Shawna
Olson also looks to chip in this season.
SETTER: With the departure of all-
Big Ten setter Linnea Mendoza, the
position is the deepest hole to fill for
Michigan. So coach Giovanazzi decid-
ed to use an interesting explanation for
such a problem. He'll replace his
departed all-everything setter with two
players - sophomore Alija Pittenger
and freshman Shannon Melka.
Mendoza "was a great setter,"
Giovanazzi said. "We tackled (replac-
ing Mendoza) by splitting time
between" Pittenger and Melka.
Junior Carrie Ricker looks to com-
pete for playing time also.
MIDDLE BLOCKER: The Wolverines
also endured a loss at this position in
the offseason, with the graduation of
all-Big Ten honorable mention Sarah
Jackson. But replacing her will not be
a problem with senior Linsey Ebert
ready to step in and lead the team.
Ebert holds the single season
Michigan block record, with 132 last
Joanna Fielder and Annie Maxwell
will contest for time to back up Ebert
this season. Fielder, a sophomore, is
an imposing blocker at 6-feet-3.
Maxwell, who was a redshirt freshman
last season, will also look to see her
first action in a Michigan uniform.
Giovanazzi said that he looks at this
team to be very poised and very confi-
dent in the way they play.
"They don't get ruffled and they
keep their composure," Giovanazzi
The Wolverines have begun to reas-
sure that confidence with their fast
start this season.
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