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Detroit's Mark Howe retires
Veteran defenseman Mark Howe, son of Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, is
retiring from the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced yesterday.
Howe will move into the front office to take the newly-created position
of assistant to the hockey department. He will be a professional scout
and will coach the organization's minor league defensemen.

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Thursday,
September 28, 1995

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QB out for1 month;,Griese gets the call

By Darren Everson
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan starting quarterback Scott
Dreisbach will be out for at least a
month after badly spraining his right
thumb in practice Tuesday.
During a passing drill, Dreisbach hit
his throwing hand on a helmet, tearing
ligaments in his thumb.
He underwent surgery yesterday at
University Hospitals to have a pin in-
serted in his thumb and will wear a cast
for up to four weeks.
Sophomore Brian Griese will start
in place of Dreisbach against Miami
(Ohio) Saturday; fifth-year senior Ja-
son Carr will be the backup. Griese
entered the Boston College game af-
ter Dreisbach suffered a mild concus-
sion.
Miami coach Randy Walker voiced
his concern with the situation yester-
day.

"We know Griese is a quality player,
so it won't change our preparation in
any way," Walker said. "Obviously,
we're disappointed and concerned for
Scott.
"You never want to see anyone from
the opponent injured. We hope he over-
comes his injury and gets back to the
team as soon as possible."
The thumb injury comes at a time
when Dreisbach and the Wolverines
have been healing from minor injuries
after having last week off.
"If Scott was a lineman, he would
have his hand in a cast and could prob-
ably play this week," Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr said, "but a quarterback is a
much different situation."
Dreisbach has completed 56 of 106
passes for 850 yards.
His best game was the Pigskin Clas-
sic against Virginia, when he set school
records for pass attempts (52) and yard-

age (372).
Dreisbach beat out Griese and sev-
eral other quarterbacks for the starting
job before the season began.
He hadn't taken a snap at the colle-
giate level before the season opener
against the Cavaliers, and his injury
leaves the Wolverines even more inex-
perienced at quarterback - neither
Griese nor Carr have ever started for
Michigan.
"We have the utmost confidence that
Brian Griese and Jason Carr can step in
and do the job," Carr said.
Griese has played in three games so
far this season, appearing when the Illi-
nois, Memphis and Boston College
games had long been decided.
He has completed two of three passes
for 42 yards.
Carr, who is the coach's son, is six of
14 for 71 yards in his career, but hasn't
seen action this season.

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Michigan freshman Scott Drelsbach has led the offense all season, but he will have sit for at least a month due to injury.

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For the Daily .S
State volleyball matchaastarted the sixth
ar of "State Pride" contests.
yEach year the intra-state rivals meet .
twice with the overall winner of the two......a
matches earning the right to hang the
State Pride banner in their arena for the
following year. The banner is a State of..... ...
Michigan flag-that says'Tuebor,'mean-
ing "1 will defend, and lists the prior
series winners.
"The State Pride series and the ban-
ner give players and fans a point of
reference and something to fight for '? fa.
eachyear,"said Michigan senior Suzy ,. .r t}
O'Donnell, a middle blocker. t
"Playing Michigan State is a tough
match,butagoodone withtherivalry,"
saidthe three-yearveteran ofState Pride
championships. "It is the match I have
the most fun playing. to fight for
But the strong play of the No. 7
Spartans (3-0 Big Ten, 14-1 overall) ............... ..................
did not give Michigan (2-1,8-5) achance ~
The15-5,15-6,15-13Michigan State
victory puts it well on the way to its
third consecutive series victory which 'a.
would tie the two schools with three
State Pride championships apiece.
The Wolverines will have to knock
off the Spartans in straight games when
they meet n East Lansing Oct. 25 to
have any hope of taking back the ban-
ner. The team with the most total points T a~.~~aa.
in the two matches would then win the ". .
series.
LOOKING FOR BREATHING ROOM: The
Wolverines play again tomorrow night
at Iowa (1-1 Big Ten, 8-5 overall),
marking their eighth game in two weeks.
But Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi and his players i sisted
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ice or spiked by
rivals or 'State Pride'

By Doug Stevens
Daily Sports Writer
Sometimes things just don't go quite
as planned.
This was the dilemma facing the
Michigan volleyball team last night at
Cliff Keen Arena as it struggled to keep
up with Michigan State. The Wolver-
ines (2-1 Big Ten, 8-5 overall) came
into this "State Pride" confrontation
riding a four-match winning streak.
However, it was not to be for Michigan
as the No. 7 Spartans (3-0, 14-1) swept
the match, 15-5, 15-6, 15-13.
The Wolverines struggled through-
out the match to overcome Michigan
State's height advantage. Although the
Michigan offense really came together
in recent wins over Purdue and North-
western, it was unable to get in a groove
in the first two games last night as the
Michigan State defense combined for
20 blocks.
The Spartans showed a particular
knack for shutting down Michigan's
big guns.
The Wolverines' three most produc-
tive spikers, Kristen Ruschiensky, Sh-
annon Brownlee and Suzy O'Donnell
were held to eight, nine and five kills,
respectively. In total, Michigan was
out-killed 48-40 and out-blocked 20-
12.
The Spartan attack was sparked sig-
nificantly by Dana Cook (five blocks,
I1 kills), Val Sterk (five blocks, 10
kills) and Jenna Wrobel (12 kills).
"Their blockers did a really good job
of taking away our favorite plays and
shots," Michigan coach Greg
Giovanazzi said. "From their perspec-
tive, our offense was very predictable."
This predictability could be reflected
in the fact that the Michigan attack was
constantly facing one-on-two matchups.
The Wolverines were unable to at-
tain the one-on-one attack with consis-
tency and the attackers often found
themselves spiking into a wall of Spar-
tan defenders.
"For the majority of the night, our
hitters were facing two blockers,"
Giovanazzi said. "I think (attaining the

one-on-one attack) will be a good point
of focus for us to get better on."
Although a lot of Michigan's
struggles on the attack could be attrib-
uted to Michigan State's strong play, in
numerous instances, the Wolverines
proved to be their own worst enemy.
Due to either execution problems or
simply falling victim to the Spartan'
defensive pressure, the Michigan of-
fense committed 34 errors to Michigan
State's 13.
"Our problem was on our side,"
O'Donnell said. "Execution wasthemaii
problem. We were hitting out a lot.":"
The first two games of the match:
were like carbon copies of each other.
Both games saw the Wolverines jump
out to early leads of 3-0 in the first, and
5-1 in the second, only to fall behind as
aresult ofstrong Spartan serving, block-
ing and spiking, and Wolverine errors.
Particularly evident was the way the
Michigan State blockers prevented
Brownlee from finishing offkills on the
left side of the court.
"I was looking for whatever wasa
open," Brownlee said. "We were basi-
cally, in the first two games,just giving
it to them."
The third game started off similar to
the first two as Michigan jumped out to
leads of 4-0 and 7-4 behind strong serv-,
ing and execution on offense. Unlikeit
the first two games, the Wolverines'
were able to maintain their strong early
play. Michigan began to gain momen-
tum and its offense made adjustments
to avoid the Spartan blockers. How-
ever, the Spartan serving and blocking
proved too much in the end as Michigan
State pulled out the third game, 15-13.
"I was very glad to win the third and
get this road match over with," Michi-
gan State coach Chuck Erbe said. "By
the closeness of the third game, I didn't
want them getting momentum into the
fourth (game)."
The Wolverines now hit the road to
play their fourth Big Ten game in
eight days. Michigan takes on Iowa
tomorrow night in Carver Hawkeye
Arena.

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