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Quick Hello! post (and shout out) to Bettendorf (Iowa) High School senior Haley Zapolski, a member of the U.S. team at the Junior World Rowing Championships this summer in Lithuania. Haley made her verbal commitment to continue her rowing career at Michigan!
(After the team bow was hurt in warm ups, Haley's team competed in the quad race with only three rowers, and finished 3rd out of 7 teams. Awesome!)
The Michigan women's rowing team has qualified for the NCAA championships five-years running. Haley also visited Dartmouth and Princeton.
"I visited Michigan in mid-September and really connected with the coaching staff and team members," Haley said. "The culture of the program really impressed me, as there was a strong desire to row at a high level and a commitment to be supportive of each other during the training process."
Haley has only been rowing for two-years, but is an accomplished swimmer and tri-athlete. Welcome to Michigan, Haley! Go Blue!
The Michigan Women's Rowing Team competed at the Big Ten Championships at Eagle Park in Indianapolis and came in second with 135 points. Ohio State won with 160 points. This result was expected as Ohio State has a very good team this year and is top five nationally. Of the seven events, Ohio State won all but two. Michigan won 0 II Varsity Fours F1. Michigan will next compete in the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan made a strong showing this weekend at the ACRA National Championships. I went down to watch my niece (UC Davis) (She took home GOLD BABY!!!). Great event. The participants had a difficult time with the heat & humidity but the teams from MI (UofM & GVSU) were strong.
The MI coach gave the play by play from a boat at the start to the point the finish tower could make the call. Did a really nice job, better than the announcer in the tower.
How to start Ohio State Week right:
Michigan Men's Rowing, after an hour long fog delay this morning, claimed the
Wolverbuck Oar for a record-breaking 15th consecutive year by defeating the OSU men's crew
club. The streak stands as the longest winning streak by a Michigan team over an OSU team.
The oar will reclaim its rightful place in the IM building as the team heads indoors for winter
training. May the winning tradition continue this weekend:
Sorry for those
who just now realized I took last weekend off who missed last weekend's coverage. Real life beckoned and I wasn't around a computer. So a brief recap of last weekend:
- Bree Evans was seriously injured in a softball exhibition. Last I heard, she was up and walking, but had a neck brace. Grapevine says her facebook status had some jokes about it, so she sounds like she'll be alright.
- Volleyball split a pair at home, including a 3-0 sweep of NU and a 2-3 loss to Illinois.
- Field Hockey swept a pair of games at Evanston, IL, defeating NU 3-1 and Saint Louis 7-0. NU was ranked #17, giving UM it's first win over a ranked opponent this season.
- Men's x-country placed 9th out of 13 in Madison for an 8k this weekend. Michigan was short 4 of their top 7 runners with sickness, and it took it's toll. Michigan's top finisher was Bobby Aprill at #35.
- Women's x-country was also in Madison for a 5k and finished 5th of 12. Kaitlyn Peale finished 4th overall with a time of 17:11.3, 11 seconds behind the leader. Kaitlyn Patterson also finished in the top 20 at #16.
- Men's soccer shut out Wisconsin in their BigTen home opener by a score of 3-0. Fuzetti netted the game winner for this 8th goal of the season.
- Women's soccer tied Northwestern 2-2. Michigan let a 2-0 lead slip late. Amy Klippert lead Michigan in points with a goal and her first career assist.
- Women's tennis hosted a non-scoring invitational. senior Tania Mahtani and junior Denise Muresan both won their brackets in the singles, including Muresan's victory over the #29 player in the NCAA.
- Women's rowing scrimmaged Ohio State and swept all 5 first place finishes. Michigan ran 3 boats while OSU only ran two. Michigan placed (1,4,5), (1,4,5), (1,4,5), (1,3,T4), and (1,2,5). Editorial note: I'm still trying to figure out a better way of writing that out rather than listing the full results. For those of you who can't figure it out, each set of parenthesis is a race, and each number is one of Michigan's places.
- Men's golf played in Glencoe, IL over the weekend, and was in contention until the final day. Just 3 shots behind the leader (Illinois), they went stagnant in the last day to fall to 5th.
- Women's golf was in Chicago and posted a 6th place team finish. Ashley Bauer finished second overall with a –4 71-72-69/212.
- Baseball obliterated a lower level Canadian select team by the tune of 27-1.
