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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 23, 1995 - 3B
'M' men's cross country
second in Ypsilanti


Darren to be Different

OTRE DAME, Ind. - Boy, it
sure was cold here Saturday.
Thirty-nine degrees was what
the weather man said at 9 a.m.; by
1:40 p.m. - kickoff time - his story
hadn't changed one bit.
- The fact that it didn't warm up at
all came as a bit of a shock, seeing
as how the weather has tended to do
that over the past million years.
Southern Cal wasn't surprised,
though. These Trojans came
for this occasion, Southern Cal
brought along supremely insulated
full-length jackets for use by the
players on the sideline. And they
put 'em to good use - the Trojans
Would shed the jackets just as they
sprinted onto the field, and upon
their return to the sidelines, staff
members stood ready, with coats in
.hand, waiting to help restore some
sense of comfort to their slightly
frozen players.
"No, sir - the weather was not
going to beat this club Saturday.
But an astoundingly mediocre
Notre Dame team? That's a differ-
ent story.
To the Fighting Irish faithful, this
latest conquest means so much:
They've got a win over a highly-
rated team, they're 6-2 and with
Boston College, Navy and Air Force
left, they've got a chance to move
up in the polls.
All of this is true. All of this is
also besides the point.
What was proven Saturday was
that the fifth-ranked Trojans were
the biggest fraud since, well, a
certain wooden horse rolled into the
city of Troy a few thousand years
Prior to this weekend, only Ron
Powlus could seriously lay claim to
such a title. Against Southern Cal,
though, the Notre Dame quarterback
played quite well, as he only turned
the ball over once.
What's more, Powlus didn't even
fumble a snap at a crucial point in
the game, which, after the North-
western and Ohio State games, the
irish fans seated around me had
come to expect.
Perhaps this was because it was
physically, scientifically and
mathematically impossible to
fumble at a crucial point because
there were no crucial points at
which to fumble.
Although Southern Cal was
within two touchdowns well into the
fourth quarter, the Trojans were a
beaten ball club by then. Two
ventures inside the Notre Dame 5-
yard-line that produced no points
had already taken much of the life
out of this team.
And any more trips deep into
Irish territory seemed unlikely,
since Southern Cal didn't have the
means to get there.
Coach John Robinson's quarter-
back platoon system failed miser-
ably, and the Trojan coach, re-
nowned for his love of the running
game, had abandoned that plan back
in the first half.
.Throw all of that together, toss in
-the partisan crowd and you've got a
-38-10 stomping of the No. 5 team in
the country.
And you shouldn't be surprised
- not when the No. 5 team is
Southern Cal, anyway.
Whoever first said "S.C. is back"
must have said it real loud. Not only
did so many hear it; we all believed
But why? Is this not a team
coming off a 7-3-1 regular season?
Is this not a team that came into last

weekend having faced no serious
non-conference competition?
And is this not the same team that
has gone 13 straight years without
beating Notre Dame?
With all of this in mind, the
football-watching public ought to be
wary the next time the letters "S.C."
are bantered about in serious
national title talk. Before we again
get too captivated by the School
That Brought Us O.J., perhaps we
should wait until the Trojans prove
Over the next few weeks it might

By Dorothy Chambers
Daily Sports Writer
It's something your mom always said
to you in elementary school: use the
buddy system.
The members of the Michigan men's
cross country team essentially got the
sameinstructionson Friday in Ypsilanti.
Wolverine coach Ron Warhurst took
the bottom half of his lineup to the
Eastern Michigan Classic and asked
them to run as a group as a final training
run before the Big Ten meet in Minne-
apolis next week.
"I told them that I wanted them to all
run together and that they needed a
race," Warhurst said. "Some of them
weren't happy, but that's OK - they
were really happy afterward."
Kris Eggle, Todd Snyder, Ryan Burt,
and Don McLaughlin followed
Warhurst's orders and crossed the fin-
ish line as one in a time of 25:58, good
for second overall.
"They all ran right togetherthe whole
way, shoulder to shoulder, which is the
way we're going to have to run at the
Big Ten meet." Warhurst said. "It
worked out perfectly, and they all got a
little confidence back, which is what
they needed. It accomplished exactly
what we wanted to."
Warhurst left top runners Kevin
Sullivan, Dave Barnett, John Mortimer,
and Theo Molla in Ann Arbor and had
them complete a timed five mile run on
Huron River Drive on Saturday morn-
The top time in the unscored meet
was posted by former Wolverine John
Scherer, who completed the course in

25:34. According to Warhurst, when he
ran at Michigan four years ago as a
walk-on, Scherer was the premier dis-
tance runner at a four year school. The
All-American finished second in the
NCAA cross country meet and was a
three time NCAA champion in track,
winning the 5000-meter in the indoor
season and twice capturing the 10,000-
meter in the outdoor season.
"He's coming back to start training
with us to train for the Olympics and try
to make that team," Warhurst said. "He
just received his doctorate in aerospace
engineering, which is why he took last
year off- another whiz kid."
Also taking part in the meet were
runners from Bowling Green, Central
Michigan, Michigan State, Windsor,
and smallerschools such as Schoolcraft,
in addition to a number of unattached
The Wolverines had to put up with 4
sloppy course and some bad wind and
rain in Ypsilanti, but they could be
facingmuch worse in the upcoming Big
Ten meet.
"Last year the same weekend that
we're running at the Big Ten this year,
they had a foot of snow up in Minnd-
apolis," Warhurst said, "so we're ready
for anything."
After a successful final weekend of
training, there is little left to do for
Warhurst and his harriers before they
head to Minneapolis to take on No.1
"We'll just go run some repeat miles
on Monday, go easy on Wednesday,"
Warhurst said, "and then we'll just ...

