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The Michigan Daily - Thursday,September 17, 1998 - 13A

on'M' plate
Zy Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
Authentic huevos rancheros can be
d to come across in Ann Arbor. But
tle Michigan volleyball team may be
feasting on them as it heads to
Albuquerque this weekend for the UNM
Fournament with New Mexico, San
Diego State and Kent State.
While it may seem as though the
Wolverines' situation is ideal (who
wouldn't want to spend the weekend in
the Southwest?), Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi says that the trip will be too
tic to make it enjoyable.
We get there around 7 p.m. (today)
and will probably only watch tape,"
Giovanazzi said.. "Then we'll practice
and play New Mexico tomorrow.
Saturday we're going to face San Diego
State and Kent State, so there isn't time
to enjoy that part of the country.
"I'd really like to take them into Santa
Fe tomorrow before practice for huevos
rancheros, though. I like to do stuff like
r on road trips."
While the southwestern cuisine is a
tantalizing prospect, the Wolverines (6-1
overall) are more tempted by the idea of
ti ming home with a few victories.
"We feel like if we come out with
these three wins, we will have had a
great preseason," Giovanazzi said. "Our
opening match against New Mexico will
be tough. They're a top team that has
already faced some of the toughest com-
petition in the country."
Vhile the match against los Lobos
will be challenging, the Wolverines will
also be facing San Diego, which fin-
ished last season with a 24-6 record. The
,Toreros (5-2 overall) head to New
Mexico riding a three-game winning
"San Diego is a really good team who
i, ahead of A&M in the polls,"
Giovanazzi said. "The match should
us gauge how well we match up
with some of the top 10 teams:'
Finally, the Wolverines will face Kent
State, The match will be the first time
the Wolverines square off against the
Golden Flashes under the new leader-
,ship of head coach Mora Kanim.
Kanim was the assistant coach under
Qiovanazzi for five years. She also
played for him at UCLA where he was
an assistant coach.
"It's going to be a sentimental
Ochup against Kent State,'
Giovanazzi said. "A lot of our players
played for her, so it's going to be inter-
esting to watch."

Land o' lakes could be
treacherous for men's golf

By Evan Braunstein
Daily Sports Writer
As the members of the Michigan
men's golf team travel to Minnesota
today, they are sure to see a lot of water.
Their goal for the weekend, however,
will be to stay away from it.
Known for its lakes and not its golf
courses, Minnesota will nevertheless
host the Northern Intercollegiate tourna-
ment tomorrow and Saturday. The two-
day, 54-hole tournament is the first of
the season for the Wolverines.
The team's lineup consists of a proven
golfer in junior Michael Harris, fol-
lowed by four golfers with relatively lit-
tle experience. Sophomore Scott Hayes
played 10 rounds in 1997 and posted a
77.7 average, but junior Mike Affeldt
played in just two rounds last season.
The other two starters are freshmen
Andrew Matthews and Kyle

Michigan coach Jim Carras described
his team as inexperienced, but with the
ability to be very competitive.
Harris was the backbone of the team
last year, and will look to play the same
role this season. He averaged a 72.7 in
1997 and placed first in three tourna-
ments. In order for Michigan to be com-
petitive, however, it will need produc-
tion from its No. 2 and No. 3 spots.
"Harris is a premier player who pro-
vides consistency, but we really need
Hayes and Affeldt to play well," Carras
said. "I know the two younger guys will
make a contribution, but it might not be
The Wolverines are looking to
improve on last season's outcome, in
which they averaged 298 strokes and
failed to qualify for NCAA tournament
play. Carras set a goal of a 295 average

in hopes that the team can return o its
form during the 1996-97 season, when
they qualified for the NCAA finals.
The Northern tournament will give
the Wolverines a chance to see some of
their conference competition, as eight
other Big Ten teams will be in atten-
dance. In fact, this tournament usually
serves as a fall prelude to the BigTen-
Championships in the spring.
But Carras said he is much more'con-
cerned with the play of his own team.
"I want to make sure the kids- play
with confidence and do not rely .n
Mike (Harris) to bail them out," he said.
"The kids definitely look up to him, but
I had the feeling that they were looking
up too much. It's not fair to Harris:to
expect him to play great all the time like
he did last season. I wanted to make it
clear to the kids that he couldn't always
bail them out."

If senior Sarah Jackson is lucky, she and the rest of the Wolverines will get to
enjoy some huevos rancheros with their coach, Greg Giovanazzi, this weekend.
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