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Weekend warriors
For a look at Nichi(an's huy weekend-
sports schedule, check (nline.
michigandaily.com /sports

P0 iTS

MARK
FRANCESCUTTI

Beware ofyourjise ,
expectations, Michi an

f introductory communications
and psychology classes teach you
anything, it's that you are biased
about things right from the start.
We're biased about sports - for
eimple: "Every team from
Northwestern sucks."
"\nd we're especially biased about
oar rivals.
'no weekend. I travelled with a
frind up to Munn Field to seek out
f aming couch remains. I went to see
Sparty, secretly developing plans to
vandalize that ugly block of stone: I
went to one of those infamous wild
pa r4 ies.
I even loitered around at the 7-
Eleven for a bit, waiting
for Michigan State bas-
ketball players. Like aI
All along, I scrambled Blue
to find those drunken Holmes
idiots I hear so much cally se
about --the kids who evidenc
ditch class, who are at thatA
college only for the free ,
beer and Animal House State is
mentality. or green
The ones that take cow we allt
raising 101 and three-
credit figure skating.
Like a Maize and Blue Sherlock
Holmes, I frantically pursued evi-
dence to bring back to Ann Arbor to
finally prove Michigan State is the
inferior green mess that we all think
it is.
But my low expectations and my
laughable ideas about life in East
Lansing didn't exactly equate with
reality.
As I walked into my friend's dorm,
looking in and out of rooms, I didn't
receive stuck-up glares and locked
doors.
I received invitations.
"Looking for someone? Can I
help ? Come on in and chat.'
Huh? Did I miss something?
Where was all the beer? Where were
all the people having sex in the hall-
ways?
Oh my god, is that someone ...
studying? What's going on here?
The point is, East Lansing is home
to a university. And a pretty good
one, in many areas.
Some Detroit columnists even
dared say the University to the north
is rising up to the Wolverines' level,
especially after the Spartans beat

Michigan in football and won a bas-
ketball national championship in the
past year.
Michigan State has its wild frater-
nities and behavioral problems --
naybe even a few too many - but
look in the mirror - so do we.
Our northern neighbors seem less
stressed and more inviting, some-
thing Michigan recruiters and
Michigan students might want to
look into.
But most importantly, my expecta-
tions of Michigan State defeated mc.

Shannon Melka sets up another spike by Alija Pittenger during Michigan's 3-0 victory over

Spikers crush Notre Dame, 3-0

An
Spar
[H ou

Maiz
Sherl
s, If,
arch
ce to
Michi
the
mes
think

nd this weekend, when the
tans (0-3 Big Ten) enter the Big
se, let's hope that the
Wolverines' expecta-
tions don't do the
e and sane.
lock Take every oppo-
ranti- nent seriously -- it's
ed for that damn clichc we
prove don't want to Bear.
'rove Do you really take
igan the Clippers seriously?
enferL- Did Florida State
s that take Duke seriously
C it is. this past Saturday'.
______ Rather, it was just a
serious opportunity

for Chris Weinke to get back in the
Heisman hunt, and for the Seminoles
to enjoy beating the shit out of the
pathetic, battered Blue Devils 63-14.
Michigan State football is down
from its 10-2 blitz last year. Three
less-than-spectacular wins, three
less-than-spectacular losses. No
Plaxico, several other key players
gone and an unproven group of cuar-
terbacks.
The buzz in Ann Arbor is the
Wolverines will "roll em."
The betting lines read Michigan by
16.
The college football gurus say
Wolverines by three touchdowns.
3ut before you celebrate the
Wolverines easily obliterating their
In-state rivals at home, just rem em-
ber - East Lansing can surprise
you.
And that's one expectation you can
count on.
- MarA Francescutti ai ,have
S011me res.pect fonr Michigan State.
hut is still bound ht 'Alaize and Blur
law to /redict a 3 1-13 Alichian
blowout. He can he reached at
nfriza/ncesw(crjuich.c'du.

