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10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 12, 1999

Brothers battle at
Blue's divine place

Stickers begin NCAA play against Duke


By Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan freshman Jed Ortmeyer
grew up in Omaha, Neb. - not exactly
the hockey Mecca of the world even
with the addition of Nebraska-Omaha
to the CCHA.
Regardless, Ortmeyer and his broth-
er, Jake, both took to the game by
becoming what Michigan coach Red
Berenson called "rink rats", i.e. kids
who hung around hockey a lot, watch-
ing older guys play.
Their attention paid off.
Two years ago, Jake became the first
person from Omaha to win an NCAA
Division-I scholarship, unique in itself,
not to mention that the
scholarship was in hock- THIS W)
ey. The sophomore cur-
rently plays defense at Who: M
Miami. C
Jed followed in his I-0CCHA
older brother's footsteps overall) vs.
by securing himself a 1-2, 5-2 2
spot at Michigan a year and tomorr
later. Where:
"I really like Jed Center in C
Ortmeyer," Berenson Friday. Gm4
,said.,. " like everything Arena on S
about him. He's a real
hard worker who has When: ;
above average skills. The Lat
He's going to be a really Comrie will
good two-way player at extend his
this level, point streak
"If you've been to a
junior league game in
Omaha, you'd realize that there is some
good hockey being played there, but
typically they're not Omaha kids."
Ortmeyer hasn't seen his brother play
since they both played for the Omaha
He'll get his chance tonight and
tomorrow night as Michigan (5-1-0
CCHA, 8-1-0 overall) plays Miami (2-
1-2, 5-2-2) in their first of two weekend
series. Interestingly, Ortmeyer will have
a chance to square off against his broth-
er since they play opposing positions.
"It will be a lot of fun, Ortmeyer
said. "I talked to him a couple of times
this week, but we haven't talked about
the game at all.
"After the game we'll talk or whatev-
er, but we're just going to go out and
play like it's any person on any other
team. I've seen film and things, but it's
been a couple of years since I've seen
him play."
Tonight's faceoff will be at 7:35 p.m.
in Cincinnati's Firstar Center, a special
place in Michigan hockey history. The
last time the Wolverines skated there,
they took home the 1996 National
Championship trophy with a 3-2 over-


time victory over Colorado College.
Though all the Wolverines who
played on that team have graduated,
Berenson said the game may evoke
"For the coaches, we'll recognize the
significance of the building and the
huge rollercoaster of emotions'
Berenson said. "We didn't go in as the
favorites that year.
"There was such a good feeling on
that team, that you just knew we were
going to find a way to win. There was
something special about them, and then
two hours (after the victory), we were
on the bus watching Wyatt Earp. It was
like nothing ever happened. It was like
a dream."
EKEND Though nearly four
years have passed since
iigan (5- that memorable season
3-1-0 it's become more and
. .2- more common for teams
4iami (2- to play games away from
onight collegiate arenas.
w night. This stems from an
rstar NCAA-wide movement
nncinati to promote college hock-
.in Ice ey throughout the coun-
turday. try.
But the Red Hawks
30 p.m will not waste their entire
St: Mike home ice advantage in an
try to his unknown rink. Saturday,
ane-game Miami will host the
Wolverines on its home
ice. Michigan faces its
first plus-500 team in

By David Roth
Daily Sports Writer
In tomorrow's first-round NCAA
Tournament game against Duke,
Michigan will have to depend on senior
defenders Ashley Reichenbach and
Erica Widder to lead the team. Both
were selected to the National Field
Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA)
North versus South All Star Tournament.
Since winning the Big Ten Tournament
and beating two of the top five teams in
the nation, the Wolverines are going into
the tournament with no fear.
"I think right now our team has the
confidence to beat any team in any con-
ference," Widder said.
Though the last time Michigan played
the Blue Devils was in 1991, when they
shut out the Wolverines 2-0 at home, the
Wolverines have played practice games
against Duke during the spring and have
fared well.
"We are excited to play Duke,"
Reichenbach said. "We travel to Duke in
the spring to play them, and we have had
a lot of success.
We have a lot of confidence going
into this game based on our past perfor-
mances against them as well as the qual-
ity of our play right now."
The defensive tandem will have to

focus on Duke star Corey Ceccolini,
who leads the Blue Devils with 19 goals
and four assists. But since it is a tourna-
ment, the Wolverines will concentrate
more about playing their style of field
hockey rather than concerning them-
selves with other team's opponents.
"We haven't talked specifics about
marking key playvrs,' Reichenbach said.
"We will most likely make note of them
and mark them a little bit tougher, but
(we're) ultimately concentrating on play-
ing our game. High-intensity teamwork
is our key to success."
The Wolverines have plenty experi-
ence of shutting down other team's stars.
In the Big Ten Tournament, Reichenbach
and Widder helped contain Iowa star
Quan Nim and Penn State star Tracey
"Some teams have standout players
that we might have to shut down during
the game,' Widder said, "but we have
been doing that the entire season with
the Big Ten teams. I am not worried
about Corey Ceccolini."
If the Wolverines beat Duke., they will
play the winner of the James Madison-
Wake Forest game Sunday at 2 p.m. The
winner of that game goes to Boston the
following weekend to play in the NCAA
final four.

