Senior guard Louis Bullock was one of 26
players named to the preseason John
Wooden All-America basketball team, mak- Monday
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Poll Porition .991001b.
Soccer can write
new chapter in
its history books
y Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Editor
If polls really don't mean anything, then why did mem-
bers of the Michigan soccer team get so excited when
they got the news that the Wolverines would be starting
the 1998 season ranked 17th in the country?
"No we aren't! For real?" defender Vanessa Lewis said.
"That's awesome, that's really incredible."
What does the poll mean? It means Michigan -gets a
whole lot of respect now, is what it means.
In their spring season, the Wolverines "got our butt's
kicked," most of the time. But in April, they played Notre
Dame, which beat them 5-0 to close out the regular fall
season and finished tied for third in the nation. When the
Wolverines fought the Irish to a draw, and "that opened
the eyes of a lot of different people," Lewis said.
After playing the mighty Irish to a draw, Lewis said the
Wolverines felt "if we can do this to any other team, we
can beat the crap out of them.
"It's something we've been missing for a long time."
Try for the entire varsity life of the program. The sport
went varsity in 1994, so this season's seniors will be the
first full class recruited to play at Michigan.
Gone are any "Aww, aren't they cute" feelings from
opponents. This season's seniors are four-year scholar-
ship players - just like any other varsity soccer team in
the top 25. And now they can have equivalent expecta-
But just because there are only 16 teams in the country
that are ranked higher than the Wolverines is no reason to
feel that they've arrived.
"That doesn't really mean anything. We were 18th after
the NCAA Tournament," coach Debbie Belkin said.
"It just means we got some respect last year."
A lot of that respect came when last season's leading
goal scorer, Amber Berendowsky, shattered the
Wolverines' "I'm new, thanks for being patient" attitude
on a frozen night in Minnesota.
After 109 minutes of play, Berendowsky broke a score-
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By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
CHICAGO - As the Big Ten staged
its annual dog-and-pony show - ot4er-
wise known as the preseason football
luncheon - last Thursday and Friday,
the growing gap between the upper ech-
elon teams and those resigned to look-
ing up grew wider.
The class of the conference conjured
up memories of the 1970s and '80s as
Michigan and Ohio State head the list of
those expected to battle for the confer-
ence championship. Experience, depth
and character are the hallmarks of these
two historic programs, and yet their ulti-
mate focus differs as much as the speed
traps within the respective states.
Tabbed as the preseason No. 1 in the
coaches' poll, the Buckeyes view the
desert air of the Fiesta Bowl as their
The only dissenter seems to be their
own coach, John Cooper.
"If I were picking, I'd pick Michigan;'
Cooper said. After all, "Michigan won it
The national championship game on
Jan. 4 will pit the nation's top-ranked
team against the second-ranked squad,
regardless of conference. According to
the general perception - both in the
Big Ten, where they were pegged as a
substantial favorite, and around the
nation-the Buckeyes are flawless, led
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Tom Brady will try to take over where Brian Griese left off when Michigan opens at Notre Dame on Sept.
5. The Wolverines were picked to finish behind Ohio State In the preseason media Big Ten poll Friday.
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By Rick Rfmman District 2 poll has them fourth. But the Fieger. And Giovanazzi pays a lot less
Daiy Sports Editor Big Ten coaches poll, which came out attention to them, too. D You Have the
When Michigan volleyball coach last week, placed the Wolverines sev- He would rather talk about his senior -m $
Greg Giovanazzi first started building enth. class. He's as proud of his towers as
teams at Michigan, he was a small-ball "The regional poll is much more Louis Eiffel was of his own. Our Cardio-Fit Kickboxing
guy. Shorter players usually move the important," Giovanazzi said. But three And anyway, "It's nice to be able to rogram takes the music, excite-
ball a little better than taller players. But Big Ten teams ahead of Michigan in the look people in the eye when we're in the p t b
the past few years, he's tried taking a Big Ten poll are behind them in the dis- hudile," he said. ment and energy of aerobics but
taller approach. And the move has been trict poll. Giovanazzi pointed out that the The tallest of his towers, junior out- adds important self-defense tech-
paying off. district poll is the one used to select the side hitter Anne Poglits, had an "incredi- niques like jabbing, kicking, puncb-
"Paying off big," Giovanazzi correct- 56-team field for the NCAA ble" impact last year, Giovanazzi said, ing and blocking. You learn while
ayed. Tournament. and "I think we're a bigger team" this you burn at 800 calories per hour!
Last year, the Wolverines went to their "I think the regional poll is more accu- year.
first-ever NCAA Tournament, and rate for this sort of thing;' Giovanazzi Whether or not the Big Ten polls or (According to Muscle and Fitness
advanced past Temple before losing to said. the District polls matter, Giovanazzi Magazine who rated aerobic kick-
Texas A&M. This year, they've gotten But polls aren't as important to seems sure of one thing. boxing as the number one
some respect already, as the NCAA Giovanazzi as they are to say, Geoff Size does. calorie burnng workout!)