The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 3, 2002 - 9A
'M' runs in rain before Notre Dame Invite
By Daniel Bremner
Daily Sports Writer
Usually, coaches do not look forward to rain. Rain
complicates most sports, causing delays
and forcing rescheduling.
But for Michigan cross country coach SOUTHF
Ron Warhurst, rain would actually benefit what: Mic
his team's practices this week. For Notre Dam
Warhurst, it is more preferable to the dry When: 4:30
heat for running. Latest: Afte
"I don't mind running in the rain," week's cei
Warhurst said. "With the heat coming out champions
this late in the year, with temperatures in Points, Mic
the mid-80s, it really drains (the runners)." focusing on
With the unseasonably warm weather, aspect of c
the men's cross country team has been reduced to
lighter practices this week.
After Michigan won last week's Central Collgieate
Championships, Warhurst felt that his team needed
more work mentally than physically. Luckily, while he
may not have been able to conduct practice the way
that he wanted to this week, the team's
mental preparation could continue.
ND, IND. "They have to be aware that they're
an at the running as a group, as a team," Warhurst
m. This mental preparation includes
vinning last maintaining focus during the race on the
l collegiate team's main strategy - running together
s by 51 in a pack for as long as possible. The
an has been Wolverines did a tremendous job of
e mental doing this last week, and one runner was
. country. able to pace the entire pack. They will
look to run in a pack again this weekend.
On Friday, Michigan will face some of the toughest
'M' volleyball ready
to rock Cliff Keen
UANNY MOLO OU/ y Dily
Junior David Nichols and the rest of the Michigan golf team are looking forward to
competing on their home course in this weekend's Wolverine Invitational.
Blue has high hopes
for ho-me tournament
By Rob Dean
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team has
called Cliff Keen Arena home for more
than a decade. The site was originally
built in 1956 to house the swimming
program, until construction of Canham
Natatorium in 1988 provided a new
There are several advantages to play-
ing in a building once spacious enough
to hold Olympic-class swimming and
diving, many of which will be evident
tomorrow in the 11 th annual "Rock the
House" when Michigan squares off
The high ceiling and bulging walls of
Cliff Keen echo even the slightest
sound in the arena. Mix in more than
By Matt Kramer
Daily Sports Writer
1,800 fans to fill three sets of bleachers,
a raucous pep band bent on verbally
disrupting the opposition, and two
teams that talk more on the volleyball
court than most large families around a
dinner table, and you get the type of
environment that will surround the
"It's great coming home," says
Michigan head coach Mark Rosen.
"Especially this week, the girls are real-
ly excited about everything."
The first 400 fans will receive free T-
shirts, and players will be available for
autographs following the match.
"'Rock the House' has always been a
fun.event since I have been coaching
here," Rosen said. "The crowd is always
great and they really get into it."
Fans should not be disappointed; so
CLIFF KEEN AREN'
Who: Michigan (7-5) vs. Indiana (1
When: 7 p.m.
Latest: The 11th annual "Rock theI
motion is tomorrow at Cliff Keen. T
fans receive free T-shirts.
far this season Michigan is
Tomorrow's match pits th
Michigan defense, which i
nearly three blocks per game
Indiana offense that abuse
favorite Ohio State last week
"Indiana really proved its
big win over Ohio State," say
Indeed, Michigan will h
tend with the Hossiers'
Archibald, a nationally acc
high jumper who is leadin
with more than four kills pe
Wolverines will rely on dept
work, having returned f
starters from last year's squ
down the Hoosiers.
competition it has seen all season in the Notre Dame
Invitational. In addition to the host team, the field fea-
tures No. 1 Stanford. Michigan is currently No. 28.
Mentally, racing against the top team in the nation
can also affect the team.
"According to that statistic, Stanford should put
seven guys in front of our first guy, Warhurst said.
"But I don't think that's going to happen. They have tal-
ented people, but we're just as talented."
In order to defeat Stanford, the Wolverines must run
their own race as best they can. Warhurst estimates the
team's top five finishers will all have to finish in fewer
than 25 minutes to give the Cardinal a run for their
money. Previously, no more than one Michigan runner
has broken that mark in any race.
Warhurst also added that while the team may not be
able to defeat the No. 1 team in the nation, hanging
with the Cardinal would make a statement in itself.
