The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 - 11
Michigan faces fall
preview of Big Ten
Spikers aren't bored by Iowa
By Sharad Mattu
For the Daily
This weekend the Michigan men's
golf team will try to rebound from
its rough start when it plays in the
16-team Northern Intercollegiate in
Michigan coach Andrew Sapp has
emphasized bulking up the Wolver-
ines' schedule, and his golfers will
face stiff competition this weekend.
The teams in this year's field include
defending NCAA champion Min-
nesota and Illinois, which finished
No. 18 last year.
Last week the Wolverines finished
last in the Ridges Intercollegiate in
Johnson City, Tenn. But Sapp says
the team came away optimistic.
"Everyone there was ranked ahead
of us and seven teams were ranked
in the top 20," Sapp said. "We did
finish last, but the players realized
that they are very close to those
other teams, and that has made them
want to practice and improve."
Redshirt freshman Mark McIn-
tosh agreed with his coach.
"Last year the team played in a lot
of regional tournaments, but this
year we get to see some of the top
teams in the country. It is good
because we are a young team, so
seeing how the best prepare and play
will help us become better golfers."
Joining junior Dave Nichols,
sophomore Rob Tighe and McIntosh
What: Northern Intercollegiate Invitational
When: 8 a.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday
Latest: Nine of the 16 teams in this weekend's
field are from the Big Ten, and Bloomington will
host the Big Ten Tournament in May.
this weekend will be junior Scott
Carlton and freshman Christian
"This week in qualifying, Christ-
ian shot one under par," Sapp said.
"This weekend will be his first tour-
nament for us, and I am excited to
see what he can show."
The Northern Intercollegiate will
also serve as a fall preview for the
Big Ten Championship; Indiana will
host the Big Ten Championships this
spring and nine of the 11 Big Ten
teams will be in Bloomington this
"This weekend will be an early
barometer of where we fit in when
the season really gets going in the
spring," Sapp said.
By Waldemar Centeno
For the Daily
Schmucker rising star for women
Picture Iowa, a country of corn-
fields. Picture nothing but corn fields
in sight, except maybe an occasional
baseball field - a Field of Dreams.
Iowa is supposed to be boring, right?
But on Friday, Iowa City will be the
place to be when Michigan opens up
its first Big Ten matchup with the
Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4).
This would mark the 44th time that
Michigan (6-4) will face the
Hawkeyes. With the two teams hold-
ing the same records, both seem to be
evenly matched and ready to capture a
win to begin the Big Ten grind.
Revenge will be in the air for the
Wolverines. Michigan is still bitter
about its two losses to Iowa last year.
The first loss was at home, where the
Wolverines forced Iowa to a fifth
game, but lost the match 3-2. The sec-
ond loss was in Iowa City, where the
Hawkeyes posted an easy win over the
The Hawkeyes have not fared very
well this season, though, dropping
their last two matches to Eastern
Michigan and No. 7 Northern Iowa.
After a difficult loss to Notre
Dame, Michigan hopes to bounce
back at this critical juncture. But the
Wolverines won't undergo any drastic
strategic changes this weekend to give
teh Hawkeyes a new look.
"We're working on little things to
take the necessary steps in getting
better as a team," junior Erin Moore
Young, and capable of taking the
Big Ten by storm, Michigan is
ready to head over to Iowa and pro-
claim its spot among the elite in the
"They throw the ball around a lot,
but they're a good team," Moore said.
But with continuously amazing
play from Jennifer Gandolph and Kat-
rina Lehman, Michigan should have
Bloomfield Hills native Katrina Lehman leads the Wolverines in aces with 15. As a
senior, she will begin her final Big Ten season this weekend.
By Michael Nisson
For the Daily
Oohh! Ahhh! Smack! Zing! No, this is not a summary of
a professor's lecture on stylistic writing devices such as ono-
matopoeia, nor is it the minutes from a meeting of the
golf this weekend. It's surprisingly a lot different from high
school golf. After I shot a 75 on the first day, I was thinking
that was a great score. In high school, it would have been a
phenomenal score, but here that's what we're supposed to be
shooting. You really have to gut it out for every shot. I had a
lot of fun, and I'm very pleased with my finish. I just wanted
National Rifle Association. Rather, these words
form the vernacular of one of nature's most pre-
cious resources: the golf course.
They were also some of the sounds coming
from the Michigan Golf Course, when fresh-
man Amy Schmucker finished fourth overall in
the Wolverine Invitational two weeks ago. She
tied sophomore teammate Laura Olin with a
score of 229.
When questioned about which freshman
impressed her the most, junior Sarah Kruer sin-
gled out Schmucker.
What: Lady Northern Invite
When: Saturday and
Latest: Michigan is coming
off a sixth-place finish last
weekend in East Lansing,
with sophomore Laura
Olin's 229 leading the way.
to qualify for the next tournament, so I went
above and beyond my expectations."
Speaking of expectations, this year's team
may be facing new ones for the upcoming sea-
son. After competing in its first NCAA post-
season experience - the NCAA East
Regional, in which Michigan placed 12th -
there is reason for excitement. Led by three-
year letter winner Kim Benedict, the team
returns six players from last year's squad.
After already having placed second in their
own Invitational, and sixth at the Mary Fossum
last week, the Wolverines seem ready to break
little problem competing with Iowa.
Gandolph is coming off of a huge
week at the Nebraska Classic, which
was followed by another strong per-
formance on Sept. 21 against Notre
Dame. In that game against the Irish,
Lehman had 20 kills and 17 digs. She
is also approaching Julia Strum's
school record for career blocks.
Lehman is just 10 blocks away from
that mark with 365.
Over the pass few seasons, the play
of Chantel Reedus, Nicole Poquette and
Carrie Ritchie, along with Gandolph
and Lehman, has led Michigan to victo-
ry against the Hawkeyes and they will
IOWA CITY AND MINNEAPOLIS
Who: Michigan (6-4) vs. Iowa (6-4), No.8 Min-
When: 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday
Latest: Michigan opens the Big Ten season on
the road, and looks to win the conference
opener for the first time since 1999.
look to repeat that earlier success.
Since both opponents are coming
off of losses, this should be a very
exciting matchup of the two Big Ten
competitors. But, it will not be an
easy task for the Wolverines, who yet
again are forced to leave Ann Arbor.
"She played amazingly in our home tournament," Kruer
said. "She's shooting great numbers."
Schmucker was pleased with her own performance.
"It was really exciting, and I learned a lot about college
into the win column. Their next chance to do so will come
this weekend, when they travel to Iowa City to participate in
the Lady Northern Invitational.
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