12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 1, 1998
No goals in almost 400
minutes? Iowa visits 'M'
Volleyball looks to
break into top 25
Vaughn R. Kiug
Daily Sports Writer
- If poor play continues to follow the
Wolverines' next opponents when they
come to Ann Arbor this weekend, the No.
24 Michigan soccer team is in luck.
Iowa and Minnesota, the Wolverines'
opponents tomorrow and Sunday,
respectively, combined for an 0-4 record
and scored just one goal between them
last week. Not scoring last weekend rep-
resented a meager slump for Iowa (0-3
Big Ten, 5-3-1 overall).
The Hawkeyes have gone over 396
:minutes withouta BigTen goal,theirlast
coming Oct. 17 - of 1997. During that
seat nri nti na
season Iowa scored in just two confer-
The Hawkeyes do not score, quite
simply, because they do not shoot.
During their loss to Wisconsin this past
Sunday, Iowa fired just six shots on goal
and launched only two corner kicks.
"We are hungry to play again after last
weekend's tough losses, Iowa coach
Stephanie Gabbert said in a written state-
ment. "We know we can play with the
best teams in the conference."
Despite the obvious weaknesses of an
Iowa program in its second season, the
Wolverines are not overlooking the
"Our focus in practice today was
Iowa, we are treating them as a serious
threat;standout defenderVanessa Lewis
said. "Complacency is dangerous. No
matter how poor their record is, it only
still only takes one kick to scorea goal."
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin recog-
nizes the strengths of the Iowa squad
despite the lack of offensive productivity.
"Iowa is a really aggressive team who
plays with a lot of intensity. They do a
good job of applying pressure all game."
The Wolverines, in turn, have a game
plan in store to counteract Iowa's tenden-
cy to overcommit on opponents.
"We are going to try to stretch them
out as much as possible" Belkin said.
As for Minnesota (1-2-0 Big Ten, 5-
3-0 overall), the Wolverines are hoping
to claim their first win over the defend-
The Michigan soccer team starts a big weekend by hosting Iowa tomorrow.
Minnesota visits on Sunday.
ing Big Ten champions. The Gophers
are 5-0 versus Michigan, 2-0 in Ann
Minnesota has several offensive
threats, one of which - forward Laurie
Seidl - leads the nation in both points-
per-game and goals-per-game.
While Seidl poses a clear threat to the
defense, Lewis will not build a game
plan around the star foreword.
"I will not let her intimidate me. My
focus as a defender is always the same,
shut every player down."
Speaking for her team, Lewis reveals
the confidence Michigan will bring to
the field against the Gophers.
"We really feel that Minnesota is beat-
able. In the past, no matter what we did,
we could not beat them. This time
around, we are not intimidated at all."
By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team will
make a road trip this weekend to take
on the up-and-coming programs of
Northwestern and Indiana. Both are
senior-led teams with deep benches.
All three teams are trying to break
into the top 25 and the upper echelon
of the ultra-competitive Big Ten.
First up will be Northwestern. The
Wildcats share a few similarities
with the Wolverines. Northwestern
boasts a 7-3 (1-1 Big Ten) record that
includes three losses to top 25 teams.
Michigan also has three losses to top
25 teams, and each team has lost to
Texas this season.
Northwestern is led by senior
Jessica Holloway, who has started at
left outside hitter for the past three
years. In that time she has led the
team in kills twice and has surpassed
the 1,000-kill milestone. She has
also led the team in digs for the past
Senior Sharon Fisk also stands in
the way of victory for the Wolverines
tomorrow. She, on the right side, is
the other outside hitter who can
cause some major problems for
Michigan's attack. The fifth-year
player was the only one to record
100 blocks in a season for five
straight seasons for the Wildcats.
Although Northwestern lost both
matches to Michigan last year, this
year's team is a much-improved ver-
sion of last year's squad. All IlI let-
terwinners return for Northwestern
making this team an NCAA-tourna-
Michigan has been experimenting
with several lineups in the past cou-
ple matches. Several players who
have not seen much playing time
during the nonconference schedule
saw considerable playing time at the
beginning of the Big Ten season.
These players include fifth-year
senior and defensive specialist
Cheerena Tennis, and sophomore
outside hitter Sarah Behnke - both
major contributors last season -
along with sophomore middle hitter
Annie Maxwell and freshman out-
side hitter Nicole Kacor.
"I'm just not going to live and die
with one lineup," said Michsigan
coach Greg Giovanazzi. "We have
too many talented people. There's a
lot of pure competition with a lotof
people who are very close at,9*
Giovanazzi has also said that he
intends to rotate these players it idnd
out until he finds a lineup that fits
his game plan.
Next for the Wolverines willjbe
Indiana in the Wolverines first fttl-
vised match of the season The
match will be tape-delayed until
Sunday at 4 p.m. on Fox Spdot
Chicago. The actual starting time for
the match will be 7 p.m. on Saturd''
Indiana also has a team similar
Michigan's - only about a year
behind. The Hoosiers are lediby
three seniors and have a strong s -
porting cast of five juniors --just
like Michigan had last year.
The Hoosiers are ranked No. 28in'
the nation. They're also No. 3 in the
NCAA District 2 Regional PolH;
Michigan is No. 7 in the District
Senior Jen Magelson holdsthe
Indiana school records for setvfce
aces and digs. She is also has 1,177
kills putting her fifth on the schcdT's
list - 204 from the record. Rfathn'
Conners also poses a threat forithe
Wolverines, and with a 4.11 kills-
per-game average is ninth in the Big
Kristina Sanderson is also a f4 '
to be reckoned with a .241 atta k
percentage, and she ranks sixth
the league in assists.
Indiana has also been known for'
misleading fast starts. The Hougies
started last season 15-0 before drp-
ping 15 of the last 18 matches' fthe
season to finish eighth in the'0g
Ten. The Hoosiers are 8-4 this-sa-
son with a 1-I Big Ten record.X.-,
Giovanazzi is optimistic about his
team's chances on the road trip. T
Wolverines are 5-1 on the road tlhW
season, and seem to match up evenly
with both Northwestern and Indiana:
This is "a great opportunity to-gets
back on track," Giovanazzi said.
"We're going to play teams, if we get
back on track, (that) we're going to
have good matches with." ,^
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