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2B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 30, 1995

Injuries bit
harder than
AM' s pikers
By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
Injuries are apart ofevery sport andthe
strength of a team can often be measured
by how well it overcomes the loss of key
Boththe Michiganandlowavolleyball
teamsplayedwithoutone oftheirinfluen-
tial starters Saturday.
The Hawkeyes
were without the ser-
vices of their top hit-
ter, junior Jennifer
Webb, who was an
all-BigTen first team Notebook
,selection last year.
"We lost 40 to 45
percent of our of-
fense with Jen Webb .
out," Iowa coach
Linda Schoenstedt said.
The Hawkeyes also lose a leader on the
floor when Webb is out.
"Jen Webb brings lots of intensity,"
setter Lisa Dockray said. "People feel
more comfortable when she's playing."
"She'stouswhatBrownlee is to Michi-
gan," Schoenstedt added.
TheWolverineshadtoplay again with-
out Kristen Ruschiensky. The junior
outside hitterre-injuredherknee Wednes-
day in Michigan's loss at Michigan State.
She originally hurt her knee Oct. 6 at
indianaand missed five games before she
Dried to come back Wednesday.
The Wolverines have demonstrated
their depth in Ruschiensky's absence,
particularly behind the play of junior
Shareen Luze. The outside hitter tallied
I1 digs and 11 kills behind a.318 hitting
percentage Saturday against Iowa.
ERROR-FREE SECOND: Michigan had an
impressive .515 hitting percentage in the
second game Saturday. It produced 17
kills in 33 attempts with no hitting errors.
The Wolverines went on a 13-0 scoring
streak in that game after lowajumped out
'to an early 5-2 lead.
Michigan finished the match with a
.331 hitting percentage, much higher than
its.196 average against conference oppo-
nents this year.
MICHIGAN'S BEST?: The Wolverines
have a good chance of improving on the
school's best-ever Big Ten double round-
robin finish of 11-9 in 1992.
coach Greg Giovanazzi said. "We'lljust
d play and talk about it later."
The Wolverines were tied for fifth in
'.the Big Ten going into the weekend but
have the advantage ofhosting Penn State
and Ohio State, who are tied for second,
in the second half of the league schedule.
They will also play Illinois (4th) and
Indiana (tied for 5th) this weekend in the
;.-comforts of Cliff Keen Arena.
t MOvING ON UP: Senior middle blocker
Suzy O'Donnell moved into fifth place
n Michigan's all-time block assist chart.
ex three block assists Saturday against
%.owa gave her 210, good enough to move
head of Carla Hunter (1986-89).
Sophomore setter Linnea Mendoza
*so moved up in the Wolverines' all-
lime career lists. Her 41 assists Saturday
hjelped her move into third place on the
*l1-time assist list.
Mendoza's 1,408 career assists sur-
passes teammate Erin McGovern, ajun-
- for, who has 1,372.

Blue finishes second as
Sullivan sets course record
By Janmes tioldtein the efforts of the nine-man Wolverine
Daily Sports Writer squad.
The Michigan men's cross countryteam "This was definitely the best race we
ran neck and neck with Wisconsin for have run as ateam all year," Sullivan said.
most of the race. But at the end, the "We made a great run for it."
Badgers' depth and experience proved to The Wolverines placed two other run-
be too much for the Wolverines. ners in the top 10. Theo Molla took sixth
Saturday, Michigan took second place (25:07) and John Mortimer finished one
in the Big Ten Championships held in second behind Molla for seventh.
Minneapolis. Warhurst felt that this was Molla's best
Wisconsin, the No. I team in the coun- race of his four-year collegiate career.
try, pulled away from the Wolverines in Sullivan, Molla and Mortimer were
the last 2000 meters en route to their named to the All-Big Ten team, which
second consecutive conference title and consisted of the top seven finishers.
its 16th in the last 19 years. Michigan dueled with Wisconsin on
Wisconsin finished with 37points while the hilly Minneapolis course. At the 5000-
Michigan followed with 56. Michigan metermark the Wolverines were ahead of
State was next with 91. the Badgers. By 6000 meters, though,
Once again, Kevin Sullivan, thejunior they were even.
two-time All-American, won the indi- But Wisconsin was just too tough
vidual competition, making this his third for Michigan to conquer. The I3ad-
straight individual title. Sullivan's time gers had six out of seven runners. re-
was 24:21, setting a course record by 20 turning from last year's team. The
seconds. Wolverines just couldn't match
Yet what stood out with the junior's Wisconsin's depth.
win was the final margin he had over the Warhurst knew it would be tough to
second-place finisher,the Badgers' James beat Wisconsin, but he admired the way
Menon. Sullivan crossed the finish line his runners tried.
24 seconds ahead of Menon. "I'd rather have them go and put
This might not seem surprising since their nose into it than being real tenta-
Sullivan has blown away the rest of the tive and fading back," Warhurst said.
field in most of his earlier meets. But it "They were in the race and I like to
rained for a few days in Minneapolis see that, being agressive and not be-
before the Wolverines had arrived. The ing intimidated by Wisconsin. They
8000-meter course was a mess, but it did a really nice job."
didn't seem to phase the All-American. Rounding out the rest of the Wolver-
"It was amazing (that he finished 24 ines were David Barnett, 20th (25;,9),
seconds ahead of the second place run- Don McLaughlin 21 st(25:45), Ryan Burt,
ner) because the course was very muddy 28th (25:58), Todd Snyder, 43rd (26:18)
and there was lots of standing water," and Kris Eggle, 54th (26:36).
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst said. Michigan has a week off before travel-
"There were lakes." ling to West Lafayette for the NCAA
Sullivan focused on the team, praising Disrict IV Championships Nov. 11.
hatiersdkeepd dipace
Wolverines battle Badgers, muddy condition

