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29-- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, September 25, 1995


U.S. for
European team stunned the United
States by taking seven singles matches
Sunday to win the Ryder Cup for the
first time since 1987.
Leading 9-7 going into the final day,
it seemed like a lock for the United
States. It hadn't been outscored in
singles play since 1985, the year Eu-
rope had its breakthrough victory in the
Ryder Cup.
But when Philip Walton, the 10th
and last man to qualify for the European
team, putted within tap-in distance at
No. 18 to win his match against Jay
Haas 1-up, Europe had 14 1/2 points
and the Cup.
Phil Mickelson defeated Per-Ulrik
Jghansson in the final match of the day,
making the final score 14 1/2-13 1/2.
The U.S. team needed to win only
five of the 12 singles matches Sunday
to keep the Cup. But only Mickelson,
Tom Lehman, Davis Love and Corey
Pavin could do it. Fred Couples got a
half-point for halving his match with
Ian Woosnam.
The European team got early victo-
ries from Howard Clark and Mark
James, then came up big in the middle
of its lineup as David Gilford., Colin
Mqntgomerie, Nick Faldo and Sam
Torrance - playing in matches six
through nine - defeated Brad Faxon,
Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange and
Loren Roberts, respectively.
"I put my A-team right in the middle
of it and they came through," an emo-
tional European captain Bernard
Gallacher said.
"People have been writing the team
off," Gallachersaid."People have been
writing me off for a long time. But we
roved we could win and we did it in
"I am sorry for Lanny Wadkins. He's
the best captain that American could
have had."
the victory gave Europe the Cup for
the'first time since 1989. It won in 1985
by shocking the Americans in Sunday's
singles play by the same 7 1/2-4 1/2
score it did Sunday at Oak Hill Country
The Europeans won again in 1987
and kept the Cup with a tie in 1989
before losing the next two. The United
States now leads the series 23-6 with
:two ties. But since the '85 victory by
Europe, it is 3-2-1 in favor of Europe.
"What a fantastic win," Woosnam
said. "It just shows that the strength of
golf in Europe is getting bigger and
bigger all the time."
While Walton's match officially gave
Europe the Ryder Cup, it was the match
bleween Faldo and Strange that really
iecided things.
Trailing 1-down with two holes to
flay, Faldo won them both when Strange
made two bogeys and the Englishman
..made two pressure putts, giving Europe
;the crucial point, 1-up.
It did not come easy.
"I was trying not to think whether my
xnatch was going to be the turning point,
but I could sense it," Faldo said.

Detroit sports figures
to golf for University
Medical Center today

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
Sports personalities from the Detroit
metropolitan area will come out to the
Tournament Players Club in Dearborn
today for a celebrity golf tournament
which will benefit the Kent Waldrep
National Paralysis Foundation, as well
as the University Medical Center.
Former Michigan head football
coach Bo Schembechler will serve as
the honorary chairman of the tourna-
ment, which will include other no-
table figures from the Detroit sports
scene such as former Lions All-Pro
Doug English, Pistons forward, and
former Wolverine standout, Terry
Mills, ex-Michigan baseball star Rick
Leach, former Red Wings center Mike
Ridley, and members of Detroit Ti-
gers' teams of the past, Jim Northrup,
Dave Rozema, Milt Wilcox, Jason
Thompson and Pat Sheridan.
The University Medical Center, in
particular, the Department of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation, will be
the local charity beneficiary of the tour-
Michigan joins a list of several elite
programs throughout the country that
have been the beneficiaries of such
events, like these, staged by the founda-
tion. Among such programs are the
University of California-Irvine, the
University of Texas and the Baylor
Medical Center in Houston.
The chief sponsor of this tournament
will be the PageNet corporation, but
also making significant contributions
are the Chrysler and Quasar corpora-
In the past, the foundation has held
tournaments in cities throughout the
nation such as Dallas, Austin, Houston,
Washington D.C. and Newport Beach,
Kent Waldrep was a tailback for
Texas Christian University in the early
1970's. In 1974, on a routine play he
was tackled such that his head was
driven into the turf resulting in a broken
After hearing from doctors that he
would never walk again, Waldrep was

determined to prove them wrong. In
1979, he founded the International Spi-
nal Cord Research Foundation. Three
years later, it turned into the National
Paralysis Foundation.
Waldrep founded the National Pa-
ralysis Foundation in 1985, in his
hometown of Dallas with an intention
of finding a cure for spinal paralysis.
In January of this year, it merged with
Steve Palermo Foundation for Spinal
Cord Injuries. Palermo is the former
American League umpire who was
shot in July 1991 while trying to stop
a mugger. Palermo's miraculous re-
covery from severe spinal damage
allows him to partake in such activi-
ties like golf, despite the fact that we
was wheelchair-bound less than four
years ago.
The merger has done nothing but
increase the awareness of Waldrep's
"Steve's visibility with this issue has
been just another positive in this foun-
dation andhaving apersonality involved
for people to respond to."
Due to a commitment to his job as a
broadcaster for New York Yankees
baseball, Palermo will not be able to
attend the tournament.
This is the first time Waldrep will be
holding a charity event in the Detroit
area. He points to certain people in the
area for helping bring the tournament to
"[The tournament] was really made
possible by Doug English and the De-
troit Lions," Waldrep said. "We also
had the good fortune of getting Bo
Schembechler involved as one of our
honorary chairmen. Those two have
brought out the support of other celeb-
rities from the area and the tournament
is going to be quite a big success for the
first year of it.
"But we're also reallyappreciative
of the people of Michigan, especially in
the Detroit area, for the support that
they have given the tournament this
year. We're pleased to give a grant to
the University of Michigan because they
are one of 15 model spinal cord injury
centers in the country."

