The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 16, 1998 - 9B
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ICHIGAN (-3) vs. Wisconsin
PENN STATE (-24) vs. Northwestern
TENNESSEE (-10) vs. Arkansas
Florida State (-26) vs. WAKE FOREST
FLORIDA (-31) vs. South Carolina
Purdue (-1.5) vs. MICHIGAN STATE
INDIANA (-4) vs. Minnesota
TEXAS A&M (-5.5) vs. Missouri
Ohio State (-25) vs. IOWA
KANSAS STATE (-10) vs. Nebraska, tie
CLA (-7.5) vs. WASHINGTON
OREGON (even) vs. Arizona State
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By Michael Shafrir
Daily Sports Writer
Weekends in college are supposed to
be fun. Just don't tell that to the
Michigan volleyball team.
Time after time, the Wolverines have
headed into a weekend of Big Ten con-
ference play with high expectations.
But, Michigan hasn't met these expecta-
tions too often this season.
The Wolverines proved consistent
when they traveled to 20th-ranked
Illinois and unranked Purdue.
But as the Wolverines previously
learned, there is a huge difference
between goals and reality.
Michigan (4-12 Big Ten, 12-14 over-
all) dropped both matches. Illinois
downed the Wolverines 15-13, 15-7, 15-
3, while Purdue took care of Michigan
15-8, 7-15, 16-14, 15-11.
As in previous losses, Michigan's
defense struggled. Purdue racked up 87
kills and a .396 hitting percentage.
The poor play on defense effectively
countered one of the Wolverines' best
offensive performances of the season.
Against the Boilermakers, Michigan
registered season highs in kills (83), hit-
ting attempts (187), assists (78) and ser-
vice aces with 12.
Freshman setter Shannon Melka con-
tinued her impressive play, recording a
career-high 44 assists against Illinois
only to shatter that with an incredible 69
assists against Purdue.
Fellow freshman Annie Maxwell also
set a career best with nine kills against
Purdue, while hitting .571 for the match.
Michigan continued a disturbing trend
that has plagued the team all season.
The Wolverines haven't been able to win
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Illinois pulled out two games 15-13,
while against Purdue the Wolverines led
14-10 in the third game, only to lose 16-
14 and the match in four games.
"We really played one of our better
overall matches," Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi said in a released statement.
"But we blew a 14-10 lead and that was
really the key point of the match."
Sophomore Sarah Behnke had a
career-high 27 kills against Purdue. It
was only the second time in the Big Ten
season that someone other than Karen
Chase led the team in kills.
"Behnke and Chase were outstanding
again. Especially Behnke, who was
unbelievable with 27 kills and another
double-double," Giovanazzi said.
The two losses also effectively take
the Wolverines out of any probable post-
season tournament consideration.
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SOUTH BEND - Michigan soccer coach Debbie
Belkin was hoping her team could put its experience to
use as it entered second-round NCAA tournament
Belkin wanted to capitalize on the experience it
gained by winning its first NCAA tournament contest
earlier in the week, returning to the NCAA tournament
for the second time in as many years and on the team's
1-0 loss several weeks ago to yesterday's opponent,
4 Notre Dame.
Yet as the Irish wrapped up a 3-0 win over No. 18
Michigan at Alumni Field, it became clear that it was
the tournament-savvy Notre Dame squad that finally
asserted its experience.
"We were not afraid of Notre Dame one bit," Belkin
said. "We knew we were playing a final four caliber
team, and they would demonstrate their experience, but
lwe were confident. We wouldn't back down."
Despite their confidence, the Wolverines fell behind
*n Monica Gerado slipped a shot past Michigan net-
minder Carrisa Stewart off a corner kick to put Notre
bame ahead at 21:11 in the first half.
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efensively. I think they work very hard at it, and 38
they're good at it." Gu
In the second half, the Wolverines got back into afr
tgame behind the shooting of freshman guard aft
Ayne Ingram and the post play of sophomore cen- I
ter Alison Miller. ga
"We came back in the second half and finally got des
the lead under double figures,"Guevara said. "I just an
kept thinking if we could only get a three. But, we I
couldn't buy a basket.' ga
In that half, the Wolverines took 20 more shots I
than the Commodores, but that didn't matter. Both ch
teams scored 30 points after the break. a:
But there's something to be said for the alt
.1verines' emotional level."