David Justice and the Atlanta Braves celebrate after defeating the Indians Saturday night. AP PHOTO
Atlanta captures logsuhitl
Associated Press having done it as the so-called Miracle ready to dedicate ourselves to do it
ATLANTA - Chokers no more, the Braves in Boston in 1914 and in Mil- again."
Atlanta Braves are World Series cham- waukee in 1957. Justice, without an extra-base hit in
pions at last. Fittingly, it was Glavine who ended 42 at-bats during the expanded playoffs
Five years of frustration ended Satur- the elusive quest. He'd been with the this season, doubled off Dennis
day night when Tom Glavine pitched Braves longer than any player on their Martinez in the fourth.
one-hit ball for eight innings and David postseason roster, beginning his career Poole bailed out the Indians in the
Justice homered, bringing the city of in 1987 at the start ofafour-yearspan in fifth, but Justice tagged him for a deep
Atlanta its first major sports titlevwith a which Atlanta was the worst team in drive on a 1-1 pitch to start the sixth, his
1.0 victory over the Cleveland Indians baseball, averaging 98 losses per sea- first homer since Sept. 22 and his fourth
in Game 6 of the World Series. son. in World Senes play.
"This-has been a long time coming," Glavine struck out eight and walked While Glavine was keeping Cleve-
Glavine said. "This organization and three. Wohlers, filling the closer role land hitless for five innings, Indians
this group of guys has worked so hard to th at had been the Braves' biggest bug- starter Dennis Martinez was working in
get here and we've come up short. a-boo in postseasons past, finished it and out of trouble.
"That bitterness of losing the World out, retiring the side in order. Thesurestsignthat Martinezwasstrug-
Series games is real fresh in everyone's The crowd was on its feet for the ninth gling - and the best signal that this was
mouth." inning, a lot with their tomahawks chop- abiggame-cameinthebullpen. Rookie
Now, the sweet taste of champagne. ping. As soon as Marquis Grissom caught Chad Ogea, who had not pitched in the
"We've been close before, but we Carlos Baerga's fly ball to left-center, a Series, began warming up three batters
finally got it," Braves' manager Bobby few fans took to the field but they were into the game, Ken Hill and Poole began
Cox said. "Our players, from day one, quickly escorted by police as the rest of throwing in the second, Eric Plunk gotup
wanted to win this thing." Atlanta-Fulton County Stadiumstoodand in the fourth and Alan Embree was toss-
Glavine and Mark Wohlers combined cheered to the song "We are the Champi- ing in the sixth.
on the fifth one-hitter in Series' history ons" by the group Queen. Helped by one of the prettiest double
and first since Jim Lonborg for Boston Properly, perhaps, the Braves won by a plays in a longtime, plus some relief by
in 1967, allowing only a soft single by 1-0 score. In 1991, in their first try at Poole, Martinez kept the game score-
Tony Pena starting the sixth inning. clinchingthetitle,they blew athreegames less through the fifth.
Glavine reprised his win in Game two to two lead over Minnesota, dropping Martinez struck out Fred McGriff
by again using his changeups and break- Game seven by a 1-0 score to Jack Morris with two runners on to end the first,
ing balls to fool the best-hitting team in in 10innings at the Metrodome. That was but walked the first two batters in the
the game, and was voted Series MVP. the last 1-0 game in a World Series. second. An out later, Rafael Belliard
More than anything, that was the Five of the games were decided by hit abouncerthat two-time Gold Glove
theme this October - great pitching one run, a record for a six-game Series. shortstop Omar Vizquel fielded be-
stopping greathitting. Cleveland, which For the Indians, who dominated the hind the bag and flipped, with his
led the majors in batting, scoring and majors with 100 wins in a strike-short- glove, to second baseman Baerga, who
home runs, was held to a.179 average ened season, the loss finished out a barehanded the toss and completed
by Atlanta's aces. Series in which they could never really the double play.
Justice, who had criticized Braves fans catch up with Atlanta's awesome pitch- In the fourth, with runners on first
for being too quiet, gave them reason to ing staff. Cleveland seemed to solve and second, Martinez pitched care-
cheer when he homered leading off the three-time Cy Young winner Greg fully to Javier Lopez, who hit a key
sixth against reliever Jim Poole. Maddux in winning Game five at Jacobs home run off him in Game two. Lopez
"I was really a nervous wreck com- Field, but did not figure out how to hit drew a walk that loaded the bases and
ing in today because I'd been in this Glavine's off-speed stuff. brought up the light-hitting Belliard.
situation before, where you're up 3-2," The Indians remained without a In Game five, Cox pinch-hit for
Justice said. "I was never so nervous in World Series title since 1948, when Belliard in the fifth inning of a tight
my life. they beat the Boston Braves. game. This time, he let him hit, and
"I really had a good feeling that it was Cleveland's last Series appearance was Belliard dropped to 0-for-14 in the Se-
our time. We had suffered enough. It was 1954, when it got swept by the New ries with an easy fly ball.
time for our club and time for our city." York Giants. Atlanta threatened again in the fifth
Series losers in 1991 and 1992 and "I toldthem they playedwell andthey're with a two-out walk and an infield single
NL playoff losers in 1993, Atlanta won champions," Cleveland manager Mike by Chipper Jones that sent the rookie
its first title since moving from Mil- Hargrove said."Weplayedhard and they tumbling over first base. Hargrove
waukee to open the 1966 season. The should feel good about that. brought in the left-handed Poole, and
Braves also became the first franchise "We pitched well enough to win. It he did his job by striking out the left-
to win the World Series in three cities, just didn't work forus. We've got to get handed McGriff on three pitches.

