SportsWednesday - September 6, 2000 - The Michigan Daily - 5B
Cagers ink four
but not Parker
burned in Tempe
By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Wrter
For all of the bad things that have
happened under Brian Ellerbe's watch,
one good thing he's done is recruit good
The Wolverines inked four highly
touted recruits this past recruiting sea-
son, but more than who they signed, the
Wolverines might regret the one they
Center Josh Moore, forward Bernard
Robinson and guards Maurice Searight
and Avery Queen will all be Wolverines
Jason Parker will not.
The four incoming recruits give
Michigan another well-regarded class
one'Hoop Scoop recruiting analyst
called it "close to the Top 10" - but
Parker's signing with Kentucky will
leave the Wolverines licking their
Parker is a top-10 recruit who origi-
nally signed to play with North Carolina
last season. He did not have the grades
to play and went to prep school at Fork
Union Academy for a season.
Then North Carolina denied his
:application and did not admit him to the
-,- His test scores were questioned when
there was a 45 percent jump in his SAT
score, and a similar jump in his ACT
score. His original test score was not
high enough to make him eligible for
the upcoming season.
With his services up for grabs again,
Parker cited Michigan as a possible des-
,-,.ination. Michigan was a finalist for his
services two years ago, and his friend-
ship with sophomore forward LaVell
Blanchard and coach Brian Ellerbe
seemed to bode well for Michigan.
But when Kentucky's admission's
Q epartment found a miscalculation in
.his GPA of core classes, he decided he
wanted to thank the Wildcats for their
hard work and head to Lexington.
Yet even without Parker's services,
head coach Brian Ellerbe has managed
to land his second straight highly
Moore is the biggest cager Michigan
has ever had, standing at 7-foot-2, and
350 pounds when he signed with Michi-
#5an. Since then, he has worked out with
the football team and has slimmed down
to under 300 pounds.
"It's pretty scary how good he can
be," recruiting analyst Clark Francis
It appears that Moore will start as the
team's center, moving seniore Josh
Asselin to the starting power forward
"Moore better start," Francis said.
"You sign a guy that fits your needs and
then if you don't start him, you'll have
recruiting problems in the future."
It looked like Brandon Smith would
play power forward this year, but he
decided to leave the program and play
for San Diego State, where Ellerbe's
predecessor Steve Fisher coaches. Smith
appeared to be a leading candidate to be
this year's captain.
Sophomore power forward Leland
Anderson left the program as well.
Ellerbe cited his desire to see more play-
ing time as the reason for his departure.
It is expected that the Attleboro, Mass.
native will transfer to Providence.
Robinson will also see a lot of play-
ing time this year in Michigan's front
court. Robinson is left-handed and has
one of the best short-jumpers of all this
Maurice Searight received the least
publicity of Michigan's recruits, but
may be most important. The guard will
probably have to fill in for Kevin Gaines
who was dismissed from the team yes-
terday after his arrest on DUI charges.
Queen is the shortest player to ever
play for Michigan standing at 5-foot-3.
Queen will wear No. I this year, the
number the departed Jamal Crawford
wore last year.Y
Queen is eligible, but his involvement
in the Gaines incident could be a viola-
tion of his probation.
GREENER PASTURES: Aside from
adding four new recruits to this year's
team, Ellerbe also added another assis-
tant coach, Terrence Greene.
Greene will replace Lorenzo Neely,
who is now an assistant coach at West-
Greene should give Michigan a
presence in the Flint area, a hotbed
for basketball talent. Greene is a
Flint native and should counter
Michigan State's stronghold on the
area. The Spartans milked Flint for
four players, called the Flintstones,
who returned Michigan State to the
nation's elite. Three of those players
won a national title last year.
Kevin Gaines was kicked off the Michigan basketball team yesterday.
2001 basketball schedule
This year's basketball schedule
will be one of the nation's
Home games in BOLD
Feb. 24 Purdue
Feb. 28 Northwestem
Mar. 3/4 Michigan St.
Gr. Rapids Hoops
Big Ten Tournament - Chicago, Ill.
Mar. 8 First Round TBD
Mar. 9 Quarterfinals TBD
Mar. 10 Semifinals 1:30 p.m.
Mar. 11 Championship 2:30 p.m.
*at BB&T Classic (MCI Center,
By Jeff Phillips
Dauly Sports \tnter
The weekend could have gone better
for the Michigan women's soccer team.
For the first time in school history, the
No. 21 Wolverines were handed two
losses to open the season.
"We just didn't have a very good
weekend," Michigan coach Debbie'
Belkin Rademacher said. "This is defi-
nitely our toughest start."
Michigan journeyed to Tempe, Ariz.
for the Sun Devil Soccer Classic. After
losing their first match on Friday to Ari-
zona State, the Wolverines looked to
rebound against No. 17 Southern Cal on
Sunday. Michigan fell behind 1-0 12
minutes into the game, but just five min-
utes later Amy Sullivant notched her first
goal of the season to tie up the game.
The game remainedlied until the Tro-
jans' Isabelle Harvey knocked in her
second goal of the game to give South-
ern Cal a 2-1 victory.
