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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 24, 2001

Volleyball losses to a
lesser-foe in Evanston

Bonds hits 65, 66 - on
pace for new record

Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer
Errors proved to be the Michigan
volleyball team's toughest opponent
this weekend. The Wolverines'(0-2
Big Ten, 3-5) errors cost them two
hard fought matches against North-
western and No. 9 Wisconsin.
Going into Madison on Saturday
night, Michigan had just lost its Big
Ten opener to Northwestern in a
grueling five-game match, plagued
by mistakes. Michigan needed to
regroup and play focused against
last year's runner-up in the National
The Badgers, however, proved too
much for Michigan, defeating them
-in four games (30-13, 30-24, 24-30,
For the second match of the week-
end, the Wolverines again commit-
ted more errors than their opponent.
This time, however, Wisconsin
earned everything they got, whereas
at Northwestern, it was merely the
team's failure to execute.
Michigan was unable to overcome
the Badgers and their star senior
Sherisa Livingston.
"Sherisa Livingston is the best
athlete in the country," head coach
Mark Rosen said. "She is the best
athlete I've ever seen play volley-
Livingston, a 6-foot-2 dominant
force in the middle, contributed to

the Badgers' win by leading both
teams. withl9 kills. Livingston's
dominance was reinforced by the
entire Wisconsin team, which lost
only one game - the third - to the
Wolverines. This was the only game
in the match in which Michigan out-
hit the Badgers. But this momentum
was quickly shattered as Wisconsin
powered back in the fourth game
and demolished the Wolverines.
The Badgers were given tremendous
help in the final game of the match,
as the Wolverines scored as many
errors as they did kills.
. Michigan's brightest star was Jen-
nifer Gandolph. In just her second
Big Ten match of the season, Gan-
dolph put up team-highs of 17 kills
and 15 digs.
This marks Gandolph's second
double-double of the season - the
first coming against Pittsburgh - and
places her third on the team in over-
all kills and first in overall digs.
"She played great against Wiscon-
sin. I'm proud of that," Rosen said.
"She is the type of player that can
dominate a game."
Gandolph's efforts, along with
sophomore Erin Moore, who was
second on the team with 11 kills,
were not enough to overcome the 25
errors that the team committed.
Disaster struck time and again as
the Wolverines were unable to con-
vert their attacks into points and
instead gave away points with

Sophomore Erin Moore (No. 17) and freshman Jennifer Gandolph (No. 3) couldn't
reach high enough to stop Northwesten or Wisconsin this weekend.

numerous errors. This loss capped
off a weekend of miscues on the part
of the Wolverines.
Against the Wildcats, Michigan
committed 38 errors that contributed
to a 3-2 loss (21-30, 30-23, 32-34,
30-15, 15-13). This was double its
previous average of 19 errors per
According to Rosen, the length of
the game was a major factor in a
troublesome number of errors com-
mitted. Of the five games, only one
- the fourth game- was a
Northwestern was able to domi-
nate the Wolverines and force a fifth
game after Michigan had taken a 2-1
advantage in the match.
After falling behind early, the
Wolverines were able to tie the
game at 6-6. Following that, North-
western grabbed two points which
was enough to carry them on to a

15-13 victory.
These losses taught the team that
self-inflicted errors, as much as
being out-played by an opponent,
can lose a match. The Wolverines
also learned that they cannot enter
into any game expecting an easy
Northwestern was the worst team
in the Big Ten last year, but was
able to defeat the unprepared
"We learned not to play to the
opponent's level," Rosen said. "We
weren't playing as aggressively and
as motivated as we could."
Michigan's inability to consider
Northwestern a serious opponent
cost them dearly as they are now
winless in conference play. But
Rosen believes the team learned
from this.
"Our team understands that we
must be self-motivated," Rosen said.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Barry Bonds
hit his 65th and 66th home runs Sunday,
leaving him four shy of Mark McG-
wire's record with 12 games to play, as
the San Francisco Giants beatlthe San
Diego Padres 11-2.
Barry Bonds is seven games ahead of
Mark McGwire's 1998 pace.
After the Padres kept Bonds in the
yard the first two games of this series,
the slugger quickly resumed his pursuit
of McGwire's record of 70 in 1998.
Bonds homered in consecutive at-bats
off rookie Jason Middlebrook, tying
him with Sammy Sosa for the second-
mosthome runs in a season.
Bonds hit a 411-foot solo shot off the
permanent wall in straightaway center
on a 2-1 count with two outs in the sec-
ond inning, giving San Francisco a 4-0
With one out in the fourth, he hit a
high, arching shot on a 2-0 pitch - a
91-mph fastball - that barely cleared
the fence in left for a 7-1 lead. Bonds
raised both arms in the air as he stepped
on home plate.
The homers came in San Francisco's
150th game. McGwire hit his 65th in St.
Louis' 157th game in 1998, and his 66th
in the Cardinals' 161st.
Sosa hit his 66th and final homer of
1998 in the Chicago Cubs' 160th game.
Bonds set a majorleague record with
34 road homers. He started the day tied
at 32 with Babe Ruth (1927) and McG-
wire (1998).
Bonds also broke Ruth's major

