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September 2, 2014 - 7B
After '07, defeat means
more to Mountaineers
By ALEJANDRO ZU1NIGA
Managing Sports Editor
In 2007, Appalachian State
shocked Michigan in Ann Arbor,
34-32, in what is recognized
as one of the greatest upsets in
college football history.
That team wasn't led by
current quarterback Kameron
Bryant or running back
Marcus Cox. It was a different
Appalachian State, one manned
by Armanti Edwards and
The 2014 Mountaineers,
making their FBS debut, were
no match for the Wolverines
on Saturday, providing little
resistance as Michigan rolled to
a 35-point halftime lead and an
eventual 52-14 win.
And because of Appalachian
State's history in the Big House,
this one meant a little bit more.
"I can just imagine how the
guys in '07 (felt)," said defensive
lineman Ronald Blair. "We tried
not to look so far back into '07.
This isn't the team from '07.
"We just tried to put our own
stamp on it, and it didn't end the
way we wanted it to."
The small contingent of
visiting fans did their part,
donning shirts and pins that read,
"Been there, beat that."
But these Mountaineers
couldn't stop Devin Gardner
(13-of-14 passing, 173 yards), or
Devin Funchess (three TDs), or
Michigan's running backs (336
"Those things happen when
you play good teams," Bryant
said. "When you play a team like
Michigan, you don't get those
mistakes. You've got to play
almost a perfect game."
Appalachian State's struggles
were systematic as much as
they were a product of facing a
superior opponent. Michigan's
defense employed tight, man-to-
man marking, and Bryant had
been prepped by his coaches to
face a zone system.
Last year, Bryant and the
Mountaineers thrived on quick
throws out of the shotgun and
picking up yards after the catch.
The Wolverines' corners, though,
disrupted the rhythm and bought
enough time for the defensive
line to burst into the backfield.
The result was an Appalachian
State offense that managed just
74 yards in the first half. Bryant
finished the game 8-of-19 for just
"This game was not what
(Michigan) had shown all last
year," said Mountaineers coach
Scott Satterfield. "Why they did
that, I don't know."
As Satterfield explained earlier
in the week, many members of
his current team committed to
Appalachian State in part because
of the 2007 upset, which stunned
the college football world and
landed the small school from
Boone, North Carolina on the
cover of Sports Illustrated.
It marked the first time
a Division I-AA (now FCS)
team beat a ranked opponent
from Division I-A (now FBS),
derailing Michigan's national
championship hopes before they
could really begin.
But in Saturday's rematch,
the Wolverines asserted
their dominance from the
opening kickoff, and the 2014
Mountaineers couldn't replicate
their predecessors' magic of
"Heck yeah, that was in
(Michigan's) minds the whole
offseason," Satterfield said.
"What else do they hear? 2007,
App State came and beat you
guys. That's all they've heard.
You're dadgum right they were
Sophomore middle blocker Abby Cole had 46 kills and 10 blocks, earning herself a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
'M' takes two 1n Arkansas
By JACOB GASE the momentum.
Daily Sports Writer "We probably should have
won that match if we had a little
The Michigan volleyball more experience and were a
team has plenty of talent and little more consistent," Rosen
experience in its starting six this said. "(Arkansas) is a good team,
season. Except half of it didn't see there's no question about it. But
action this weekend. I think we're better than them.
With junior outside hitters I think we had a chance to win
Ally Davis and Kelly Murphy out that match."
with injuries and senior setter The Wolverines rallied to force
Lexi Dannemiller sitting out the a fifth set, but they were unable
tournament due to an "internal to finish off the Razorbacks, as
rules" violation, coach Mark they fell 17-25,25-23,25-15,19-25,
Rosen started two freshmen 15-1.
and a junior setter with only one The loss doesn't mean
career start. Michigandidn'tfindanypositives
The youth and inexperience overthe weekend, though.
led to mixed results in the first "I'm really proud of our team,"
regular season action as the said sophomore middle blocker
Wolverines rolled past Stephen Abby Cole. "I think we have alot
F. Austin and Tennessee State of heart, and we began to show
before dropping their final match that."
to Arkansas in five sets. Cole was arguably Michigan's
After takingthe first set against most dominant player over the
the Razorbacks, Michigan weekend, riding some career
was overwhelmed by the best performances to a team-leading
opponent it faced all weekend. 46 kills as well as 10 blocks.
Arkansas's blocking game closed Her performance over the
down the Wolverines' attacks weekend landed her on the All-
and caused the young team to Tournament team.
make unforced errors. They Joining her on that team were
committed nine errors in the junior libero Tiffany Morales
second set and 10 errors in the - who combined with fellow
third set, ultimately losing both junior libero/defensive specialist
and handing the Razorbacks all Lindsey Lerg to hold down the
back court with 83 total digs -
and junior setter Carly Warner,
who did a remarkable job (126
sets, just one attack error) filling
in foroneofthebestsetters inthe
country despite her inexperience.
"(We need to) stay steady and
consistent," Cole said. "We have a
lot of talent, and we fell short in
the Arkansas match because we
just kind of hit a wall."
Michigan (2-1) downed the
Ladyjacks and the Lady Tigers in
four and three sets, respectively,
losing the only set to Stephen F.
Austin by two points.
For most of the weekend, the
lineup's youth infusion appeared
effective enough to pull off the
clean sweep. The two freshman
starters, defensive specialist
Caroline Knop and opposite
hitter Katherine Mahlke, slid
comfortably into their roles.
Knop, a natural libero playing on
the outside because of injuries,
finished the weekend with
23 kills and 31 digs. Mahlke
nearly matched her, picking
up 20 kills and 28 digs in her
first three collegiate matches.
Freshman outside hitter Adeja
Lambert established herself
as a legitimate attack threat
on an injury-depleted bench,
Michigan rolled to a 35-0 lead at halftime, squashing hopes of a 2007 repeat