Okay, now that we got all caught up, let's look at the weekend ahead. Updates may come periodically throughout the weekend depending on my schedule. Those of you who make it out to a game, drop a comment. Chronologically by start time (all pictures from MGoBlue.com):
- 5pm ET Michigan Intercollegiate @ Grand Rapids, MI
Eleven, including two unattached runners, are headed to Grand Rapids this weekend for an 8k. This will be the first scoring meet for the Wolverines this years. The runners for Michigan: Bobby Aprill, Brendon Blacklaws, Geoff Burns, Peter Christmas, Brandon Fellows, Derek Henning, Sean McNamara, Zach Ornelas, Dan Tyler, Craig Forys*, and Dallas Bowden*. Asterisks are unattached/non-scoring.
- 5pm ET Dennis Stark Relays @ Notre Dame
The men and women are both headed to Notre Dame this weekend for a dual meet. On the women's side, Notre Dame comes in as the 13 time defending BigEast champion. Michigan has it's share of returning players with 25, so we have plenty of veteran leaders this season. This opening match should be a good litmus test for the upcoming year.
On the men's side, Michigan is looking to continue its success from last year when it went 8-1 and 7-0 in the BigTen, placing 4th at the NCAA championships. The three captains for this year are seniors Chris Brady, Andre Schultz, and Shaun Weinberg.
"Sandler for 3", drop some info if you have time.
Record (Ranks): No Record (#3 USHCO/#4 USA Hockey)
- Friday 5:07pm AT(Alaska Time?) @Alaska (in Anchorage)
- Saturday 7:07 ATK (is there a difference?) @Alaska-Anchorage (in Anchorage)
I'm leaving hockey to the professionals. YostBuilt has his 10 Things to Know About the Alaska Schools. Him on Alaska:
Alaska was picked 6th and 7th in the two preseason polls. Coach Dallas Ferguson, in his second year, is 1-2-0 against Michigan. Despite a very solid record last season, the Nanooks were shut out on eleven occasions. They shut their opponents out eight times. Michigan leads the all-time series 37-7-0.
Sounds promising. MGoBlue has a CiL here. Both teams receive one vote in the USCHO poll, FWIW.
- Friday 7pm CT @Iowa
- Saturday 7pm CT @Wisconsin
Michigan takes on Iowa first, in what should be a fairly easy match, all things considered. Iowa is only 1-3 in the BigTen, with the lone win coming at Wisconsin. They were swept by Ohio State and Minnesota. The one high point for the Hawkeyes might not even be the win at Wisconsin, it might be that they handed Penn State their first set loss in over two years of regular season play. Iowa still lost that match 3-1.
Wisconsin should be a bit tougher of a test, if not just mentally for the Wolverines. Michigan has lost 16 straight matches at Wisconsin, including a 5 set come from behind victory for the Badgers last season. The Badgers aren't so tough looking this season, with a 6-7 record (1-3 in Big10).
Both of these games are very winnable, and Michigan needs to close out both opponents for Ws.
There will be Michigan audio available on Friday and a CiL on Saturday, for those looking for coverage. Radio will feature former player Erin Moore as the color analyst. I believe it's her Michigan radio debut.
- Saturday 12pm @Harvard
- Sunday 1pm vs New Hampshire (@Harvard)
Meredith Wey continues to carry Michigan this season, earning BigTen offensive player of the week this last weekend with 3 goals. Michigan should be able to beat both these opponents, who are both coming in around .500 on the season. Do I smell a potential 5-game winning streak?
Men's Record (Ranks): 8-2-1 Overall, 1-1-0 BigTen (#34 in other receiving votes, #9 RPI)
- Saturday 3:30pm vs #14 Indiana (BTN tape delay at 7:30pm Saturday)
Women's Record (Ranks): 5-6-1, 0-1-1 Big Ten (#101 RPI)
- Sunday 1pm @ Michigan State
The men are the featured game this weekend on the BigTenNetwork as they take on Indiana, in what is starting to become a rather competitive series in the short term. While IU holds a 11-1-1 record against Michigan, the last three years has seen Michigan go 1-1-1 against the Hoosiers. Indiana comes in 5-3-1 and 1-0-0 in the BigTen, but they are on a 2 game slide with losses to UC Santa Barbara and Butler (double overtime). This will be the highest ranked team Michigan will have faced so far this season, and a great chance to move up in the polls.
