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14 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 25, 1995

to play for
Sore Pride
-By Chris Murphy
aily Sports Writer
Bragging rights are nice, but they
don't help a team qualify for the NCAA
Of course, a first-ever tourney berth
is the Wolverines' main goal for this
-season. f
So, in the scheme of things, a victory
osver Michigan State this evening in 1
at Lansing means more to Michigan
(6-4 Big Ten, 12-6 overall) than just
"State Pride."
A win tonight would be a major up-
set. Michigan State is undoubtedly one
of the top teams in the nation.
The No. S Spartans are atop the Big
Ten with arecordof 10-0. Overall, they
have amassed 21 victories and only one
While the Wolverines haven't
cracked the Top 25 this year, beating
the Spartans would put them that much
closer to their first tournament appear-
ance in history.
Michigan will be coming off two
weekend losses to Ohio State and Penn
State.Michigan State capsoffthetough-
est string ofmatches for the Wolverines
this season.
Michigan State features a very well-
balanced game; the team successfully
combines strong middle blocking with
an aggressive attacking offense. The
Spartans have the ability to, score
quickly and often. Last time out, they
swept Michigan, in three straight
Michigan State's top players include
junior middle-blocker Dana Cook, who The Michigan volleyball team takes on No
was recently named National Player of
the Week, and outside hitter Jenna to serve well and put pressure on the
Roble, who is a top contender for Big Spartans' younger players.
Ten Freshman of the Year. In addition,a strong blockingscheme
To counter, the Wolverines will look andapatientsideoutgamewill be akey
We need to block some balls. That's
going to be the only way to score
points against them. We need to force
them to make some mistakes."
- Greg Giovanazzi
Michigan volleyball coach

Men's tankers dispatch
with Golden Bears

The defending national champion
Michigan men's swimming and div-
ing team showed that it hasn't missed
a beat since last season. The No. 1
Wol v e r i n e s
opened the 1995
campaign by de-
. feating sixth-
C ranked California,
131-110 in a dual
Notebook meet at Canham
Natatorium Oct.
The bright spots
K J for Michigan were
------.provided by
double event winner Owen von Rich-

ter, who won the200-yardindividual
fnedley (1:52.23) and 500-yard
freestyle (4:30.62), and divers Brett
Wilmot and Alex Bogaerts. Wilmot
won the one-meter springboard with
a score of 272.25 and Bogaerts won
the three-meter contest with 289.95
The Wolverines now have a two-
week layoffbefore heading to Madi-
son to face Big Ten rivals Wisconsin
and Minnesota. Michigan has tradi-
tionally dominated both these teams
holding a 60-4 all-time advantage
over the Badgers and a 37-2 mark
versus the Golden Gophers.
- Doug Stevens

Gustin, Jackson win 2

The Michigan women's swimming
team had a few bright spots in its 126-
174 loss to Stanford last weekend.
The Wolverines were able to come
within two points of beating Stanford
and winning a National Championship
last season. And while the team wasn't
able to fair quite as well last Saturday,
several individuals turned in strong
Michigan had two double event win-
ners in Rachel Gustin and Beth Jackson.
Gustin took the 100 and 200-meter
breaststroke with times of 1:12.60 and

Jackson won both the 100 and 200
meter backstrokes with times of1:05.2.
and 2:21.25.
Gustin and Jackson both took part i
the Wolverines record-setting 400
meter medley relay team. They joiner
Talor Bendel and Kim Johnson in fiti
ishing with a 4:19.55, a new lon,
course pool record.
Up next for Michigan are two week
end meets in Evanston (Ill.). The Wol
verines face Northwestern on Saturda
and compete in the Northwestern Re
lays on Sunday.
- Chris Murph

Women harriers hurt*n

. 5 Michigan State tonight in East Lansing. The Spartans are 10-0 in the conference.

