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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 6, 1995

Volleyball looks to continue fast conference start

By Chris Murphy
Daily Sports Writer
You'd think because the Michigan
women's volleyball team is off to its
best start in years that the Wolverines
are tearing up the league.
Well, not exactly.
A win against Indiana in
Bloomington tonight would assure
Michigan of its best Big Ten start since
1985, but the Wolverines are not ready
to celebratejust yet.

Michigan volleyball coach Greg
Giovanazzi, for one, has been skep-
tical about all the talk of the hot
"That streak doesn't mean much to
me," Giovanazzi said. "I don't feel like
all of our starters are playing at their
highest level yet, and yet we're 3-1 in
the conference."
Strong individual performances from
almost all of the starters has helped
Michigan thus far. But as the Wolver-

ines get into the middle of their Big Ten
schedule, solid team efforts are in or-
"One person has been hot and the
other person has been cold," Giovanazzi
said. "I think when everybody starts
firing we're going to be in pretty good
Against the Hoosiers (2-2 Big Ten,
10-7 overall), Michigan (3-1, 9-5) will
need to have everyone on top of their
game as it will have to contend with a
very complex offense that features one
of the top players in the league.
Jennifer Maggelson, a native of Por-
tage Mich., will be the focal point of the
Indiana offense. The freshman outside
hitter was named Big Ten Player of the
Week for this week.
Maggelson will be joined by her sis-
ter Heather. As a setter, Heather will be
looking to pass to Jennifer in order to
keep the Hoosier attack going.
The Wolverines will counter
Indiana's game plan with good serving
and blocking. The Michigan defense
needs to improve if it wants to handle
the Maggelson attack; the Wolverines'
blocking is ranked second to last in the
Patience will also be key. Michigan's
side-out game has been solid thus far,
keeping opposing teams from getting
much offensive momentum.
"What we're gearing towards men-
tally is being prepared to play a long
match," Giovanazzi said. "If we're pa-
tient in our sideout game, they can't
score points."
A long match may or may not work to

the Wolverines' benefit. Although it
could give them a victory tonight, it
could also tire the team down. Michi-
gan must play Illinois tomorrow in
The Illini (1-3, 10-3) might pose
even more of a challenge than the
Hoosiers. Although its three losses
have all come in the Big Ten, Illinois
will still field a well-balanced and
competitive team.
Erin Borske will lead the Illinois at-
tack. The sophomore outside hitter was
the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year and
leads the conference in kills per game.
Again, the Wolverines will be look-
ing for some good serving and tough
blocking to neutralize Borske's
This weekend, strong team volley-
ball is important for Michigan to extend
its recent success. For that to happen,
several players will have to come to-
gether at once.
"I'm looking for a couple people
to take it up a notch," Giovanazzi
said. "I'd like to see Kristen
(Ruschiensky) get back in a groove
and I'd like to see Sarah Jackson turn
it on a bit."
Jackson and Ruschiensky will
look to help out their captains. Se-
nior outside hitter Shannon
Brownlee and senior middle blocker
Suzy O'Donnel have carried the
team as of late.
Ifthe team can come together, a record
start will become less of an illusion to
Even Giovanazzi.

The Michigan volleyball team faces Indiana and Illinois this weekend.



The University of Michigan
School of Music

Sunday, October 8
Stearns Collection - Virginia Martin Howard Lecture Series
John Chernoff: "Drums and Drumming from Africa"
2 p.m., Recital Hall, School of Music
Dance Guest Artist Series
Neta Pulvermacher & Dancers
Tickets: $8 and $5 (763-5460)
2 p.m., Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tuesday, October 10
University Symphony Orchestra
with Chamber Choir, University Choir,
Men's and Women's Glee Clubs
Kenneth Kiesler, conductor
. Barber Essay no, 2
. Beethoven Symphony no. 9 (Choral)
Lorna Haywood, soprano; Rosemary Russell, mezzo;
George Shirley, tenor; Leslie Guinn,baritone
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium
Wednesday, October 11
University Philharmonia Orchestra
Pier Calabria, conductor
" Bartok Romanian Folk Dances
. Ravel Ma mere l'oye Suite
. Smetana Die Moldau, Three Dances from The Bartered Bride
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium x
Thu.-Sun., October 12-15
Musical Theatre Program
Oh Coward! Words & music by Noel Coward
Brent Wagner, director
Jerry DePuit, music director
Tickets: $16, $12, $6 (764-0450)
8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Mendelssohn Theatre$
Saturday, October 14
Contempoary Directions Ensemble
H. Robert Reynolds, director
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium
William Grant Still Orchestra Concert
Vincent Danner, conductor
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium
Sunday, October 14
Autumn Festival of Choirs
American Center of Church Music
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium
Sunday, October 29
University Symphony Orchestra
Halloween Concert
5:00 and 8:30 P.m., Hill Auditorium
Tickets: $7.00 (main floor and 1st balcony)
S .0f (2nd halcnv)

P Antoine Ryan Continued from Page 11
ITTS V HITE However, that was eclipsed by
Northwestern's Paul Burton who
launched a 90-yarder against Indiana.
Remy Hamilton hit all three of his
field goal attempts last week for the
Wolverines, and appears to be back to
the form that made him a preseason Allk
Sam Valenzisi, who walked on the
Michigan Northwestern Wildcat squad as a sophomore, has
Michigan State Iowa handled the place kicking duties more
Ohio State Ohio State than adequately, hitting 46 straight point
after attempts.
Illinois Illinois This category appears to be a wash.
Purdue Purdue Advantage: none
Notre Dame Washington Overall:
Northwestern has an experienced and
Florida State Florida State disciplined team. The Wildcats are com-
Virginia Virginia ing into Ann Arbor on a roll and would
love nothing more than a win over
Florida LSU Michigan to prove they are for real.
Stanford Arizona State Unfortunately for Northwestern,
Florida Illinois though, it still isn't at the same level as
the Wolverines.
6,4 .600 4-6.400 Michigan has too much on both sides
23-16-1 .588 21-18-1 .538 of the ball for the Wildcats to handle.
2-.500 3-1-.750 Expect Michigan to move to 6-0.
Prediction: Michigan 31, Northwest-
ern 20.
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11. Kansas at Colorado
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