The women are in for a tough battle as well as they take on a Michigan State team that just dropped out of the coaches' poll this week. The Spartans are 7-1-3, but are 6-0-0 in East Lansing. Michigan has hung tough with the Spartans every year of late. No team has scored more than one goal as the series has gone 1-0-3 in the Spartans favor. In the series, since 1999, the home team has never lost. MSU holds a 3-0-2 record in that time.
On that note, Megan Bowery is the only Wolverine to score in this series since 2004, netting one in each of the last two seasons.
Ranks: #16 (Golf Week) #29 (Golf World)
- Brickyard Collegiate @Macon, GA, Saturday-Monday
The men's tournament at the Brickyard at Riverdale is a 15 team par 72 at 7,128 yards, each day being 18 holes. Michigan's team of 5 (lowest four scores count) are Matt Thompson, Lion Kim, Jack Schultz, Rahul Bakshi, and Alex Frankel. Freshman Miguel Echavarria will also make the trip as "the individual."
Both men's and women's are in action this weekend, but I'm not finding much out there to report to you guys.
At the Dennis Stark relays, the women's swim team dominated to the tune of 9 wins in 10 races. Michigan won the 200-yard Freestyle, 400-yard Medley Relay, 800-yard Freestyle, 400-yard Butterfly, 400-yard Backstroke, 400-yard Breaststroke, and 1000-yard Freestyle. The single non-1st place finish was 2nd in the 400-yard Freestyle by only .94 seconds. Michigan won the 5 team match handily, and will face off against Notre Dame again tomorrow.
The men's swim team, also at Notre Dame, out did the women, registering the top time in all 10 events. The men are off until October 23 when they take on U of Ontario at Canham.
On the cross country paths, the men were back at full strength this week, and boy did it show. Michigan finished first out of 25 teams with 4 top ten (three of top 4) finishers this week in Grand Rapids. Peter Christmas was the top overall finisher with a 25:07.8 time. Sean McNamara (3, 25:13.4), Brendon Blacklaws (4, 25:16.0), Bobby Aprill (9, 25:39.7) all finish in the top ten.
Volleyball was pushed to the limit tonight in Iowa City as the Hawkeyes took games 1 and 3. Michigan played particularly sloppy in those games, giving away point after point. So after going down 2 sets to 1, Michigan came alive. Veronica Rood took over the game, and Michigan took set 4 by a score of 25-13. That momentum carried over to the 5th and decisive set, seeing Michigan win 15-11.
Going to 5 with Iowa isn't where this team should be this season, but it's encouraging to see the girls fight to stay in the game is more than encouraging. Rood taking over a game is also a good sign as Michigan tries to balance their attack.
Radio color analyst and former M volleyball player Erin Moore talked a bit about Rood working in a middle slide into her attack over the last week, and it came out quite a bit tonight. The idea is that instead of taking a quick set or a normal set, she takes a quick step right to get around blocks. It really seemed to catch the Hawkeyes by surprise.
Hockey is still going, but they are down 0-2 with 16 minutes to go. They outshot Alaska 12-3 in the first period, but it's evened closer to 20-11. I'll update the final later. That update is a 0-2 loss for Michigan.
Note: This may be a bit short to start. I've got an chat with BigTenNetwork President Mark Silverman in a little over an hour and I'm trying to get prepared for that. Also, if you haven't given a listen to the podcast with Coach Rosen, do it.
- Friday 1pm vs. Marquette
- Friday 7:30pm vs. Dayton
- Saturday 3:30pm vs Oregon State (@ Crisler)
As previously stated, this is a big weekend for #6 Michigan. Michigan is hosting the Michigan/Adidas Invitational featuring games against undefeated Dayton, 9-2 Marquette, and Oregon State (at Crisler Arena). This will be the last big gut check before we head into BigTen play. All three of these games will be tough.
- Friday 1pm Women's Spartan Invitational @ MSU
The women will be sending 11 to Michigan State's Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing for a 6 km race. Jenny Morgan and Danielle Tauro are your projected Michigan leaders. From Coach McGuire:
This race is kind of a building block. Michigan State is in the same boat as us -- they're young, but they have a good quality of depth. So, it will be a good benchmark for where we stand against them and likewise where they are compared to us.
With all of the stuff that's been happening, I sadly couldn't keep up with individual team previews. The men's tennis team is in Napa Valley, St. Helena, CA to be more specific, this weekend. They will be competing in a non-scoring match against Cal-Berkeley, Harvard, and Ole Miss. One of these schools is not like the others.