league record for most homers over two,
seasons by a left-handed batter. Bonds
hit 49 home runs in 2000 to give him
115 in the past two seasons - one more
than Ruthhad in 1927-28.
Bonds has nine homers against San
Diego this season and 61 in his career,
the most ever by an opponent against
With 560 career homers, Bonds is
three shy of matching Reggie Jackson
for seventh place all-time.
Bonds grounded out in the sixth and
reached on a fielder's choice in the sev-
enth. With the Giants leading 11-2,
manager Dusty Baker had Dante Powell
pinch-hit for Bonds in the eighth. The
fans, who normally boo Bonds, booed
that move.
Rich Aurilia also homered for the
Giants, a solo shot just ahead of Bonds
in the fourth. It was his career-high
All the Giants regulars had at least
one hit, with J.T. Snow going 4-for-5 to
match his career-high. Bonds, Snow,
Ramon Martinez, Jeff Kent and
Edwards Guzman each drove in two;
Middlebrook relieved another rookie,
Junior Herndon, with just one out in the
first and the Giants leading 3-0. Hern-
don (2-5) allowed three runs and four
He walked two, including Bonds,
who scored on Snow's single. Kent had
an RBI double and Martinez an RBI

Soccer prevails in Big Ten home opener, 1-0

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with gusty winds, Zawacki had to save numerous
high balls. ilis biggest save came in the first half
on a floater that hit the cross bar, then bounced
straight to a waiting Wildcat. Fortunately for the
Wolverines, Zawacki was able to smother the ball
before it found the net.
"Joe Zawacki played extremely well again,"
Michigan coach Steve Burns said. "lie's looking
like an All-Big Ten performer."
For Burns, the victory indicated that his team is
learning how to beat different styles of play.
As Michigan prepared all week for a packed-in
Northwestern defense, the Wildcats surprised the
Wolverines by pressing them in the first half. But,
as Michigan began to expose Northwestern's lack
of team speed, the Wildcats shifted in the second
half to their typically conservative style on
The win over Northwestern rmarked Michigan's
first conference win this season, and its fifth win
in its first six games. Northwestern remains win-
less for the season after losing four games and
tying two.
At Elbel Field Friday, Michigan beat non-con-
ference foe Butler (0-4) 2-0 in a choppy, muddy

and gritty victory. On the soggy grass, defender
Kevin Taylor and midfielder Knox Cameron
emerged to score for the Wolverines.
Taylor's score came from a perfect corner kick
feed from J.J. Kern. Untouched in front of the net,
the 6-4 Taylor buried a header past Bulldog goal-
keeper Jason Richarz.
"J.J. hit an absolute dime," Taylor said. "I was
surprised to be that open."
Burns was also pleased with the execution of
the set play.
"The set piece was the mosh-pit corner kick,"
Burns said. "We just put bodies on bodies."
With 22 minutes left in the first half, the com-
plexion of the game changed when Butler was
awarded a penalty kick. '
Butler's Michael Mariscalco struck a strong
shot to the low left corner, but Zawacki.made an
incredible diving save.
"That save added an instant lift to our team,"
Burns said.
Butler, playing from behind most of the game,
could not mount a significant offensive threat
after that, thanks to the play of defenders like Joe
Marking physical forward Nick Pantazi for the
entire game, the smaller Iding was able to keep his
man from causing any damage.

As a man marker, "you have to have a warrior
mentality," Iding said.
Despite' leading 1-0 for most of the game,
Michigan continued to attack.
As the game opened up in the second half,
Michigan forward Robert Turpin and Knox
Cameron launched several forays into the Bull-
dogs' defense.
With two minutes left, Cameron scored unas-
sisted to clinch the game. The goal came on a
nifty fake and a low left-footed shot on the left
The Wolverines displayed impressive killer
instinct in the win, coming at the Bulldogs all
game and refusing to sit back and rest on their
one-goal lead.
Michigan's two victories gave the Alumni
Weekend crowd a great deal to cheer about. The
event, open to past Michigan club and varsity soc-
cer alumni, allowed the team an opportunity to
thank those who set the foundation for team's var-
sity status.
For last year's captain Will Purdy, the weekend
was a great way to reconnect with his former
"I wouldn't miss this for the world," Purdy said.
The Wolverines next play Dayton, Friday at

Junior forward Robert Turpin (15) battles for position against a Northwestern
defender. Turpin was later awarded a yellow card for unsportsmanlike behavior.

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