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FRIDAY
SEPTEMBER 22, 2000

Silver lining for
Dolan in 200 IM
'M' alum wins second medal
By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Writer
Former Michigan swimmer Tom Dolan settled for a silver
medal as Italy's Massimiliano Rosolino upset him with a time
of 1:58.89 -- an Olympic record - in the 200-meter individ-
ual medley, yesterday.
Dolan's time of 1:59.77 marked the first time an American
,went under two minutes in the event.
"I gave it all I had," said Dolan. "I was hurting coming
'ome. I didn't have speed or strength to go that fast"
Dolan was already a gold medal winner after breaking his
own world record in the 400-meter individual medley on
Sunday for his second gold in the event.
Incoming Michigan freshman Samantha Arsenault won a
gold medal swimming the first leg of the 800-meter freestyle
relay for the U.S. Wednesday night.
The team's time of 7:57.80 set a new Olympic record. Diana
Munz, Lindsay Benko and Jenny Thompson followed
Arsenault.
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report
I ~M'soccer faces
big test: Penn St.
By Peter Lund
Daily Sports Writer
After a few sandbox scuffles with the little ones from non-
conference playground, this weekend the Michigan men's soc-
cer team will fight the big bullies from the Big Ten.
Through five non-conference games, the Wolverines are 3-
2. They have faced challenges in each of their five games to
date, but none will match this weekend's game.
Penn State will head into Elbel Field this Saturday, bringing
with it a 6-0 record and a No. 2 national ranking. The Nittany
Lions have outscored their opponents this year by an amazing
14-2 margin. This will be Miphigan's first-ever varsity Big Ten
'a game.
Penn State junior midfielder Derek Potteiger, with five
goals and one assist in this young season, is second in the Big
Ten in both goals and points. Four of those goals were scored
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By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Editor
Last spring, Lloyd Carr didn't miss a beat.
When .Michigan band director james Tapia sat down to ask
where the coach would most need "The Victors" in the season to
come, Carr already knew what to say.
"Remember that team we lost to a few weeks ago:?" Carr asked
the director. "That would be a good place."
That place, Memorial Stadium in Champaign, may be the tough-
est Big Ten venue Michigan will play in this season.
This week, of course, Carr divulges little. "Your toughest game
is always the next one," he said on Monday.
But the blaring sound system that pumped over practice yester-
day proves that Michigan is not taking this road trip lightly.
Which, for Carr, is good. Because the Wolverines can ill-afford
to be unprepared for tomorrow night's nationally televised Big Ten

DREW HENSON

JOHN NAVARRE

KURT KITTNER

Practiced all week, but still
may not be 100 percent. Will
Lloyd Carr risk it? Is he just
toying with us by not saying
anything? Probably yes to both.
Henson's 1999 stats: 47-for-
90, 406 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT

Went into the UCLA game as
the nations' No.1 passer. Left
the UCLA game bewildered,
after going 8-for-28, including
the game-ending interception.
Navarre's 2000 stats: 33-for-
62, 505 yds, 8 TD, 1 INT

The QB that led Illinois in its
upset last year; suffered a j
sprained knee against Cal. Will
he be healthy enough for
another magical performance?
Kittner's 2000 stats: 40-for-
67, 406 yds, 7 TD, 1 INT

opener.
"This is one of the real, real challenges in our schedule" Carr
said. "That turnaround against an excellent Illinois team is one of
the things we've been talking about all fall."
On the tip of everyone's tongue tomorrow will be the quarter-
back scenario - uncertain, to be sure. But in the back of every-
ones mind lies the rushing attack, which will probably decide the
outcome. Illinois quarterback Kurt Kittner went down with a
sprained knee in the second half of last Saturday's drama with Cal.
See ILLINI, Page 14

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Kittner, Illinois' rushing attack make for tough trial

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Editor
Remember Oct. 23, 1999? Remember
the feeling of relief with six minutes
remaining in the third quarter, with the
Wolverines dominating the Fighting Illini
27-7?
Remember the next 21 minutes?
For Michigan, tomorrow is a time of
retribution - a time to repay the debt of
embarrassment prodded into the
Wolverines after Illinois' 35-29 come-
from-behind win of a year ago.
But these Illini have grown stronger in
the past year. While Illinois showed signs

of great improvement in its' 63-21 thrash-
ing of Virginia in the MicronPC.com
Bowl, many thought last season was a
shot in the dark, a lucky guess on a multi-
ple-choice test.
Now the real test begins for the Illini.
Are they for real?
Two teams: Illinois and Michigan. Two
different motives: One is fighting for
revenge, the other is fighting for respect.
It all culminates tomorrow night.
MICHIGAN RUSHING VS. ILLINOIS RUSH-
ING DEFENSE: Lloyd Carr may believe his
team has been decimated by injuries, but
one thing still remains rock solid -the

offensive line. Illinois' front seven will
prove no tougher a challenge than UCLA
last week. But if Michigan's passing game
flutters, the Illini may put more beef in the
box. The Wolverines also need to improve
their third-and-short efficiency, after they
sputtered . on several opportunities last
week. Still, Michigan rushed for 263
yards against the Bruins. Expect more of
the same.
Advantage: Michigan

MICHIGAN PASSING vS. ILLINOIS PASSING
DEFENSE: How am I supposed to write this,
Mr. Carr, if I don't know who the quarter-
back is? Well, if Drew Henson plays --and
he should - things may start pretty slow
for the Michigan offense. Carr will likely
remain his ultra-conservative self early on.
As Henson becomes a little more comfort-
able with the pigskin, expect some trickery
thanks to the athleticism of the Golden Boy.
Michigan must be wary of Illinois defen-
sive end Fred Wakefield, who broke up two
passes in the win over Cal last week, includ-
ing one on a two-point conversion which
secured the victory. Wakefield also had two
See MATCHUPS, Page 14

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By Adam Kaplan
For hc Daily

helped them realize just how stiff Big Ten
competition is.
"The reality is the Big Ten provides

The road is tough. tough company" coach Mark Rosen said.
Things were going so well for the But, the loss against the Spartans gives
Michigan volleyball team (8-2) Michigan every incentive to play with
But, as Michigan enters conference more consistency at Ohio State.
play, it is encountering some challenging "You can't ride the highs and lows"
opposition. Wednesday against Michigan Rosen said. "We are going to have to exe-
State, the Wolverines fell three games to cute consistently."
two, which not only broke their six-match Physically, Michigan and Ohio State
winning streak, but at the same time, match up evenly. Although the Buckeyes

aren't the biggest team, they have quick-
ness on their sine.
We need "to control their speed,"
Rosen said.
Last season, Michigan split two rnatc*
es against Ohio State. Up to this point,
seniors Joanna Fielder and Alija Pittinger
have led Michigan to its success. While
Pittinger has displayed the most consis-
tent performances, Fielder has been the
sleeper, putting up a surprising 3.25 kills
per game.

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