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88 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 6, 1995

Michigan spikers stunIllini
but drop tough contest to
Indiana at Cliff Keen Arena

By Monica Polakov
Daily Sports Writer
Defense is key for the Michigan vol-
leyball team. When the Wolverines
defensive game is strong, they win -
as they did Friday against No. 21 Illi-
nois. When their defense is weak, they
lose to teams they should beat - like
their loss to Indiana Saturday.
Friday night, Illinois (8-5 Big Ten,
17-5 overall) came into Cliff Keen
Arena ready to beat the pants off of
Michigan (8-6, 14-10). And that's ex-
actly what happened in the first two
games, which the Wolverines lost 7-15
and 5-15.
However, Michigan volleyball coach
Greg Giovannazi made a change.
"(Giovannazi), told us we needed to
start playing," outside-hitter Colleen
Minuik said. "We adjusted our game
quite a bit in the third match. We now
had two (matches) worth of informa-
tion on (the Illini) so we knew what they
were going to do."
Michigan changed its attitude and its
strategy. The defense picked up, with
more blocking from Karen Chase and
Minuik and the Wolverines gained
momentum.
"Karen has a way of lighting things
up out on the court," Giovannazi said.
The change helped Michigan win the
next three games (15-12, 16-14, 15-7),
and gave the Wolverines one of their
biggest victories this season.
"Michigan pulled off a spectacular
comeback," Illinois coach Mike Herbert
said.
Giovannazi agreed.
"It's a huge win," Giovannazi said.
"One of the things they look at for the

"We didn't play
,good defense and
that really hurt
- Shareen Luze
Michigan volleyball
NCAA tournament is beating a top 25
team."
Shannon Brownlee led the Wolver-
ines with 26 kills, while Chase added
19. Michigan setter Linnea Mendoza
contributed 67 assists.
Illini Erin Borske led all players with
35 kills and added 19 digs. Carolien
Dikhoff led Illinois with 75 assists.
The Wolverines then psyched them-
selves up for a match with Indiana (8-6,
16-11), Saturday. And it showed, for a
little while.
Michigan won the first two games
(15-12,15-12), despite its poor defen-
sive play. In the next three games, the
Wolverines played a little better but

unfortunately for them, the Hoosiers
played a lot better.
The last three games fell in Indiana's
favor, 15-12, 15-11 and 15-10.
"We were not very aggressive," out-
side hitter Shareen Luze said. "We didn't
play good defense and that really hurt
us. Defense is key and we let a lot of
balls drop."
Mendoza, however, played an ex-
ceptional game with 15 digs, one block
and four kills. Brownlee once again led
Michigan in kills with 27. Suzy
O'Donnell and Luze added 16 kills
each.
Indiana also played well. Since los-
ing to the Wolverines in Bloomington,
the Hoosiers have improved. They re-
cently beat Michigan State (ranked first
in the Big Ten).
"Indiana played a nice, even game,"
Luze said. "(The Hoosiers) weren't
going to let us win. We had to create our
own success."
The weekend left the Wolverines tied
for fourth with Indiana in the Big Ten.
The Wolverines travel to Wisconsin
Friday and Minnesota Saturday.

Aichigan's battled back for a five-match victory over Illinois at Cliff Keen Arena Friday night. However, Michigan was
overcome by indiana's offensive attack Saturday, and dropped the contest In five matches.
Sports agent extmordinaire Leigh
Steinberg to address Law students

Dy Doug Stevens
Daily Sports Writer
What do Troy Aikman, Steve Young,
Drew Bledsoe and Neil O'Donnell have
in common?
Aside from being four of the best
'q4uarterbacks in the NFL, there is another
distinct similarity that these athletes share.
All are represented by sports attorney
Leigh Steinberg.
Aside from those NFL players,
Steinberg's law firm, Steinberg &
Moorad, maintains a client list of over
IN0 other athletes. That includes profes-
sional baseball, basketball and hockey
players.
Although Steinberg is involved in all
aspects of professional sports, his main
focus is on the NFL. And lately, his
performance could be deemed nothing
short of dominating. Steinberg has nego-
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tiated some of the largest contracts in the
league's history and he represents many
ofthe premier young players in the game.
This is evidenced by Steinberg's sign-
ing of the first overall choice in six of the
last seven NFL drafts, andthree ofthe last
five Heisman Trophy winners.
Steinberg is widely recognized as the
country's leading sports attorney and has
been practicing sports law for over 20
years. Michigan students will have the
opportunity to hear Steinberg speak on
campus this afternoon when headdresses
students in room 150 of Hutchins Hall in
the Law School at 2:30 PM.
Steinberg will focus his speech on the
profession of sports law, the opportuni-
ties for success in the occupation, wild
anecdotes of negotiating and the impor-
tance ofgiving back to one's community.
The latter is one thing which truly

