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OCTOBER 10, 2001



New contributors earn
'M' hockey a 3-1 win

Zahn gone: Nine's
coach leaves team

By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Writer
For a few Michigan hockey players,
last night was a sort of reunion with
their former teammates, as Michigan
hosted the U.S. National Under-18 team
in an exhibi-_
tion contest. USNDTP 1
But for mostw
other Michi- MICHIGAN 3
gan players,
last night was business as usual - a 3-1
Thanks to a few early first period
goals and strong play frpm backup
goalie Kevin O'Malley; Michigan
defeated the U.SNational team 3-1.
Freshmen Jason Ryznar, Eric Nys-
trom, Dwight Helminen and sophomore
Mike Komisarek all received the chance
to play against the team of which they
are all products.
"I think it was a good experience
playing against the team," Ryznar said.
"I hit them a little harder when I could."
Michigan coach Red Berenson decid-
ed to rest normal starters Mike Cammal-
leri, Andy Burnes and goaltender Josh
Blackburn for the game. Despite the
absence of these players, Berenson
was still impressed by the work ethic
and skill of the U.S. National players.
"I thought they were a good team,"
Berenson said. "They skated well, and

parts bf the game I think they outskated
us and outworked us. You can see that
these kids are not out of place playing
against Division I players, and most of
them will become Division I players.
They've got a lot of talent on that
On goals by senior Craig Murray and
freshman Eric Werner, Michigan
juniped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the
first period. Werner's goal came at the
tail-end of a Michigan powerplay as he
put in a rebound left out front by Team
USA goalie Tim Roth.
The U.S. National Team set the tone
early on in the second period by control-
ling'the puck for the majority of the
time and keeping it out of its own end.
But their efforts were thwarted on a goal
by Michigan freshman Reilly Olson
with just under 13 minutes remaining.
The goal, which came on a shot from
the right point, put Michigan ahead by
two goals. That's the way it ended.
"It felt pretty good to get out there
and score that first goal," Olson said. "I
was pretty nervous, but it's good to get
that monkey off my back. It was a great
The biggest threat to Michigan's two
goal advantage came during a five-on-
three powerplay opportunity for the
U.S. National Team in the middle of the
third period. But the team was unable to
develop an offensive attack against the

By Beniamin Singer
=Daily Sports Editor

Freshman defenseman Eric Werner scored early in the first period on the power
play to give the Wolverines a quick 2-0 lead.

After a week of speculation about
Geoff Zahn's status as the Michigan
baseball coach, the
Athletic Department
announced its
acceptance of his
resignation yester-
"We appreciate
the effort and the
time Zahn has given Zahn
our program," Michigan Athletic Direc-
tor Bill Martin said in a released state-
ment. "We wish Geoff all the best."
Last Tuesday, Zahn was not at prac-
tice and his office was cleaned out. The
players were told he was resolving issues
with the administration. Zahn's assistant
of six years, Chris Harrison, has been
named the interim coach for this season.
"Over the past year and a half, there
have been some personal circumstances
that have taken much of the joy out of
coaching for me," Zahn said in the
release. "I have always felt that when it
ceases to be fun to come to work, it's
time to move on. I believe it is best for
me, my family and the Michigan base-
ball program that I resign."
The players and coaches say they
have not been given a reason for Zahn's

"It's an administrative decision and
coach Zahn's decision and that's the
way we have to leave it," Harrison said.
In June of 2000, Zahn was suspended
for several days by the University after
Martin received several letters from
players complaining of his coaching
style, but there has been no indication
that this is related to Zahn's resignation.
"It was a shock to see that all of his
stuff was gone (last Tuesday)," senior
pitcher Bobby Korecky said. "If any-
thing was said, it was deemed to be a
rumor, from the stuff that happened the
previous summer."
Harrison found out several days ago
that he was likely to become the interim
Zahn "hasn't been to practice for a
few days so the toughest time for the
iteam was a few weeks ago," Harrison
The athletic department will conduct
a nationwide search for next season's
permanent coach.
"I'd like to stay on, but that's going to
be (the department's) decision," Harri-
son said.
Harrison takes over a team which has
lost just two members of its coaching
staff. Pitching coach Steve Foster
announced his departure - which Harri-
son said he believes is completely sepa-
rate from Zahn's leaving - last week to
coach for a summer team in Wisconsin.

