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12,- The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 17, 1995

MAT s pikers
face last
homestand
By Monica Polakov ~
Di Sports Writer
This is a special weekend for the
Michigan volleyball team.
The Wolverines will face Ohio State
tonight at 6 p.m. and Penn State tomor-
row at 7 p.m. for their final home games
of the season. Senior co-captains Shan-
non Brownlee and Suzy O'Donnell will
make their last appearances at Cliff
Keen Arena.
Michigan coach Greg Giovannazi
will salute the seniors before the Penn
State match.
"It's going to be touching to see them
go," Giovannazi said. "They're the first
class that I coached."
O'Donnell was a four-year starter
and Brownlee has been a consistent
player all season.
"Shannon is the person we counted
on all year," Giovannazi said.
Brownlee has mixed emotions about
the final home matches of her college
volleyball career.
"I'm excited," Brownlee said about
her last home games. "It will be a fun
night but it's going to be sad."
The matches this weekend will also
be significant for junior Colleen
Minuik, who will start for the first
time this season. The outside hitter
has been hampered by shoulder and
knee injuries all season.
"She's an excellent passer,"
Giovannazi said. "She gives us depth
and allows us to use Shareen (Luze)
on the right side, which is her best
position."
The Wolverines (14-12 Overall, 8-
8 Big Ten), coming off losses to Min-
nesota and Wisconsin, will try to re-
gain their confidence this weekend.
However, a win over the No. 8 Buck-
eyes or the No. 9 Lady Lions will be

PENN STATE
Continued from Page 1
serve as parking lots for football games.
Parking will certainly be at a premium in
the isolated town.
"I have been in constant contact with
(Michigan Athletic Director) Joe
Roberson apprising him of the situation,"
said Penn State Athletic Director Tim
Curley. "I've also been in touch with Jim
Delany, the Commissioner of the Big
Ten, to keep him informed and I'll con-
tinue to do that up until game time."
Over 300 volunteers have been work-
ing to get the stadium ready for tomor-
row. The field has already been cleared
and the game is expected to go on.
A year ago, the Nittany Lions came
into Michigan Stadium and dropped the
Wolverines 31-24 en route to an unde-
feated 12-0 mark. Penn State lost its two
key offensive weapons from that team,
running back Ki-Jana Carter and quarter-
back Kerry Collins, and have been beaten
by Wisconsin, Ohio State and Northwest-

ern this season.
The big play threats on this year's team
are receivers Bobby Engram and Freddie
Scott. The man delivering the ball is
junior quarterback Wally Richardson.
"(Richardson's) made a lot of progress
and is playing well," Penn State coach Joe
Patemo said. "1 think the week off will
help him. It will help to tie some things
down like his timing."
Richardson has posted 198.3 yards per
gamepassingbut hisbestattributemaybe
his ability to scramble.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and the
Wolverines hope they won't see a repeat
of what they saw two weeks ago with
Michigan State's Tony Banks.
"Anytime you have a mobile quarter-
back you have the potential of a guy that
can scramble around and hurt you." Carr
said. "That's something we have to avoid."
As far as Carr's offense is concerned,
he should have tailback Tshimanga
Biakabutuka back in the lineup.
Biakabutuka left last week's game in the
first half with a pulled calf muscle.

Having theirtop runningback return to
action isgoodnews forthe Wolverines as
they figure to try to stay on the ground
against the Nittany Lions.
"I think both teams will want to run the
football," Carr said. "The key to victory is
that you're going to have to hit some
passes. To do that - pass protection for
both teams is essential."
Michigan had quite a battle with the
weather last week against Purdue and the
Wolverines aren't going to let the ex-
pectedcold weatherphase them this week.
"Good football teams have to have the
ability to win under all kinds of condi-
tions," Carr said. "Our kids gained a
tremendous amount of confidence in the
last couple of weeks in learning how to
practice in cold weather."
Tomorrow's game will be the rookie
coach's first chance to coach against
Patemo, a 30-year veteran.
"He has stood for all the things that I
view are very positive in college foot-
ball," Carr said. "It's going to be a great
thrill to coach against him."

TONYA BUAD/
The Michigan volleyball team will play Its final home games against Ohio State
and Penn State starting tonight at 6 o'clock at Cliff Keen Arena.

difficult. Michigan has only beaten
Ohio State four times in their last 33-
matches and is 0-11 against Penn
State.
A win against Ohio State would be
especially nice for Sarah Jackson who
will compete against one of the Buck-
eyes' best players -her sister Jenny.
"We're putting the most into Ohio
State," Giovannazi said. "We'll have
to serve tough and get in the mode of
the side-out. It's the only way to win."

If Michigan beats at least one of
these teams and then wins its last two
games against Northwestern and
Purdue, it will have a very good chance
of going to the NCAA tournament.
However, the Wolverines are not
worried about the postseason. They
just want to play their best volleyball.
"These games are not going to make
or break us," Brownlee said. "If we
don't win, it's not the end of the world.
We just have to play our best."

DA
SR ONcott Darren Antoine W Ryan
Picks are made against the spread. T VERSON P ITTSoIE
Michigan (+4 1/2) at Penn St. Michigan Michigan Michigan Michigan
Minnesota (+6) at Illinois Illinois Illinois Illinois Minnesota
Northwestern (-5) at Purdue Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern
Indiana (+33) at Ohio St. Ohio St. Ohio St. Ohio St. Ohio St.
Iowa (+7) at Wisconsin Iowa Wisconsin Wisconsin Iowa
Alabama (+6) at Auburn Alabama Auburn Auburn Auburr
Colorado (+3 1/2) at Kansas St. Colorado Colorado Colorado Kansas St.
Virginia Tech (+4) at Virginia Virginia Tech Virginia Virginia Virginia Tech
Arkansas (+11/2) at LSU Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas
Boston College (+7) at Syracuse Syracuse Boston College Syracuse Syracuse
Best bet Virginia Tech Arkansas Northwestern Michigan
Last week 9-1 .900 8-2 .800 6-4 .600 7-3 .700
Overall 57-42-1 .575 60-39-1 .605 55-44-1 .556 54-45-1 .545
Best bets 6-4 .600 7-3.700 6-4 .600 7-3 .700
G ridde!
Drop off you're picks at the Michigan Daily sports desk in the Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard by 4 p.m. Friday.
The most accurate prognosticator will receive a $15 gift certificate to Steve and Barry's University Sportswear. Contestants are
limited to five entries per week only, please.
1. Michigan at Penn State 14. Colorado at Kansas State
2. Iowa at Wisconsin 15. Kansas at Oklahoma State
3. Minnesota at Illinois 16. Iowa State at Missouri
4. Northwestern at Purdue 17. California at Stanford
5. Indiana at Ohio State 18. UCLA at Southern Cal
6. Florida State at Maryland 19. Oregon State at Oregon
7. Virginia Tech at Virginia 20. Washington State at Washington
8 Clemson at South Carolina 21. Alabama at Auburn
9. Duke at North Carolina 22. Vanderbilt at Florida
10. North Carolina State at Wake Forest 23. Tennessee at Kentucky
11. Rutgers at Temple 24. Columbia at Brown
12. West Virginia at Miami (Fla.) 25. Notre Dame at Air Force
13. Boston College at Syracuse Tiebreaker - Michigan at Penn State,
total points
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