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Writer
Saturday's Big Ten Championships
were no different than other meets the
men's cross-country team has run this
year for at least one reason -the buddy
system. In cross-country, the weekly
8,000-meter races are a test of endurance
and skill. But the team keeps its head in
the meet by using running partners.
Freshman Todd
Snyder and senior {
Kris Eggle are one TOsS
of the numerous c.
pairs that runs to- CO
gether during races. Notebook
Snyder and Eggle
use each other as
guides to keep pace
during the race. Over
such a long run, the
focus ofeach runner must remain on the
completion of the race and the ability to
maintain a steady time.
At the front of the pack, the situation
was a little bit different. Often, Kevin
Sullivan has nobody running ahead of
him so he is the pace-setter. John
Mortimer and Theo Molla feed off
Sullivan's breakneck pace.
The team went out early in a large
pack for the first mile of the race before
Sullivan's group began to pull away
from the rest of the runners.
MUDDY WATERS: The championships
were run under awful conditions. The
weather in Minnesota leading up to the
weekend was anything but pleasant. It

rained for two days and the course was
soft and slow.
"The rain before the meet made (the
course) torn up by the time we ran,"
Mortimer said.
The rain continued to fall during the
race and all of the runners were uncom-
fortable while racing.
"We were soaked by the end of the
race," Snyder said.
The weather problems compounded
and only added to a miserable atmo-
sphere surrounding the Championships.
GAINING GROUND: The team accom-
plished what was expected of it, with a
few surprises.
All-American Sullivan's third-
straight individual title was the -day's
highlight. The team finished second
behind Wisconsin, after leading the race
through the first 6,000 meters. -
"Everyone pulled their weight"
Mortimer said, "The second place fin-
ish was expected."
Wisconsin's burst in the last 2,000
meters won it the title as it earned the
No. I seed in its regional NCAA Dis-
trict meet in two weeks. Michigan is
likely be seeded second in the same
district as Wisconsin.
"(The Districts) are only to qualify
(for nationals)," Mortimer said, "It.Will
be less intense with the main goal being
to run strong."
However, Molla was the surprise of
the day, turning in a season-high fiish
as he was second on the team and sixth
overall with a time of 25:07.


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