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Field hockey plays home opener
The Michigan field hockey team takes on Delaware in their home
opener at 4 p.m. today. The game is the first for the Wolverines' new
outdoor home venue, Ocker Field, which is located on State Street
south of Schembechler Hall. Michigan takes on Syracuse at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, also at home.
September 8, 1995
"ly Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team's
epa Challenge this weekend show-
ses the experience and skill of Big
n teams and other national powers.
io State, Californiaand national run-
r-up UCLA come into Cliff Keen
na for the third-annual Michigan
Michigan head coach Greg
ovanazzi is a former player and
81 graduate of UCLA. He was an
sistant coach for the Bruin men's
d women's volleyball teams.
ovanazzi played for UCLA coach
dy Banachowski when
achowski was an assistant for the
Banachowski has won six national
les with the Bruins, including two in
's decade. Giovanazzi stressed that
's matchup will not be viewed differ-
tly than any other match.
"We've had this (match) planned for
tee years," Giovanazzi said. "This is
e first time I haven't coached any of
e players on the (Bruins). So now,
,CLA) is where I went to school and
ichigan) is where I work."
The fifth-ranked Bruins are loaded
ith talent, including outside hitter
nny Johnson and middle blocker Kim
"(Johnson is) very highly touted and
e's an All-American candidate,"
jovanazzi said. "(Krull) is one of the
ore dominate middle blockers in the
Kim Coleman and Kelly Flannigan
the UCLA setters. Each stands 6-
ot-1. Michigan setters Linnea
endoza and Erin McGovern are at a
sadvantage, playing the same posi-
aat 5-foot-8' and 5-foot-9, respec-
'The Wolverines have had a problem
ith injuries this season. Shareen Luze
back at full strength from a sprained
ile, but Chereena Tennis is out in-
finitely with a stress fracture in her
werback. Colleen Miniuk is recover-
g from a strained knee and should be
'ck in action soon.
'It looks like (Miniuk) will be prac-
ing next week, but she won't suit up
is weekend), but Cherenna is still six
eeks away," Giovanazzi said.
Michigan lost to No. 20 Georgia in
e Georgia Invitational in a close three-
match. Giovanazzi believes that
proved blocking and defense, which
uld have turned the match in the
,olverines' favor, will be necessary
ainst UCLA and Cal.
"We went really light (two days ago),
d (yesterday) concentrated on point
oring," Giovanazzi said. "It seems
e we're making good progress.
"Because ofthe schedule ... you don't
t improvement as fast during the sea-
° as in the off-season."
Michigan's lineup for the weekend
ill include Mendoza, outside hitters
nine Szczesniak, Shannon Brownlee
d Kristen Ruschiensky and middle
ckers Suzy O'Donnell and Sarah
Outside hitter Jane Stevens, setter
rin McGovern, outside hitter Karen
hase and middle blocker Linsey
ert will come off the bench in that
Michigan faces UCLA today and Cal
morrow both at 7:30.
"To be in the matches, we have to
rve very well," Giovanazzi said. "We
ed to cover and play good defense.
endoza) has torun a good attack and
r hitters have to be on."
huge challenge in
visit to Mic
By Darren Evernon
Daily Sports Editor
When Memphis hired Rip Scherer as
its new football coach hack in January,
the school didn't bother to mention
something aboutthe Tigers' 1995 sched-
"They didn't tell me we were playing
(Michigan) until I was hired. I tried to
resign immediately," Scherer said jok-
He isn't about to give up his job that
with road games
State and Michi-
gan is enough to
make one con-
sider early retire-
dropped the first
of those contests,
falling, 28-18, to
the Bulldogs last
opening the season
1994: 6-5 overall
The junior tailback "should be 100
percent," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
said. Biakabutuka was something less
than that last Saturday, as he was still
ailing from a bruised shoulder suffered.
against Virginia the week before. Still,
Biakabutuka came offthe bench to score
three touchdowns - all in the third
quarter-and rushed for97 yards on 10
Memphis did a decent job against the
run last week, giving up 3.6 yards per
carry. However, the Tigers ended up
allowing 425 yards of total offense.
Such a defensive showing is out of
character for Memphis, which boasted
the nation's third-best defense last year,
allowing 251.9 yards per game.
If the defense doesn't play to that
level tomorrow, though, the Tigers are;
in trouble. Memphis' offense couldn't
be counted upon for more than 14 or 15
points per game last year, and that aver-
age was inflated by 68 points against -
Tulsa and Cincinnati.
The Tigers' troubles moving the ball
continued against Mississippi State.
Memphis' run-oriented offense man-
aged just 116 yards - 2.9 per carry.
