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Muresan moves,
on to ITA finals
By IAN SHEETS of Notre Dame.
For the Daily Nguyen's run ended against
No. 6 Maria Mosolova of North-
Senior Denise Muresan has western.
continued her tremendous play Bolender won three straight-
after her semifinal run last set matches including a big win
weekend at the ITA All-Amer- against No. 73 Zara Harutyunyan
ican Tournament in California of Akron, to set up a quarterfinal
by making it to the finals of the matchup against Muresan.
USTA/ITA Midwest Champion- The match was character-'
ships this weekend. ized by long baseline rallies and
Along the way to the finals, fierce play by both Wolverines.
Muresan, the twelfth-ranked The freshman got off to the better
player in the nation, defeated start and took the first set, 6-1, but
players from Notre Dame and eventually Muresan's big-match
Northwestern, as well as fel- experience and consistency came
low Wolverine, sophomore Mimi through as she took the next
Nguyen, to set upa clash between two sets for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 win. It
the tournament's top two players was the only set Muresan lost all
on Tuesday in Ann Arbor. weekend.
The rest of the Michigan wom- The singles final will pin the
en's tennis team had a strong tournament's top two seeds
showing over the weekend. against each other with Muresan
Freshman Brooke Bolender and taking on the No.i seed, Kristy
Nguyen both advanced to the Frilling of Notre Dame, at 10 a.m.
quarterfinals of singles play. Tuesday at the Varsity Tennis
Nguyen grinded out two tough Center.
three-set matches, first topping Muresan also won three don-
her teammate, senior Rika Tat- bles matches to reach the quar-
suno, in the second round, and terfinals with fellow senior Kari
then winning in a third-set tie- Wig before losing to Illinois in a
break over Chrissie McGaffigan tiebreak, 9-8 (3).
Ki'ng fallsin 1TA
regIon's semiafinal-

TOREHAN SHARMAN/Daily
Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson warms up prior to an Oct.16 game against Iowa. He has been cleared to play this weekend at Penn State.
Campbell shows offensive
potential, Robinson ready

By TIM ROHAN to accurately grade how the changes
Daily Sports Editor have panned out so far.
Still, fifth-year senior offensive
No matter what position he plays, guard Steve Schilling has high
Will Campbell will probably be the hopes for both Campbell and Wash-
largest in the bunch. ington, who isn't so small himself at
Michigan football coach Rich 6-foot-4, 315 pounds.
Rodriguez said NOTEBOOK "It was fun to get to see them
during Monday's play on the other side of the ball,"
press conference that the 333- Schilling said. "I always thought
pound sophomore defensive line- (Campbell) played D-line like an
man worked on the offensive side of offensive lineman. He liked to fin-
the ball last week and will continue ish us in practice sometimes instead
to do so the first couple of days this of making tackles. ... Obviously he
week, "to see if it sticks." hasn't played it since high school
Rodriguez alluded to the pos- - it's been a few years. But he can
sibility of Campbell moving to the be a really, really good offensive
offensive line last Thursday during lineman. He's athletic, he's big, he's
his weekly radio show. strong and when he learns what he's
Rodriguez said redshirt fresh- doing, I definitely think he's going to
man offensive lineman Quinton have some success.
Washington also changed positions "Quinton, if he gets a head of
for the time being, switching over to steam running at you and hitting
defense. you, it's going to hurt. So for him
Campbell had previously being on defense, I'm pretty excited
approached him and the coaching to see what he can do against anoth-
staff about the potential move and er team if he's running out there and
it was decided that the bye week tackling some guys."
would be a good time to test it out. Schilling said he thought both
Rodriguez warned that just a changes could end up being for the
handful of practices weren't enough better. Campbell, a former five-star

recruit, struggled to see playing
time on the defensive line outside of
particular goal line situations and
special teams. And Washington was
stuck behind two entrenched start-
ers at guard in redshirt sophomore
Patrick Omameh and Schilling.
Rodriguez said he thinks Camp-
bell has potential.
"We were really simple last week
and his head will still be spinning
for a while," Rodriguez said. "But I
think he'll be a natural there at guard
just based on a couple of days."
ROBINSON IS READY: Sopho-
more quarterback Denard Robinson
said Monday that he is feeling 100
percent after leaving Michigan's
38-28 loss to Iowa early in the third
quarter with a shoulder injury.
To rehabilitate, he received treat-
ment for the shoulder "almostevery
day." Robinson, though, still partici-
pated in practice last week.
"I hate sitting out," Robinson said.
"I hate watching my teammates
practice and me not being a part of it.
But I guess you try to get better and
you shouldn't rush anything. Take
care of your body first and every-
thing else will fall in place."

