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Posted on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 : 10:40 a.m.

U-M, EMU volleyball teams open season with lengthy win streaks and more notes

By Matt Durr

The Michigan and Eastern Michigan volleyball teams are off to sizzling starts during the first couple weeks of the young season.

Michigan is 6-0 after winning three times at the La Quinta Inn and Suites Invitational in Orem, Utah, where they had 35 service aces over the three games, including 19 in one match.

"I was very pleased with our play this weekend. I thought this tournament was a big competitive step for us,” said Michigan coach Mark Rosen.

The Wolverines are now the No. 20-ranked team in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, after starting the season at No. 24.

Eastern Michigan won the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational title last weekend and junior Rachel Iaquaniello was named the tournament’s most valuable player. On Tuesday, the Eagles (7-1) kept the momentum going by beating Youngstown State for their seventh straight win.

Neither team has spent much time on its home court. Eastern Michigan has played only one home game and Michigan has yet to compete at home.

Both teams will be on the road once again this weekend. Eastern Michigan travels to Salt Lake City for the Utah Invitational while Michigan heads to Dayton, Ohio, for the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic. The Wolverines will face No. 24 Florida State on Friday and both Pepperdine and No. 23 Dayton on Saturday.

U-M’s Guttman named Big Ten Freshmen of the Week

After scoring two goals last week for the Michigan field hockey team, former Pioneer High School player Emy Guttman was named the Big Ten Freshmen of the Week. The freshman scored her first career goal in a 3-2 overtime win against Temple and again in a 2-1 loss to top-ranked Maryland.

This weekend, the Michigan field hockey team hosts Central Michigan (2 p.m. Friday) and Bucknell (1 p.m. Sunday).

EMU cross country off to good starts

The Eastern Michigan men’s and women’s cross country teams had strong starts to their season. The men won the Toledo Rocket Open with junior Terefe Ejigu claiming the individual title (15:19:70) and three of his teammates finished in the top-10.

The women’s team finished second at the same event. Junior Morgan Churchwell’s time of 18:02:40 led the field by more than 17 seconds.

Lack of offense hurting Michigan men’s soccer

The Michigan men's soccer team, which reached the College Cup for the first time in program history last season, is struggling to find offense so far this year.

Through four games, Michigan (0-4) has scored two goals while surrendering seven. The Wolverines host Marshall (5 p.m. Friday) and Georgetown (2 p.m. Sunday) this weekend.

Michigan women's soccer splits pair in California

The Michigan women’s soccer team finished its California road trip 1-1 thanks to a penalty kick winner by Clare Stachel. The junior scored in the 69th minute to give the Wolverines a 1-0 win over UC-Riverside. Sunday was a different story as U-M’s four-game win streak was broken by No. 24 Pepperdine, 3-0. Michigan trailed by only one goal until the 76th minute, when Pepperdine scored twice in just over a minute.

The team will be at home this weekend for matches against Western Michigan (7:30 p.m. Friday) and Central Michigan (6 p.m. Sunday).

Upcoming home schedule:


U-M field hockey - 2 p.m. vs. Central Michigan at Ocker Field

U-M men’s soccer - 5 p.m. vs. Marshall at U-M Soccer Stadium

U-M women’s soccer - 7:30 p.m. vs. Western Michigan at U-M Soccer Stadium


EMU football - 1 p.m. vs. Alabama State at Rynearson Stadium

U-M football - 8 p.m. vs. Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium


U-M field hockey - 1 p.m. vs. Bucknell at Ocker Field

U-M men’s soccer - 2 p.m. vs. Georgetown at U-M Soccer Stadium

U-M women’s soccer - 6 p.m. vs. Central Michigan at U-M Soccer Stadium