"We definitely had chances to tie and
pull ahead, but unfortunately we couldn't
do it," Belkin Rademacher said. "We had
sonie mental lapses and couldn't capital-
Despite ending with a flurry, Michi-
gan was unable to finish, on their last
"I think that overall we played much
better in the second game," Belkin
Rademacher said. "Our legs were there,
we matched up harder with them, and
we did the little things better."
Sunday's contest also marked the first
game action for heralded Michigan
freshmen Stephanie Chavez, Erika
Klienholz and Amber Wilson.
On Friday, Michigan suffered a 4-0
defeat - its worst loss since 1997 and
first opening loss since 1996 - at the
hands of host Arizona State. The Sun
Devils pounded Michigan goalkeepers
Carissa Stewart and Suzie Grech with 25
shots, nearly twice as many as Michigan.
Grech was forced into action after Stew-
art was given a red card for a tackle
made in front of her net.
"I didn't expect us to play as bad as
we did, we just were a step slow," Belkin
Rademacher said. "Arizona State is a
good team but we just really made them
Tough opening season matches are
nothing new to Michigan. Last year,
0 Suzie Grec h
1 Carissa Stewart
2 Andrea Kayal
3 Tammy Mitchell
4 Erika Kleinholz
5 Stephanie Chavez
6 Marie Spaccarotella
7 Laurie Peterson
8 Shannon Reid
10 Sarah Hearey
11 Alissa Shaw
12 Carly Williamson
13 Amber Wilson
14 Michele Pesiri
15 Abby Tompkins
16 Amy Sullivant
17 Vicky Whitley
18 Becky Kozlick
19 Danielle Greer
20 Kacy Beitel
21 Aviva Jacobs
at Michigan State
22 Abby Crumpton So. F
24 Stephanie McArdle Sr. D
25 Lauren Decker Fr. MF
26 Jessica Parmalee Jr. MF/D
Head Coach: Debbie Belkin Rademacher
Assistant Coaches: Scott Forrester, Car-
0 Leon Jones
1 Avery Queen
3 Maurice Searighti
10 Herb Gibson I
12 Mike Gotfredson
21 Bernard RobinsonI
25Josh Asselin I
30 Lavell BlanchardI
34Josh Moore t
45Chris Young I
52Rotolu Adebiyi I
Michigan fell to Arizona State and Mis
souri early on, and needed overtime to
defeat Utah. But Belkin Rademacher
pointed out that a tough schedule can be
"We had some tough weekends early
on last year, and it paid off at the end
when we hit the Big Ten season," she
The difficult early-season competitio.2
toughened the Wolverines last year a's
Michigan went 8-1-1 in the Big Ten
won the conference tournament and
advanced to the second round of th,
Head Coach: Brian Elerbe
Associate Coach: Scott Trost
Assistant Head Coaches: Kurtis
Townsend, Terence Greene
spikers battle to second
By Albert Kim
Da~i)lly Sports \\ ritir
With two key seniors injured, and
the Pacific tournament in Stockton,
Calif., to play, the No. 24 Michigan
volleyball team had to turn to senior
'ri'ght hitter Alija Pittenger to lead
the charge - from the left side.
Fortunately for the Wolverines,
Pittenger had a great tournament,
powering the team to a second-place
finish - leading the team in kills
and coming in second in digs.
* "Alija did a great job. The right
side isn't her forte, but she did it for
the team, and played very consis-
tently," Michigan coach Mark
Michigan defeated Maryland 3-0
(15-6, 15-7, 15-8) on Friday, Sacra-
mento State 3-0 (15-7, 15-8, 15-10)
on Saturday, and fell in a close
match to No. 12 Pacific 0-3 (12-15,
@3-15, 12-15) on championship
"We competed very well and our
.young players stepped up," Rosen
Among the players that shined
were freshman outside hitter Nicole
Poquette and sophomore middle
blocker Katrina Lehman. Poquette,
a redshirt freshman, led the Wolver-
ines in hitting percentage the first
two matches, and added seven
*locks the third match. Lehman led
the team in blocks for the weekend.
"Nicole played very well, and
showed a lot of composure," Rosen
Individual performances aside,
Michigan played well as a team and
gave reason for optimism.
"We competed very well the
entire weekend, and we're in better
shape than in the past," Rosen said.
The Wolverines have a tough road
ahead of them in conference play.
Six teams from the Big Ten -
including No. 2 Penn State - are
ranked in the Top 25, and another
couple are very close. Michigan has
been picked to finish fifth in the
2000 Big Ten Preseason Volleyball
"The Big Ten is far and away the
best volleyball conference in the
country, and there are no easy
games," Rosen said.
WVith no one dominant hitter, the
Wolverines nmust look to a number
of players to contribute at key times
throughout the season. Depth is still
a concern but shouldn't be a prob-
lem once the two seniors, Joanna
Fielder and Sarah Behnke come
"We're very balanced, we've got
seven or eight players that can put
up big numbers on any given night,"
Rosen said. "You stop one person.
you don't stop us. With the two
seniors coming back we'll be really
With the All-Sport Challenge this
weekend at Cliff Keen Arena, the
Wolverines are looking to continue
improving, against a tougher field
than last weekend.
Left or right, it doesn't matter.
These Wolverines will be ready to
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