Just curious -- is there a way to measure just how many people actually "take the jump?" I assume there is, what with the internet now being on computers and all.
Labor Day Weekend Olympic Sports Recap
Editor's note: we're still trying to figure out how much real estate to give non-revenue sports during football season. We're leaning towards front-paging the stuff with a quick jump, as you see below.
Michigan had a pretty successful weekend in places other than football. Team sports went 6-1, with a potential win coming up with the men's soccer team still in progress. For a full recap of the weekend, take the jump.
Friday, the women's cross country faced off with Eastern Michigan in a non-scoring meet. Michigan placed 8 in the top ten finishers including Danielle Tauro finishing the 5k in 18 minutes and one half second. Coach Mike McGuire:
Danielle [Tauro] ran pretty controlled, and she's going to be our leader this year. We had one fall off the group a little bit, but for the first week I thought it was pretty solid. We've established the benchmark, and we've just got to get better from here.
He would also mention that 4 of the top 8 were freshmen, who are going to need to show up big for Michigan this year.
The men's team wrapped up their 6k Michigan Open Friday as well. It appears all of the competitors were UM athletes, but some ran as "unattached," including the race winner Lex Williams (18 minutes, 55.3 seconds). Coach Ron Warhurst:
We had a great camp. The kids ran 90 miles a week, so they're tired. But we had to put a uniform on them today. It's really just to get them started. I was really impressed with their going out in 5:24 first mile and then running 5:00, especially up the long hill. [...] Lex [Williams] pushed it. The good thing is they went with it. I was pleased with the freshmen. They ran together. It was a great start, and I'm happy with what I saw.
Men's soccer won 2-1 over Drake. Michigan was outshot 15-7 but came out ahead in the stat that matters - goals. Justin Meram and Chase Tennnant (winner in the 87th minute) both scored for Michigan. Coach Steve Burns on the players of the game:
Both Kofi Opare and Latif Alashe played like warriors in controlling the central midfield. They really showed their range and displayed a maturity beyond their years. The Chase Tennant of old is back and he scored a great game-winning goal that will surely be one our Top 10 goals of the season. Our Man of the Match was Mauro Fuzetti, who was splendid up front.
Sunday, the men defeated Valparasio at Valpo by a score of 2-1. Down a goal in the 70th minute, Mauro Fuzetti knocked a 12 yarder into the left corner of the net. The game winner came from Justin Merman in the 72 minute with a shot to the upper left from 15 yards.
The women's team defeated Eastern Michigan today by a score of 4-1. Megan Bowery, back at center, opened the game with a goal. Freshman Holly Hein had the game winning goal, with Jackie Carron and Alex Jendrusch also adding a goal a piece. Carron also registered 2 assists. Kristen Keane had 4 saves in the complete game. Michigan's 16 shots is a new season high. Jendrusch said this about the confidence the team has gained over the last week:
It was really good to have a winning weekend. It boosted our confidence. We played our game a lot more than we have the past couple of games. We are mostly a possession team. We did not play down and put four goals in.
Field Hockey beats temple 5-1. A second half explosion saw the Wolverines take 14 shots, netting all 5 goals in that period. Three of the goals came off penalty corner plays. This was the team's first win of the season.
In their second game of the weekend, Michigan held tough with #1 Maryland, but fell 1-4. Bryn Bain had the lone goal for Michigan coming off the bench, but the real story of the game was the 5 minute stretch from the 48th to 53rd minute when our defense fell apart. All 4 Maryland goals came in this stretch. While there's no shame in holding tough with the #1 team in the nation, Coach Pankrantz is probably giving a speech about playing the full 70 minutes in practice at least once this week.
Friday night's volleyball win over Tennessee came by a 3-1 score. The win was a team effort, but the team was lead by Juliana Paz and her XX kills. Zimmerman lead the team in digs with 17, but also got in her 42 assists and 17 digs for a triple-double.
While the game wasn't shown by video or radio, a CiL was hosted on MGoBlue by former Wolverine player Erin Moore. She had a great story earlier about beating Tennessee during her undergrad, which might have been the highlight of the coverage.
One of my all time favorite Michigan moments took place at Tennessee one preseason. We were down 0-2 and getting the third set handed to us when Nicole Poquette ran a two and landed directly on the crease in the floor. It [was] one of those jig saw like wooden floors that pieces together. The floor breaks. We can't play on it. Tenn. has to retape a court on the other side of the floor and we end up winning the match 3-2.