If you're that interested, the tournament is available at http://www.radiotennis.com/.
The rowing team kicks off their season tomorrow against Michigan State in Belleville, MI. I know nothing more than this.
- Saturday 2pm vs #7 Syracuse @ Louisville, KY
- Sunday 1pm @ #16 Louisville
Michigan is 2-4 this season, but their strength of schedule has to be in the top 3 in the nation. Michigan has played a #1, #2, #4, and #5, accounting for all 4 losses on the season. Michigan will look to gain it's first win over a ranked opponent in Louisville this weekend.
Syracuse will be tough. The Orange has already defeated two top 10 opponents, Old Dominion and Michigan State. They are 5-1 and have a wide array of potential goal scorers.
Louisville is definitely a better chance for the W as Louisville hasn't been tested this season. While they are ranked in the top 20, they are only 9 positions ahead of Michigan. I think this game could be very winnable for Michigan. I'm looking to see Bryn Bain continue her 4 game goal streak with a big outburst here.
- Saturday 2pm @Western Michigan
The men have one game this weekend against the Broncos. Western is winless on the season, so Michigan should be able to handle them easily.
- Sunday 2pm vs Miami (FL)
The women have their last tune up before the BigTen conference slate starts against that Miami. The Hurricanes do have a win over a ranked opponent in then #22 Washington, but that hasn't gotten Miami on the rankings others receiving votes. A couple of really bad losses have kept them out of contention. This should be a really good game between a pair of evenly matched teams.
I'll be updating things throughout the weekend, so check back occasionally.
Update I (Friday 9:30pm):
At the women's cross country meet, Michigan's Danielle Tauro placed second with a time of 21 minutes 19 seconds. Kaitlyn Peale (21:47) and Kaitlyn Patterson (21:56) also finished in the top 10 at 7th and 9th respectively. This was a non-scoring match, so there were no team scores.
On the volleyball court, Michigan won a pair of matches, one on cruise control and one in the most exciting 3 set match ever. In the early game, Michigan faced Marquette and just rolled past the Tigers by scores 25-16, 25-19, and 25-. The team was lead by Alex Hunt's record breaking 9(!) service aces on the match. The 9 broke the previous record set in 2004 by Katie Bruzdzindski and matched by Juliana Paz 6 days ago. (Hunt pictured to right by Mogblue.com)
Also notable in this match was Veronica Rood with a team leading 9 kills. Coach Rosen appears to be making the point to get Vern more looks this weekend. Halfway through the 2nd set, Rosen called a time out to reinforce the Rood option with setter Lexi Zimmerman. Rood went on to score 2 of the next three points easily.
Also notable was the defense. Marquette hit only .027. That's bad. The Tigers had only 21 kills on 73 attempts (only 19 errors). Bower and Hunt had a great set of games with 8 digs a piece. Both also had a solo block, Bower adding three block assists.
In the night cap, Michigan faced their closest game since the AVCA challenge. The undefeated Dayton Flyers brought their A-game and kept the pressure on Michigan the entire match. The first set, Michigan jumped out to an 11-5 lead, only to see it evaporate into a 18-19 deficit. Down 22-24 and facing set point, Michigan rallied with a couple kills from Juliana Paz and an Alex Hunt service ace. Michigan would secure the 28-26 first set lead with a Paz ace.
In set two, Michigan would fall behind early. They were down as many as 5 at 5-10. But the team fought back, eventually tying the game at 19. They would have to rally again to tie the game at 23. The next point would be Michigan's first lead of the set. Michigan would capitalize on a Rood kill and a combined Rood/Zimmerman block to take set two 26-24.
The final set was just as intense. It featured 11 ties, 5 lead changes, and more extra points. In the closing points, Michigan held a 23-21 lead. Then things got fun. With Dayton attacking, a ball hit the top of the net and looked to be falling back for a Michigan point. All of a sudden, the net snaps and the ball falls to Michigan's side. Megan Bower made her case, earning a yellow card, that it was caused by a net violation by Dayton. Both coaches were getting on the refs, and both ended the game with yellow cards. Michigan would lose the lead, going down 24-23.
Down 25-26, Lexi (pictured right by MGoBlue.com) made an attack on two (instead of setting) to give Michigan a tie. Juliana Paz gave the Wolverines the go ahead kill, and Lexi Zimmerman made the attack on two again for the win.
