Tuesday October 4. 1977
The Daily Tar Heel 5
Heels get back to basics,
earn six straight triumphs
By LEE PACE
Assistant Sports Editor
Forget all the fancy strategy,
elaborate game plans and complicated
diagrams on some dusty chalk board.
All the planning in the world won't
overcome faulty fundamentals.
Carolina's women volleyball team
knows all too well what happens when
athletes are disrespectful of the basic
skills. The Tar Heels made some sloppy
mistakes in their season opener at N.C.
State two weeks ago and paid for them
with a 3-1 defeat.
That loss is currently the only thing
standing between Carolina and an
undefeated record, now that the Heels
have gotten back to basics during a six
game win streak.
"The thing most disappointing about
the State loss is that it's not as if State
has a better team than we do," Tar Heel
senior Donna Gutterman said. "We
know we're as good as they are. We just
made too many fundamental errors in
the match. We know we can correct the
things we did wrong. We saw where we
were weak and what we needed to work
Gutterman and freshman Sue Strahl
are Carolina's first women volleyball
scholarship players. They both pointed
to defensive timidness as another reason
for the loss in Raleigh.
"We were slow on defense," she said.
"Our reaction time was slow. We just
weren't getting to the ball fast enough.
But we've really picked up since then.
We're getting to balls much better now
than we were. We've made a 100 percent
The Heels since then have ripped six
consecutive opponents and are going
after numbers seven and eight tonight
when High Point and Virginia
Commonwealth visit Carmichael
Auditorium. Action begins at 7 p.m. .v'
. "I haven't seen either team play,"
UNC coach Beth Miller said, "but
Virginia Commonwealth beat State
Friday, and State has a good team. VCU
was the Virginia state champ last year,
so we expect a strong game from them.
"To my knowledge High Point is
undelcalcd. I hey went to the nationals
last year and hae a lot of the same
players back. Both teams we'll be
playing are strong."
Miller said her team will tunc to
continue impioung its delcnsue
toughness il it hopes lor a sweep.
"We'll try and play our same game
with a strong olfensieattack."shesaid.
"But we need to be a little more
aggressive on defense. They have strong
hitters and strong offenses, so we'll need
I xpected to join Gutterman on the
starting team are Jackie Kitnbro. one of
the team's most consistent players;
Strahl, an excellent setter and quick
defender; lefthander Carols n Hawkins,
a powerful spiker; Jane Foley, a high
spirited team leader: and Mary Alice
Abdalla. a setter with a lot ol power.
Ruth Heruska. a strong defensive
player, is first off the bench.
- v i i lit . ; x ; " i
Carolina's tailback situation, like the race for first in the ACC. remains uncertain
through four games. Maryland's loss to State Saturday throws a different outlook on
the battle for first, while several players, including Phil Farris (45), are still listed as
UNC's top tailbacks. Carolina enters the ACC race this week when it hosts Wake
Forest at 1:30 p.m. in Kenan Stadium. Staff photo by Joseph Thomas.
Claiborne faces trouble diagramming title
Maryland football coach Jerry Claiborne sat at an
elegant dinner table at the Terrapin faculty club early
this fall diagramming plays on the linen table cloth.
After all. his team had finished ll-O during the
regular season last year and had a 20-game winning
streak in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Somebody
suggested that with a record like that, he should be
allowed to diagram plays on the walls.
But Claiborne's Terps have fallen on hard times.
They have dropped three straight games, the first time
that has happened under Claiborne, after an opening
win over Clemson. That includes a loss last w eekend to
N.C. State 24-20. ending the ACC win streak at 21.
Claiborne might have to find some paper to diagram
Last season, the powerful Terps were expected to
win the conference title. But now, with their loss to
State, almost every team but low ly Virginia has a shot
at the crow n. The jumble at the top is partly caused by
talent more evenly spread through the conference and
the fact that no team can stay on top forever.
The Wolfpack, with only a loss in its opener to East
Carolina preventing an unblemished record after five
games, is relying on the talents of a bevy or running
backs in Ted Brown, Billy Ray Vickers and Rickey
Adams and quarterback Johnny Evans to thrill the
gene up church
sellout crowds in Carter Stadium.
State's defense, which has given up only d2 points in
five games, has a nickname the "red-shoe defense."
I he defense went 1 0 straight quarters w ithout allow ing
a score before Wake got on the board two weeks ago.
Strong safety Ralph Stringer started the nickname by
wearing red shoes to practice one day and everyone in
the Pack secondary started wearing them, then
everyone on defense.
State has played at home four of its live games so far
this season (it opened a week before the other
conference teams) and has three more games in the
friendly surroundings of Carter Stadium. Four of its
six conference games are in Raleigh this season,
including the Carolina game Oct. 15.
