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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 3, 2001


Unbeaten Iowa will be tested against Boilers
For The Daly

Women golfers face
long weekend ahead

As the weather gets cooler around the Big Ten, con-
ference play swings into full gear on the gridiron.
Remarkable finishes highlighted last weekend's play,
but this weekend features a schedule full of mismatch-
(1-0, 3-0), 12 P.M. (ESPN): Purdue returns home,
after surviving a scare from Minnesota 35-27, thanks
in part to a remarkable comeback. Led by quarterback
Brandon Hance, who threw three touchdowns and
caught another, the Boilermakers overcame an 11-
point fourth quarter deficit.
This week, coach Joe Tiller AROUND TH -
and the Boilermakers play host TEN
to fellow unbeaten Iowa. The G
Hawkeyes kept Penn State
coach Joe Patemo in search of his elusive record-tying
victory this past Saturday, having their way with the
Nittany Lions at home, 24-18.
The Hawkeyes, who hit the road for the first tine,
are led by senior quarterback Kyle McCann, who
threw for 255 yards and one touchdown against a
porous Nittany Lions defense.
Look for Iowa to have trouble with Purdue's high
powered offensive machine on the road as the Boiler-
makers will fine tune their engine for a homecoming
date with the Wolverines.
Purdue 28, Iowa 14
(1-0, 2-1), 7:45 P.M. (ESPN): Newcomer Jim Tres-
sel faces his first real conference test as the coach of
Ohio State as the Buckeyes host the Wildcats.
In Ohio State's win at Indiana, freshman Lydell
Ross ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns, adding
depth to the Ohio State backfield. Incumbent senior
Jonathan Wells still starts at the tailback position and
the duo hopes to offset the inconsistency of quarter-
back Steve Bellisari.
The Wildcats come off an improbable victory
against Michigan State last week, winning the game
on a 47-yard field goal as time expired. Quarterback
Zak Kustok threw for 231 yards and rushed for a sea-
son high 105 yards, helping to overcome an unusually
poor day for All-America running back Damien
In the Big Ten's biggest game of the day, Damien
Anderson will dominate, and Northwestern, which has


Iowa tailback Ladell Betts is mobbed by his linemen in last Saturday's game against Penn State.

gotten off to its first 3-0 start since 1962, will stay
Northwestern 24, Ohio State 13
MINNESOTA (0-1, 1-2) AT LLINOIS (0-1, 3-1): In a
matchup of two teams reeling from disappointing
losses last weekend, the Golden Gophers head to
Champagne to face an Illinois team embarrassed this
past Saturday.
Minnesota and coach Glen Mason feel cheated after
what they deem poor officiating in the aforementioned
classic against Purdue. Now they head on the road for
an important game in an effort to save their season.
The Gophers have been led by running back Tellis
Redmon, who rushed for 152 yards against Purdue,
and is on his way to another stellar 1,000-yard season,
having already amassed 315 yards on the ground.
On the other hand, the Illinois defense was exposed
by an unusually high powered Michigan offense in
their 45-20 loss. Quarterback Kurt Kittner, who threw
for 244 yards against the Wolverines, will look to get
the Illini back on track.
Illinois needs to have this game, as it has dropped
out of the top 25, and heads into a light part of their

schedule - it's not facing another ranked team until
Illinois 37, Minnesota 21
INDIANA (0-1, 0-3) AT WISCONSIN (1-0, 3-2): Indi-
ana looks for its first win of the season as it heads to
Madison to take on the grumpy Badgers.
The Hoosiers lost 27-14 last weekend to Ohio State,
as senior quarterback Antwaan Randle El took snaps
most of the way, finally airing it out and throwing for
a season high 181 yards.
Wisconsin has won two in a row since starting the
season 1-2. In last week's win against Western Ken-
tucky, quarterbacks Brooks Bollinger and Jim Sorgi
split time, with Sorgi putting up slightly better num-
bers. Still the Badgers are led by the running the
game, as freshman Anthony Davis has already gar-
nered over 700 yards, following in the tradition of
stand out running backs at Wisconsin.
This week look for Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez
to continue working Bollinger back into the game
slowly, and rely upon Davis, who will be more than
enough against an inept Indiana defense.
Wisconsin 27, Indiana 10