Michigan will try to shoot past Duke in tomorrow's NCAA Tournament opener by *
relying on defense. In their last meeting in 1991 Duke blanked Michigan 2-0.

Volleyball seeks revenge against Lions

Miami, which is off to a quick start
under first-year coach Enrico Blasi.
"This (game) will be the toughest test
our team has faced," Berenson said.
"We thought we were playing a good
team when we played Notre Dame, but
look at their record now, not to take
anything away from them. But we real-
ly have to be prepared for this week-
Berenson said that he was not happy
with his team for allowing five goals
against Ohio State last weekend,
despite netting 14.
"You're not going to score eight
goals every night:' Berenson said. "If
we give a team like Miami four goals,
there's no way we're going to be able to
score five. Rarely does an offensive
team win a shootout"
Michigan center Mike Comrie -
who currently leads the country in
points - was recruited by Blasi at
Denver, where his brother also played.
"Rico likes to close check you and be
offensive also," Comrie said. "It'll be a
tight checking game. But we don't have
to worry about them. We just have to
stick to our game plan."

By Richard Haddad
Daily Sports Writer
At the start of the season, Michigan
cruised to eight wins in its first nine
matches. Then Penn State came to town.
Now Michigan has its chance to exact
revenge, when it faces the Nittany Lions
tonight. The Wolverines then travel to
Columbus on Sunday.
In the Wolverines last meeting with
Penn State the Nittany Lions delivered a
thrashing, needing only 54 minutes to dis-
pose of the Wolverines in a sweep. And
that thrashing initiated a fall to medioc-
rity, as Michigan has posted a less-than-
stellar 4-10 record in Big Ten play.
The Nittany Lions seemed unstop-
pable, allowing only nine total points in
the process.
"We played very tentatively against

Penn State," Michigan coach Mark
Rosen said. "They were ranked so high,
and that made us nervous. Instead of
going out and playing like we had noth-
ing to lose, we played passively."
No. I Penn State hasn't relinquished
that ranking yet, winning all 14 of its Big
Ten games and 24 out of 25 overall to
entrench itself at the top of the polls.
"I don't think volleyball's a game
where you can plan on playing a perfect
game, especially being a young team like
us, you're going to make some mistakes,"
Rosen said. "But to beat a Penn State -
a senior-dominated team who's been
ranked one or two all year long, we need
to play flawlessly."
The Nittany Lions nearly achieved
perfection last time. Because oftheir con-
sistency, Michigan must "affect them

enough to force mistakes,"Rosen said.
"They won't make many though, so we
need to be aggressive, get in a groove and
play as close to perfect as possible."
Last weekend's five-game matches
against Purdue and Wisconsin hearken
back to the earlier victory over Ohio
State, in which the Wolverines survived a
hard-fought marathon to open their con-
ference schedule. The key difference is
that Michigan was able to outlast the
Buckeyes (15-7, 13-15, 15-10, 13-15, 20-
18), while they fell just short to the
Boilermakers and Badgers.
Rosen said this week's practices have
been more exhausting mentally than
physically to allow the team to recover
from the fatigue of playing 10 games in
two nights over the weekend.
In a back-and-forth match that was

Goodlow out of the paint tonight

closely contested all the way through,
Michigan prevailed over Ohio State
behind Joanna Fielder's and Alija.
Pittenger's career-high performances.
"Neither of us played a great fifth
game," Rosen said. "A rally game is sort
of like a gunfight, you trade blows and
whoever flinches first loses."
Michigan and Ohio State (6-8, 12-9)
have both improved since their last meet-
ing, if only because each has had an addi-
tional month and a half of experience.
The Buckeyes currently sit only one
place ahead of Michigan in the Big Ten
standings, making the match even more
"We need to come out and execute
play consistently on serve-receive, and
create opportunities on defense. " Rosen
Michigan signed three
recruits for the 2000-
2001 season on
Wednesday, the first day
of the early November
signing period:
Jennifer Smith
Pos.: C
Height: 6'3"
Hometown: DeWitt
Christie Schumacher
Pos.: G
Height: 5'9"
Hometown: Milford
Michaela Leary
Pos.: PG
Height: 5'8"
Hometown: Nashua, N.H.

