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6 - Friday, September 5, 2014

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nges. be right back in the mix. That's
t, the Wolverines had no our hope."
ng reports on any of the Both veterans were active in
teams they played. On top practice this week and appeared
, an injury-depleted roster ready for game action.
a starting lineup with little For the second consecutive
ence. weekend, though, Michigan will
s weekend, Michigan (2-1) be without its most experienced
its home leader, senior setter Lexi
tle by Dannemiller. After missing the
g Duke Duke, UNC Arkansas Invitational due to an
North at Michigan "internal rules" violation, the
na in co-captain was expectedto make
ig Ten/ a her return Friday against Duke.
hallenge UNC 2'-1 That plan changed when she was
ff Keen Michigan 2-1 diagnosed with mononucleosis
And earlier this week.
for the Friday7 P.M.; The hole at the setter
rines, Saturday position will likely be filled
of the 5 P.M. by junior Carly Warner, who
ms from Where: proved herself to be a capable
weekend replacement by making the All-
olutions. Cliff Keen Tournament team in Arkansas.
didn't Arena Warner seems to have embraced
anything Stats: her new leadership role, which
the other MGoBlue.com could be key for the Wolverines
(last this weekend and beyond.
end)," "My team really backs me up,"
Michigan Warner said. "Theyreallyrespect
Mark Rosen. "We have the decisions I make when I'm
n Duke and tape on North settingand respectthat I'mgoing
na. We still don't have a to be there for them."

will be facing two, talented
opponents this weekend, the
season is still young, and the
team's focus remains primarily
on itself.
"I'd say 90 percent of our
focus is going to be on us and 10
percent on them," Rosen said.
"We know that they're going to
be tougher teams, and we want
to beat them, no question. But we
still have a ton of stuff we've got
to get better at."
Almost at full health now,
Michigan hopes to improve
while establishing a more
natural lineup and rotation.
Forced into expanded roles last
week, the team's freshmen can
now return to their original
positions, providing depth and
game breaks for the veteran
players.
Increased depth and
experience should strengthen an
already-potent offensive attack
led by sophomore middle blocker
Abby Cole. Cole has started the
season red-hot, picking up 46
kills and leading the Big Ten
with a .512 hitting percentage.
Whether or not the full-
strength offense can keep the
Wolverines competitive in the
stacked Big Ten remains to
be seen. But the way the team
performs in its first big test
this weekend could be a strong

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Michigan seeks first N.Y. win

By MINH DOAN friends and family," Arnone said.
Daily Sports Writer "Most of them haven't seen me
play since high school. I can't
Being an out-of-state student even begin to describe how
at the University means there are excited Iam."
few opportunities to go home to Assistant coach Tommy
see friends and McMenemy will also be going
family. Michigan a home - Columbia.
But for six Ten years ago, McMenemy
players on Columbia played for the Lions, where he
the Michigan Matchup: was a two-time first-team Ivy
men's soccer Michigan 1-1; League selection.
team, they Columbia 0-0 While none of the coaches
will get to don When: he played under are still at
the Michigan Saturday Columbia, McMenemy coached
jersey in 3 P.M. under current head coach Kevin
front of their Where: Rocco Anderson before coming to
most loyal B. Commisso Michigan.
supporters. Soccer "(Anderson) was a mentor for
For fifth- Stadium me earlier in my coaching career,"
year senior Stats: McMenemy said. "We worked
midfielder MGoBlue.com together for four great years."
Tyler Arnone, But while there will be some
sophomore players returning home, there
midfielders will also be other players visiting
Brett Nason and Michael New York for the first time.
Kapitula, freshman defender And the city natives are
Billy Stevens, redshirt freshman just as excited to show the
midfielder Tyler Anderson and newcomers around.
freshman goalkeeper Evan "I could go on and on about
Louro, they williget the chance to New York City," Arnone said.
do just that when the Wolverines "Times Square, Central Park
travel to New York to take on - and the World Trade Center
Columbia in the Lions' season Memorial are three places I want
opener on Saturday. to show the guys."
"This is the first opportunity Michigan will visit New York
I'll have to play in front of my for only the second time in its

