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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday, September 10, 2001- 7B

Resilient spikers win
Pepsi Challenge title

Career low scores
land 'M' golf in fourth

By Charles Paradis
For the Daily
After losing three straight matches in
the Hawaiian Airlines Classic, the
Michigan volleyball team turned its sea-
son around by winning the Pepsi Vol-
leyball Challenge in Ann Arbor this
weekend. This came as no surprise to
head coach Mark Rosen.
"I saw it in warm-ups, there was a
hunger that you love to see," Rosen said.
"Some teams would go 0-3 and look
dejected and feel sorry for themselves.
This team was very, very hungry
tonight."
In the tournaments first two matches,
Michigan easily defeated Pittsburgh and
Eastern Michigan in straight games. The
Wolverines disposed of the Panthers 30-
18, 30-20, 30-27 on Friday night.
On Saturday afternoon, Michigan
defeated the Eagles in three consecutive
30-18 games.
Freshman Jennifer Gandolph had 31
kills and led the team with 38 digs over
the weekend.
"One of our major goals was to win
the tournament and sweep everybody,"
Gandolph said.
Michigan (3-3) faced its toughest
opponent, an undefeated Georgia team,
in the last match of the tournament.
From the beginning, it was obvious
that the two teams were well matched.
Knotted at 29-29, an attack error by
Georgia put the Wolverines up 30-29.
The team needed just one point to win
the game and take a 1-0 lead in the
match. That point came from Gandolph
as she slammed a kill past a Georgia
player.
"I like winning big points or the last
point of the game," said Gandolph. "I'm
hungry for the ball."
Finding themselves down a game to
the Wolverines, in the second game to
hand the Wolverines a 22-30 loss.

Michigan actually had its highest attack
percentage (.370) of the match, but
Georgia played its best game, with an
astonishing attack percentage (.593) of
its own.
After the intermission, the Wolverines
came out with renewed fire, winning the
game 30-19. They played better defense
and dominated the net to secure a win.
Rosen's major changes for the third
game were all on the defensive side of
the ball.
"If you can dig a couple of balls, you
can force the other team to make more
errors and to doubt themselves a little
bit," Rosen said in response to the
team's mere six digs in the second
game.
Lisa Gamalski won the game with a
service ace, putting Michigan up two
games to one. The Wolverines needed
one more game to win the match and the
tournament.
Again down and this time backed
against a wall, Georgia tried to muster
another win against the Wolverines. It
looked as if the Bulldogs might be able
to pull off the win when they were lead-
ing 22-17. But Michigan would not be
denied.
Leading 23-20, the Bulldogs became
sloppy, committing four straight errors
that allowed lvichigan to take the lead.
Gamalski, the setter, came up big
again. She secured the tourney win by
tapping the ball over the net, instead of
setting it.
All-Tournament Team: Four Wolver-
ines - Katrina Lehman, Chantel
Reedus, Gamalski, and sophomore Erin
Moore - were named to the All-Tour-
nament Team. Moore was also named
the tournament's Most Valuable Player
for her 29 kills, 31 digs and overall play.
"There is no doubt she is a very spe-
cial player," Rosen said. "Erin is doing a
great job, she is learning the game very
quickly."

By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer

It was a weekend that could only
be described as good, but not great
for the Michigan men's golf team.
Andy Matthews, Kyle Kilcherman
and Andrew Chapman all posted
career-best 18-hole scores at the 54-
hole Badger Invitational tournament
in Wisconsin, while David Nichols
tallied his career-best total score.
But the Wolverines' team score of
867 (three-over-par) landed them in
fourth place out of fifteen teams, 14
shots off the pace of 853 set by tour-
nament champion Toledo.
"The weather was horrible (yester-
day)," Michigan coach Jim Carras
said. "Toledo didn't care though -
they just went out and played tough."
The team was led by Matthews,
who began his senior campaign as a
Wolverine by finishing in sixth place
individually with a score of 214.
After rounds of 72 and 75 on Satur-
day, Matthews charged up the leader

board yesterday by firing a 67 to end
the weekend at two-under-par.
Chapman and Kilcherman each
recorded their career-low scores of 69
during play on Saturday en route to
finishes of 17th and 29th, respectively.
Nichols' 54-hole total of 219 was
his best as a Wolverine and landed
him in 25th place. The individual title
was taken by Wisconsin's Jon Tur-
cott, who fired a nine-under-par 207
on his home course.
"We learned that we had some fire-
power," Carras said. "We need to
learn to close the door, that once we
get it going, to keep it going."
The competition also marked the
debut of redshirt freshman Rob Tighe,
who managed to score a 227 to finish
in 54th place for the weekend.
The fall season will continue next
weekend for the Wolverines, as they
head to Minneapolis for the PSI Net
Collegiate Invitational.
"I'm very pleased - there's room
for improvement, but it's up to us
where we want to go.

BRANDUN ELOFL-/Daily
Junior Katrina Lehman puts the finishing touches on a point against Pittsburgh on
Friday night. The Wolverines won all three games against the Panthers.

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