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November 26, 2003

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Blue marches on in second round without Cameron


By Jeremy Antar
Daily Sports Writer

haven't been there before."
Burns feels that Michigan should not look at
Saint Peter's as the underdog, and that it should
take an underdog attitude in the game.
"We need to play exactly how Saint Peter's is
playing, and that is like the Cinderella wildcard,"

The Michigan men's soccer team will dive
head-first into the NCAA Tournament today
when the Wolverines face off against Saint
Peter's College. But while Saint - -
Peter's comes in as a lower seed and
"underdog," Michigan is not exactly
buying this game as an early-round Mic
breeze. For one thing, the Wolver- Sr
ines have never faced Saint Peter's. T <>
Michigan has also never played in U -M >
an NCAA Tournament game, while
Saint Peter's has experienced the heat of the
NCAA Tournament when it defeated a seasoned
Brown team last week.
"There's certainly a level of confidence with
our team," Michigan coach Steve Burns said.
"There's also a level of concern because it's the
unknown for us. It's uncharted territory, and we

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Burns said. "This is new to us, this
how we think we need to play.
This is the intensity we need to
play with, go out and get it done."
Burns noted that Saint Peter's
plays a very similar style of soccer
to Michigan, and that should pro-
duce a high-scoring contest.

of the Year Knox Cameron. He will be playing
with the U.S. Under-20 Youth Soccer Team in
the FIFA World Youth Championship for the
next few weeks.
While replacing Cameron is impossible, the
coaches have been working with the players to
ensure that the team understands that Cameron
is only one player, and that this team has the tal-
ent to win without him.
"We've tried to make sure that the rallying cry
is not, 'Oh look at us, we're without Knox
Cameron, our best player,' but it's, 'Hey, look at
how we are still a good team even without our
best player,' "Burns said.
Without Cameron, Michigan will lean heavily
on junior Mychal Turpin. Turpin went on a sen-
sational run early in the season - at one stretch
netting two four-goal games in two weeks. But
he hasn't scored a goal since Sept. 30.
Turpin suffered an ankle injury shortly after
his second four-goal performance, and has not

been the same since.
"There's some psychology that's gone on
with Mychal, in terms of getting him back to
his form that he had in the first half of the sea-
son," Burns said.
It is no secret that Michigan will try to get the
ball to Turpin's feet today, giving him the opportu-
nity to work the magic he did in September.
Michigan has had a long and successful sea-
son, and it has worked hard to prepare itself for
its first run in the NCAA Tournament.
Burns knows that no matter how much the
other coaches and himself have prepared the
team for what lies ahead, come game day, it's up
to the players to make it happen.
"Soccer's a great game," Burns said. "It's very
different than any other sport where it's player
centered and not coach centered. Come game
day, coaches have very little impact on the game.
It's all the work that the players have done and
the coaches have done up till that point."

"They're a team that's a lot like us," Burns
said. "They prefer to keep the ball on the ground,
and they prefer to play more of a possession ori-
ented game, compared to a direct style of soccer."
Putting goals on the board will not be an easy
task for the Wolverines because they will be
without the services of the 2003 Big Ten Athlete

Senior Mike White and the Wolverines will make
their debut in the NCAA Tournament today.

Helvey 'nervous' around Jeter

Moore bids adieu to Cliff Keen

By Ellen McGarrity
Daily Sports Writer
It was actually her second meeting
with the New York Yankees shortstop.
Last Friday evening began uneventful-

ly for freshman women's
basketball player Kelly
Helvey. She and a few of
her teammates - senior
Jennifer Smith, junior
Tabitha Pool and sophomore
Niki Reams - arrived at
Crisler Arena to watch the
men's basketball game
against Oakland. The teams
often attend one another's
that night was no exception.

Mchs an v
Tine: 5 p.m
games, and

A few minutes into the half, there was
a media timeout and the cameramen
scanned the crowd for boisterous fans to
display on the media scoreboard.
The obvious choice was the unexpect-
ed group of New York Yankees sitting in
folding chairs along the sidelines -
among them famous shortstop Derek
Jeter. Their picture quickly appeared
above the scoreboard and baseball fans,
including Helvey, went wild.
"I just freaked out," Helvey said.
"He's my favorite baseball player. Ever
since I was a little kid, I've always liked
Just before halftime, the Yankees were
escorted off the court and into the
women's basketball lockerroom where
they wouldn't be bothered by photo- and

autograph-seeking fans.
Many people in the crowd and even
members of the media tried to follow
them for a handshake or autograph, but
the security guards turned them all away.
However, one of the Wolverines made
an exception.
"They were in our locker
EKEN room," Helvey said. "So Jen
Ts Tech asked him if we could go
down to meet him."
Helvey had actually
. Friday, already met the shortstop at a
urday Detroit Tigers' game when
she was in fifth grade, but
that didn't stop her from tak-
ing a second opportunity to chat with her
favorite player.
The girls were allowed into their lock-
er room where just a few hours before
they had suited up for their game against
Western Michigan. But the locker room
was drastically transformed with the
presence of the Yankees and their
"We met Derek, Jason Giambi, Jeff
Weaver, Jorge Posada and a bunch of the
other Yankees," Helvey said.
She recalled talking with Jeter about
her team's win earlier that day, but said
she was "just too nervous" to bring up
anything else.
Both Helvey and Smith walked out of
the lockerroom with autographs, but
Helvey left with something perhaps even
more special.
In addition to a regular autograph, she

Freshman Kelly Heivey met Derek Jeter
during Friday's men's game against Oakland.
asked Jeter to sign one of her basketball
sneakers - the ones Helvey wears dur-
ing all her Michigan games.
The freshman sported the autographed
shoes on Monday night in the team's
game against Alabama, although Jeter's
signature wasn't enough to pull the team
to victory - Michigan lost 76-74 in
There's no doubt Helvey, who is still
recovering from a hip-pointer she
incurred in Friday's game, hopes her
newly decorated shoes bring her luck for
the remainder of the season.