And. as if the rivalry between State and Carolina
were not enough pressure for the clash, the game this
year could be for the conference championship. Of
course, this is overlooking the fact that Carolina must
Auburn. If State loses to Carolina, it has only two
conference games, one against tough Clemson. to try
to win the conference title. Carolina, on the other
hand, will have four conference games remaining.
Carolina installed some nets behind the goal posts in
Kenan Stadium this season. The point was to prevent
balls from going into the stands at one end. being lost
(and stolen) forever, and from hitting the field house
addition at the other end.
But somebody miscalculated. Only one ball hit the
S400 nets in six attempts during the Richmond game
two weeks ago. I he nets were raised from 40 to 50 feet
lor the Texas I echgame. but the hall continued tosoar
So. they will he raised again for the Wake Forest
game this week and probably w ill be raised again and
again until the balls hit them consistently.
Concerning the additional weight when the nets are
raised. John Swollord. assistant athletic director, said
"We don't know how much the poles will take."
Workers for Carolina made the poles while the nets
were made to specifications.
The nets remain on the ground until a field goal or
extra point is attempted, then managers crank the nets
up the poles to snag the balls.
( (inference Schedule Tim Week:
Virginia at Clemson.
Duke at South Carolina.
Syracuse at Maryland.
Wake Forest at Carolina.
N.C. State at Auburn.
UNC field hockey visits
improved East Carolina
By ISABEL WORTHY
The Carolina field hockey team, now 4-1-I,
travels to Greenville today to take on
revenge-minded East Carolina at 3 p.m.
The Tar Heels handily defeated ECU last
year, but UNC coach Dolly Hunter knows
she has to be wary of the improved Pirates.
"We beat them 8-0 last year and I'm sure
they'll want revenge," she said. "They'll
probably want to beat us more than any
other team they play all year."
Besides being more mentally psyched for
the game, the Pirates most likely will be
better physically prepared than they were
"They're better conditioned and more
serious about their game," Hunter said. She
noted ECU would participate in post-season
play as a team this year rather than on an
individual basis, indicating the team has
But while Hunter approaches the Bucs
with caution, she is also confident in the Tar
Heels' ability to beat them. Coming off a big
weekend with two wins and a tie will give the
Heels a boost rather than making them
overconfident, she said.
An officials' volleyball clinic will be held
Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in 304 of
Track . sign-ups end Wednesday and
volleyball and innertube water polo entries
are due by Friday, Oct. 7.
"I think we'll be more psyched because of
the weekend's good showing." Hunter said.
"It built our confidence up - but not to the
point that we're cocky. We know what we're
capable of doing now and we want to prove it
in every game."
Hunter plans to stick with the same line
up that has produced 10 goals to the
opponents' one on the last four games, while
netting three wins and one tie.
The offensive minded Tar Heels will be led
by front-liners Bashi Buba (nine goals this
season). Vicki Greenwood (four goals) and
Laurie Woodward (three goals), while
sophomore goalie Mary Holer and sweeper
Ann Philbrick hope to continue the
defensive success that has allowed only two
goals against the Heels in all six games this
. John McGough
Remaining grid clashes sold out
Carolina's remaining three home football games are now sellouts.
Those games are against Wake Forest this weekend, against South Carolina Oct.
22 and against Clemson Nov. 5.
Carolina thus came within 900 people of selling out allot its home games. I he far
Heels had a 48.000 sellout last Saturday against Texas l ech and drew 47.100 for
their home opener with Richmond.
TT ! 1
Clemson collects first
Men's golf fourth at Furman
The two-time defending champion
UNC men's golf team finished a
disappointing fourth in the Furman
Four Ball Championship this past
weekend in Greenville, S.C.
Clemson won the tournament with a
263 total. South Carolina was second at
266; East Tennessee State followed at
274, Carolina was next at 275, Furman
and Davidson had 277 totals, and
Gardner-Webb had a 278 score. Scoring
was based on the best ball scores of two
John McGough and Frank Fuhrer
combined for the lowest team total for
the Heels. They had rounds of 68 and 67
for a tournament total of 135. Bill
Sibbick and Kevin King put together
rounds of 68 and 72 for a 140 score.
Freddie Palmer and Eric Lawhon
carded a 69 and a 73 for a 142 total.
The tourney at Furman was the first
action of the year for Sibbick, King,
McGough and Palmer. UNC golf coach
Devon Brouse was not pleased w ith the
Heels' performance, but pointed out
that it is early in the year.
"We did not do as well as expected."
Brouse said, "but it is fall and we are
learning a lot. We were a little
disappointed in our play but this was
not a major tournament that we have
been aiming towards. It was more of a
tune-up for the rest of the year."
Carolina will take part in one of the
biggest tournaments of the fall season
this week when the Heels travel to
Tennessee for the Memphis Fall Classic.
Brouse stated that the team is looking
forward to the match at Memphis.
"It is probably the best tournament of
the fall." Brouse said.
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