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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday, February 9, 2004

Club Spikers look to get back on track

By John Stiglich II
For the Daily
After a disappointing fifth place tie two weeks ago
at Central Michigan's tournament, the women's club
volleyball team looks to improve upon its up-and-
down start. The team wants to focus on playing its
best at the end of the season, when it heads down to
Charlotte, N.C., for the club championship.
"We've just stunk all around thus far," junior team
president Jen Slosser said. "Our focus is to re-learn
the fundamentals and build from there."
Head coach Scott Mattson noted the team's leader-
ship - Slosser, senior Meredith Hasse and senior
Britney Brewer - will serve as a solid foundation to
build upon the rest of the season.
"This group of 23 is better athletically than we've

had in the past," Mattson said.
However well teammates are conditioned, they are
not executing to their full potential.
"We need to work on our transition, our service
and our return," Mattson said. "We have not been
executing in those areas."
Mattson prefers placing among the top four in the
tournaments his team enters, but is willing to sacri-
fice placing for progress.
"I don't really keep a (win-loss) record," Matt-
son said. "I'm focused on improving the kids and
developing them. With only a couple nights of
week to practice, it's important that everyone gets
a chance to play."
The season for club volleyball begins in the fall
every year with open tryouts. Just the four club offi-
cers are guaranteed spots on the team.

"The drawback is they (club officers) have to plan
everything out," Mattson said. "They do most of the
work - I get the easy job of coaching."
Club officers are responsible for scheduling tour-
naments, booking hotels, arranging for transportation
and handling the finances (team members pay for a
majority of the expenses). But that does not deter
their enjoyment of the sport.
"We're all out here to have fun, but we still are
very competitive," Slosser said. "Club volleyball is a
lot different from high school volleyball."
Freshmen Jacki Fisher agreed with her team
"It's a lot faster, the level of play is a lot higher and
there are more teams than in high school, but it's a
lot more fun," Fisher said. "I would love to come
back and play next year - hopefully I can."

Who: Katie Erdman Sport: Track and Field
Hometown: Cadillac Year: Sophomore
Why: Erdman notched in a school record 2:05.38 in the 800-meter run at
last weekends Meyo Invitational. The win gives Erdman an automatic bid to
the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Drew and John: Heading for the NFL
The 2004 NFL season will feature two former Michigan quarterbacks in their rookie years. Drew Henson, who left the Wolverines to play for
the Yankees, has decided to head back to the gridiron. John Navarre, who led Michigan into the Rose Bowl last season, will enter the draft
after three full seasons as the Wolverines' signal caller.
"Drew Henson informed me today that he will leave the University of Michigan to pursue his baseball career" Carr said in 2000. "We wish him well."
With that, the baton was passed from Henson to Navarre. Now they both find themselves facing NFL rookie seasons this fall.
Drew John
Henson Navarre
Football position Football position
Baseball position Baseball position
3B P
'M' football stats 'M' football stats
27 games. 214 of 374 43 games. 765 of 1,366
passes (57.2%) for passes (56.0%) for
2,946 yards, 24 9,254 yards, 72touch-
touchdowns and downs and 31
seven interceptions, interceptions.
Peak moment Peak moment
n baseball in basebal
Goirg 1-for-3 in his First-team all-confer-
big league ence utility player as a
game. high school junior.
Pro baseball Pro baseball
batting average batting average
.111 (1-for-8) .000 (0-for-0)
What people are sayin What people are saying <.
"He'sthe real deal. His physical "I have had some great
abilities, the kind of presence he quarterbacks here, I
demonstrates on the field, all mean great ones. John
translates into a first-round pack- Navarre is one of them."
age' - Former NFL quarterback - Michigan football coach
coach Larry Kennen,1/29/04 Lloyd Carr, 11/22/03

M Swim/Dive U.S. Nationals - Orlando, FL
M Basketball at Minnesota
M Swim/Dive U.S. Nationals - Orlando, FL
W Basketball vs. Michigan State
M Swim/Dive U.S. Nationals - Orlando, FL
Wrestling at Indiana
Softball UNLV Tournament - vs. Cal Poly-SLO
Ice Hockey vs. Miami (Ohio)
Softball UNLV Tournament - vs. Oregon State
M Track/Field Sykes-Sabok Challenge Cup - State College, PA.
W Track/Field Sykes-Sabok Challenge Cup - State College, PA.
M Swim/Dive U.S. Nationals - Orlando, FL
M Tennis vs. Toledo
Softball UNLV Tournament - vs. Nebraska
M Basketball at Iowa
Softball UNLV Tournament - vs. Nevada-Las Vegas
W Gymnastics vs. Utah
M Gymnastics vs. Minnesota
Ice Hockey vs. Miami (Ohio)
M Track/Field Sykes-Sabok Challenge Cup - State College, PA.'
W Track/Field Sykes-Sabok Challenge Cup - State College, PA.'
M Golf vs. Arizona State and Purdue - Tempe, AZ
Water Polo Princeton Invite - Princeton, NJ
M Swim/Dive U.S. Nationals - Orlando, FL
Wrestling vs. Wisconsin
Softball UNLV Tournament - vs. UCLA
W Basketball at Penn State
Water Polo Princeton Invite - Princeton. NJ