Paz was your kill leader with 18 in the late game at a .448 hitting percentage, but Rood also hit .583. Michigan tied their season high with 9 blocks (the other came in a 4 set game). Most importantly, Michigan showed in this game that they have the mental toughness to stay in when down against a good team.
One of the biggest influences today was the Zone. The Zone got into both opponents' heads this game, as shown by the Marquette coach spiking a ball at them in frustration. That's big. Even if the marketing department and Blue Ice are helping out, it's you fans that show up that make a huge impact.
Make sure you make it to Crisler following the football game. Let's fill the place up. Beat the Beavers.
Updated II (Sunday 11am):
Women's rowing doesn't make that much sense to me. I haven't learned the lingo yet. So here's how it went by my understanding. Michigan scrimmaged Michigan State and Eastern Michigan. Michigan fielded two boats in the 8-woman competition and two boats in the 4-woman competition. Michigan State swept the 5 races in the 8's, while Michigan had teams place 2&4, 2&4, 2&4, 2&3, and 2&4 (those are places out of 6, UM had 2 boats per race).
Michigan fared better in the 4-woman teams, finishing 1&2, 1&2, 1&3, 1&3, and 1&3 (out of 3). If that made any sense to you, more power to you. Perhaps by the time their real season comes about, I'll be able to tell you more about it.
Men's soccer posted a 5-1 win over Western Michigan last night to 6-1-0 on the season. Michigan got a goal from Adam Keller, Cam Cameron, Alex Wood, Justin Meram, and Alex Klein. Meram, Wood, Cameron, Hamoody Saad (2), Chase Tennant, Jeff Quijano, and Daniel Gray all registered an assist.
Also worth noting, Michigan has outscored opponents 16-6 in the second half this season. This game saw Michigan outscore Western 3-1 in the second.
Coach Burns "Man of the Match" was Adam Keller. From MGoBlue.com:
Adam Keller played a really strong game. He started out a center back and kind of felt his way into the game where he could contribute offensively. Then we pushed him forward into a more defensive role. I thought he did a great job of winning balls and winning that part of the space and getting forward in the attack.
In field hockey, the field hockey team made a valiant effort against #7 Syracuse. Falling behind 1-0 at the 15 minute mark, Michigan put on the pressure in the offensive end and tied the score 10 minutes later on Vanessa Sekhon's first goal of the season. This 1-1 tie would last through regulation, until in the 84th minute, Syracuse netted the game-winner for their 5th overtime win of the year.
This game was an oddly quiet one for both Meredith Way and Bryn Bain. Way didn't even register a shot and Bain had only 2 shots, neither on goal. Alicia Mayer was the shot leader with 4, 3 on goal. Mayer also had the assist on Skehon's goal.
Also worth noting that Paige Pickett went the full game in the net, allowing just the two goals. That's a good showing for any net keeper. I think it's also a testament to the defense for allowing only 6 shots on goal. As a comparison, Michigan took 13 shots. Great play by the defense.
Volleyball…sigh. They'll get their own post in a few minutes. I'll update this with that link after I get it out. Mini-update: Volleyball Swept By Oregon State.
Update III (Sunday 5pm):
The women's soccer team posted a 1-0 shut out of Miami (FL) in a game that saw the Wolverines outshot by a margin of 21-6. Holly Hein put in the lone goal by heading in a Jackie Carron free kick in the 44th minute. The header kicked off the top cross bar of the net and into the goal. Haley Kopemeyer was in goal for the full 90 minutes, posting 6 saves. This is a solid win for Michigan heading into BigTen play.
Field hockey went to overtime again against Louisville in the second game of the weekend, and yet again, they came out on the losing side – 2-3 this time in 77 minutes. Michigan gave up a quick goal in the third minute, but netted goals by Alex Zeringue and Meredith Way to take a 2-1 lead. Both goals came off penalty corners, including Zeringue's which was a rebound from the initial shot.
In overtime, Louisville set up a pass from the center of the circle to their player posted right on the goalie. The Cardinals spun the ball around and flipped it into the net.
Despite losing both games this weekend, Michigan took a pair of ranked opponents to sudden death overtime. This is encouraging as the team appears to be playing better as they move along.
Men's tennis is still yet to report back from the final day of the Napa Valley invitational. Freshman Evan King was due to play in the championship of the singles tournament at 2:15pm ET today.