By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer
Think your week is tough?
Try living the lifestyle of the Michi-
gan women's golf team.
This weekend, the Wolverines will
play for four days straight, cover 90
holes of golf, and participate in two
tournaments in different states.
"It will be grueling," junior Kim
Benedict said. "But the less we think
about (the 90 holes) the less it
becomes a factor in how we play."
As tough as the weekend may be, it
will provide the first test of how far
the Wolverines have come in this
young 2001-02 season. The four-day
marathon begins at a familiar place -
the University of Michigan Golf
Course - with the Wolverine Invita-
tional on Oct. 6-7.
After that, Michigan will move on
to the Women's Collegiate Shootout
in Franklin, Ind. - the site of the
Wolverines' school-record 18-hole
score of 287, set last season - for 54
more holes.
Last year's Wolverine Invitational
champion, senior Courtney Reno, will
be joined by fellow
seniors Misia
Lemanski, LeAnna
Wicks and Benedict
and freshman Laura Michigan
Olin for five of the who: Michigan hosts
six spots for this tional.
weekend's tourna- When: Saturday at 9
ments. The quintet 8:30 a.m.
is coming off a bye Latest: Senior Courtn
to defend her Wolveri
week after its as Michigan hitstheI
record-setting marathon in Ann Arbo
weekend at the eye their first team ti
Lady Northern on Invitational since 199
Sept. 23, but even
with the week of the Wolverines are
still confident that their momentum
has not been affected.
The time away from competition
"has pushed us to work even more,"
Benedict said. "We've been practicing
hard and even though we won at the
Northern there was still plenty for us
to work on."
The rest of the team has been play-
ing a qualifier this week for the sixth
individual spot. The sixth member will
be determined within the next few
days. Michigan coach Kathy Teichert
said sophomore Sarah Kruer and
senior Bess Bowers are currently atop
the leaderboard for the final position.
Michigan will be utilizing two
teams this weekend - its top six com-

from 9:54 to 10:39 a.m. on Saturday.
The Maize team, which will be made
up of the remaining four golfers, tees
off from 9-9:45 a.m..
Sunday's 18 holes will start with a 9
a.m. shotgun.
Whichever six make up the Blue
team for Michigan will have a chance
to reverse recent history at the
Wolverine Invitational. The home
advantage has not existed for Michi-
gan, as it has finished as low as ninth
and only as high as second in the past
five tournaments. The last time the
Wolverines won their own event was
in 1991, which was also the last time
the tournament took place prior to a
four-year hiatus.
Since the Wolverine Invitational
restarted in 1996, Baylor, Michigan
State, Ohio and Indiana - twice -
have claimed Michigan's only home
event. But the past can't shake the
confidence of anyone who is playing
this weekend.
"You bring to the table a new
team," Teichert said. "This year's
team is an exceptional group and with
the field at our own tournament we'd
have to be considered as early

golf course

sthe Wolverine Invita-
a.m. and Sunday at
ey Reno will attempt
ne Inviatational title
links for a 90-hole
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tle at the Wolverine
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favorites. When you
host you want to-play
Much like at the
Lady Northern, the
Big Ten will be well-
represented at the
Indiana Shootout -
2001 NCAA Cham-
pionship qualifier
Purdue will be com-
peting, along with six
other conference
foes. Other top con-
tenders will be Kent
A&M and Louisville.


