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8--The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 30, 1998

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By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan's senior volleyball class
of five ended its career quietly, los-
ing its final two matches.
The current seniors opened their
initial Big Ten season four years ago
with victories against Purdue and
Northwestern, but lost the last two of
their final season against eighth-
ranked powerhouse Wisconsin and
conference cellar-dweller Iowa.
"I think the seniors were disap-
pointed to go out with a losing week-
end," junior defensive specialist
Maggie Cooper said. "They've given
a lot to our team ... I think they were
disappointed with this season."
Wisconsin put Michigan away
quickly, 15-5, 15-7, 15-4, dropping
the Wolverines to 4-16 in conference
play - 10th in the Big Ten - and
12-18 overall.
The Badgers contained Michigan's
offense, holding outside hitter Karen
Chase to five kills for the match and
the team to a .010 hitting percentage.
Michigan outside hitter Joanna
Fielder led the team with seven kills.
Leading the Wolverines with
seven digs and 23 assists, freshman
setter Shannon Melka paced
Michigan's offense. But the
Wolverines couldn't overcome
Wisconsin's 22-kill advantage.
Melka "ran the middle attack real-
ly well," Cooper said. "She took
charge of our offense. She did a good
job."
The loss to Iowa did have a silver
lining.
All-time kill leader Karen Chase
set her fourth Michigan record by
spiking 33 kills, breaking former
Wolverine Shannon Brownlee's
school record of 30 in a match.
"She was on fire," Cooper said.
"She hit around their block, and she
would show angle and hit line. They
could not block her."
The outside hitter also led the team
in hitting percentage with a .429 and
had three serving aces.
The Wolverines lost in five games
of their 2 1/2-hour match, (10-15,
11-15, 15-101 15-8, 9-15). For the
second time this season, Michigan
came back from a two-game deficit
only to lose in the fifth and final
game.
"We played really well in the third
and fourth games," Cooper said.

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Joanna Fielder and the Michigan volleyball team finished out a disappointing sea-
son by dropping a pair of matches to Iowa and Wisconsin on the road.

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"Then in the fifth game we just start-
ed out a little slow and got behind in
rally score. Chase hit really well and
Linsey blocked really well."
But Chase wasn't the only
Wolverine to thrive. Sophomore set-
ter Alija Pittenger contributed a per-
sonal-best 80 assists - also a team
record - and added a team-leading
20 digs.
Alija "did really well," Cooper
said. "She played great defense, set
a lot of balls, had some blocks. She
did really well."
Linsey Ebert also led the team in
blocks with seven of the 10 that
Michigan threw back. Sophomores
Sarah Behnke and
Joanna Fielder also had above-
average matches for the Wolverines
with 19 and 16 kills, respectively.

The Wolverines also set team sea-
son highs with 87 assists, 91 kills
and 230 kill attempts.
Despite the losses, Chase closed
out a record-setting career. In addi-
tion to the single match kill record,
the senior holds Michigan records
for all-time kills with 1,261, hittin
percentage (.268) and single mate
hitting percentage (.808).
Linsey Ebert also ends her career
with the school record for block
assists, 305.
The Wolverines finished out their
season 1-12 versus ranked oppo-
nents, with their only win coming
against then-No. 22 Minnesota.
They also ended up 11-6 versus
unranked opponents, with all the
losses coming during the Big T
season.

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