The Michigan volleyball team won twice over the weekend. The Wolverines beat Purdue Friday and Northwestern Saturday.
Mihsinspikeis set to
eclpselat y ear'Is totals
Bflue needs 2 wins to match its 1994 Big Teni tay

By Doug Stevens
Daily Sports Writer
Things are really beginning to click
for the Michigan volleyball team. After
a ninth-place finish last season in the
Big Ten, the Wolverines are beginning
to establish themselves as a force to be
reckoned with in conference play.
Michigan (2-0 Big Ten, 7-4 overall),
which had only four conference and
eight overall victories a year ago, is
already beginning to approach those
totals with 18 games remaining.
If this past weekend was any indica-
tion, things are only going to get better
as the season progresses.
The Wolverines began the Big Ten
season Friday by sweeping Purdue (0-
2,2-8) by scores of 15-6, 15-13 and 16-
14. This was due in part to the strong
offensive play of Shannon Brownlee
(17 kills), Sarah Jackson (13 kills) and
Linnea Mendoza (48 assists).
"They ran their middle very, very
well," said Purdue coach Joey Vrazel.
"I thought Linnea did a good job of
running the offense on the other side."
The victory was Michigan's fourth in
its last five contests and gave the team
momentum heading into its match with

We are a very
good volleyball
team. We are ...
- Greg Giovanazzi
Michigan volleyball coach
"We really wanted to get off to a
good start," Brownlee said. "It was a
nice way to start off the season."
Michigan squared off with the Wild-
cats Saturday (0-2, 4-8), and again the
Wolverines' offense was in high gear
as they stormed past their opponent, 8-
15, 15-5, 15-5, 15-10. In addition to the
solid offensive execution, Michigan also
showed signs of improvement in its
serving, defensive and blocking play.
"We are a very good volleyball team.
We are just so deep at every position,"
said Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi.
"We spent a week on blocking and now
we are a good blocking team. It is a great
tribute to how hard they have worked."
WHAT A sETTER: Just as a quarter-
back runs the offense for a football
team, a setter makes things happen in

volleyball. Sincethe Wolverine offense
out-killed its opposition by a combined
136-101, Linnea Mendoza deserves
some credit.
Mendoza led the attack in fine fash-
ion, distributing her sets to the likes of
Brownlee (34 kills for the weekend),
Suzy 0' Donnell (27 kills), Jeanine
Szczesniak (20 kills) and Kristen
Ruschiensky (18 kills).
In so doing, Mendoza compiled 106
assists for the two contests including 58
against the Wildcats. Those assists
brought her career total to 1024, pass-
ing Julie Scherer to move into sixth-
place on Michigan's all-time list.
"My goal is to get a one on one attack
with the offense," Mendoza said.
verines will conclude their homestand
in the first of the two Michigan-Michi-
gan State "State Pride" matches
Wednesday night. Michigan should
have its hands full against the Spartans,
who are 13-1 and ranked ninth in the
latest national coaches poll. Michigan
is optimistic about its chances.
"We will treat MSU like we did
UCLA," Ruschiensky said. "We are
very excited for the match and we will
be ready to go."

Continued from pagel.B
Michigan took the first game, 15-6.
In the second game, Purdue took ad-
vantage of some Wolverine fatigue and
some mistakes. Michigan was able to
hold off the Boilermaker's attack; it
squeaked by, winning by only two.
The third game proved to be even
closer. After Purdue got out to an early
6-0 lead, Michigan came roaring back,
bolstered by the play of the captains,
Shannon BrownleeandSuzy O'Donnel.
"When you start hitting well you tend
to get more confident, more aggressive
and you try to do morethings," Brownlee
said. "I was just hitting well and trying
to do more."
Again the Wolverines proved they
could win the close games. With Purdue
on the verge of taking a 15-11 win, a
final surge by Michigan put the Wol-
verines on top for good.

The Boilermakers' first-year head
coach Joey Vrazel said she saw some
improvement with her team but mental
mistakes killed them.
"I thought we had great play at times,'
Vrazel said. "But we had critical errors
at times."
The Wolverines' continued improve-
ment was apparent all weekend as they
excelled at almost all facets of their
game. Good setting was accompanied
by aggressive point scoring.
"It seems that we have lot more bal-
ance now," Giovanazzi said.
Consistent improvement and confi-
dence has been the mainstay for this
squad so far. As a team out to prove
itself, Michigan's quest for redemption
seems to be in full gear as a tough Big
Ten slate looms on the horizon.
"We know we're a lot better team
this year. We just really want to get off
to a good start," Brownlee said. "The
more we win, the more our confidence
goes up, and we play better and better."


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