"I have to give them credit," Guevara said. "We Fo
didn't quit and we played hard for 40 minutes. I was sta
pleased with the way we went to the boards in the Thi
second half." ba
Ingram's play and the Wolverine defense were the af
The Irish managed another score just prior to half-
time as senior Shannon Boxx gave the Irish a 2-0 lead
on a shot that sailed r'ver Stewart's head, finding the
center of the net with just five minutes remaining.
"After those first two scores we really tried to tighten
things up," Belkin said. "Leading 2-0 is always real dan-
gerous because some teams tend to get complacent, but
to Notre Dame's credit they hung on and didn't let up."
Protecting its 2-0 lead, the Irish defense flexed its
muscle in the second half, holding Michigan to without
a shot in the game's final 55 minutes.
Instead, the Big East champions managed another
score as Gerardo found the back of the net for her 71st
career goal. Coming off a feed from Boxx, Gerardo
scored from the left side at the 77:04 mark, notching
Notre Dame's third and final goal in what would prove
to be Notre Dame's 36th straight win over a Big Ten
"We knew in the second half we would have to play
more as a unit," senior Vanessa Lewis said. "We knew
that if we played more focused and more together, we
would be OK. Unfortunately things didn't work for us."
Lewis anchored a defensive effort that held one of
the most potent offensive teams in the country to only a
ghtest spots in what was otherwise an unspectac-
ar game. Ingram led all scorers with 17 points in
"I don'tthink Alayne played like a freshman,"
uevara said. "She was very aggressive, she's not
aid to shoot the ball and thank God she's not
But though there were a few positives in the
me, 'sloppy' is perhaps the best adjective to
scribe it overall. Both teams missed easy shots
d gave up quick turnovers.
But those are often characteristics of early season
This season there have been a number of rule
anges in Division I basketball. Also included was
schedule change that starts the regular season
most two weeks prior to last year's start.
"It's ridiculous that we're playing this early,"
ster said. "This was a great game, but we should
art October 15th and not be allowed to play till
hanksgiving. Otherwise you're going to see ugly
sketball games. You can't play pretty basketball Anne
er three weeks.' ball1
single score when Michigan hosted Notre Dame Oct.
Lewis said that Irish team differed very little from the
one that bested Michigan yesterday.
"They hadn't changed from when we played them
earlier, and we were confident that we knew what we
needed to do to win," Lewis said. "The difference is this
time their shots just connected.."
Despite the disheartening realization that the season
had ended, Belkin said she was optimistic about the
strides her program made this season.
"I think that things will continue to improve for us,"
Belkin said. "Each year as we go a little further, we see
improvement, and recruits notice those types of things.
It's no secret that the best players want to play at the best
schools, and I think we are working towards that."
And as Lewis walked off the field for the final time
yesterday, she said she, too, was proud of the example
she and her senior teammates set.
"The reality of being down hasn't yet hit me," Lewis
said. "But I can say that we are proud of the legacy we
leave behind. We brought leadership, communication,
and dedication and I am happy with how we are leaving
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Young 'M' wrestlers
by Chris Grandstaff
Daily Sports Writer
The underclassmen of the
Michigan wrestling team gained "a
little more confidence and a lot more
experience" this weekend at the
McMullen Open in Muskegon, Mich.
The Wolverines had several
fight division champions at the
event. Freshmen Mike Kulcyki,
Charles Martelli, Kyle Smith and
Matt Brink all took first in their
respective weight classes.
"All of our champions were
aggressive," Michigan assistant Kirk
Trost said. "I was happy that they
didn't give their opponents a chance
to come back in any of the matches."
The Wolverine grapplers were not
*owed any University of Michigan
affiliation because the McMullen
Open was only a scrimmage, and did
not count toward the team's record.
But the absense of 'Michigan' on
their uniforms didn't stop these
Wolverines from performing well.
"Overall the guys performed well
on their own," Trost said. "Even the
guys who didn't place, got good
experience because some guys had to
compete in as many as eight match-
The McMullen Open, which
began after an hour-long delay, lasted
from 10:30 Saturday morning until 9
- unusually long for most tourna-
"The length of the tournament
was a little unusual, but good," Trost
said. "Because of its length our
endurance was really tested."
Trost seemed encouraged that the
Wolverines were learning from prac-
"The things we work on in prac-
tice were evident in Muskegon.
Everyone showed good conditioning.
This tournament was a good chance
to see where the younger guys are."
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