By Eric Ambinder
Daily Sports Writer

Surrounded by darkness, she saw the light.
Tiffin, Ohio, native Erin Moore - captain of the
Michigan volleyball team - may have been born in the
land of the Buckeyes, but will forever -
bleed maize and blue.
This past weekend, the Michigan vol-
leyball team played its last home game Michigar
of season. For Moore, it was the begin- atNo
ning of the end. ity: 7
Moore will miss throwing the Michigan t:30 p;
volleyball souvenir T-shirts into the crowd ikfH
and hearing the pep band during player WelshA
introductions at Cliff Keen Arena.
She'll miss the crowd roaring for her, and then
receiving "fives" from the kids who line the court
before the game.
She'll miss picking herself off the comfortable Cliff
Keen floor after somersaulting to make a dig - a floor
so inviting to her over the years.
But most importantly, Moore, arguably one of the
best Michigan volleyball players ever, will miss looking
into the stands and seeing her parents, both alumni of
Ohio State, cheering her on.
Although both parents graduated from Ohio State,
they couldn't be more proud to cheer for their daughter,
even if she's wearing maize and blue.
"When she made the choice to go to Michigan,"
Erin's father, Joseph, said. "We couldn't have been hap-
Moore's coach, Mark Rosen, couldn't have been
happier either.
"She brings a tremendous amount of leadership and
not just one dimension of talent," Rosen said. "She's a
tremendous all around player."

Moore is Michigan's all-time leader in kills with
1,331, fourth all-time in career hitting percentage at
.262 and ranks second in Michigan's 30-year history for
block assists and total blocks.
"She is incredibly competitive, very intense and she
is also a lot of fun;' Rosen said. "I think she is very
-- unselfish. She just wants to win. She'll
EkEND do whatever she has to do to win."
Even if that means cracking jokes to
ct in' , ease her team right before a huge point
westemn - a telling sign of her composure, lead-
rn. Friday ership and confidence. Confidence has
aturay gotten Moore to the top.
(l~s1;1)Rosen remembers an incident when
mnArena Moore was being playfully picked on
during her freshmen year.
"One day the girls were joking with her," Rosen said,
"and she was like, 'Okay, pick on the girl with all the
confidence.' Who says that? Somebody only says that
when they are very, very confident."
Adopting the leadership role was never difficult for
Moore. She hopes her legacy will permeate with the
future Wolverines in the same form of intensityand
passion that she brought when she stepped on the court.
"I hope that our freshmen remember me the way I
remember our upper-classmen when I was a freshman,",
Moore said. "Ijust hope I was able to make an impact
on them, like how to lead a team."
Moore will lead the Wolverines this weekend as they
conclude their regular season, traveling to Northwestern
and No. 18 Illinois.
Moore's parents, both school teachers, will be there
- they haven't missed a single game in two seasons.
"It's going to be a very strange feeling not to
rush home from school on a Friday and hop into
maize and blue clothes and point the car north,"
Joseph Moore said.




After watching the football team beat Ohio State on Saturday, Michael Woodford
and the hockey team will play in the College Hockey Showcase this weekend.

Icers enjoy week off,
game at Big House
By Sharad Mattu country," Woodford said. "The CCHA
DailySports Writer is one of the top leagues, but the

For one weekend, Michael Woodford
was just like any other student.
Without a hockey game to play,
Woodford and his teammates spent last
Saturday at Michigan Sta- _
dium. Saturday's game Ti S M
against Ohio State was sod
big that not only did the
New York Yankees to Min
show up, Woodford decid- TUe: 7:35
ed to stick around for the 7:35 p.m
entire game, something Yost k
that he had not been able
to do before.
But there was one thing the students
did that the players didn't join in on.
"Coach Pearson had us on the other
side (of the field) so we wouldn't get
trampled and could just watch everyone

c' r

WCHA is also a real good conference.
It's a good opportunity for us to show
the country that we're big-time players."
Minnesota (3-6-1 WCHA, 4-7-1 over-
all), Michigan's Frozen Four semifinal
---- nemesis the past two years,
has had a shockingly rough
start to the season. The
c n Gophers have replaced last
s ta year's goaltender, Travis
in. Friday Weber, with freshman
a4aY Kellen Briggs, but do have
Aena 85 percent of their scoring
from last year back.
Minnesota had its best two games of
the season this past weekend, when they
swept Michigan Tech.
Michigan is coming off a light week
in which they practiced without coach-
es. The week off came at a good time,


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