SportsMonday - Monday, October 23, 2000 -
Blue wins 3-2, recovers
from physical weekend
Volleyball swept again iij
latest Big Ten weekend
By Kristen Fidh
DAily Sports Writer
By Jeff Phillips
1)'aly Sports Witer
The Michigan women's soccer team
(6-3-1 Big Ten, 9-6-1 overall) entered
yesterday's game against Wisconsin-
Milwaukee bumped and bruised, and
left the 3-2 victory over the Panthers
A day after the Wolverines wrapped
up the Big len season with a tie against
Northwestern, Michigan rested their
wounds in preparation for No. I Notre
Dame. But it got more than it expected
from a physically punishing Wisconsin-
"We had no idea how physical they
were going to be," Michigan coach
Debbie Belkin Rademacher said.
Michigan got off to a quick start after
Kacv Beitel scored a goal just five min-
utes into the game.
The Wolverines continued the offen-
sive explosion by scoring two goals
within two minutes at the end of the first
Marie Spaccarotella knocked in an
Erika Kleinholz cross with 18 minutes
Michigan's third goal.
The Wolverines narrowly missed a
fourth goal after Beitel leapt above the
Wisconsin-Milwaukee defenders for a
powerful header that bounced off the
Michigan ended the half with a 3-0
lead. but returned in the second half to
an opponent that was ready for battle.
The Panthers and Wolverines kept
the referees at attention with constant
shoving, grabbing and tripping.
Despite the physicality, neither team
drew a yellow or a red card. Each team
drew about the same amount of penal-
ties, with neither team showing them-
selves as the aggressor.
Physical play "is a characteristic of
weaker teams and college teams in gen-
eral," Spaccarotella said.
The style of play favored Wisconsin-
Milwaukee as the Panthers were able to
keep the Michigan at bay while finally
earning a genuine scoring chances.
With the game seemingly in hand
with 15 minutes left in the game and the
Wolverines still ahead by three,
Rademacher put in many players who
have not had the opportunity to play
much of the season.
The Michigan women's soccer team plays in the Big Ten Tournament in two weeks.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee took advan-
tage of the inexperienced players and
finally notched a goal with just over ten
"We had a lot of new faces in and we
were just getting used to" (playing
together), goalkeeper Carissa Stewart
The Panthers continued to pressure
the defense and it paid off. With less
than two minutes to play, Wisconsin-
Milwaukee earned a free kick from just
outside the penalty box. The Panthers'
Erin Blaedow shot the ball toward the
short side of the goal while avoiding the
four-man wall and Stewart never had a
In the final minute, the
Wolverines' defense stood strong and
held on for the win.
On Friday, Michigan hosted
Northwestern (2-6-1, 3-10-1) for its
final Big Ten game of the season. The
Wolverines battled to a 0-0 tie with the
Wildcats, despite firing 39 shots.
In the final two minutes of the second
overtime period, Michigan's Stephanie
Chavez - who leads the team in points
- had a chance to win with a break-
away, but her shot sailed high.
"We're very disappointed," Beitel
said. "It hurts to dominate a game and
not put a goal in."
The tie puts Michigan back into
third in the Big Ten, behind Wisconsin
and Penn State. Both team's defeated
the Wolverines in head-to-head com-
It is called the actor-observer effect.
Human nature bids people to blame oth-
ers for mistakes and claim all accom-
plishments. Defeated by Iowa this past
Friday and Minnesota on Saturday, the
Michigan volleyball team knows how to
lose with humility.
Coming off a close loss to Iowa on
Friday, the Wolverines prepared to face
their toughest match of the year on
Saturday. First-place Minnesota hoped
to intimidate Michigan as the team is
only seventh in the conference.
"Minnesota wasn't going to give us
anything" Michigan coach Mark Rosen
said. "Everything we take will have to
The Wolverines (3-7 Big Ten, 12-8
overall) lost in three games to the
Golden Gophers 5-15, 9-15 and 9-15,
but, aside from the sloppy first round,
games two and three arguably showed
the best team work Michigan has uti-
lized thus far.
"We really had nothing to lose,"
sophomore Katrina Lehamn said,
"Minnesota is ahead of us in every sin-
gle poll. In the locker room we decided
to just put everything out on the court
and play our hardest"
Freshman Erin Moore and senior
Shawna Olson briefly stepped on the
court, aiding the team in scorng and
defense while Nicole Kacor and Sarah
Behnke consistently rotated.
"We were trying to stabilize some-
thing, shuffling a lot as we tried to find
domination," Rosen said.
But leading the Wolverines was fresh-
man Chantel Reedus. Racking up 10
kills and I I digs for the game, Reedus
showed the crowd at Cliff Keen arena
exactly why she was selected in 1999's
High School top 50 by Volleyb'
"It feels good to be able t come
and be able to play," Reedus sa
"Every time I go up the girls cheer
me, and it really means a lot."
The previous night, Reedus w*
to shine despite a loss to lowa. Winni
in five games, the Hawkeves, sixth I
the Big Ten, pulled out of a 2
Michigan lead going into the'thi
The Wolverines dominated gdn
one and two as Iowa huged the n
lacking in their hustle. Reedus was al
to dominate the ball, leading the team
win 15-10 and 15-12.
To Michigan's dismay, the next th
games were in Iowa's favor. Mic9
failed in getting under the ball qui
enough and in attacking the ball, hi
enough, losing 6-15, 14-16 and 13-L:
Though Reedus was able to rack-ul
career-high 19 kills and 13 blocks, t
team was not in unity.
"It was our attacking that made th
blocking look good. I didn't think
attacked well at all in -the lasC tht
games," Michigan coach Mark P
said. "I thought we had our attack
one-on-one situations. And when thc
is one of our attackers to one blocke
expect them to put the ball away, a
Coach Rosen attempted a blocki
strategy in game three by bringing
freshman Nicole Poquette for jun
"We were trying to get better bloc
ing," Rosen said. "They had a big pl
er matched up with our smallest p
Shannon, and we tried to spin th
but it obviously didn't work"
Looking to the future, the team p,
pares to face Penn State andIndiana
the road in the upcoming weekend.
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finished a B3eitel pass for
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