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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 1, 1999

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By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
The No. 19 Michigan soccer team
gained an excellent perspective this
weekend on what it's going to take to
win the Big Ten Tournament and
advance far in the NCAAs.
In the Big Ten/SEC challenge this
weekend, Michigan topped Alabama
on Friday, 2-1, before falling to No.
14 Kentucky 1-0 in double overtime
yesterday.
Kentucky was able to extend their
winning streak to 15 games with the
narrow victory.
Kentucky's goal came with just
7:53 left in the second overtime. Keri
Boyce scored on a hard shot from
inside the penalty area. Annie Gage
assisted on the play.
Michigan had few scoring chances
in the game, which is unusual for the
team.
The win was the first one ever for
the Wildcats over Michigan.
Kentucky also won their earlier
game of the Challenge on Friday
against Minnesota, 2-0.
Scoring chances were no problem
for Michigan against Alabama. But
the Wolverines continued to struggle
with finishing on their oppurtunities.
Despite outshooting the Crimson
Tide 35-4, Michigan gained just a
ohe-goal victory.
Senior Emily Schmidt scored the
deciding goal late in the second half.
She won a loose ball after senior

Amber Berdowsky's pass went
errant, and promptly netted a long
goal.
In the first half, Michigan took the
lead when senior Kacy Beitel fin-
ished a pass from freshman Abby
Crumpton.
The goal was the ninth of the year
for Beitel, who is currently leading
the team.
Alabama's lone goal came off of a
corner kick. Martha Mouring
knocked in the centered ball, which
junior goalie Carissa Stewart could-
n't get to.
Michigan's regular season has
come to an end, and with it goes the
security of knowing that there will
always be another game to play.
Michigan will face Michigan State
in the first round of the Big Ten
Tournament this Friday.
If the Wolverines are upset by the
Spartans in the first round of the
tournement, they'd have to sit and
wait to see if their season would be
extended by an at-large NCAA
Tournement bid.
The Wolverines, who received the
second seed in the Big Ten
Tournement, need to end their fin-
ishing woes in order to achieve their
goals for this season.
In order to accomplish one of
those goals, Michigan will likely
have to beat Michigan State, Iowa,
and No. 5 Penn State in the Big Ten
Tournament.

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By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team is
beginning to find its identity. That
identity happens to be somewhere
in the middle of the Big Ten stand-
ings in a gray area with two other
Big Ten teams: Ohio State and
Indiana.
When the Wolverines split their
road trip this weekend, it was quite
evident where they weren't.
Michigan was swept by No. 22
Minnesota, the second ranked team
in the Big Ten on Saturday.
But the Wolverines also swept
Iowa, the second-worst team in the
conference, Friday.
"Right now I feel like Minnesota is
the second-best team in the Big Ten,"
Michigan volleyball coach Mark
Rosen said. "They're playing almost

at the level of (No. 1) Penn State."
On the road, the Wolverines were
beaten in almost every way possible
against the Golden Gophers.
Minnesota hit an attack percentage
of .330 compared to Michigan's
.058.
The Golden Gophers outdug,
blocked, served and killed by a mar-
gin of at least four and at most 19.
The Golden Gophers led in every
category except one.
The Wolverines had 10 more
attack errors. It was quite evident
who the better team was, but it was-
n't indicative of Michigan's
resilience.
"Minnesota played very very
well," Rosen said. "The scores
weren't reflective of the match. The
first two games were scored 15-3,
15-3 but they took 55 minutes."

It was also apparent who was the
better team on Friday. The
Wolverines' .276 attack percentage
was their top performance offensive-
ly in conference play so far on the
season.
The match wasn't dominated by
Michigan the way Minnesota did the
following night, but the Wolverines
found the easy way to win.
They came out quickly, taking the
early lead and steadily put more and
more distance between themselves
and the Hawkeyes - something
Michigan has had difficulty doing in
Big Ten play.
"I think we're better than them,"
Rosen said. "It's nice to feel that way
in the Big Ten. I think we're physi-
cally more talented, we executed bet-
ter and I think the scores reflect it."
So Rosen's squad knows where

they aren't.
They're not able to rub elbows
with the conference's upper echelon,
but then again, the Wolverines aren't
slumming in the conference's cellar
either. That leaves Michigan with
few places to go.
All the teams that are below .500
in the conference the Wolverines
have already beaten or have come
close.
With their 4-8 conference record,
Michigan finds itself toward the bot-
tom of this group, but only a few
wins away from .500.
"I think. we're gradually getting
better," Rosen said. "I talked to the
girls about this in the locker room. I
think it's a difficult thing in this con-
ference. When you progress, you
don't feel it ... it doesn't always let
you know you're developing."

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