By Richard Haddad rest of the team with her stoic demeanor. Michigan, bubbling Last year, Penn State doubled
Daily Spots w itcr with excitement, was reveline in its comeback, but Pittenger Michigan twice in the recular seas
refused to celebrate until a victory had been recorded. before the' Wolverines knocked the
In the heart ofa brutal Bie Ten schcduie, the Michican vol- Soon enough, it was, as a net penalty gave the Wolverines Nittany Lions out of the Big 'in
levball team caught a break last night, hosting a non-confer- a 16-14 win to go up 2-0 in the match. Tournament in a double-overtime
ence opponent for the final time this season. "When we're ahead. we have something to lose." Katrina thriller. This vear, the Wolverines wantf
That opponent came in the form ofNo. 21 Notre Dame (4- Lehman said. "When we're behind, we push much harder, both the Big Ten regular season atid
0 Big East, 14-5 overall). - because we can only gain" tournament crowns, but to get them
But Michigan (3-5 Big Ten, 13-6 overall) M \f 3 Game three played out to a similar script. they have to go through Penn State:
made the most of the rare opportunity to beat up Michigan consistently overshot its serves and "In past years they have been our,
on a national power outside of its own confer- N D' i't 0 returs to dig itself a 6-0 deficit, tallving side- road block to the Big Ten regular sea-
ence, sweeping the Fiehting Irish, 15-6. 16-14, outs but unable to capitalize. son championship," West Chester,
16-14. Freshman Chantel Reedus put the Wolverines on the board native Ashley Thomas said. "It shound
"Notre Dame is going to be the Big East champion and with a vicious spike, and that play sparked the squad. Then, be a tough game but I think we'116
they're going to the NCAA tournament," Michigan coach senior captain Sarah Behnke - who came off of the bench fired up.
Mark Rosen said, "And beating them is sonmething we need- after recently returning from injury - took over and set the In every Michigan-Penn State con-
ed to do to bring ourselves up to that level." tone for Michigan. test emotions and intensity run high:
The Wolverines dominated the match at the outset, storm- Alternating between powerful kills and-strategically placed Especially for the five Wolverines
ing to an 11-2 lead in the first game en route to a 15-6 victo- touches, Behnke sprayed a dizzying array of balls at the Irish, returning to their home state, the gani
ry, recording an amazing .429 attack percentage in the and the vast majority ofthem found their target -evidenced is as personal as it is competitive.
process. by her unreal .650 attack percentage. Raising her arms tri- "I always want to beat them fe
Michigan's next two game wins were much more difficult. umphantly and jubilantly screaming, every point was accom- most because I know a lot of the irTs
Furious back-and-forth exchanges marked the beginning painied by unbridled enthusiasm. "We've been working on and have some pretty inte
of game two, but Notre Dame eventually jumped out to a mental strength in practice these last couple days, and it grudges." Lititz, Pa. native JcssW
commanding I1-5 lead on a beautiful service ace that grazed showed," Rosen said. "We stayed steady, kept siding out, sid- Rose said.
the corner of the court. ing out, staying in the match until we won." "My friends that go to Penn Statt
"It isn't always possible to lead wire-to-wire," Rosen said, Such mental strength was personified in sophomore always talk trash about Michigan, but I
"especially against a team as good as Notre Dame. Being able Katrina Lehman. Tenaciously patrolling the net before every just laugh because they can't and
to come back and get the win shows a lot of character" serve, staring across, daring the Irish to hit it to her, Lehman won't ever beat us at anything because
And on this night, character was plentiful for the let it be known that she would annihilate any ball that entered they suck."
\Volverines. Senior captain Alija Pittenger started to rain her domain. And to record the match's final three points, she - In Pennsylvania, where field hockey
smash ater angrv smash upon the helpless Irish, carrving her did. This time, even Pittenger participated in the ensuing tri-
team and providing a stark contrast to the enthusiasm of the umphant celebration. See PENN STATE, Page 12A
Senior year brings return to form for Lan eld

By Ryan C. Moloney
Dai SportsWriter

It's been two-and-a-half years since
that fateful n i eht in Boston, when an
unlikelv freshman made perhaps
Michigan hock-
cv's areatest
wrap- a ro u nd HOCKEY
move - good Notebook
for the national
championship-
winning goal in overtime.
The goal raised the bar vet again for
a prpud hockey program, but for Josh
Langfeld, personal expectations alone
in the wake of "the goal" became exces-
sive. olow do you top a moment like
that? You can't, at least not all at once
and nowadays the fact isn't lost on the
tall left winel.
The senior, an after-practice fixture

on the Yost ice, does not break from tra-
dition on this day. Dutifully, he sets up
shop in the slot opposite an up-to-tlle-
task Kevin O'MaIllev in goal. "Slap ...
slap," the noise of stick leeting ice and
the puck bounces off the rafters and
empty bleachers.
Ironic, considerine Josh Lanefeld's
coal-scoringsuccess this season -four
goals in as many (ames - is, for the
most pal, courtesy of his 6-3, 220-
pound presence in ffront of the goal.
Coach Red Berenson wants to use
Langfeld in a number of spots on the
ice, perhaps in light of Langfeld's
renewed Midas touch in goal-scorin'
and Langfeld does aot disagree.
"Anytime you can (et around the net,
get open and get good wood on it -
some goalies in this lcacue aren't that
good so if you can get the puck quick
and get it off you can beat a lot of guvs,"

Gerald R. Ford

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2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
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