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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsWednesday - October 16, 2002

Powers leads Blue to 11th straight win

By Brian Schick
Daily Sports Writer

After going on the road for the first time
in a month, the Michigan field hockey team
kept the nation's longest winning streak
alive with two more victories.
This weekend in Iowa City, the Wolver-
ines (3-0 Big Ten, 12-1 overall) maintained
their impressive 11-game winning streak,
defeating No. 13 Iowa 2-0 and Southwest
Missouri State 5-2. Michigan's winning
streak is one away from the school record of
12 games, which was set in 2000.
"I'm very pleased with the way we
played," Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz
said.
Sunday's game saw forward Molly Powers
record her second hat trick of the season
against Southwest Missouri State (1-2
Northern Pacific, 4-8 overall), beginning
with a goal 18 seconds into the first half off
an indirect corner. Powers added two more
off penalty corners.
But at the beginning of the second half,
Michigan didn't seem to be in control yet.
The Bears' Bethany Henrick scored off a

penalty stroke to cut the Wolverines' lead to
2-1, but defender Kristi Gannon answered
back with her first goal of the season to take
the lead back to two goals. The Wolverines
didn't look back, and neither did Gannon,
who assisted on two of Power's goals.
Powers "has been improving year after
year, and this year she has a lot of confi-
dence," Pankratz said. "She has a knack for
good timing in the circle, and her skills are
sharp right now. She's been using her speed
coming into the circle, which is dangerous
for her opponents."
Goalkeeper Molly Maloney had her
shutout streak halted at three games on Sun-
day, but she did make three saves against
Southwest Missouri State. Maloney's sixth
shutout of the season against Iowa placed
her two behind the team record, which her
former teammate Maureen Tasch set last
year. Pankratz indicated that Maloney's suc-
cess is just part of the team defense, so the
defenders share in her success as well.
"The team defense includes (Maloney),
so there's a lot of communication and a lot
of organizing that goes on back there,"
Pankratz. "And it's subtle, so it's underap-

preciated. When (Maloney) is playing well
she makes us very tough to beat."
Saturday's win against Iowa (2-1, 8-4)
improved Michigan's record to 4-0 against
ranked opponents this season. Forward
April Fronzoni provided all the Wolverine
scoring with a pair of tallies in the second
half, and the defense allowed just four shots
and no penalty corners in the second half.
"This was definitely not an easy win in
beating Iowa," Pankratz said.
This weekend's games had an added
degree of difficulty, as a few players were
out of the lineup to rest some nagging
injuries. Midfielders Jessica Rose and
Krista Meckley didn't play this weekend,
and other players had to fill the large roles
left behind.
"We were forced to overcome a lot of
adversity today with Jessica Rose and
Krista Meckley out," Pankratz said. "We
had players playing out of position through-
out the game like Jen Zangara, Jessica
Blake and Anneke Huntzicker. But they
really stepped up and they played great.
Erica Banuelos played the entire match in
place of Meckley."

JESSICA YURASEK/Daily
Forward April Fronzoni scored both goals in Michigan's 2-0 victory over Iowa on Saturday. The Wolverines
beat Southwest Missouri State, 5-2, on Sunday to continue their winning streak.
'M' golf struggles at Xavier

By Matt Kramer
Daily Sports Writer

Men's golf coach Andrew Sapp has been
looking for three rounds of consistent golf
from his team all season long.
He'll have to wait another few weeks.
The Wolverines, coming off a ninth-place
finish in their own tournament last weekend,
shot rounds of 294-303-292-889 to finish
14th at the 18-team Xavier Provident Invita-
tional in Cincinnati. Wright State won the
tournament with a total of 853 - 36 shots in
front of Michigan.
"We shot ourselves in the foot badly," Sapp
said of his team's second round on Monday.
"We came out with a real nice score in the
first round and then, when most teams
improved during their second round, we
moved backwards."
Michigan found itself in fifth place after
the first 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament
thanks to rounds of 72 from junior Rob Tighe
and a pair of 73s from freshmen Mark McIn-
tosh and Jimmy Wisinksi.
But the wheels fell off for the Wolverines
during their afternoon round, when the team
shot a 19-over 303.
"It's still the same deal with some of our
guys," Sapp said. "One guy will go out and

have a good round and then the rest play
poorly."
Wisinksi, playing in just his second tourna-
ment this year, led the Wolverines with
rounds of 73-76-71-220. Junior Dave Nichols
was the next best Wolverine, shooting rounds
of 77-74-73-224.
"Jimmy played real solid," Sapp said. "He
got off to a poor start on the final day but
made three birdies in a row and finished off
well."
While Wisinksi's 71 during his final round
yesterday was the lowest score all week from
any of the Wolverines, the 6,550 yard par-71
Kings Island Resort Course was conducive to
low rounds for the competition.
Xavier's Miles Maillet, who finished sixth
at the Wolverine Invitational last weekend,
fired a 63 during the second round.
"This wasn't a difficult course," Sapp said.
The Wolverines will play one more tourna-
ment this fall before resuming play during
the spring season.
Michigan will travel to Wilmington, N.C.
on Nov. 1-3 to play in The Landfall Tradition.
Sapp said his lineup for The Landfall is still
up in the air.
"We're still looking," he said. "We're going
to go home and have qualifying next week
for a few spots."

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DAVID KATZ/Daily
Junior David Nichols and the Michigan golf team are still
looking for consistency after finishing 14th this weekend.

Volleyball swept by Penn State

By Nazoema A11
For the Daily

Despite an impressive defensive
performance this past Friday, the
Michigan volleyball team lost three
grueling games in State College
against the ninth-ranked Nittany
Lions. Penn State took all three

games to defeat Michigan (30-21,
30-21, 30-24).
"Penn State served aggressively
and passed well," Michigan coach
Mark Rosen said. "We just didn't
control the ball well from the offen-
sive side. We didn't play as well as
we are capable of."
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Jennifer Gandolph, who combined
for nine digs, the Wolverines could
not jump-start their offense, which
allowed Penn State to sweep all
three sets.
Michigan, (4-2 Big Ten, 10-6
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Moore also turned in a good per-
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"Chantelle did a great job,"
Moore said. "But, as a team, we did-
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In the first game,.Penn State gave
up its lead just once. Michigan set-
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interesting late in the match by
igniting a mini-rally that pulled the
Wolverines within striking distance,
but Penn State would regain its
dominance, finishing off Michigan
30-21 in the first game.
In the second game, Penn State
came out on fire, taking a com-
manding 6-0 lead and never looking
back. The Michigan defense allowed
the Wolverines to inch back into the
game, but it was too little, too late,
as Penn State held on to win the
second match 30-21.
In the final game, exceptional
offensive performances by Reedus
and right-side hitter Nicole Poquette
kept the Wolverines neck-and-neck
with the Nittany Lions. Penn State
finally broke a 10-10 tie with a
three point run, giving them a lead
they would not relinquish. Penn
State (6-0, 16-1) finished the final
game with a 30-24 victory, complet-
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"Sarah Allen came in and covered
for us on defense at times," Moore
said. "But as for our team perform-
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n't come ready to go.
There is nothing we can do about
it now. This experience can be only
what we make it. We have to bounce
back and play hard against North-
western and Wisconsin. Wd can't let
this turn our season in a negative
direction."
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