During Monday's press confer-
ence, Robinson didn't attribute
either of the interceptions he threw
against Iowa to his shoulder injury,
saying he justneeded to make better
decisions with the ball.
As for his rushing numbers, Rob-
inson hasn't been racking up the
yardage like he did earlier in the sea-
son against the likes of Indiana and
Notre Dame, but he said it wasn't
due to his lingering knee injury.
"I just made some bad reads and
hesitated a little bit and it kind of
messed me up," Robinson said.
His 86 yards against Michigan
State was a season-low and his 105
yards against the Hawkeyes was his
third-lowest total. Buthis 1,096 total
rushing yards still leads the country.
INJURY UPDATE: Other banged
up Wolverines include junior defen-
sive tackle Mike Martin, redshirt
junior center David Molk and
junior running back Michael Shaw.
All were "very limited" in practice
last week, but Rodriguez expected
the trio to be able to go this week
in practice. All three should be able
to play on Saturday against the Nit-
tany Lions.

By DANIEL WASSERMAN
Daily Sports Writer
In a repeat of something Mich-
igan fans have become all too
familiar with, a Buckeye once
again defeated a Wolverine.
This time it was Michigan
men's tennis sophomore Evan
King, who, for the second time in
as many weeks, narrowly fell vic-
tim to Ohio State's Blaz Rola.
Competing in the five-day
USTA/ITA Midwest, Regional
Championships in South Bend,
Indiana, King won his first four
matches. And with a spot in the
championship on the line, Rola
upended King on Monday in the
semfinals, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
King had a chance to serve for
the match, but Rola came up with
three winners to take the advan-
tage.
"The level of tennis was very
good from both players," Michi-
gan coach Bruce Berque said.
"Even though (King) lost, I felt
like he came a long way since that
last time he played (Rola)."

On Oct. 9 in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
King and Rola squared off in a
match that ended in a manner
eerily similar to Monday's con-
test. The Chicago native took the
first set from Rola in each match
but failed to put away his oppo-
nent.
"It was a really good, high-
quality set," King said. "(The last
set) was a pretty fun set. We were
both hitting the ball hard, all the
games were just grinds. At the
end, he had one more good shot
than I did."
Rola, who King beat on the
junior circuit, beat fellow Buck-
eye Matt Allare in the cham-
pionship match. After two
consecutive losses to his coun-
terpart, King is looking forward'
to getting back on the court with:
Rola, especially given the nature:
of their schools' rivalry.
"It's going to be a fun, little
rivalry that we could see for the'
next three years," Ring said:-
"That guy was definitely the:
favorite for the final, and I gave;
See KING, Page 8'

M' counters size with strategy against UNO

Berenson, players
comment on defensive
adaptation in home
weekend split
By STEPHENJ. NESBITT
Daily Sports Writer
"It's like two kids in a sand-
box," Michigan ice hockey coach
Red Berenson said after practice
Monday, reflecting on last week-
end's series split. "It's not always
the big one that gets the toy, it's
the one that wants it the most."
Facing off against then-No. 10
Nebraska-Omaha on Friday and
Saturday at Yost Ice Arena, the
fourth-ranked Wolverines (2-0-
0 CCHA, 3-1-2 overall) certainly
were the little kids.
Michigan knew it wasn't a
match physically for the Mav-
ericks - a group that boasts 15
players over the six-foot mark, led
by 6-foot-8 defenseman Andrej
Sustr.

And after Friday's 4-2 loss,
Berenson's team looked not only
small, but bashed and broken.
The defense was spread out by
ice-length stretch passes, and its
gaps were exposed and exploited
by Nebraska-Omaha's nation-
leading offense.
Defensemen were outmanned,
crowding around their own net
for the majority of the night. Four
shots slipped by senior goaltender
Shawn Hunwick before the Wol-
verines finally managed to score,
but that wasn't until just six min-
utes remained in the third period.
Despite holding a 36-26 shot
advantage, Berenson insisted that
his team had been out-chanced,
and the defense was the weak
spot he wanted to focus on after
the loss.
Whatever he did prior to
returning the following night
was the perfect remedy for the
defense.
On Saturday, it was Nebraska-
Omaha (5-1-0) that looked over-
whelmed.
Michigan scored eight sec- F

onds in and didn't let up, as five that works for us, but we thought
players scored and the team we could get away with too much
coasted to a 6-1 victory. with them.
The Wolverines' attacking "We realized that if we get
strategy rendered the Maver- behind their defense, then we
icks' size a non-factor, and senior could just move around them.
defenseman Chad Langlais cred- They're a big defense, butthey're
slow down low, and I think
we exposed them on Saturday
night."
"I think We The offense penetrated the
Maverick zone time after time,
exposed them knocking a combined six goals
past the Nebraska-Omaha goal-
On Saturday tenders.
But the forwards weren't just
night. scoring goals - they played a
major role in keeping the potent
Maverick offense at bay.
After the defense was left
ited the turnaround to Michi- stranded on Friday night, the
gan's adaption to its attacking coaches stressed the importance
scheme, which was able to coun- of the forwards being two-way
ter Nebraska-Omaha's size. players.
"They have a big defense, and According to Langlais, the
(on Friday) some of our forwards full team effort on defense was
were trying to skate through a key to Saturday's resounding
that," Langlais said. "Sometimes victory.
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