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'M' wrestler named national coach
Former Michigan wrestler Steve Fraser was named the National Greco-
Roman Coach for USA Wrestling, effective in October. The All-American
lettered for Michigan coach Dale Bahr from 1978-1980 and became the
first.U.S. wrestler to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman competition
while at the 1984 Olympic Games. As full-time coach, Fraser will work
with some of the top Greco-Roman wrestlers in the nation.

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Men's soccer digs itself a
shallow grave in 3-1 loss

By Susan Dann
Daily Sports Writer
The, Michigan men's inaugural soc-
cer game at Elbel Field was a little
different than most inaugurations: it
opened with a eulogy.
Rest in peace Jim Mitchell.
The Western Michigan player is on
one fan's hit list for kicking Detroit's
Dom Vella in the face, causing severe
jaw damage and sending the player to
the bench for at least nine weeks.
The Wolverines were unable to ful-
fill this fan's death wish, but were suc-
cessful in writing their own eulogy as
they fell to the Broncos, 3-1, after lead-
ing the game well into the second half.
Michigan controlled the ball early in
the game. The newly adopted 5-3-2
formation allowed Michigan to send
s defenders into the attack, executing
passes and finishing runs.
Michigan scored 14 minutes into the
first half. Play developed in the Wolver-
ines' end, asjuniordefenderDaveColliver
pressed into the offensivethird andcrossed
the ball from the left flank. Sophomore
-Eric Frickel connected with the cross to
score on a solid one-touch shot.
"The first 15 minutes, we really
played with intensity," Michigan coach
Steve Bums said. "We executed a text-
book goal."
For the remainder of the first half,
play was concentrated in the middle
third of the field, with both teams hav-
ing flashes of scoring opportunities.
Michigan goalkeeper Mike Milman
tallied 11 saves for the day, including
Man impressive diving catch on a West-

ern free kick from 25 yards outside the
goalbox at the end of the first half.
Play in the second half continued
much like it had at the close of the first.
Neither team capitalized on free kicks,
most within scoring distance.
Burns explained that it is still early in
the season and things are slowly com-
ing together. "Right now, we are deal-
ing with more important issues. Re-
starts are not our top priority. I don't
think we were hurt because we didn't
have set plays. We have really strong
players in the air who can jump out of
their shoes. For now, we are just trying
to get the ball to their heads."
The Wolverines beganto look fatigued,
theirpassingandrunsnot as crisp as in the
first half. Burns did not turn to his bench
although it was deep with substitutes.
"When we play a competitive varsity
team like Western,there are really only
14 or 15 players that have my confi-
dence," Burns said. "With more prac-
tice and fitness, I think a lot more guys
will prove themselves."
Thirty-three minutes into the half, a
Western player dribbled through the
middle. Milman made a diving save,
hitting the ball into the post. Another
Bronco player caught the rebound and
hit an open net.
Within a minute of the goal, Western
was given a free kick on the right side of
the field and executed a perfect goal,
leaving the Michigan defense in a daze
and the Wolverines in a 2-1 deficit.
See SOCCER, Page 11

Fab duo and Mils
to return for Oct
Crisler ehbto
By Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Editor
Homecoming week will be extra special this year for Michigan fans. Three
Wolverines known for their work on the hardwood return to Ann Arbor, including
two members of the Fab Five.
With the NBA lockout over, the teams can begin planning for the upcoming
season. Among the exhibition dates released by the Detroit Pistons is an Oct. 25
matchup with the Washington Bullets at Crisler Arena.
The date coincides with Michigan homecoming week festivities.
Tickets go on sale this morning at the Michigan Union Box Office and all other
Ticketmaster locations. Prices range from $10-$25.
The Bullets feature former Michigan players Juwan Howard and Chris Webber.
The Pistons have former Wolverine Terry Mills as well as former Duke standout
Grant Hill.
Detroit last played an exhibition in Ann Arbor three years ago when it faced the
New Jersey Nets. Next month's game was originally a home contest at the Palace
of Auburn Hills but the Pistons thought moving it to Crisler would be a wise
move.
"We saw it as a great matchup with the former Michigan players to bring to Ann
Arbor," said Dan Hauser, an executive vice president with the Pistons. "We felt
it would be a great opportunity for the fans."
Even though they are playing only an hour from their home, moving the game
could wind up making it an away game for the Pistons. The Ann Arbor fans will
be happy to see Webber and Howard again and could throw their support toward
the Bullets.
Hill,co-NBA Rookie ofthe Year last season, is a former Michigan nemesis that
could give the crowd even more reason to turn against the Pistons.
"There will be some outstanding players in the game," Hauser said. "If it ends
up being an away game, that's OK."
Michigan coach Steve Fisher was out of town and could not be reached to
comment on his former players.
Webber played just two short seasons in Ann Arbor before being drafted by the
Orlando Magic. He was traded on draft day to the Golden State Warriors and won
the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. After feuding with Warriors coach
See CRISLER, Page 12

Fonner Wolverine Juwan Howard returns to Crisier Arena next month for an exhibition
game against the Detroit Pistons. Thegame will alsofeature Chris Webber and Terry Mills.