Passing the ball a little bit more might
seem like a good idea against Michi-
gan, which has been stingy against the
run, allowing 2.8 yards per carry. Also,
the Tigers, who run the option often,
will be without their No. I quarterback.
Qadry Anderson separated his left shoul-
der against Mississippi State.
"When you're putting a new offense
in, as we are," Scherer said, "the worst
See TIGERS, Page 18
losing to a strong Southeastern Confer-
ence team like Mississippi State is ex-
cusable, Memphis' defensive perfor-
mance was not.
"We didn't play as well Saturday as
we would've liked to, especially
(against) the pass," Scherer said. The
Bulldogs racked up 294 yards passing
against the Tigers, and also completed
four touchdown passes.
Stopping Michigan doesn't appear to
be an easier task. The Wolverines are
averaging 276 yards passing in their
first two games. The running game has
been a disappointment, but a healthy
Tshimanga Biakabutuka should make a
T MARK F ?'iEMAN/Uaily
Jay Riemersma and the Michigan receiving corps could have a field day against Memphis tomorrow. The Tigers
gave up 294 yards passing in their opener against Mississippi State.
Just how good these Wolverines are remains to be seen
t will be interesting to see what
ESPN college football analyst
Craig James has to say about the
Michigan football team this week.
Last week, James said that the
Wolverines were "living in a false
sense of reality" after their last-
second win over Virginia and that
back down to
went out and
bark was far
worse than its
against the Cavaliers and last week
in stepping up to the challenge that
Illinois so conveniently put in front
No member of the team would
say it, but they were all mad about
Illini coach Lou Tepper's saying
that his team didn't fear Michigan
anymore. The Wolverines were set
on making Tepper eat those words,
and they went out and served them
up for him on a silver platter and
added some garnishing on the side.
After the game, ESPN's other
analyst, Lee Corso, began forming
the line to hop on the Michigan
bandwagon by saying that it had
the potential to win it all.
Not so fast.
We know the Wolverines have
character, we know they will fight,
but we really don't know a lot else.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said
that while he was happy with the
defense, it hasn't faced a really
good offense yet.
The offense has faced good
However, there is still some
question of whether or not - even
with its big offensive line -
Michigan will be able to run the ball
The most immediate question,
though, is whether or not the Wolver-
ines will be able to avoid falling
asleep over the next two months.
After this weekend's game
against Memphis, Michigan travels
to Boston College and then returns
home for games against Miami
(Ohio) and Northwestern. Next, the
Wolverines head to Indiana and
then return home against Minnesota
before facing Michigan State.
There are enough yawners in that
group to put a 7-year-old on No-
Doz and Jolt to sleep.
With the exception of Boston
College, the Wolverines should easily
handle the rest of those teams. It is a
stretch that will reveal how well the
coaches can keep the players'
attention on the task at hand.
"This year we have a focus and
that is to win one game at a time,"
Michigan strong safety Steve King
said earlier this week. "That is what
it's going to take to win the Big Ten
and to go on to bigger things."
Michigan needs to not only win
each of its upcoming games, but to
While it will be tempting to
cruise through games against the
likes of the mighty Tigers and
i_ - i'iJ
Redskins, it won't do the team any
good when it comes to later games
against the likes of Penn State and
So be excited about this football
team. They're playing well and
have a lot of potential.
But the Wolverines hope they
don't have a wake up call in the
next couple of weeks.
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in August that it
wanted to play Michigan twice this
season, but minutes after the game
ended, it was Wolverine players
who wanted another go at it.
Well, even a college football
analyst can be wrong from time to
But just as James was wrong in so
badly underestimating Michigan
after the Virginia game, everyone
else should be careful not to
overestimate the Wolverines after
they thrashed the Illini.
Here is what we've learned about
Michigan so far this season: The
Wolverines have a lot of character.
They showed it in the comeback
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Two significant eras in the history
Michigan basketball have ended.
owever, most Wolverine fans will
happy to see one of the two come to
With Jimmy King and Ray Jackson
de in athletic ticket sales
basketball; hockey ticket
sells for $7 more.
Among the top games in that package
are Duke and conference foes Illinois
In the past, basketball season ticket
holders were given tickets allowing
them to enter the games that they paid
for. But seating was determined on a
prices increase $18
plays three big-name opponents at
nearby neutral sites which are not part
of the ticket plan. Those three games
will be played at either Joe Louis
Arena in Detroit or the Palace of Au-
The Wolverines face national pow-
erhouses Maine and Michigan State
Ticket Sale Begins Monday, September 11, Sam - 2pm
Michigan Union - Pendleton Room (2nd floor)
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