By Dona Beth Kdischer
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan's women's basketball team
will broaden its horizons in more ways
than one when it hosts Soproni-Postas
SK, a national team from Hungary, at
'Crisler Arena tonight at 7 p.m.
The second and final exhibition game
will give the Wolverines the opportunity
to strengthen their lineup and get a little
more time to play their bench players
before Michigan travels to Colorado
State next Friday.
Sophomore starting center Raina
Goodlow left this past Friday's game
against Athletes in Action with a possi-
ble knee sprain.
Goodlow is currently undergoing
rehab for a dislocated patella, and will sit
tonight's game out.
"The lineup will stay the same,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said.
"Only Ruth Kipping will start for Raina."
The center is expected to travel with
the team to Colorado next weekend and

could be ready to return to the lineup,
Guevara said.
The Wolverines proved last week that
their bench has potential, as it scored 30
points in the 90-75 victory over Athletes
in Action.
On the plus side, even without
Goodlow for a couple of games,
Michigan is fortunate in that it has seven
other players on the bench that can step
in for the starting center.
Of the 12 players on the roster, nine
saw ample playing time last week,
including freshmen LeeAnn Bies and
Infini Robinson.
"I saw how (Goodlow's absence)
affected the team last week,' Guevara
said. "But we had people that picked up
the slack. We have a little more depth and
a little more experience."
On the downside, without Goodlow,
Michigan is at a slight height disadvan-
tage against Soproni-Postas without her.
Michigan will try to hold its own 6-
foot-3 forwards Estzer Bakai and Eszter

Biro and 6- foot-I forwards Eszter Ordog
and Erzsebet Ambrus.
Goodlow, who towers over many at 6-
foot-2, is one of only four Michigan
players who stand at 6-foot-I or taller.
Fortunately, for Michigan last week,
size did not matter. Michigan senior for-
ward Stephanie Thomas - who only
stands at a mere 5-foot-1 -I- led both
teams in scoring (32 points), three-point-
ers (3) and minutes (39) in the exhibition
Sophomore guard Alayne Ingram -
who is a 5-foot-7 in comparison - con-
tributed 13 points in 35 minutes.
The Wolverines will face opponents
who range from 19 to 31 years old.
"They're your typical European team,'
Michigan assistant coach Eileen Harris
said. "They like to run, they like to push
the ball up the floor, they're good passers
and they like to move the ball:'
The Soproni-Postas are 5-1 in the mid-
dle of a nine-game US tour. Michigan
will be the seventh team they face.

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Wrestlers continue improvement a

t State

By David Edelman
and Scott Waidman
For the Daily
Members of the Michigan wrestling
team will travel to East Lansing on
Saturday to compete in the two-day
Michigan State Open. The competition is
a public tournament in which approxi-
mately 300 wrestlers from such schools
as Michigan State, Ohio State and
Northwestern will compete in their
respected weight classes.

"This tournament has no bearing on
the rest of the season," Michigan coach
Joe McFarland said. "It's a preseason
tournament that shows the wrestlers
where they are at in terms of perfor-
mance and conditioning:'
The Wolverines began their preseason
with a sterling start, as the team had four
first-place finishes at the Eastern
Michigan Open. Winners included Clark
Forward at 149 pounds, Mike Kulczycki
at157 pounds, Otto Olson at 184 pounds

and Matt Brink at the heavyweight spot.
Michigan returns six of seven NCAA
qualifiers and looks to improve on the
team's disappointing fifth-place finish in
last year's Big Ten Tournament.
"The BigeTen is just as tough as it was
last year,' assistant coach Kirk Trost said.
"But we are improving match by match.
We're shooting for a title.
"From the past weekend it appeared
that the team is really prepared in its con-
ditioning' Trost said. "Overall, we dom-
inated a lot of matches. We were in far
better shape during the third period."
After finishing one-two during the

Eastern Michigan Open, All-American
Andy Hrovat dropped thirteen pounds to.
compete in the 184-pound weight class.'
Michigan is hopeful that with Hrovat;
alongside last season's NCAA-runner up:
Otto Olson, its 184-pound weight class;
will be a force to be reckoned with.
Michigan has two more open tournD
ments - the Maize and Blue intrasquad
on Nov.24 andthe Cliff Keen Invitational
on Dec. 3. The Wolverines begin the
dual-meet season on December 10, also
at Michigan State.
"This dual meet will determine if our
team is ready." said Trost.


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