part of the game plan.
"We need to block some balls,"
Giovanazzi said. "That's going to be
theonlywayto scorepointsagainst(the
Spartans). We need to force them to
make some mistakes."
Returning to action forMichiganwill
be Kristen Ruschiensky. The junior
outside hitter was injured two weeks
ago in a match against Indiana.
Ruschiensky should provide some help
for the Wolverines' scoring efforts.
"It seems that we're starting the sec-
ond half of the season and we're very


Giovanazzi said.
However,giventhe apparent strength
of this year's Spartan squad, Michigan
coachGregGiovanazzi isrealisticabout
the team's chances tonight.
"If we don't do well against the top
three teams in the conference we have
to continue to do well against the teams
below us," Giovanazzi said. "Our goal
is to go to the NCAA Tournament, and
the way to do that is to stay at least in
fourth place."
The Wolverines are currentlytied for
fourth. With only half of the season
remaining, every game counts.
State Pride I
Who: Michigan s. Michigan State
Where:. Jenison Field House, East
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
What: The Wolverines take on the
No. 5 Spartans East Lansing as part
of the "State Pride" series. Michigan
State is atop the Big Ten standings
with a 10 0 conference record.
Michigan is tied for fourth and is
hoping to gain its first-ever NCAA
Tournament berth this season.

Inthe last couple ofweeks,the Michi-
gan women's cross-country lineup has
been like a revolving door of runners.
When senior All-American Courtney
Babcock went out, fellow senior Jen
Stuht stepped in, and when Michelle
Slater fell ill, Tiffin Goodman jumped
in to replace her.
The revolving door might swing
around further this weekend at the Big
Ten Championships in Minneapolis.
All-American Pauline Arnill isques-
tionable for this weekend's meet.
"Pauline is a little bit nicked up right
now - she has a lower back injury,"
coach Mike McGuire said.
IfArnill does notcompetethisweek-
end, senior Mayrie Richards will be her
Arnill finished fourth in last year's

Big Ten meet with the time of 17:23,
19 seconds behind her sister and Big
Ten Champion Deanna.
McGuire is expected to reach a de-
cision on Amill's competitive statut
on Thursday.
Having top runners out forbig meet
has been nothing new for McGuire.
"All four years we have been here
we have been missing people,'
McGuire said. "Last year it wat
Babcock and (Kelly) Chard."
These key absences haven't pre.
vented Michigan from outrunning Bil
Ten rivals Wisconsin and Penn Stati
the last three years.
Come this weekend, Michigan F
hoping that it will have Arnill and tha
the door will be open to a Big Ten title
- Nancy Berge

Men ready for Big Tens
With the Big Ten Championships squad at 5,000 meters, because f
coming up this weekend, the men's NCAA Districts and Nationals arelbo
cross country team is looking to stepup run at a distance of 10,000 meters. D
its performance. After a weekend in spite the importance of the Big T
which the team's top four runners did Championships, Wolverine coach R
not participate,the Wolverines are look- Warhurst has taken it easy on the tei
ing to make some waves at the Cham- in preparation.
pionships in Minnesota. "We've trained hard for sev
"Now that we're starting to taper off, weeks straight, and are going to ba
we'll do well at the Big Ten Champion- it off a little bit this week," Warhu
ships,"No. 2 runner John Mortimer said. said.
This meet will be the last for the - Mark Snyd
Kckers sco1rng better
The women's soccer team has wit- of boosting the offense and aiding I
nessed a sudden burst of offensive fire- defense. Even though she splits tit
power from some unlikely sources. betweenthesetwoduties,Flahertyis
Although she has played in only 10 shots away from tyingthe school reco
games, Ruth Poulinhasscored five goals, of 52 in a season.
includingbothofMichigan'sgoalsina3- Although freshmen usually suf
2 home loss to Butler: The sophomore from inconsistent play, the freshm
forward is tied for the team lead in goals tandem of Carrie Brady and Jessi
(5) andpoints(12). Poulin'sproductivity Limauro have ignited the team's
is threateningjuniorKim Phillip's season fense by providing the team with thi
point total of 17 in 1994. assists each. In fact, Michigan is3
Debbie Flaherty scored four of her when Brady dishes from her defer
fivegoalsinlastfivegames. Thesopho-. spot.


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