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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - Septernber 20, 1999 - 98

Tan Ryn finds OHL
the best fit for now

-20W

Stingy Stewart steps
on foes' opportunitie

VAN RYN
ntinued from Page 1B
was a tough decision all the way.
Every route I could take was great. I
loved it at the University of
Michigan, I loved everything about
it, but I needed a couple more
things."
One of the biggest factors in Van
Ryn's decision to leave Michigan was
the lack of games played in college
hockey compared to juniors, but Van
Ryn opted for Sarnia over the
*nadian National Team for different
reasons.
"I thought I was going to the
national team, but when .I got there I
just had second thoughts," Van Ryn
said.
"When I came to Sarnia I just real-
ly felt comfortable. They've been A-I
from the start. They drafted me when
I was fifteen and they've kept me
rotected ever since. They knew that
ad my heart set on going to the
University of Michigan, and they
never pressured me to do otherwise."
For now, the Sting couldn't be hap-
pier to have Van Ryn skating for
them.

"We know he was weighing some
other options, and we're just glad that
he decided to play for us," Hunter
said.
But Van Ryn's stay with the Sting
will be short-lived. Van Rvn is
already one of the Sting's three over-
agers (players who are already 20
years old).
Under the rules of the OHL just
three players with a birthday before
1979 can play on a team.
Van Ryn's destined-to-be-short
stay with the Sting (this can be his
only season) may be an attempt to
avoid playing for the National
Hockey League's New Jersey Devils.
The Devils, who drafted Van Ryn
26th in the first round of the 1998
NHL Draft, are notorious for low-
balling their rookies and for keeping
them in the minors.
But according to NHL rules, the
Devils only hold the rights to Van
Ryn for two years, after which he
becomes a free agent.
Whether or not Van Ryn is using
the Sting as a fire escape from New
Jersey is uncertain. But for now, he
hopes that he's made the right deci-
sion for his future.

By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
Goaltender Carissa Stewart was a
key factor in a 1-0-1 weekend for the
Michigan soccer team.
Stewart allowed just one goal in
two games, helping the Wolverines
salvage a 0-0 double overtime tie
with Penn State yesterday, just two
days after knocking off Ohio State
on the road, 2-1.
Stewart registered her second
shutout of the season against the
Nittany Lions.
Michigan (1-0-1 Big Ten, 4-2-1
overall) tied Penn State (0-0-1, 3-2-
1) for the third consecutive year in
the regular season.
The teams battled to a 1-1 tie last
year in Ann Arbor, after playing to a
scoreless tie in State College in
1997. The Wolverines have a 2-4-3
all-time record against the Nittanv
Lions.
Freshman Abby Crumpton -
Michigan's leader in goals with four
- and senior Emily Schmitt contin-
ue to provide a large amount of the
Wolverines' offense.
Each had three shots against Penn
State, despite failing to punch one
home.

Stcxwart registered her second
shutout of the season.
Penn State, last year's Big Ta
champions came into the match ha -
ing lost a 1-0 decision to No. -
Florida on Friday, and upsetting pr
viousv No. ; North Carolina earlier
this season,
On Friday, the Wolverines opened
Big Ten play with a 2-1 victory over
Ohio State (0-1, 4-2-1) in Columbus.
(rumpton netted both goals for the
Wolverines in their fifth consecutive
win over the Buckeyes.
Crumpton scored her first goal in
the 16th minute on a thigh volley,
Schmitt assisted the goal on a cross.
Freshman Lindsay Eckles tied the
game for the Buckeyes off of a pass
from sophomore Elisa Hamilton. It
was Eckles' sixth goal of the season.
Schmidt started the play on
Michigan's second goal as well,
sending a corner kick into the center
of the box. After two saves by Ohio
State goalie Amber Barnes,
Crumpton punched in the rebound.
Michigan outshot Ohio State 18-
12 In the contest. It was the sixth
conScCutive game the Wolverines
had outshot their opponent.

FILE PHOTO
After just two years as a Wolverine, former Michigan defenseman Mike Van Ryn
began his post-Michigan career in an exhibition with the Sarnia Sting on Saturday.

Floyd no match for 'M' volleyball

USA TODAY/AVCA
COACHES' PoolL
As of Sept. 13
(first place votes in parentheses)

I U

SAROLINA
Continued from Page 18
'With nowhere else to go, the
Wolverines decided to rally and come-
back in the third game. Michigan
clarged back after the intermission
taking a commanding 10-3 lead.
Middle hitter Anne Poglits provided
great service during the run with two
aces.
utside hitter Nicole Kacor hit a
8attack percentage for the third
game, despite South Carolina's block-
ers and its fans.
"When I was taking my approach
outside I was an inch from the bleach-
ers," Kacor said. "There were five guys
who were screaming mean stuff at us,
and we had to block that stuff out."
.But on the strength of its fans, South
Carolina mounted its own comeback to
4 e a 15-14 lead. After denying two
necock game points, Michigan nar-
rowly won the third game, 17-15.
The slow starts that plagued the
Wolverines earlier in the match
reemerged as Michigan found itself
dawn, 14-9 in the fourth game.
Maxwell took control, hitting a key kill
to:end South Carolina's last chance at
game point of the match.
'Maxwell served the rest of game
" to win, 16-14, thanks to impres-
6kills by middle blocker Joanna
Fielder, Kacor and herself. Maxwell
and Poglits also led an impressive
showing at the net, registering seven
and six blocks apiece, respectively.
The Wolverines didn't allow them-
selves to comeback again winning "the
best game they've played all year,"
Rosen said. Setter Shannon Melka
orchestrated the offense that never let
South Carolina in front, providing
ellent passing. The fluid teamwork
Kwed Michigan to side out at an out-

standing 82 percent. The Wolverines
closed out the deciding fifth game, 15-
11.
"This weekend was a little bit of a
struggle," Rosen said. "It was the first
time where we had everything to lose
and nothing to gain, but we competed
really well. We didn't execute very
well. But if I had a choice between the
two, I'd take the competitor"
The Wolverines didn't have any
problems sweeping Virginia the next
day, despite having only a half day's
rest after the draining five-game win.
Fielder hit six kills to bring Michigan
back from an early 6-4 game-one
deficit to win 15-9:

Fielder again stepped up in the sec-
ond game breaking a 13-13 tie serving
the two final points to win, 15-13.
Melka again ran Michigan's offense to
easily win the third game, 15-5.
Outside hitter Alija Pittenger provided
great defense again, notching her
300th career dig against the Cavaliers.
The two wins allowed Michigan to
head into the Big Ten season riding the
momentum from a four-game winning
streak and a 4-1 record against teams
that made the NCAA tournament last
season. Michigan opens the Big Ten
season against Ohio State this Friday at
Cliff Keen Arena.

Lessons That
WilE Last
A Lifime.

Team
1 Pacific (55)
2 Penn State (1)
3 Hawaii (3)
4 Long Beach(1)
S Nebraska
6 Florida
7 Stanford
8 Texas
9 U-C Santa Barbara
10 Pepperdine
21 Michigan

Pts. Prey.
1,494 1
1,404 2
1,392 3
1,306 4
1,261 5
1,201 6
1,108 7
1,093 8
1,034 9
940 11
315 25

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