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front with Brown this season, has been unable to
fully participate due to nagging injuries with his
foot, ankle and knee. Hunter sat out for most of Fri-
day's practice. His absence has prevented Amaker
from working on a rotation at that position.
"We need to see him out there for a few days
straight to see how things progress," Amaker said.
Although it's early and his injuries are minor, the
Wolverines can't afford to lose any more depth at
center after Chris Young's graduation and freshman
Amadou Ba redshirting.
The three-hour practice, which was the first one
open to the public, consisted of mainly defensive
drills and half-court scrimmages, with a shooting
competition and sprints mixed throughout. Michi-
gan players and coaches said they were happy with
the defensive intensity and competitive spirit exhib-
ited on the floor Friday, and during the week of
practice preceding it.
"We had some peaks and valleys today," Amaker

said. "The players had to lift at seven this morning,
go to class, and then come to practice, which
becomes a lot pushed into a short period of time.
We've had better practices than today, but we've
also had worse."
While fans got a chance to cheer for the occa-
sional Bernard Robinson dunk, the level of defense
and the types of drills did not allow for much offen-
sive freedom. Still, players agreed that the speed of
play has increased on offense, and the up-tempo
style that is expected of this team is beginning to
show signs of development.
"Everyone is moving out there and it is a much
faster game," Robinson said. "Having to go through
the defense has been hard, but it feels more free out
there. We have so many players that can score now"
While the younger players adapt to the system,
the returners have shifted their focus toward
leading the way. Friday, on-court leadership was
evident as Blanchard, Rotolu Adebiyi and Gavin
Groninger, along with Robinson were very vocal
during drills.
"It's been stressed," Adebiyi said. "No team

can be good without strong leadership. We
know what we have to do, and it's our job to
take charge out there."
TROUBLE ON FOOT: Along with center Chris
Hunter's injuries, Michigan assistant coach
Charles Ramsey was also on one foot after Fri-
day's practice. While running a rebounding drill
called "war," he suffered a torn achilles tendon,
which forced him to sit out the rest of the after-
noon. After practice, Ramsey joked that if this
is the worst injury Michigan suffered all year,
the Wolverines would be in good shape.
WALKING ON: Michigan temporarily added two
players to its roster since walk-on tryouts last week.
Sophomores Dani Wohl and Chris Aguwa will
practice with the Wolverines on a trial-basis. Wohl
transferred to Michigan after spending a year at
State University of New York-Binghamton, while
Aguwa is from Brother Rice.
"I'm working hard and just trying to do what
the coaches tell me," Wohl said. "This a great
chance to play for Michigan, and I just want to
make the best of it."

Chantel Reedus recorded 35 kills on the weekend, including a season-high 19 on
Friday night in a 3-2 loss to Northwestern.
Spike rs fall to Badgers
despite Moore's return

Injuries impede competition for post spot

By Sharad Mattu
Daily Sports Writer
Against No. 18 Wisconsin Saturday
night, the Michigan volleyball team was
thrilled to see junior captain Erin Moore
back in the lineup after missing one
match with an ankle injury. Without its
best player, Michigan was out of sync
the night before in a tough loss to North-
western. Against the Badgers and with
Moore, Michigan relied on a balanced
attack with four players tallying double-
digit kills, but still lost 3-1 (30-26, 30-
Moore and senior Katrina Lehman
totaled 13 kills each for Michigan.
Junior Chantel Reedus had a team high
16 kills and sophomore Jennifer Gan-
dolph got her 1lth double-double of the
season with 14 kills and 13 digs. Michi-
gan was also without sophomore Carrie
Ritchie, who missed both matches this
weekend due to illness.
"With Erin in the lineup but not at 100
percent we made a conscious effort to
spread the ball around," Reedus said.
"Erin draws a lot of attention and gives
the other players on our team a lot of
opportunities. When she is in the lineup,
it takes pressure off of us."
Michigan coach Mark Rosen was
happy to see Moore sacrifice for the
team and play on Saturday, even though
she was not completely healthy.
"We didn't think Erin could play
either night," Rosen said. "On Friday
without her, we just didn't have a lot of
rhythm going because of the lineup
changes. Erin played well but she defi-

nitely was not 100 percent. We were
happy to get anything from her."
With these two losses, Michigan's
road woes continue. While the Wolver-
ines (4-4 Big Ten, 10-8 overall) are
undefeated at home, they are just 1-7 on
the road.
Michigan entered Friday's match tied
with Northwestern for third place and
entered Saturday's match tied with Wis-
consin for fourth place. The two losses
now leave Michigan in a fifth-place tie
with Indiana and Michigan State.
"In most of our road matches, we
have given up a couple points here and
there, and in the end, we just couldn't get
those points back," Rosen said. "On the
road, we need to be more consistent and
ready every point. For us to compete in
our conference we need to beat teams on
the road"
Friday's match against Northwestern
was close as well, with the Wildcats win-
ning 3-1 (30-28, 30-25, 28-30, 30-21).
Without Moore and Ritchie, Gandolph
and Reedus led the Wolverines. Gan-
dolph had a career-high 23 kills, and
Reedus had season-highs in kills with 19
and digs with 12.
"This week, our, main goal is to get
the team healthy" Rosen said. "Besides
Erin and Carrie, Lisa Gamalski sprained
her ankle and Jennifer Gandolph pulled
her hamstring. Otherwise, we need to
become more consistent with our side-
out offense and work on our defense."
This weekend Michigan returns to
friendly Cliff Keen Arena for home
matches against Illinois on Friday and
Purdue Saturday.