The Michigan
women's cross
country team was
also in Ypsilanti
this weekend, and
won the Eastern
Michigan Classic.

Glavine, Braves roll to 4-3 victory, 2-0 lead over Indians

Associated Press
They did it again.
The Atlanta Braves, behind Tom
Glavine and the bullpen, shut down the
Cleveland Indians on six hits, winning,
4-3, Sunday night for a 2-0 lead in the
World Series.
Javier Lopez took care of the rest for
Atlanta. He broke a sixth-inning tie
with a two-run homer off Dennis
Martinez, then made a key pickoff throw
in the eighth.

A day after the Indians were held to a
season-worst two singles by Greg
Maddux, the best lineup in the majors
didn't do much better against the top
staff in the game.
Only Eddie Murray's early two-run
homer did anything to disprove
baseball's oldest adage - good pitch-
ing stops good hitting, especially in
The Braves' second one-run win gave
them the kind of edge they never en-

joyed in losing the World Series in
1991 and 1992, and they still have the
option of using Maddux twice more.
Now, the scene shifts for the first
World Series game in Cleveland in 41
years. John Smoltz will take his turn
at stuffing the Indians while Charles
Nagy will pitch Game 3 Tuesday
Glavine limited the Indians, who led
the majors in batting, scoring and home
runs, to three hits in six innings. Like

Maddux, he used his off-speed stuff to
keep Cleveland off-balance, and wound
up with his third win in five Series
decisions. Glavine appeared to break
only one bat - Albert Belle's on a soft
single-as opposed to the five Maddux
broke in Game 1.
Relievers Greg McMichael,
Alejandro Pena and Mark Wohlers fin-
ished, with Wohlers going 1 1-3 in-
nings for a save. Carlos Baerga made
the last out of the game for the second

straight night, popping out to third with
Omar Vizquel on second after a single
and a stolen base.
Lopez homered with one out in the
sixth. David Justice led off the inning
with a single and made it to third with
one out and, with the infield playing in,
Lopez hit a 426-foot drive to center for
a 4-2 lead.
"That was the key of the game that
home run," Lopez said, "because w
won by one run."

Buckeyes, Lions spike Wolverines

By Monica Polakov
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend spelled disaster for the
Michigan volleyball team. The Wolver-
ines played poorly and nobody knows
Was it a full moon? Apparently not.
How about a packed arena? The Wol-
verines don't think so.
Nobody seems to have the answers.
Nevertheless, Penn State andOhioState
are not complaining.
Michigan came into Rec Hall Friday
and lost all its matches (4-15,5-15,2-15)
to the Lady Lions. The Wolverines, one
of the best passing teams in the Big Ten,
struggled with their passing game. As a
result, the offense suffered.
"We played really badly and I don't
know why," co-captain Shannon
Brownlee said. "Friday went so fast. Not
one person played well. Nobody could do
anything right."
No. 7 Penn State (8-1 Big Ten, 20-2
overall), extended its winning streak to 22
matches. The Lady Lions played with
only eight attack errors and had excep-
tional play from Angie Kammer, who
had 12 kills and six digs. This led them to
an impressive .353 hitting percentage.
"We were definitely capable ofbeating
them," Brownlee said.
Junior outside hitter Sharren Luze

"It was a big let-down."
The Wolverines tried to turn their luck
around when they traveled to Columbus
to face No. 13 Ohio State. Michigan
volleyball coach Greg Giovanazzi in-
structed the Wolverines to forget about
Friday, which he normally doesn't do,
but his team's poor performance seemed
like a fluke that was not anyone's fault.
"We were fired up for Ohio State,"
Luxe said.
And it showed. Michigan played a lot
better Saturday night. The Wolverines.
put up a strong fight which resulted in
an over two-hour-long three-match
"The score didn't reflect the matches,"
Luze said. "We sided-out really well and
fought really hard."
However, it was not enough to win.

Michigan lost 7-15, 8-15 and 10-15.
The Wolverines (6-4 Big Ten, 12-8 over-
all), are now fourth in the Big Ten.
Michigan now beginsthe second half
of the season with its first game against
No.5 Michigan State, Wednesday. Out-
side hitter Kristen Ruschiensky is ex-
pected to recover from a knee injury in
time for the game. The Wolverines will
face tough competition against the Spar-
tans, who are favored to win the Big
Michigan is happy with its standings
and expects to have an even better record
in the second half of the season. The
Wolverines especially look forward to a
rematch with Penn State and Ohio State at
If all goes well, the Wolverines will
finish fourth or better in the Big Ten and
will qualify to go to NCAA's.


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