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Michigan's new varsity sport, women's
water polo, announced its schedule
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WEDNESDAY 1
nichigandaily.com/sports SEPTEMBER 27, 2000

Wolverines rebound at
home, spike Toledo

AROUND THE HORN

Traditionalist coaches
scoff at instant replay

'y Kristen Fidh
For the Daily
Sometimes, what makes a team good
are the same qualities movie-goers look
fgr in an entertaining villain. For last
night's match against the Toledo, the
Michigan volleyball team pulled
together in sweeping the Rockets 15-8,
15-6, and 15-6.
Coming off the road against
Michigan State and Ohio State resulted
in morale-crushing defeats for the
Wolverines last week, but playing Mid-
American Conference team Toledo was
a breth of fresh air.
"This was an opportunity for us to
work'on some stuff that we needed to
get better at," Assistant Coach Leisa
Rosen said. "We needed to get more
consistent, making our serve-receive
more consistent, and I think that we did
that.
Th win was a team effort, extending
the spotlight to Michigan's newcomers.
Veteran Wolverines Nicole Kacor,

Katrina Lehman, Sarah Behnke and
Joanna Fielder served, set and killed the
ball well enough to step aside for the
team's freshmen.
Joining Shannon Melka, Alija
Pittenger and Annie Maxwell on the
court were freshmen Erin Moore and
Chantel Reedus.
"This is the first time I got to play all
the way around," Reedus said. "Going
through practice everyday, you never
know if you are going to play or not, so
its exciting when we get a chance to"
Reedus played impressively, scoring
four kills for the night, along with
Moore who racked up six kills.
Experienced Michigan
blockerShannon Melka helped the
newcomers along in providing a total of
37 sets.
"It was great to see Chantal and Erin
get out there," Melka said. "They work
hard at practice and are good additions
to the team."
As for Toledo, three key players car-
See TOLEDO, Page 12

Buckeyes visit paralyzed Penn State corner

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Annie Maxwell and Michigan returned home last night to overpower Toledo.,
Maxwell led the Wolverines to a 10-0 start in the evening's second game.

'Dynamics' key as unproven contribute in win

By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Editor
Lloyd Carr and Ohio State coach
John Cooper may guide rival pro-
grams, but they can agree on one
thing: Instant replay has no place in
college football.
After two incorrect fumble calls
last week in the Michigan-Illinois
game, Big Ten media have mumbled
about the possibility.
Does the technology exist?
Certainly.
Is it feasible'? Not if you ask them.
"It would not bother me to have
instant replay on the college level,
but I don't think financially you're
going to see that happen," Cooper
said. "There are a lot of schools that
are struggling just to have a football
program."
Carr acknowledges that the col-
lege guise is already significantly
longer than its NFL counterpart, and
said that replay would be a "distrac-
tion and not positive."
"We can spend that kind of money
in much better ways than on elec-
tronic equipment for instant replay,"
Carr said.
Illinois fourth-year coach Ron
Turner dissents - and claims that
last Saturday's game did not affect
his feeling on the matter.
"If you would have asked me this
question last week I would have
given you the same answer," Turner
said. "With the technology we have
now days, there's plenty of money,
plenty of resources. If the NCAA
made a decision, it could happen."
But Turner said that traditionalist-
minded coaches will likely prevent
its implementation.
Meanwhile, Carr voiced his frus-
tration with the Big Ten after it
acknowledged Monday that the fum-
ble calls were incorrect.
"I have made (comments about)
my extreme displeasure with the
conference office regarding the press
release - I've made my comments

to them," Carr said.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno men-
tioned that instant replay "might be
something we could take a look at,"
but admitted that he hadn't had mu- ch
time to think about it.
TAILIAFERRO STILL HOSPITALIZED:
Paterno couldn't sleep Saturday
night, and said he struggled with the
decision to come home with the team
or stay at Ohio State University
Hospital in Columbus after.
Saturday's game.
Penn State freshman corner Adam
Taliaferro was seriously injuredon
the field Saturday, incurring a severe
cervical spine injury.
According to a statement released.
by Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli,,
Taliaferro "was able to bend 'his
elbows and things like that but he.
really had no feeling in his hands]
had no ability to move his fingers,.
and had no feeling in his legs."
Taliaferro suffers from a:'1Yrs1-
fracture" to his C5 vertebra, wfir h is
about midway down the neck. In
most cases, the patient do'es.not
recover very much feeling.
"If a cord is cut, there's not a
chance," Sebastianelli ,.said.
"If a cord is bruised, there's a
chance. We really don't know whati
kind of chance that would be."
Taliaferro was given X-Rays, CAT
scans and an MRI after the game to
determine his prognosis and under-
went surgery in an attempt to repair
nerve damage.
"He's got a tough road ahead, of
him," Paterno said. "He's beginning
to sense some things in his legs and
hands."
Cooper and other Buckeyes have@
visited Taliaferro several times since
his hospitalization.
"Every once in a while you forget
how great this game is," Paterno
said. "People go out there and knock
each other around, but in the clutch
they're there for each other."
The team has organized a student
See BIG TEN, Page 12

By Adam Kaplan
For theDaily
After losing two conference games
against Michigan State and Ohio State,
the Michigan volleyball team managed
to wir a relatively easy match against
Toledo last night.
Several youthful players off the bench,
including outside hitter Chantel Reedus
and middle blocker Erin Moore, were
giversome quality playing time.
"We don't really have any injuries,"
Coach Mark Rosen said. "We are tired.
We have been on the road three weeks in
a row, with consecutive midweek match-
es. It has been really good to get our

older players some rest, while giving the
younger players playing time."
Like every other team in the extreme-
ly competitive Big Ten, the Wolverines
have had to deal with adversity playing
on the road. But who said Michigan
couldn't overcome such a challenge?
"The biggest thing for us is team
dynamics - not so much skills, but
playing together as a team;' senior mid-
dle blocker Joanna Fielder said.
Apparently, the issue of team dynam-
ics played a part in last night's match
against Toledo. Defeating Toledo
required more than just skilled play; it
demanded that the bench players step up
for the tired veterans and provide some

positive contributions.
"This is the third time I've gotten to
play. It is a lot of fun," said freshman
Reedus, who saw sparse action in the
team's other games.
Certainly, "Shawn,"as teammates call
her, made the most of her playing time.
Reedus provided the team with four kills
during some crucial parts of the second
and third games.
"It was a great opportunity to get a lot
more people in the lineup," Rosen said.
"We did that and they did a great job. It's
hard against the Big Ten to substitute
much because the teams are pretty good
across the board. So, I think it was good
to get these younger players in and give

them some experience and also for us to
start to see what they can do"
For most of this grueling season to
date, the Wolverines have been forced to
find ways to claw back from defeat.
But the victory against Toledo, 3-0,
convinced fans that the team can func-
tion on all cylinders. It must continue to
do so to win the Big Ten.
Winning is about team dynamics and
execution. And as Fielder suggested, the
Wolverines may just have the ingredients
for success - the skill, the will power
and veteran leadership.
But to be successful in the Big Ten,
Michigan must put all those components
together.

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