'M' needs big performance in South Bend

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
The young nucleus of the Michigan
women's cross country team has
something to prove.
With a disappointing seventh place
finish in last weekend's Iona Invite -
behind teams such as Dartmouth and
Cornell - the Wolverines need to
show some better results in Friday's
Notre Dame Invitational with only two
meets remaining before the Big Ten
Championships at the end of the

"We're capable of doing really
well. I'd be really disappointed if we
came out of Notre Dame with a seventh
place finish," Michigan coach Mike
McGuire said.
Running after only a six-day lay-
off, Michigan will race in the
women's Blue Division of the invite.
The Wolverines will face off against
many Midwestern schools such as Indi-
ana, Northwestern, Western Michigan
and Eastern Michigan. Also in the
meet are Miami (Ohio) and Ball State

- teams that beat the Wolverines in
the Miami Invitational on Sept. 8th.
Michigan needs to beat those teams if
it wants to qualify for the NCAA
Championships this November.
"We need to beat those teams, that's
the bottom line," McGuire said.
A strong Notre Dame squad led by
the Canadian duo of freshman Lauren
King and junior Jennifer Handley is
the favorite coming into its own meet.
Handley finished 19th in last year's
NCAA Regional and King has
impressed in her first year with the

The Wolverines, even after 36 holes
and with no practice round, still plan
on being among the top teams at the
Indiana Shootout and on having dras-
tic improvements from last year's
fifth-place finish.
"Our adrenaline will take us
through it," Reno said. "I think we can
do better (than last season). The level
we played last year is nowhere near
where we are playing now."
This weekend will also be an early
goodbye for the seniors as they will
compete on Michigan's course for the
final time.
A win at the Wolverine Invitational
"would mean a lot for us seniors,"
Reno said.

Notre Dame

What: Notre Dame Invitational
When: 4:15 p.m.
Latest: An impressive performance from
the Wolverines would build needed momen-
tum for the Big Ten Championships.
"They're going to give us a lot of
trouble up front," McGuire said.
To perform up to its expectations,
Michigan needs a big meet out of
juniors Rachel Sturtz and Jane Mar-
Sturtz placed 52nd at the Iona Invite
but she has been running better in prac-
tice than her performance on the course
has shown. Martineau had some ham-
string problems early in the season but
now that she is back 100-percent her
contribution to the team is crucial.
"She knows it and we all know it,"
McGuire said.
Another thing Michigan needs to do
is make a stronger impact at the front of
the race. Without a superstar runner,
the Wolverines need to have every run-
ner perform well to finish at the top.
After the Notre Dame meet, ,only the
Wolverine Interregional at home in
two weeks remains before the Big Ten
Championships - the next two weeks
are very important to say the least.
"We're going to have to have a real-
ly good late October and early Novem-
ber as we approach the championship
part of the season," McGuire said.
You are invited to join the
Oniver it Ou iOaO SoQiet
Thomas Sheets, conductor
2001-2002 Season
Handel: Oessiah Ann Arbor SO
Ives: Symphony No. 4 San Francisco SO
Brahms: German ReOuiem Ann Arbor SO
Beethoven: Oissa Solemnis Detroit SO
The UMS Choral Union does it all!
Under the leadership of Thomas Sheets,
the 135-voice Choral Union appears
regularly in Ann Arbor with major
orchestras and conductors in critically
acclaimed performances of choral
masterworks. The 72-voice Concert Choir
performs music of other genres; and our

prise the Blue team, which tees off "It would be the perfect ending."


The Spartans and Wolverines' rivalry will be in an entirely new element come Sat-
urday - the outdoors. The two powers will duel In Spartan Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Continued from Page 11
Although Michigan soundly
defeated Queens 9-0 on Sunday
afternoon, the Wolverines are well
aware that it will definitely not be
that simple this coming weekend.
After all, the day before Queens fell
to Michigan, it lost to Michigan State
The Spartans not only have last
season's Hobey Baker winner in
goalie Ryan Miller, but they also
boast one of the stingiest defenses in
the nation.
"We've prepared for them over the

Wolverines prepare to play this
weekend in what will be one of the
most spectacular games in college
hockey history, what must be run-
ning through the minds of the fresh-
men? In the first conference game ofO
their careers, they will be competing
against Michigan State on an outdoor
ice rink in front of 70,000 plus. Dis-
tractions will be very easy to come
It's our first big game so its pretty
exciting," Michigan freshman Bran-
don Rogers said. "Especially since
we are playing State - it couldn't
have started out much better than

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