10 - The Micnigan uaily - Tuesday, September 19, 1995
'M' faces Eastern in
final Big Ten tune-up
By Chris Murphy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's volleyball
team will make the short trip to Ypsilanti
tonight to face offagainst Eastern Michi-
The Wolverines (5-4) are coming off a
successful weekend performance at the
UMass Invitational. Michigan defeated
Brown and Massachusetts en route to a2-
1 record and the tournament title.
The Wolverines' match against the
Eagles (0-7) is the team's final non-con-
"We think the matches this weekend
are lumped together with Eastern as one
big weekend for gaining some momen-
tum as we go into the Big Ten season,"
Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi said.
Going into tonight's match the Wol-
verines will be looking to ride the coat-
tails of some of their veteran players.
In particular, junior outside hitter
Kristen Ruschiensky, sophomore setter
Linnea Mendoza and senior middle
blocker and co-captain Suzy O'Donnell
sparked Michigan to its tournament vic-
tory last weekend.
All three were named to the all-tourna-
ment team. Ruschiensky was named tour-
The Wolverines will be facing an East-
ern Michigan squad that is probably bet-
ter than its record indicates.
"(Their coach) tried to schedule some
really stiff competition right off the bat,"
The Eagles faced an even more diffi-
cult non-conference slate than Michigan,
squaring off against tough West Coast
teams such as Santa Clara and No. 1
The Wolverines, who lost to Eastern
Michigan last year, will be facing a vastly
different opponent tonight.
The Eagles started the season with
coachNonaRichardsonatthe helm. How-
ever, she resigned before the season be-
gan; Tim Koth has replaced her.
Eastern Michigan will also be featur-
ing a host of young players. As a result,
last year's game tapes will do little good.
What Michigan will be concentrating
on is improving its own game.
"In preparing forthis past weekend and
Eastern, we've been working on the same
three things: blocking, defense and cov-
erage, " Giovanazzi said.
Michigan co-captain Shannon Brownlee, who had 10 kills against Syracuse in the UMass Invitational last weekend, leads the
Wolverines into tonight's match against Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti.
Blue women's soccer impressive
in tie at home agamst Buffalo
By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's soccer
team excelled in several ways en route
to a frustrating 1-1 tie against Buffalo
The Wolverines controlled the
tempo throughout the double-over-
time game, making it nearly impos-
sible for the Royals to advance the
ball past midfield. Michigan outshot
Buffalo by a whopping margin of 38-
Unfortunately for the Wolverines,
37 of those shots were blanks. Fresh-
man forward Jessica Limauro led all
Wolverines with a school-record 10
Junior defender Michele Brach and
sophomore midfielder Debbie
Flaherty notched seven shots each,
with Flaherty scoring one.
Numerous Wolverine shots were
fired over the goal.
"When we're gearing up to shoot,
we have to change gears," coach
Debbie Belkin said. "We're hitting
them way too hard."
GOALIE CONTROVERSY: Belkin gave
freshman goaltender Jessica Jones
(0-2-1, 1.50 goals-against-average)
the nod this past weekend against Ohio
State and Buffalo.
Jori Welchans (I -
2-0, 1.33) had
played three out of
the previous four
hard," Jones said.
"I respect Jori's
experience but I
out the game with explosive speed.
Lewis attended high school in Do-
ver, N.J. She holds the state record for
most individual track and field titles
as well as several high school and
county track records.
"I thought track was going to be my
main sport until the end of my sopho-
more year," Lewis said. "Then I real-
ized I had pretty good soccer skills
and began to put equal time into both
Lewis says she will run track at
FRESH IMPACT: Limauro is tied for
second on the team with 14 shots
despite missing the first two games of
the season due to injuries.
The forward is one of only five
Wolverines to score a goal so far, and
has impressed Belkin.
HOME DATES AT NEW FIELD: After
starting the season with five consecu-
tive road dates, Michigan will play
eight of its last 13 games at home.
The first-ever game at the Michi-
gan Soccer Field drew 472 fans Sun-
day. The Wolverines host Texas Fri-
day at 4 p.m.
By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's waterpolo team
traveled to Purdue this past weekend to
play its first Big Ten matchups of the
The Wolverines (2-0-2 Big Ten, 2-=
2 overall) faced off against Wisconsin
and Northwestern Saturday and Purdue
and Illinois Sunday.
Michigan beat Wisconsin, 28-5 and
Illinois, 17-16 and tied both Northwest-
ern, 17-17, and Purdue, 13-13.
Michigan junior Louis Lambert led
all Wolverines with 16 goals. Senior
John Miedler had 10 goals and senior
co-captain Jason Cunningham bad nine.
Miedler racked up eight assists to
lead Michigan; Steve Gilbert had six
and Cunningham collected five. Senior
co-captain Pat Hanchin, Miedler and
Gilbert had six steals apiece.
"I really thought (Miedler) was the
star for us this weekend," Michigan -
coach Scott Russell said.
"He swims the sprints (which begin
each quarter), which is kind of like a
face-off in hockey. He won 15 out of 16
(sprints), which means 15 out of the 16
quarters we played, we started with the
After tying the Wildcats and Boiler-
makers, the Wolverines pulled out a
tight match against the Illini.
The winning goal was scored by se-
nior Andrew Yaksic with 1:15 left in
the fourth quarter. It was a 2-point goal,
which involves a relatively new rule in
The rule, which is in its third year,
awards two points forgoals scored from
seven meters out.
"I'm very pleased that we came from
behind in all the games that wereclose,"
Russell said. "We came back with in-
tensity in the fourth quarter in all of th
According to Russell,the ties agains
Purdue and Northwestern did not en-
tirely dishearten his team.
"We're never satisfied with ties, bu
a tie is better than a loss," Russell said.
"Our defensive intensity is good, bu.1
we need to work on our offensive ex
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The Wolverines kept Temple goal.
keeper Deb Brown on the alert all game
pounding her with 31 shots, while hold.
ing Temple to only six shots of its own
The victory was a relatively routine
day in net for goalie Rachael Geisthardt
who knocked away four Owl shots er
route to her second-consecutive shut.
"We were 3-2 before we went (t
Philadelphia)," Flachs said. "We sat
that this shouldn't be happening. We
just had to dig deep down and win. We
had to let people know we're ready ti
Michigan matched its longest win-
ning streak since November 1993 whe
the team also recorded three consecu
The Wolverines travel to Muncie
Ind., Wednesday to take on Ball State -
know I could do the job."
Belkin says she does not decide
which goalie will start until close to
"They're both playing well. It's not
ANOTHER SPEEDY LEWIS: A track
star named Lewis took the field wear-
ing No. 8 for Michigan yesterday.
Freshman defender Vanessa Lewis
streaked up and down the field through-
Michigan had 38 shots on goal Sunday, one of which found the back of the net.
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