Wolverines' defense, and the opportuni-
ty expired.
The U.S. Development program -
based in Ann Arbor - has been a very
popular source of recruits for the
Wolverines. Other than the four current
Michigan players who are products of
the program, last season's Hobey Baker
finalist and offensive standout Andy
Hilbert also claims roots on the team.
Last season was the first year the U.S.
National Team played against the

Wolverines. Although they left with a
loss, Michigan fans were able to see
then-Michigan recruits Ryznar, Nys-
trom and Helminen in action. This year,
no U.S. National Team player has com-
mitted to Michigan as of yet, but Beren-
son does have his eye on a few players.
"We play this game for the USA pro-
gram," Berenson said. "I think it's good
for their players to play against Division
I athletes, and team is based in Ann
Arbor, so we want to support them."

Moore leads volleyball to
easy win over Oakland

Tressel proves his worth

By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer

In preparation for an arduous road trip this
weekend, the Michigan volleyball team (4-2
Big Ten, 8-5 overall) took on Oakland (1-3
Mid-Continent, 5-11) at Cliff Keen Arena last
night. The Wolverines extended their winning
streak to five games and remained unbeaten at
home this year, as they easily defeated the
Golden Grizzlies in straight games.
The nonconference matchup gave Michigan
some valuable game experience without overly
taxing the team.
In the first game, the Wolverines jumped out
to an early 8-1 lead, sparked by three consecu-
tive kills by junior Katrina Lehman. Michigan
used this early lead to carry it on to an easy
30-15 victory over the weaker Oakland squad..
Sophomore middle blocker Erin Moore led
the Michigan attack as she scored six kills in
as many attempts. Her perfect performance
included the game-winner.
"I think overall we were just more athletic,"
Moore said.
In the second game, Oakland was able to
stay with the Wolverines at the beginning, but
the greatest difference between games one and
two was in the Wolverines' lineup. Partway

through the first game and for the rest of the
match, senior Annie Maxwell replaced
Lehman. While Lehman iced her knees (which
have been a chronic problem since last sea-
son), Maxwell went to work scoring a career-
high eight kills in the match.
The Wolverines took advantage of one of
their greatest assets - depth; the Michigan
bench provided 11 kills for the evening.
"I think we've been pretty deep all year, and
that's something that has been one of our
strengths," coach Mark Rosen said.
After the intermission, the Wolverines came
out looking to put the match away. It seemed
like Michigan would easily achieve this goal
as they opened up a 5-1 lead. But the Grizzlies
would deny them such an easy victory as they
went on a 5-1 run of their own.
Oakland maintained this momentum and the
Wolverines looked to be running out of time
as the Grizzlies opened a 21-15 lead.
It was here that Michigan made its stand.
The Wolverines went on a run to tie the game
at 22. The teams traded points back and forth,
neither willing to lose, until Michigan broke
Oakland to take a 27-25 lead.
As she has so many times already this sea-
son, Moore slammed home the game winning
kill to secure the Michigan victory.

By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Editor
No. 21 Ohio State's 38-20 win over North-
western went a long way in legitimizing coach
Jim Tressel as its new coach.
Tressel, who previously coached at
Youngstown State, replaced John Cooper last
year, and when he was announced as the Buck-
eyes' new coach, many questioned the decision,
citing his lack of coaching experience at a major
college football program.
"It was a great day at Ohio Stadium," Tressel
said. "Most importantly our players did the
work. Ultimately, it comes down to, can the
players make the plays? Can you get off the guy
trying to block you, can you get off the guy try-
ing to guard you and can you defend the guy
trying to catch the ball? I thought our guys did a
great job of doing that."
The Buckeyes (2-0 Big Ten, 3-1 overall) are
one of just three teams in the Big Ten that are
undefeated in conference play. Michigan and
Purdue are the other two teams.
LEVRON, ALL DAY LONG: While Tressel was
establishing himself as a coach, Indiana's Cam
Cameron helped his own cause by beating Wis-
consin, 63-32.
There has been pressure on Cameron to suc-
ceed for a couple of years, as he took the Indi-
ana job the same year that Ron Turner took over
at Illinois, Glen Mason took over at Minnesota

