The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 11, 2002 - 11
Lehman takes home school
record 306th block assist
By Josh Holman
Daily Sports Writer
She didn't even realize it had
happened, but on Michigan's 23rd
point in the second game, senior
Katrina Lehman etched her name in
the history books one more time.
Her career block assist No. 306,
which passed Linsey Ebert who
played from 1995 to 1998 for the
school record, came last night in
Michigan's easy 3-0 win (30-13,
30-16, 30-20) over Bowling Green.
Lehman entered the game with
302 block assists, good enough for
third on the all-time list at Michi-
gan. It wasn't until after an
announcement over the public
address before the third game that
she realized she had finally reached
"I wasn't thinking about it,"
Lehman said. "I just wanted the win
tonight. We needed it."
The Wolverines got that win
thanks in large part to Lehman's
play. Along with the five block
assists that set the new school mark,
she recorded seven kills with just
two attack errors and added four
defensive digs for good measure.
"I thought against Cincinnati and
again tonight, (Lehman) has really
been stepping up and taking a big
load on her shoulders," coach Mark
Rosen said. "That's what you expect
the seniors to do."
Lehman is the lone senior on the
team and can expect to handle the
bulk of the Wolverines' leadership
responsibilities. She now also sits
34 blocks behind Julia Sturm, who
played from 1987 to 1990, for the
school's all-time block record.
In a season that looks to have a
significant amount of attention
focused on her, winning is still her
No. 1 priority.
"I want to make it to the NCAA
Tournament and be one of the top
four in the Big Ten," Lehman said.
The records will come. I'm not real-
ly thinking about that. I want the
While Lehman is sure to play a
large part in all of Michigan's
upcoming wins, she won't be doing
it alone. Junior Chantel Reedus led
the team last night with 13 kills and
no attack errors. She passed junior
Erin Moore for the team lead in
kills, bringing her total to 69 on the
Sophomore Lisa Gamalski also
tacked on 35 assists, bringing her
total for the year to 247.
Rosen also got a chance to look
at two young players in their first
game. Freshman Shaynell Neal and
sophomore Candace Gay both saw
limited time last night. Neal is com-
ing back from a redshirt season,
which shefspent recovering from
rotator cuff surgery. She and Gay
each recorded a kill.
"My role will be to just stabilize
the team and give the middles some
rest," Gay said. "I look forward to
some more experience."
The Wolverines highly anticipate
this weekend's Nebraska U.S.
Bank/Arby's Classic. After Friday
night's match-up with Alabama,
Michigan will have to contend with
both No. 22 Santa Clara and No. 4
"We're going with the attitude
that we need to win three matches,"
Rosen said. "Even though the teams
are highly ranked, those are the type
of teams we need to beat to get to
where we want to go."
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Senior Katrina Lehman attacks the net in last night's 3-0 win over Bowling Green.
Lehman broke Michigan's all-time record for block assists with her 306th.
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