Blue volleyball sends the Eagles to their nest
Wolverines soar into Big Ten play after straight set victory over Eastern Michigan

By Chris Murphy
Daily Sports Writer
YPSILANTI - As the Michigan
volleyball team stared across the net
at its opponents last night, it saw some-
thing vaguely familiar.
The Wolverines pounded Eastern
Michigan, 15-9, 15-11, 15-5, last night
at Bowen Field House. However, the
match seemed more like a trip back in
time than a volleyball game.
The Eagles (0-11) of this year bear
a strong resemblance to the Michigan
squad of 1994.
Last year, Michigan fielded a team
mostly comprised of underclassmen
so there was a marked lack of senior
leadership.
This showed in its final record of 4-
16 Big Ten, 8-23 overall.
This year the roles were reversed.
"I think Michigan is a vastly im-
proved team over what I saw from last
year," Eastern Michigan head coach
Tim Koth said. "Last year we had four
seniors and they just (had) freshmen
and sophomores. This year they have
some veteran players who have played
a lot of Big Ten competition."
While not necessarily concerned
with payback, this year's Wolverines
(6-4) were looking for a decisive vic-
tory before their Big Ten season be-
gins. Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi was worried about a let-
down.
"We don't have a chance to go out
and win a three-game match very of-
ten," Giovanazzi said. "It's something
that takes more discipline than it looks
like."
There was no sign of a letdown as
the team came out and asserted itself
early. After taking the first game, the
Eagles were able to come close, but a
late Michigan surge gave the Wolver-
ines the win.

In the third and final game it looked
like Eastern Michigan had already
left the building and Michigan coasted
to an easy 10-point victory.
"We came in here focused and got
the job done," freshman outside-hit-
ter Jane Stevens said.
The Wolverines were paced by their
captains. Middle-blocker Suzy
O'Donnell had 10 kills and one dig
while outside-hitter Shannon
Brownlee had 10 kills and three digs.
One aspect of the game that
Giovanazzi has seen improvement in

is the team's patience.
Whenever the Eagles were serving,
Michigan was always able to side-out
to get the ball back. As a result, the
Eagles never could get any momen-
tum going.
"We're still a very good sideout
team," Giovanazzi said. "I thought
we were very patient the first two
games."
The Wolverines continued to prove
that this year's team is for real.
"I'm really happy with this team,"
junior outside-hitter Kristen

Rushciensky said. "It's a completely
different one than last year. We're
just jelling a lot better than we did last
year."
Michigan will continue to work on
its patience as well as the team's point
scoring and defense.
But confidence might be the key.
Inexperience is in the past; it is
yesterday's news. This weekend, it is
back to the future for the Wolverines.
"As a team as a whole we're really
confident," Ruschiensky said. "I think
we're going to do very well."

VOLLEYBALL NOTEBOOK:
High level of preseason competition
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JOE WESTRATE/Daily
The Michigan volleyball team earned its sixth win of the season last night. The
Wolverines beat Eastern Michigan in straight sets, 15.9, 15-11 and 15-5.

prepares 'lVi
By Doug Stevens
Daily Sports Writer
YPSILANTI- The Michigan volley-
ball team made the quick trip down
Washtenaw Avenue last in orderto battle
Eastern Michigan in the final tune-up
before the Big Ten schedule begins.
The Wolverines (6-4) ended the
"preseason" in style as they swept the
Eagles, 15-9, 15-11, 15-5.
Michigan's victory over the Eagles
(0-11) culminated a pre-Big Ten
schedule which included a solid blend
of national powers and less talented
local teams.
Games against the likes of Georgia
and UCLA provided the Wolverines
with much needed exposure of top
talent in preparation for the competi-
tive Big Ten schedule.
The recent battles against Toledo
and Eastern Michigan enabled the
team to enjoy the sweet taste of vic-

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tory, improve on some weaknesses
and give the younger players some
game competition.
"I am very happy with how the team
played in thepreseason," Michigan coach
Greg Giovanazzi said. "We had a good
competition ofsuccess and being pushed.
The scheduling couldn't have been bet-
ter."
THEY'RE HEATING up: The Wolver-
ines have been playing very solid vol-
leyball recently winning three of their
last four contests.
Michigan earned its first official tour-
nament title since 1988 winning the
Reebok/UMass Invitational last week-
end.
At the tournament, the Wolverines
defeated Massachusetts, 15-12, 15-
11, 17-15, and Brown, 15-8, 15-7, 15-
9, before falling to Syracuse, 1-15,
15-6, 9-15, 15-8, 15-13.
Last night's convincing win over
Eastern Michigan has the Wolverines
rolling into the Big Ten season on a
very high note.
READY OR NOT: Although the Big
Ten Conference race officially be-
gins with today's Wisconsin-Minne-
sota affair, Michigan won't receive
its first taste of conference competi-
tion until this weekend.
The Wolverines will host Purdue
and Northwestern at Cliff Keen Arena
Friday and Saturday, respectively.
After the matches, Michigan will

netters for the Big Ten

only get to relax for three days. On
Sept. 27, the Wolverines will attempt
to reclaim the title as the state's top
team when they battle rival Michigan
State.
"(The team) is really focused on
preparing for the Big Ten and they
know this weekend is pretty crucial,"
Giovanazzi said. "I think they are
ready for some competitive matches."
GET THE CAMERAS ROLLING: In an
effort to increase the exposure of Big
Ten women's volleyball, at least eight
of the conference's matches will be
televised live this season by ESPN
and SportsChannel Chicago.
Although the league has had some
individual games televised in the past,
this is the first time the Big Ten will
partake in a live, season-long series
for the sport.
"Women's collegiate volleyball is an
exciting, powerful game that merits
national and regional television expo-
sure," Big Ten commissioner Jim
Delany said. "The popularity of
women's college volleyball has in-
creased, and we hope to take the sport to
a new level through live television."
ESPN will cablecast three matches
on ESPN2 this season
This includes the Oct. 4 affair be-
tween Ohio State and Penn State, the
Oct. 6 battle between Illinois and Michi-
gan State and the Nov. 24 match be-
tween Iowa and Wisconsin.

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