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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 11

'M' benefits from favorable schedule

By Brad Johnson
For the Daily
After a rough road trip that saw the
Michigan volleyball team drop two
matches in a row, coach Mark Rosen
is optimistic about his team's
chances for success
this weekend. The
Wolverines will take CLIFF KEE
on Minnesota and CLI: Mi
Iowa at Cliff Keen 1o vMichigan
Arena following a nesota (13, 2
weekend in which (2-12, 8-16)
their four-match win When: 7 p.m. Fr
streak came to an end 7 p.m. Saturday
against'Ohio State: Latest: The Wol
"(The team) has need a strong fi
been playing really finalsixmatche
well at home," Rosen an NCAA Tourna
said. "Hopefully, we
will have a good crowd this weekend.
They should both be really good
matches."
The Wolverines (8-6 Big Ten, 14-
10 overall) will have a tough task
ahead of them when they face the
conference-leading Golden Gophers

(13-1, 26-3), who are currently
ranked sixth in the country.
"Minnesota obviously poses the
biggest threat to us this weekend,"
said Rosen. "They are number one in
the conference, and there is no ques-
tion that they are a very good team.
(But) we need to be pre-
pared for both teams."
ARENA Iowa (2-12, 8-16)
6 BigTen comes into the match
No. 7 Min' with an unimpressive
) and Iowa record, but despite this
Rosen feels the
y and Hawkeyes are a danger-

vs. N
Friday

sition and are averaging more
blocks per game than their oppo-
nents as well.
"(We are) a very balanced team,"
Rosen said. "Defense and ball con-
trol have been our strengths."
With the variety and depth of the
attackers that Michigan possesses,
Rosen feels the team needs to dictate
the style of play in order to be success-
ful this weekend. This is especially true
with regards to the Iowa match, a con-
test in which he feels ball control will
be especially key in increasing the
team's chances for victory.
Including this weekend's matches,
Michigan will have just six remain-
ing games until the beginning of
postseason play. Rosen believes the
Wolverines have a good chance of
getting a bid to the tournament if
they win three of their final six
matches.
"We are playing the tougher
teams at home, and the weaker
teams on the road," said Rosen. "We
just need to take care of business
and hold to our style of play."

TOURNAMENT
Continued from Page 9
Last Thursday the team lost to No.
7 seed Ohio State in the first round
of the Big Ten Tournament. This cre-
ated questions about whether Michi-
gan deserved to be honored with a
home bid.
Now that those questions have been
answered, the Wolverines can use the
loss to Ohio State as motivation to play
harder this weekend.
"I think they feel like they need to
redeem themselves," Rademacher said.
They need to "prove to the college soc-
cer world the worth of their wins earli-
er in the season."
Williamson had similar feelings.
"It was a long bus ride home and we
had a lot to think about," she said. "(It
allowed us to) put everything into per-
spective.
"I think we're going to be pretty
fired up."
Michigan defeated the Grizzlies 2-0
on senior day afew weeks ago. The
other teams scheduled to play in Ann
Arbor include archrival Michigan State
and Miami University. The Wolverines
played the Spartans Octo. 25, with that
game ending in a 1-1 tie.

ly
verines will
nish in their
s to receive
ament bid.

ous team.
Of late, Michigan
sophomore setter Lisa
Gamalski has been
showing lots of
improvement and has

played very well for the team.
Sophomores Jennifer Gandolph and
Carrie Ritchie have also turned in
strong performances recently.
Defensively, the Wolverines are
averaging nearly one and a half
more digs per game than their oppo-

DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Senior middle blocker Katrina Lehman and the Michigan women's volleyball team
hope to finish up the season strong with four of its remaining games at home.

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