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Ray returns to
face Penn State
By Sharat
Daily Sports Editor
Six weeks have passed. The midway point of the season
came and went. That means two things - Marcus Ray can
play and the real season begins.
The Michigan safety, after being suspended by the
University and the NCAA for involvement with a sports
agent last summer, returns to the 22nd-ranked Wolverines
and begins tomorrow against No. 9 Penn State.
A lot has happened since then. The Wolverines won all six
of their games despite sloppy play and conditions. The total
defense improved from 96th in the country to 14th. The
Wdlverines have reemerged into the national picture.
Now Ray - who was relieved of his tri-captain title fol-
lowing his suspension - will join a unit which has literally
carried the Wolverines in the last four games.
Marcus "has had a good attitude towards all this,"
Michigan cornerback Andre Weathers said. "He's ready to
But that's about all anyone has heard about Ray. How
:much will he impact the defense? How much will he play?
Will he play at all?
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr has the answers but also has
been tight-lipped about the whole situation. At the weekly
Big Ten media teleconference, Carr refused to comment
asbout Ray at all.
Regardless of whether or not Ray will have an impact, the
Wolverines (5-0 Big Ten, 6-2 overall) have much more to
worry about. Namely, Penn State (3-1, 6-1).
"This year Penn State is a lot better than last year,"
Weathers said. "Their defense is attacking, their offense is
moving the ball. We have to have a total team effort in order
to overcome Penn State."
Everyone remembers last season's game, billed by the
media as 'Judgment Day.' No. I Penn State, undefeated and
playing in the friendly confines of Beaver Stadium, were
embarrassed by a confident Charles Woodson-led Michigan,
But with Woodson's departure from the secondary after
last season, the defensive backs have had difficulty in regain-
ing that swagger
"From the beginning, we have improved a lot since then,"
Weathers said. "We're coming together and we're improving
every game."
But the Wolverines haven't played a challenging opponent
since Ray left after the Notre Dame game.
"A lot of people counted us out because we lost the first
two games early," Weather-said. "And we struggled here and
there but one good thing is that we believe in ourselves and
.that's all that matters."

Stickers to change
ways at Big Tens
M' hopes to clinch first-ever NCAA bid.

The Michigan defense has had a vise-like grip on opposing offenses during the Big Ten season. Penn
State's defense is no slouch either, which could lead to a low-scoring game tomorrow.
Showdown hard tic

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
One year ago, the Michigan field
hockey team had won five straight
games going into the Big Ten tourna-
ment in Iowa City.
Its breakthrough season gave the
Wolverines a regular season confer-
ence title and an opportunity at for
their first shot to qualify for the
NCAA tournament.
The Wolverines were given a sec-
ond seed, a first-round bye and a
second-round matchup against the
winner of Ohio State/Northwestern
But the '97 dream season came to
an end sooner then the players would
have liked.
They defeated the Buckeyes, but
fell to a stronger Penn State team in
the finals to lose their chance at their
first NCAA berth.
A year later, a more experienced
Michigan team (7-3 Big Ten, 14-5
overall) is ready to take on the chal-
lenge again. The stage is set pretty
much the same as last year.
Michigan was edged out of the
regular season title by losing its final
game to Iowa, but has been able to
hold on to that second seed and the
first round bye.
Tomorrow at 2 p.m. in East
Lansing, the Wolverines will once
again face either the Buckeyes or the
Wildcats, neither of which Michigan
has lost to this season.
The Wolverines eventually could
take on the first-seeded Nittany
Lions again, but with what the

Wolverines hope is a different out-
"Penn State really deserves to be
in the finals," Michigan coach
Marcia Pankratz said. "We would
love that challenge, but it would be
nice just to be able to get there."
Penn State's first round match pits
the Nittany Lions against a blazing
Iowa team or hometown favorite
Michigan State, neither of which
would be an easy game.
"Michigan State always play
exceptionally well at home, and Iowa
is on a hot streak right now,"
Pankratz said.
But, whomever Michigan faces,
the Wolverines are working hard this,
week so that next week they can be:
on their way to their first NCAA
"Our corner really needs to be
sharper," Pankratz said. "We need to
play our style of game. Our defens
is one of the best in the nation anA
the senior captains will lead the team
by their examples."
Last year provided a lot of experi-
ence for the upperclassmen, and that
experience is what the team is look-
ing to in high-pressure situations.
The conference final isn't good
enough for this year's team - a
championship is more in order.
That experience, combined with
large, very talented group of fresh-
men, is what the Wolverines are
counting on this weekend. The stage'
is set the same as it was a year ago.
but the Wolverines are planning on
changing the finale.