and Joe Tiller took the job at Purdue. While the
other three coaches have helped rebuild pro-
grams, Indiana has continued to struggle.
But Saturday - powered by running back
Levron Williams' 280 yard, six touchdown per-
formance - the Hoosiers manhandled the big-
ger Badgers, opening the game with a 32-0 run.
"We were very fortunate in Madison to get
off to a fast start," Cameron said. "When you
win, individual things come out."
The game was the Hoosiers' (1-1, 1-3) first
win of the season.
"We're very disappointed in the way we
played," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said.
"You really have to give Indiana a lot of credit.
They made some big plays early in.the game to
get so many points on the board so quickly, I've
really never seen anything like that."
DREW WHo?: Coming into the season, the big
question surrounding Purdue was whether or
not freshman Brandon Hance could replace
quarterback Drew Brees, last year's Big Ten's
Player of the Year.
Thus far, the Boilermakers are 4-0, and the
questions surrounding Hance have been
Purdue beat Iowa Saturday, 23-14.
"Overall, we were pleased with the things
that we werg able to accomplish and we recog-
nize that we have our biggest challenge of the
year in going to Ann Arbor this week," Tiller

The Wolverines are flying high after a relatively
easy win over Oakland yesterday.
"I saw a lot more of the court than I usually
do because the block was not as big. So I was
able to get on top of the ball more," Moore
Tying Moore with a match-high 13 kills was
freshman Jennifer Gandolph, who extended
her streak of double-doubles to six matches as
she recorded 11 digs last night. The Wolver-
ines are an impressive 7-1 when Gandolph
scores a double-double.

The University of Michigan Depression Center
and the Department of Psychiatry
are pleased to host
National Depression Screening Day
October 11, 2001
Riverview Outpatient Facility
900 Wall Street, Ann Arbor


Women's golf wins
third-straight tourney

By Courtney Lewis
Daily Sports Writer

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e Physician presentation and Q&A at 8:30 am & 4:30 pm
* Individualized screening feedback meetings with clinical staff
e Depression literature and a list of community resources/referrals
" Refreshments provided

Please contact Sarah Newlin at (734) 763-7495 for further information.

Last year, the Michigan women's
golf team won three tournaments and
thought that was a great season. Imagine
how the Wolverines feel now that
they've won the first three tournaments
of the 2001-02 campaign.
"It's awesome to be on this team right
now," junior Kim Benedict said.
Michigan shot three sub-300 rounds at
the Shootout at the Legends in Franklin,
Ind. to claim their unprecedented third
consecutive team title. Wisconsin shot a
three-day total of 879 and finished sec-
ond, two strokes behind Michigan.
The Wolverines trailed Wisconsin by
six shots after rounds one and two were
completed on Monday, but they had no
doubts about the eventual outcome.
When Benedict sat down with a few
of her teammates yesterday morning
before the final round she told them,
"Guys, we're going to win today."
Besides that confidence, Michigan's
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success has also led to a newfound pride.
"We walk around at tournaments and
people actually look at us now," Misia
Lemanski said. "We walk with our
heads held high now."
Benedict became the second Michi-
gan player to earn individual medallist
honors this fall. Only partly satisfied
with her play in the Wolverine Invita-
tional last Saturday and Sunday, she
altered her style slightly in Indiana.
"I really tried to keep it simple,"
Benedict said, adding that she avoided
three-putts by laying up and just trying
to make par.
The adjustments paid off when her
four-under-par 212 tied for first place
with Kent State's Martina Gillen.
The Wolverines shattered both team
and individual records on their way to
the top of the leaderboard at the
Shootout. This is the first time in team
history that Michigan has won three
tournaments in a row, and Benedict's 68
in the first round was the lowest 18-hole
score ever by a Wolverine.
Michigan coach Kathy Teichert said
that while the three consecutive titles
are "indescribable" and "somewhat
shocking," she has always believed that
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