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What he said
"I'm not going to go play football.
I get defensive probably more so
than at first. It offends me because
people will think, 'Well, he made a
decision and now he's going to
switch back.' That's not the type of
person I am." - 2/25/03
Athletic compensation
3/4 Michigan Education, $5 million
of a $17 million baseball contract.
NFL Draft
Selected in the sixth
round of the 2003 draft
by Houston.
Built for football, knows
the game well and
can take a beating.
Hasn't played competitive
football since 2000.
- Compiledt

What he said
"I think development-wise, I
used to try to get b on raw tal-
ent. Once I grew into the sys-
tem, I realized there is more to it.
I wish I worked on the mental party
of the ame just as much asI
worked on the physical part."-s/9/03
Athletic com pensation
1 Michigan Education.
NFL Draft
Projected in late-third or
early-fourth round in the 2004
Shown flashes of good field vision can
get air under the ball. Strong arm. Has
shown strong leadership skilIs.
Inconsistent. Immobile.Holds on to the
ball too long.
by Ryan Sosin

2. Colorado 73 pts.
* Blowing a 2-0 lead to the
Wings could spell disaster if it hap-
pens in the playoffs
S3,, Vancovier 72 pts.
* Thming NrtEw 1jere snc,
4. Philadelphia 72 pts.
" The Flyers will announce the
addition of Sean Burke today. Hope-
fully JR will be at the press conference.
* The Ioss to chiaoofets the
6. Ottawa 67 pts.
" It's like those old Medic Alert
commercials; "I've fallen, and I can't
get up." Someone call for help.
7. Tampa Bay 6V
*The division t retdthe
Carolina I'urricane Is bireeng a
8. San Jose 68 pts.
" The Sharks haven't allowed a
goal in two games. But look out, the
Stars mean business.
tefrm leadrg t kt PcifI j w g
10. Boston 69 pts.
" Toronto is vulnerable, time for a
good old fashion mauling.

2. Minnesota 35-15
* The triple-headed monster of KG,
Spree, and Cassell is producing the best
basketball the T-Wolves have ever seen.
3. NWJersey 29-2
yt1- IV
4. San Antonio 34-18
* The Spurs are playing well, but will
Duncan get tired of carrying the team on
his shoulders without consistent help?
6. Dallas 32-18
e This cannot be said enough:
without defense they can't bang with
the big boys come postseason.
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8. Houston 29-21.
" As Houston slowly buys into Van
Gundy's system, the Rockets are
slowly getting better.

10. Denver 29-23
" Regardless of Lebron, Camielo's
.a stud. Andre Miller is holding his own
against the great guards in the West.

The Daffy Detroft AM Stars
It's an all-star week in pro sports,
with players in the NB A, NFL and
NHL suiting up for exhibition
games of stars where defense isY
against the rules.
The sports world has grown jeal-;
ous of Detroit's steel caliber of {:,. BF
players and decided to snub
some choice stars from appearing
in their exclusionary games. E
Here's the Daily's picks that were
systematically snubbed from their
respective sports' All Star game.
- Compiled by Ryan Sosin

Detroit Red Wings
The all-star ame would have been exponentially
more fun if eremy Roenick and Brett Hull were
both doing the play-by-play on the ice. Even at
his elderly age,Hull is still puttin up close to a
point per game and was represented in proxy by
Pavel Datsyuk in the All Star game.
Detroit Pistons
Some shady business went down to keep the to p
three picks from last year's draft out of the NBA
All-Star game. Well, at least some shady business
to keep number one and three out. Darko is learn-
ing the ropes of the NBA game slowly. Jus t la s t
week, he learned how to complain about playing time.
Detroit Fury
Andy Kelly is the best quarterback in the state of
Michigan. His name is littered all over the Arena
Football League record books, and he has the dis-
tinction of throwing the most touchdowns ever
by a professional quarterback in any league.

Detroit Lions
"The Goooooooch"chants can come out of
nowhere, just like the Lions linebacker. With the
likes of Brian Urlacher and LaVar Arrington com-
peting for spots on the NFC roster, it looks like the
Eooch won t be hopping on a plane to Hawaii
anytime soon.
Detroit Shock
Say what you will about the players, but when
things go right, all the praise should go to the
coach. Laimbeer led the worst team m Detroit to
the WNBA championship. The Palace even
changed its address to, 3 Championship Drive.
Whaf about the Vipers' two championships?
Detroit Tigers
The Tigers have grossed more than $300,000 in
ticket sales since udge signed with Detroit. He
adds instant credibitl and gives a good excuse
for television news to stop listening to what
Bobby Higginson has to say. That alone is worth
$10 million a season.

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