As for Saturday, the team started slow falling behind 1-5 to open the first set, but were able to tie it back up. Unfortunately, they lost the lead again, and lost their first "first set" of the season by a score of 24-26. The second set also started with a run from Xavier, but this time just 0-3. Michigan would respond though, eventually taking a 5 point lead in the set, ultimately winning 25-23. The third, anchored by a 9-0 run, and fourth sets were much more dominate for Michigan, winning 25-21 and 25-13 respectively.
- Juliana Paz had 19 kills and a .302 hitting percentage
- Alex Hunt had 12 kills and a team high 3 service aces
Sunday was the de facto championship of the Xavier tournament against Notre Dame. Michigan hit .390(!) as a team, it's highest on the season by quite a bit. Paz had 20 kills and Alex Hunt posted 14 of her own with a .458 hitting percentage, which is pretty ridiculous.
This match was hardly in question, but the second set was intense. Down 5 points early, Michigan called a time out, regrouped, and eventually retook the lead. Michigan would eventually win the set 31-29. The final score was a sweep by scores 25-19, 31-29, and 25-20.
For more on the Notre Dame game, El Jeffe has an excellent diary post that you should read immediately after this.
Lexi Zimmerman was named BigTen Offensive Player of the Week. She "averaged 12 assists per set, while also contributing 2.1 kills and 3.4 digs on a .417 hitting percentage." This is her first POTW honor in her career, which is actually amazing to me.
Only one match in any of the Olympic sports happens this midweek as the volleyball team takes on Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti on Wednesday at 7pm.
I'm sure there's a way, but I don't have it. I can see it has 101 reads thus far.
(107 by the time I was able to type/post the above response)
Those are people hitting the page itself so that's people taking the jump. Right now it's close to 1k.
those hits are actually just the various UM varsity teams on their 5 minute break from Barwis desperately looking for news from the outside world before their next "voluntary shift"
Thanks for taking the time to write this up. I really appreciate it.
The jump is fine, or having that all open is fine too. I understand it's football season, but a lot of us enjoy the updates of the others too. If you don't mind, notes here and there about upcoming events would be cool too. Like when the volleyball or soccer teams will be on the B10 network or ESPN. Just a suggestion. Thanks.
I've been posting weekend primers on Fridays for the weekend, and the hope is to make the mention of midweek games on the bottom of posts like this. The weekend primers are also getting updates throughout the weekend, and I've tried to bump them in the recent posts page when those updates occur. Unfortunately, diaries get buried rather quickly, so until Brian has a chance in the off season to tweak mgoblog's set up, I'm trying to do it this way.
the jump doesn't seem to be working on my version of firefox.
Jump works fine on Firefox (Mac) for me ...
Looking forward to this feature this season and the jump works pretty well. It's early in the season but perhaps you could had some additional info (overall/conference records and national rankings) to the end of each sport.
Also what's the difference between in a non-scoring and scoring meet in XC and track? I always wondered.
In non-scoring meets they do not worry what place everyone is coming in. So, everyone is still timed but you don't know which place you came in. Normally you'd get your card and turn it in so they can add up your team points. In cross country you just add up the top 5 finishers from each team to see how many points they have, so lowest score wins. The lowest you can get is 15 (1,2,3,4,5 places). In a non-scoring meet they don't keep track of what place everyone comes in, so even though you have a good idea which teams did well you don't know exactly what each team's score was.
I'll try to work in more of the rankings. When we started this side project, we wanted to try to stick more to the weekends, and most polls come out on Monday/Tuesday. As we work forward, I'm trying to be all encompassing.
Maybe just a nice header of the teams record (including ranking if you have them). Eg:
#19 Volleyball - 12-0 (3-0)
Friday vs. Xavier
Sunday vs. Notre Dame
i say run it - i didn't know it was there in full until i clicked to see what the 11 comments were. i think people would be surprised what they would be interested in.
I think I'd probably rather it to be done just like today, on the front page but with a quick jump. I'm definitely interested in many non-revenue sports, and I like how comprehensive the coverage is (considering they aren't this blog's raison), but I'd prefer not having to scroll through them again when I'm looking for other stuff, which is most of the time. Either way, keep up the good work!
The bit about Snyder and Rosenberg repelling debate over the practicegate allegations and saying that they now want to "concentrate on covering the UM players" was very interesting. They're going to need to go well over 20 hours themselves rehearshing their defensive responses.
Not sure if this was TomW09's idea as well, but I would recommend putting the rankings, results, and records of the teams covered pre-jump.
That way it will give people that aren't going to click an idea of what's going on, while maintain space on the front page. It will also help people who only want to follow certain teams if it's worth their time to follow after the jump.
It could also make fans out of previously disinterested people who notice that a team is on a tear and start to follow them.