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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 15, 2003

Broken floor
delay aids 'M'
spikers in win
By Jake Rosenwasser
Daily Sports Writer
The Tennessee volleyball team looked poised to
capture the Toyota LV Classic down in Knoxville,
until the floor parted and swallowed up all of its
momentum. When play resumed 44 minutes, later the
Wolverines staged a come-from-behind victory to
win the weekend event.
In game one, the Lady Vols looked to be
unbeatable.
"We just couldn't stop them;'
Michigan coach Mark Rosen
said. "Tennessee came out on fire and executed real-
ly well:'
The Lady Vols looked to carry their momentum
into game two, but the Wolverines (6-3) were fortu-
nate to catch a break - literally. With the score tied
1-1 in the second game, the wooden floor broke and
caved in near the net, causing the match to be moved
to the other side of the gym. During the long break,
the veterans on the team took charge.
"Our upperclassmen really kept our team com-
posed and focused while we were waiting," Rosen
said. "We were able to make some adjustments and
fight back from their initial explosion."
After the delay, the Wolverines captured game
two by a 30-27 margin. The Lady Vols made a late
run to narrow the gap to 29-27, but junior Jennifer
Gandolph ended the game with a kill - one of 18
on the day - to level the match at one game apiece.
The Lady Vols (7-2) took the lead back by tak-
ing game three, 30-27, but the Wolverines fin-
ished off Tennessee by taking both the fourth and

CLUBSPORTSWEEKLY
Aikido Yoshokai harps

RYAN WEINER/Daily
Senior Erin Moore's 20 kills and 10 digs earned her Most Valuable Player honors this weekend at the Toyota LV
Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee.

on centurie
By Sean Friedland
and Harold Fogel
For the Daily
While most University students were
finishing their Thursday classes and
commencing the weekend festivities,
another select group of students was
gathering in the basement of the Intra-
mural Sports Building. What possibly
could be occurring down there? Simply
the obvious: Aikido Yoshokai.
Aikido Yoshokai is a traditional form
of Japanese martial arts, stemming from
the 16th century. This ancient form was
originally used to defend Samurai cas-
tles, but over time, it evolved into a non-
aggressive art. It was brought over to the
United States by the renowned Kushida
sensei, who started the inaugural dojo in
Detroit in 1974.
"Aikido Yoshokai is a way of life
based on morality and proper con-
duct," said instructor Karen Clark, a
30-year veteran of Aikido and Univer-
sity graduate.
Others like for its cool name.
The Aikido dojo is simple and disci-
plined, much to the liking of "The
Karate Kid's" Mr. Miyagi. This past
Thursday's class began with paying rev-
erence to the Aikido higher powers and
then progressed to thorough stretching
exercises. After warmup, amateurs were
promptly partnered with a more experi-
enced martial artist and began learning

s past
Aikido techniques. The first move intro-
duced was an obvious one, Mune-mochi
Taihenko Ikkajo-osae Ichi Hashirikomi
(chest grasp, body change, first control
pin No. 1, with running steps), giving
anyone the confidence to take on Bruce
Lee in any dojo. All the participants
became more masterful with the addi-
tion of the mighty Mune-mochi Tai-
henko Irimizuki (chest grasp, body
change, step-in, thrust), a move that uses
the opponent's own force against them.
Toward the end, the conditioning intensi-
fied. Enough abdominal exercises were
done to kill off all the calories absorbed
during Welcome Week.
Aside from an incredible physical
workout, Aikido also provides an excel-
lent social opportunity. Sophomore Eric
Schlichtling, a high school baseball play-
er and swimmer, entered the Aikido dojo
looking for something new and indirectly
found great friends and great times.
"I thrive from the independent learn-
ing progression of Aikido and have got-
ten so much out of it," Schlichtling said.
"It is not only a great martial art but also
provides some awesome people."
As with many club sports, Aikido
Yoshokai gives any student the opportu-
nity to try something unique. The time
spent in the dojo by these brave martial
artists provides far more than your sim-
ple workout. And even after one class,
one can be assured ... no one will want
to mess with you.

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deciding fifth game. Senior Erin Moore was
named tournament MVP for the second straight
week. The captain recorded 20 kills and 10 digs
during the five-game match. She also took a
career-high 54 swings during the match which
eclipsed her previous high of 50.
"Erin played great all weekend, she really carried
us," Rosen said. "Teams tend to target her because of
the caliber of her play, and she really responds to the
pressure that comes along with that."
Another player who made an impact on the game
was Nicole Poquette. After sitting out the first two
matches of the weekend due to an ankle injury,
Poquette had made her presense felt in the champi-
onship match. The senior recorded a career-high 19
kills and really aided a team that needed her leader-
ship.

The victory raised Michigan's overall record to 6-3
and gives the team five wins in its last six matches.
"We beat a very good team, and I'm glad we got
out of there alive" Rosen said.
Earlier in the weekend, Michigan swept both East
Tennessee State and Cal State-Fullerton in three easy
games apiece. The Wolverines kept their opponents
from scoring more than 20 points in any of the six
games.
"Physically we overmatched those teams," Rosen
said. "We knew we were bigger and stronger, and we
showed a lot of discipline by getting motivated for
two matches that were not the most challenging.
"We took care of business, and we were able to
use a lot of lineups and get a lot of younger players
some experience. We're trying to focus on how we're
playing and not worry about who the opponent is."

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Allen-Young leads Blue victory

By Mustafizur Choudhury
Daily Sports Writer
With about 100 meters remaining
in the five-kilometer race, newcom-
er Jessie Allen-Young of the Michi-
gan women's cross country team
found herself running in third
place. Realizing that the top spot
was within her reach, she began to
pressure her exhausted opponents
by sprinting toward the finish line.
After outrunning Akron's Morgan
Sulzener, Allen-Young powered her
way past Andrea Kramer of Miami
(Ohio) to capture the individual
title by less than a second. Her
strong finish of 17:38 also secured
the team victory for the Wolverines
at the Miami Invitational in Oxford,
Ohio.
"Jessie showed some toughness
and determination at the end,"
Michigan coach Mike McGuire
said. "She's been a welcome addi-
tion, and we're excited to have her
on the team."
Allen-Young's impressive debut
wasn't much of a surprise, consider-
ing she's a graduate student with
plenty of running experience from
her days as an undergraduate at
Dartmouth. Because of this experi-
ence, she will likely play a key role
as a contributor on this team.
Allen-Young crossed the line
nearly 15 seconds ahead of last
year's top Michigan runner, Rebec-
ca Walter, who finished fourth in
the race.
"I was definitely nervous before
my first race," Allen-Young said.
"But I try to take my anxiety and
focus it into positive energy."
Allen-Young is still adjusting to
the balancing act between school
and athletics. Her class schedule
often conflicts with the team prac-
tices, forcing her to train mostly on

her own. For this reason, Allen-
Young isn't expected to play much
of a role as a vocal leader, but she
hopes that her diligence will rub off
on her younger teammates.
"Hopefully, the team will respect
me as someone who works hard and
leads by example," Allen-Young
said.
Juniors Chelsea Loomis and
Chelsea Homan also performed

well for the Wolverines in the first
scoring meet of the season, finish-
ing in eighth and ninth place,
respectively.
Junior Theresa Feldkamp rounded
out the top five Michigan finishers,
coming in at 11th overall.
"I was encouraged by what I saw
today," McGuire said. "A lot of
good came out of this race, and we
hope to build on it."

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TONY DING/Daily
Sophomore Rebecca Walter, last year's Big Ten Freshman of the Year, finished
fourth overall at the Miami Invitational with a time of 17:53.

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