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distinguishes Steinberg from his col-
leagues. He realizes that professional ath-
letes are perceived as role models and
have a responsibility to make a positive
contribution to society. As a result,
Steinberg insists that a portion of every
contract require the player to give some-
thing back to his hometown, secondary
school, university or even a national char-
ity or foundation.
"Athletes trigger initiative behavior
almost if they want to or not," Steinberg
said.
Steinberg's efforts have produced no-
ticeable dividends. 72 of his athletes have
established scholarship funds at their re-
spective high schools or universities, and
numerous others have spearheaded the
establishment of charities.
Former Michigan football players
Desmond Howard and Jim Harbaugh are
two Steinberg clients who have devoted
their time to charitable causes.
Howard has established a scholarship
fund at his high school in Cleveland and
Harbaugh donates money for every vic-
tory to orphanages.
In addition, four of Steinberg's clients
- Warren Moon, Deron Cherry, Kenny
Easley and Derrick Thomas-have been
named "NFL Man of the Year," in recog-
nition of their contributions to society.
Another focus of Steinberg's speech
will be his discussion about the emer-
gence of sports law as one of the hot job
fields of the 1990s.
Professional sports salaries have been
escalating astronomically in recent years
and there is a lot of money to be made by
agents.
Steinberg will discuss some oftheprime
components of succeeding in this increas-
ingly competitive field as well as talking
about his background and what enabled
him to emerge as a leader in his field.
"The key is long-term one-on-one rela-
tionships," Steinberg said. "(It involves)
a thorough understanding of my clients.
Relationships have to be based on under-
standing athletes as human beings, un-
derstanding of revenue sources, under-
standing of revenues coming to teams
themselves, and the understanding of
team's needs. Taking great care of exist-
ing clients is important."

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By Jennifer Hodulik
Daily Sports Writer
The future is now for the Michigan
wrestling team. With many of the vet-
eran Wolverines injured, younger wres-
tlers stepped onto the mat at the Eastern
Michigan Open Saturday.
The sophomores had standout days
as Airron Richardson captured the
heavyweight title over Kent State's
Stephan Terebeinic, 7-2.
Jeff Catrabone and Bill Lacure ad-
vanced to face each other for the cham-
pionship of the 158-1b. weight class,
but did not wrestle.
Richardson and Catrabone, both
NCAA qualifiers last season, are part
of a core of outstanding upper weight
class wrestlers in the Wolverines'
lineup.,
Nonetheless, Richardson
downplayed Saturday's outcome.
"We didn't do as well as we would
have liked as a team,"Richardson said.
"But it's the first meet of the season."
Freshman Phil Klein was more opti-

mistic.
"I thought the team looked very good
for the first meet of the season" Klein
said. "People were still shaky,butthere's
a lot to look forward to."
Several freshmen made significant
contributions. Chris Viola fell to
Michigan State's David Morgan, 14-
3, in the 118-lb. division finals. Frank
Lodeserto turned in a third place fin-
ish by defeating John Hansen of
Purdue, 3-2.
Fellow first-year wrestlers Corey
Grant and Joe Warren also added solid
performances, finishing sixth at 134
and 118 respectively.
"The younger guys showed a lot of
poise," Richardson said. "But some guys
got knocked out."
Because it is the first meet of the
season, it is not clear just exactly what
the results indicate. However, valuable
experience was gained.
"It's difficult to project the team's
accomplishment from the first meet,"
Richardson said. "We are still a little
rough around the edges."
"After a couple more tournaments,

we'll get more competition from the
conference (to indicate how we stack
up)," Lodeserto said.
But it would appear that once sone
of the more experienced wrestlers re-
turn to top form, the newcomers should
provide some depth.
"Catrabone and Richardson picked
up where they left off," Klein -said.
"And some (younger) wrestlers siepid
up. h
Senior All-American and teatcag-
tain Jesse Rawls is recoverin, frirm
surgery. Sophomore standout Bron
Howe and senior leader Jake Youngpe
also injured.
With the addition of these veteta4s,
the team members agreed that the up-
coming season looks promising.,
"I'm expecting us to do well agahnst
Big Ten forces Wisconsin and.MM Ii-
gan State," Richardson said. t
"I think we're going to be ampg the
top contenders for the Big Ten titleInd
possibly the NCAA title," Klein sad.
The team will begin its title runDec.
1-2 at the Las Vegas Classic and its Big
Ten season Jan. 4 at Penn State.

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