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"The coaching staff here wants you
House" pro- to do well in school; that's why
he first 400 we're here," Fraser said. "If nobody
goes on to have a hockey career after
undefeated this, they're fine with that as long as
you take care of school, because
e swarming that's what is going to earn you the
s averaging bucks. Hockey for them is some-
e, against an thing they enjoy doing, and they
ed Big Ten enjoy having (the players) here. And
tend. if the players go on (to the pros),
elf with the great, but school is something the
ys Rosen. coaches really stress here."
ave to con- Fraser might play in his last game
Christina tomorrow for Michigan, as his career
complished is in the coaching staff's hands.
g the team No matter what happens, he accepts
r game. The his future with no regrets.
h and team- Brad Fraser left the team for all the
'ive of six right reasons.
ad, to wear He's trying to return for all the right
Men's golf coach Andrew Sapp never
underestimates the value of a home-
Just two tournaments into his first
season, Sapp's Wolverines have strug-
gled mightily at some of the country's
better collegiate golf venues.
But Michigan has a chance to redeem
itself this weekend as it plays host to the
annual Wolverine Invitational. Seven-
teen teams, including five teams from
the Big Ten, will play 36 holes on Satur-
day followed by a final 18 on Sunday.
"We're obviously extremely comfort-
able with the course and that has got to
work in our favor," Sapp said.
Being comfortable on the course is
something that the Wolverines have not
experienced this year. In its season open-
ing tournament in Tennessee, Michigan
finished last - partly because the
Wolverines had never seen the course.
For the Wolverines to make a mark in
this year's tournament, they will have to
continue to get solid play from freshman
Mark McIntosh. Not originally thought
to be an integral part of the Michigan
lineup this fall, McIntosh has taken over
the No. 1 spot.
"Mark's done a great job," Sapp said.
"His ball-striking is really good and his
score at the Northern Intercollegiate
could have been even lower and he
MICHIGAN GOLF COURSE
What: Wolverine invitational
When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Sunday
Latest: Mark McIntosh earned Michigan's top
spot this weekend by shooting a final-round 70
in last week's Northern Intercollegiate.
knows that. He's been consistent and it's
real pleasing to see him progress."
Consistency has been the Wolverines'
major Achilles heel so far this season.
Too many times has Sapp seen one of
his players fire a respectable round only
to shoot themselves out of the tourna-
ment 18 holes later.
"We have had all these great individ-
ual rounds," Sapp said. "But we have no
team consistency. A guy will shoot 70,
and then turn around and shoot 80."
One thing the Wolverines won't have
to worry this weekend about is defend-
ing tournament champion Baylor. The
Bears aren't in this year's field, which
includes Michigan State, Iowa and
"Michigan State shot 11 under par in
the final round last week (at the North-
ern Intercollegiate) to finish third, so
they are a really hot team at the
moment," Sapp said.."Xavier - which
finished fourth - and Iowa are teams
that are really playing well now, so we
have to watch out for them."
"But who knows, maybe a little home
cooking will do us some good."
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six horses the Lentz's helped breed
Fred fondly remembers one "dumb"
horse in particular that his son would try
to tackle "just for laughs."
"Matt would seriously go after this
1,200-pound horse and try to wrap it up
and drive it to the ground," Fred said.
Not bad for a guy recruited by both
Harvard and Princeton.
But none of the Wolverines laugh at
Lentz in the weightroom, especially
when they have to take a stack of
weights off the bar after the 6-foot-1,
300-pounder is done.
Lentz could routinely bench-press
350 pounds at six reps before he sub-
flexed his shoulder late last year. He said
he can leg press 770 pounds at least 15
to 20 times, depending on how he feels
Fred started Matt on weightlifting in
seventh grade, and Fred said ever since
his son started, his main goal was to beat
his father on the bench. That day finally
came during Matt's senior year, and Fred
said there's no way he's challenging him
"After he finally beat me, he said,
'Looks like someone's getting old,"'
But such a strenuous work ethic in the
weight room led to a massive appetite.
"He could sure eat," said Fred. "He'd
often drink a gallon of milk with his
breakfast of cereal, a bunch of eggs and
anything else we had."
Fred said that on an unofficial recruit-
ing visit to Illinois, the Illini staff took
them to a seakhouse. Matt started off
with a 32 oz. steak, two baked potatoes
and two trips to the salad bar.
"After all that, after we got back to the
hotel and started watching a movie, Matt
was pacing around the room," Fred said.
"I asked him what he was doing and he
said, 'Just looking for a snack."'
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