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SportsMonday, October 25. 1999

Dii!v - 78

spikers play welb
not well enough to win

Oct. 29th at Iowa
Oct. 30th at M nnesota
Nov. 5th Purdue
Nov. 6th Wisconsin
Nov 12th at Penn State<
Nov 14th at Ohio State
Nov. 19th lllinois
Nov. 20th Indiana
Nov. 24th Michigan State
Nov 26th Northwestern

Prince Hamed
celebrates his
victory over
Cesar Soto on
ame wins at Joe in
unani mCous decision

By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team took
one on the chin this weekend, dropping
consecutive matches at Illinois and
Indiana. The losses came at the
halfway point of the Big Ten season.
bringing Michigan's conference record
under coach Mark Rosen to 3-7.
"I think we're frustrated." Rosen
said. "We played really well with
Illinois-good enough to stay with
anyone except for Penn State, but only
for 30-35 minutes."
The loss to No. 2() Illinois amplified
this. After losing the first game 15-7,
Michigan remained resilient. Even
though Michigan allowed the Fighting
llini to hit a .318 attack percentage
and was limited to .122 itself in the
first game, the Wolverines turned
those numbers around in the second
Outside hitter Sarah Behnke began
collecting several of her team-high 19
kills by connecting with setter
Shannon Melka. Behnke's play in the
front row sparked a .324 attack per-
centage in game two.
"Sarah Behnke had some great
matches in the front row," middle hit-
ter Annie Maxwell said. "She's been
hitting great in practice and we're glad
to have her back."
Behnke's defensive play in the front
row combined with the digging duo of
outside hitters Alija Pittenger and
Nicole Kacor limited Illinois to a .163
attack percentage and reversed game
one's score in game two for the 15-7,

Illinois brought its offenses back on
track in games three and four, hitting a
.457 attack percentage in the last two
The Wolverines were only able to
squeak out 19 kills the rest of the
match while the Fighting Illini hit 28.
Michigan dropped the last two
games, 15-5. 15-4 to lose the match in
four games, dropping its overall
record to 11-8.
"We had some problems with con-
sistency play-by-play," Annie Maxwell
sa idL.
Kacor led the Wolverines with 15
digs, 10 kills and two service aces,
helping Michigan keep up with
Illinois. It was Kacor's I1th double-
double so far this season.
"We're always dependent on Kacor
for defense and she always comes
through," Maxwell said.
At Indiana on Friday the Wolverines
were swept, beginning Michigan's lat-
est Big Ten skid. The Wolverines were
tied for fifth place in the conference
with the Hoosiers and four other teams
before Friday's match.
But Michigan found itself falling
farther down the conference standings
as the night went on.
"Indiana was very good," Rosen
said. "We played %ery well even
though it has been frustrating."
In the first game Indiana's attackers
were hitting their marks with a .324
attack percentage. Michigan's attack-
ers were attacking, but their shots
were off as they committed 13 attack
errors on 45 attempts. This left
Michigan with a .136 attack percent-

age and its lowest point total of the
match, losing 15-8.
-We're physically not as good as
others teams we'%e been competina
against," Rosen said
But the positive side of haxin its
lowest point total in the first came is
that at least the offensive play
improved in the rest of the match.
Michigan bettered its attacking per-
centage in the second game to .196.
But Indiana took the early lead in the
game hitting a .250 attack percentage.
The Wolverines neaer lound the lead
in game two, losing 1 5-11.
In the third and final game
Michigan again showed its resilience
under pressure and staved with the
Hoosiers point for point early on.
Kacor and Behnke provided the
offense to keep the Wohcrines tied at
10 with their team leading 14 and 15
kills respectively.
But once again, Michigan couldn't
keep up in the long run as Indiana
scored the next five points to win 15-
The Wolverines weie arain out-
blocked as they have been in most of'
their losses in the Big Ten so far, 9.5-5.
"It was a good experience for the
coaching staff'" Rosen said. "We need
to see where we are and what vwe need
to get better at."

Continued from Page 1B
boxing would have disqualified him."
loo said through a translator. "I told
myself, 'm not boxing a fighter. I'm
boxing Hulk Hogan.
"He's not a champion. The champi-
on shows fighting. He shows a pork
Hamed lost a point for the body
slani,"but referee Dan Grable did not
disqUalify him. Flamed had alreadv
been dkIucted a point in the fourth
round, and Soto lost one in the eighth
fir a head butt.
Hamed didn't come to fight
don't insult my intelligence," said
Miguel Diaz, Soto's trainer. "This is
the worst fight I've ever seen in my
entire life."
The body slam was a strange inci-
dent in a fight marred by strange
incidents. Twice, while in a clinch,
Hamed pushed Soto to the canvas.
Once, Soto pulled Hamed down with

Ilamed is considered one of the
hardest-hitting featherweights, but
his speed - not his power - enabled
him to dominate the fight and made
him the clear-cut point winner. His
strange, elusive style frequently left
Soto swinging at air, as the Mexican
landed just 22 percent of his punches.
Ilamed, a Sheffield, Eng. native of
Yemeni descent. opted to hold the
fight in Detroit. The city has the
nation's largest Arabic population
and his trainer, Emanuel Stewart,
works out of Detroit's Kronk Gym.
Detroit's Arab community came
out in force to support lamed, who
now holds both the WBO and WBC'
belts. Flamed's corner men entered
the ring hoisting both British and
Yemeni flags. Fans waved Yemeni
flags throughout the arena.
"The support I got from the Arab
community was just amazing,"
Flamed said.

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