14-year history. The first visit
came seven years ago against
St. John's - the same school
where Arnone used his redshirt
season before transferring to the
Wolverines - where it lost 2-0.
And while Arnone couldn't
give any insight on Columbia's
team, he did reminisce on his
youth playing in New York City.
"I played in the city pretty
much my whole youth soccer
career," Arnone said. "It was
always on turf with the city
skyline in the background and it's
where I'm comfortable."
But as excitement grows for
the trip, Arnone is wary that
the Wolverines can't have the
same "jitters" as they did in their
season opener against Florida
International - they lost 1-0 -
if they want to come away with
their first ever win in New York.
"Saturday, it's all about going
to New York to get a win,"
McMenemy said. "It's just
another game on the schedule."
For Michigan, the allure of
the Big Apple awaits. But the
Wolverines aren't going to New
York for sightseeing; they're
going there to earn their second
victory of the season.
"At the end of the day, it's
a business trip," Arnone said.
"We're there for the result."

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ton of information, but at least
we can put together a scouting
report to kind of prepare our
players ahead of time."
With or without a scouting
report, this won't be an easy pair
of matches for the Wolverines.
Ranked No. 19 and No. 20,
respectively, the Blue Devils (3-0)
and Tar Heels (2-1) are the first
ranked opponents on Michigan's
arduous regular season schedule.
To survive the tough
matchups, the Wolverines hope
to turn to a pair of returning
junior outside hitters, Ally Davis
and Kelly Murphy. Neither has
played this season because of
preseason injuries, but they could
be ready to return as soon as
Friday, bringing the experience
that the Wolverines have been
sorely lacking back to the court.
"In an emergency, they
probably could have gone

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The Michiganvolleyball team hopes to benefit from the home environment.

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FIELD HOCKEY
Upgraded facility
awaits Wolverines

Pankratz calls
stadium best venue
in the country
By MITCH BECKMAN
r Daily Sports Writer
After weeks on the road,
Michigan field hockey is finally
home.
Due to lagging renovations to
Phyllis Ocker
Field, the
Wolverines William &
were forced maryi CMU
to spend their
preseason at Michigan
training in Matchup:
Virginia, then W&M 0-2;
lost their CMU 0-2:
season-opening Michigan 0-2
games to No. 2 When:
North Carolina Saturday 1
and No. 11 P.M.; Sunday
Wake Forest 2 P.M.
- 5-1 and 3-2, Where: Phyllis
respectively. Ocker Field
Now, Ocker Stats:
Field is ready MGoBlue.com
and No. 17
Michigan is
looking to gain its first win.
Week two of the season
features William & Mary on
Saturday, followed by Central
Michigan on Sunday, and all
three teams will be searching
for their first win. The Tribe fell
to Virginia and Richmond, while
the Chippewas were upended by
Maine and Duke.
Though the Wolverines came
out of their first weekend winless,
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz
was pleased with how the team
adapted to the unique situation.
"The team did great," Pankratz
said. "We were doing everything
on the fly and had three weeks in

hotels. I'm really proud ofthe way
they handled it and now we're
super excited to be back at the
best facilityin the nation."
Historically, the Wolverines
have fared well against William
& Mary and Central Michigan,
notching a combined 36=16-2
record against the pair. Despite
the success, Michigan is stillwary
of its opponents.
"Both teams this weekend
are strong programs," Pankratz
said. "William & Mary has a
long tradition as a program and
Central is a tough team too. We
need to play well against both to
wn."
Heading into the weekend,
the team is looking to shore up
its offensive play, particularly
around the goal. Against Wake
Forest, the Wolverines outshot
Wake Forest 17-12 but could only
muster two goals. The same
problem plagued them against
North Carolina, when they scored
only once.
"We played well, especially in
the Wake Forest game," Pankratz
said. "We couldn't finish on
offense, and that's something we
want to fix this weekend. We just
need to polish up the details."
In the net, Michigan split time
betweengoaltenderslastweekend
and will likely do it again. Against
both Wake Forest and North
Carolina, redshirt sophomore
Chris Leub started in goal while
freshman Sam Swenson took
over for the second half. After one
weekend of level play between
the goaltenders, there is no clear
separation betweenthe two.
No matter who ends up in net
this weekend, the Wolverines
are optimistic that a pair of
homecoming wins could be the
start of something big at their
new home.

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