By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer

When the Michigan men's bas-
ketball team kicked off its practice
last week, coach Tommy Amaker
said that every position was up for
grabs except senior captain LaVell
Blanchard's power forward posi-
tion. That leaves many people
around the team looking very
closely at the heated competition
for the center position.
With freshman Amadou Ba out for
the season as a partial qualifier and
transfer J.C. Mathis forced to sit out
by NCAA rules, freshmen Graham
Brown and Chris Hunter are left
fighting for the post spot. The two
bring contrasting styles of play to the
position and are going to be mixed
and matched throughout the season.
The competition is also helping
the two players adjust to the college
game and get a better grasp on
what is expected of them.
"The competition (with Hunter)
is very good," Brown said. "It is
good to have another guy his size
out there and have another guy who
is the size of a Big Ten player. You
need competition to be good and I
think we have it. We have to work
even harder to earn our spot."
Michigan's third option at the
position, though undersized at 6-
foot-7 is Chuck Bailey. The sopho-
more is Michigan's only option with
any college experience, and appeared

promising last year but he played
fewer than 14 minutes a game last
year, scoring 3.8 points and grabbing
3 rebounds per game.
All of these players will be look-
ing to fill the shoes of departed
senior Chris Young (11.4 ppg and
rpg). Young, who averaged more
than 30 minutes per game, was the
only Wolverine to start in all 29
contests last year. Young, was
Michigan's dominant force in the
post, and he left big shoes to fill.
At 6-foot-9, 245-pounds, Brown
is nearly identical in body size to
Young and likes to bang in the post
just as much. But having come
from a high school of less than 300
students, his experience against
players his size is limited. In addi-
tion to dealing with the new level
of competition, he must also learn
to grasp Amaker's system.
But many of the coaches and vet-
eran players feel that Brown and
his classmates are doing a superb
job of making the needed adjust-
"I think the freshmen have han-
dled this first week of college bas-
ketball really well," Mathis said.
"They have grasped all of the com-
plex concepts that coach Amaker
has thrown at them so far."
Meanwhile, Hunter has been
banged up during his first week of
practice and is yet to compete at
full strength due to nagging injuries
to his ankle, knee and foot. Due to

At Friday's open practice to fans, Michigan's junior Bernard Robinson Jr. passes

around sophomore Chuck Bailey.
the recurring ailments, he has
missed portions of every practice.
His luck did not improve on Fri-
day, when, while trying to take a
.charge, Brown landed on Hunter's
ankle causing him to sprain it and
sit out for the rest of practice.
Though Hunter said he should be
fine in another few days, these
injuries have impeded Amaker's
ability to evaluate Hunter and the
center rotation. .
"Hunter needs to be a guy that

we can see out there on the floor a
few days straight, to be able to
evaluate things," Amaker said. "He
is a pretty talented player but we
need him on the floor to see how
things are going to progress with
different combinations."
Once Amaker is able to make
those evaluations, he will have a
better grasp of his lineup and will
be one step closer to surrounding
Blanchard with the talent he needs
to win.


'M' golfers can't overcome early troubles

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By Matt Kramer
Daily Sports Writer

It's too bad the Mercedes-Benz
Women's Golf Championship wasn't
just played on Saturday and Sunday. If
it was, Michigan would have been sit-
ting pretty, shooting a team total of 38-
over par 614 and finishing in fifth
place out of 15 teams.
Instead, the 54-hole tournament at
the 5,985-yard, par-72 Gettsyvue Golf
Course in Knoxville, Tenn. started on
Friday morning, and before the Wolver-
ines could even make it to the weekend,
they found themselves at 41-over par
and in last place.
"We put ourselves in a difficult spot
after the first round," Michigan coach
Kathy Teichert said. "No one really
played well on Friday at all, but they all
came back:'
It took those two solid rounds of 304
and 310 for the Wolverines to climb up
to 12th place, 44 shots behind winner
Normally, one bad round in college
golf doesn't necessarily take the team
out of the tournament. But this was no
average tournament, as seven of the
country's top 25 teams participated. All
seven of those teams finished ahead of
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But Teichert didn't believe the quali-
ty of competition affected her team.-
"It was a very difficult course,"
Teichert said. "It was a lot of placement
golf. You had to really make sure to
avoid the hazards and put it in just the
right spot out there."
The Wolverines were led by soph-
omore Laura Olin. Olin fired a 230
(82-71-77) to finish in a tie for
18th individually. Olin's round of
one-under par 71 on Saturday
included three birdies and was the
first round shot under par by a
Wolverine all season.
"I played much better on Saturday
because I kept the driver in my bag and
just hit three-wood off the tee," Olin
said. "(But) the first day was a struggle

out there for all of us. We just all
played poorly at the same time. I think
it took us a while to figure out this
course, and just one practice round
wasn't enough."
Senior Kim Benedict was the next
best for the Wolverines, shooting
rounds of 83-74-80 (237). She finished
in a tie for 44th. Benedict was followed
by freshman Amy Schmucker, who
shot rounds of 85-79-75 (239) to finish
in a tie for 49th.
Freshman Kelly Easton, making her
first career start for the Wolverines, fin-
ished tied for 62nd at 27-over par 243.
Teichert was especially happy with
the way Easton played.
"Kelly's score helped us in two out
of the three rounds and that was just

great;' she said.
North Carolina's Ashley Prange took
home medallist honors, shooting
rounds of 72-70-76 (218);
This was the last fall tournament
for the Wolverines, and the players
won't pick up a golf club again until
January. In the meantime, they will go
into their winter workout program,
which includes lifting weights, getting
into better shape and working on their
short games.
Michigan won't compete again until
February, when it travels to Palos
Verdes, Calif. to participate in the TRW
Regional Challenge.

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