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
For a football game in the always predictable
Big Ten, tomorrow's Michigan-Penn State affair is
anything but easily read.
Visiting Penn State is favored by 3 points.
And now for the matchups. Drumroll, please.
This isn't too difficult. Michigan lost 23 yards
on the ground last week. So instead of running on
speedy turf, Michigan will run on possibly wet
grass. Yeah, that should help the stats.
There's a reason Penn State's called Linebacker
U. Between Butkus Award semifinalists Brandon
Short and LeVar Arrington, the Penn State defen-
sive line is stifling.
With three defensive backs standing 5-foot-9
or shorter and the fourth towering at 5-l1, Tai
Streets' eyes are widening. His current advantage

- that he's better than anyone else he faces - is
only secondary to the height advantage.
Last season, Curtis Enis was the workhorse for
the Penn State offense. But Enis is no longer
around and Cordell Mitchell is carrying the load.
He's improving, but definitely no Enis.
Sam Sword is well on his way to another tack-
le title for the Wolverine defense and the return of
Ian Gold has been a pleasant surprise.
Last week, Penn State wide receiver Chafie
Fields caught only three passes against Illinois. But
as Michigan has seen on the game film, they were
bombs, totaling 115 yards. Fields is a major threat,
but Michigan's secondary is fortified with Marcus
Ray's return.
See MATCHUPS, Page 9

Spikers face crucial
game against Gophers


The University of Michigan
School of Music
Friday, November 6
Faculty Recital
Yizhak Schotten, viola
Erling Blondal Bengtsson, cello;
Katherine Collier, piano
" W.F. Bach: Sonata in c minor for viola and piano
" Shostakovich: Sonata in d minor for cello and piano, Op. 40
" Beethoven: Duo for viola and cello with eyeglass obligato
" Brahms: Trio in a minor for viola, cello and piano, Op. 114
Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Bldg., 8 p.m.
Peter Sparling Dance Company
Robert Conway, piano
Nephelie Andonyadis, constume designer
" Sparling/Bolcom: Twelve New Etudes World Premiere
" Julianne O'Brien Pederson: Port World Premiere
Media Union Video Studio, 8p.m.
[Admission $17; students $10
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Peter Sparling Dance Company
Robert Conway, piano
Nephelie Andonyadis, constume designer
o Sparling/Bolcom: Twelve New Etudes
" Julianne O'Brien Pederson: Port
Media Union Video Studio, 8 p.m.
[Admission $17; students $10
For tickets phone 764-0450; for information phone 747-8885]
Sunday, November 8
Horn Studio Class
Students of Bryuan Kennedy perform horn repertory
Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Bldg., 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 9
Guest Recital
Mark Moore, tuba; Eric Dalheim, piano
* music by John Williams, Mahler, Powell, Hartley, Wilhelm
McIntosh Theatre, E. V. Moore Bldg., 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10
Piano Master Class
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Bldg., 7 p.m.
Harpsichord Studio Recital
Students of Edward Parmentier perform harpsichord repertory
Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, E. V. Moore Bldg., 8 p.m.
University Philharmonia Orchestra
Rossen Milanov, guest conductor
" music by Haydn and Shostakovich
Hill Auditorium, 8p.m.
Thursday, November 12 - Sunday, November 15
Opera Department Performance
Verdi: La Traviata
Martin Katz, conductor; Heinar Piller, stage director
Power Center, 8 p.m. (Thurs. - Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.)
Admission $18, $14; for more information phone 734-764-0450
Events are free, no tickets required and are wheelchair
accessible unless otherwise specified. The E.V. Moore Bldg. is
located at 1100 Baits Drive, North Campus. For more information
phone (734) 764-0594 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. 5 p.m.

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By Urns Subramanian
Daily Sporns Wniter
Though the Michigan volleyball
team may hove foiled in its quest to
capture "State Pride," against she
Spartans on Wednesday, the ultimate
treasure - an NCAA tournament
bid - is still within reach.
In fote, she Wolverines (4-9 Big
Ten, 12-I1 overall) are in the thick of
the hunt. Six teams from the Big Ten
will likely get bids; of those,
Michigan State, Penn State,
Wisconsin and Illinois ore all but
guaranteed post-season play, thanks
so their overall records.
Five other teams ore bottling for
the last two spots, and they're all
within one game of each other.
,"We hove ~a lsicso tge
coach Greg Giovanazzi said. But
"we have to get the Minnesota
If she first matchup of the season
was any indication, the Wolverines
could get she much needed victory
tomorrow night in Minneapolis.
Senior Karen Chase, who set the
Cliff Keen Arena record for kills
against Minnesota in October, is
still on a roll. Wednesday night, she

became Michigan's all-time kills
leader with 1,126.
"Karen establishing that mark was
remarkable," Giovanazzi said. "She's
been reliable all season and has been
doing a great job for us."
The largest threat the Wolverine
face this weekend will appear in the
form of Nicole Branaugh, who weit
to high school with Chase.
"They have similar style."
Giovanazzi said. "I think Minnesota
will be keying in on Karen a lot, so
we have to try to change it up to give
her some chances."
Giovanazzi said that he expects
the match to be a long, drawn-out
event because the Wolverines and th
Gophers are quite evenly matched.
"I see a good rematch this week-
end," Giovanazzi said. "They're at
home, so I think we'll see a little bet-
ter ball handling on their part. I
imagine it would be a long match
that could go to five games."
The last time the Wolverines
played in Minneapolis, they came
away with a 3-2 victory. But that was
in late September.9
When Michigan visits the Twin"
Cities this time, the stakes will be a
lot higher.



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