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8A - Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

Daily Sports
Power Rankings
By Nick Saar II Daily Snorts Editor

Senior setter Lexi Zimmerman has established herself as one of the best volleyball players in program history.
Lexi Zimmerman,Setter (Volleyball)
E Icouldn't make it to the volleyball game against Michigan State last Wednesday and I couldn't tune
into Big Ten Network to watch. ButI had to find out what kind of encore Zimmerman would produce
after posting a triple-double in her previous match. Online game-casting was the only option. With the
Michigan all-time assists record already under her belt, what else could she possibly have in store? How
about a second consecutive triple-double. This time with 38 assists, 11 kills and 10 digs in a close four-
set win over the Spartans. I can't decide which was more unbelievable: her gaudy numbers or my over-
the-top excitement for a volleyball game-cast. She also almost registered a third straight triple-double
two days later, tallying 41 assists, 8kills and 7 digs in a win over No. 20 Northwestern.
2 Rachael Mack, Forward (Field Hockey}
2 Mack carried the Wolverines to a 4-3 overtime victory over Northwestern on Friday, scoring the
overtime winner and notching her first career hat trick in the process. The freshman leads the team
with 12 goals in just 15 games. And Mack is just one of many freshmen to appear in the rankings
and fill some big shoes on a Michigan roster. She's one of four to make the rankings this week alone.
Maybe these impressive freshmen are a good omen for the men's basketball team, a roster that boasts
almost as many freshmen as the North Campus dorms.
3 Denard Robinson, Quarterback (Football)
E Entering Saturday's game against No. 15 Iowa, Denard's chances at leapfrogging Zimmerman for the
top spot already looked slim. Like the volleyball star, he has certainly put up some downright crazy
numbers before, but it would be a tall order against the nation's fourth-ranked defense. He performed
admirably enough before being injured to barely keep himself in Heisman contention. But he needs a
bounce-back game ina couple of weeks at Penn State or else his chances are pretty much toast. With the
way Tate Forcier was able to lead Michigan down the field, Michigan fans should probably be more wor-
ried about the other Robinson, defensive coordinator Greg Robinson. After all, going one game without
surrendering more than 30 points would sure be a nice luxury for the Wolverines.
4 Alex Hunt, Outside Hiter (Volleyball)
F Once again, Hunt's stellar play goes relatively unnoticed because of Zimmerman - not that Hunt
minds Zimmerman routinely racking up triple-doubles. But in that same match against the Spartans on
Wednesday, Hunt recorded her 1,000th career kill. She's helped lead No. 13 Michigan to seven wins in
eight Big Ten contests. By the way, she nearly had a triple-double of her own in that same match - with
21 kills, 9 digs and 6 assists.
5 Joeyarber ('en's Golf)
For a week at least, someone not named Lion Kim stole the show for the Michigan men's golf team.
Garber finished tied for second at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, shootinga five-under 67 in the
second round to vault him up the leaderboard. It was only the freshman's fourth career start, so that's
some remarkable progress in less than two months time.

Seniorgoaltender Shawn Hunwick tallied a career-high 45 saves against New Hampshire on Saturday.
6.Michigan Goaltenders (ice Hockey)
Bryan Hogan had a 33-save shutout in an exhibition performance against the Under-18 US Nation-
al Team Development Program. Shawn Hunwick answered with a career-high 45 saves in a 3-3 tie
against No. 8 New Hampshire. Red Berenson faces a dilemma many coaches would love: which hot
goalie should get the next start? At this point, he may as well alternate the two or simply draw straws.
But who does Berenson seem to preferSWell, who did he choose to start in an exhibition game against
a bunch of teenagers and who did he choose to start on the road against one of the nation's top teams?
7 SoonySaad, Forward (Men's Soccer)
On Tuesday night, the Wolverines suffered an ugly 7-1 loss to top-ranked Akron. It was their second
straight defeat, but that doesn't stop Soony from regaining a spotin the rankings. He is currently riding a
four-game goal scoring streak and leads the team with 12 goals on the season. He will have to wait until
Wednesday to extend the streak to five games, as Michigan has eight days between games after playing
three times in one week.
8 Jennifer Cross, Middle Blocker (Volleyball)
That's right - the volleyball team lays claim to three of the top eight players this week. Cross didn't
reach any career milestones and she wasn't close to putting together a triple-double. But against the
Wildcats, she had more kills than Hunt with a career-high 16. Finishing a game with more kills than
Hunt happens as often as defensive coordinator Greg Robinson talks to the media. All of the contri-
butions from all over the court have the Wolverines sitting pretty atop the Big Ten standings.
SJunior Hemingway, Wide Receiver (Football)
Hemingway bounced back from a poor performance a couple of weeks ago against Michigan State. In
the game against the Hawkeyes, he had more than 100 yards with a touchdown for the second time this
season and seemed to click with Forcier at the helm in the second half He was the Wolverines' biggest
threat during their fourth quarter surge and was one of the reasons the offense scored 28 points on one
of the nation's best defenses. But apparently, four touchdowns and 522 yards (albeit, with four turnovers)
aren't nearly enough for Michigan's defense to work with - even against a defense of that caliber.
MatSchmitt, Forward (Men's Soccer)
Schmitt hasn't left his mark on the score sheet in Michigan's last two losses, but he was a key part of
a four-game winning streak prior to the losses. Coming off the bench, he had a three-game goal scoring
streak of his own, highlighted by the game-winner at Wisconsin a couple of Sundays ago.


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