2013-14 Michigan Athletics Fall Preview
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Aug 22, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nine University of Michigan fall Olympic sports teams are gearing up for the start of the 2013 season, which will kick off on Friday, Aug. 23, when women's soccer hosts UW-Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m. at U-M Soccer Stadium.

Men's soccer (Aug. 30), volleyball (Aug. 30), men's and women's cross country (Aug. 30), field hockey (Aug. 31), men's golf (Sept. 16), women's golf (Sept. 20), women's tennis (Sept. 20) and men's tennis (Sept. 20) will also begin competition throughout the next four weeks.

Below is a breakdown of each fall Olympic sport, including key matchups and season-ticket information. Be sure to follow all our teams on MGoBlue.com, as well as Facebook and Twitter, for up-to-the-minute news and behind-the-scenes photos and videos throughout the season and beyond.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Venue: U-M Soccer Stadium (2,200)

Season Ticket prices (11 matches)
Reserved (chairback) seats: $60
General admission (adults): $40
General admission (youth/seniors): $25

Individual match prices
Reserved (chairback) seats: $8
General admission (adults): $7
General admission (youth/seniors): $5

Marquee home contests
San Diego State (Sept. 1)
Wisconsin (Sept. 27)
Ohio State (Nov. 2)

Twitter: @umichwsoccer
Facebook: Facebook.com/MichiganWSocc

The University of Michigan women's soccer team returns 10 players that started at least 10 matches last season after helping the Wolverines to a top-three finish in the Big Ten Conference and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance for only the third time in program history. Entering their 20th year as a varsity program, the Wolverines start the season ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA preseason poll and were picked to finish second in the Big Ten. Five All-Big Ten selections from a year ago return, including striker Nkem Ezurike, who enters her senior season needing 10 goals to become the program's all-time leader in the category. She is one of four captains, along with senior midfielder Meghan Toohey, fifth-year senior defender Holly Hein and senior defender Shelina Zadorsky. Sophomore Corinne Harris is also back after making the All-Freshmen Team last season. Michigan opens the season this Friday (Aug. 23) against U-W Milwaukee at the U-M Soccer Stadium, with the match beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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MEN'S SOCCER

Venue: U-M Soccer Stadium (2,200)

Season Ticket prices (10 matches)
Reserved (chairback) seats: $60
General admission (adults): $40
General admission (youth/seniors): $25

Individual match prices
Reserved (chairback) seats: $8
General admission (adults): $7
General admission (youth/seniors): $5|

Marquee home contests
South Florida (Sept. 13)
Creighton (Oct. 15)
Indiana (Oct. 26)
Akron (Oct. 30)

Twitter: @umichsoccer
Facebook: Facebook.com/MichiganSoccer

U-M returns a little more than 75 percent of its scoring output from a year ago, including its top four goal scorers. Last fall, Chaka Daley led the Wolverines to a six-win turnaround with an 11-10-1 overall record, a berth in the Big Ten championship game and an NCAA Tournament victory. The squad returns 2012 All-Big Ten first team midfielder Tyler Arnone, All-Big Ten second team goalkeeper Adam Grinwis, All-Big Ten Freshman honoree James Murphy and 2011-12 leading goal scorer Fabio Villas Boas Pereira. In the initial NSCAA Preseason poll, U-M enters just outside the top 25, receiving four votes. U-M welcomes the No. 8 recruiting class in the country according to College Soccer News, as well as the No. 10 recruiting class according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. The class is comprised of nine freshmen and Providence transfer Marcos Ugarte and is led by incoming freshman left back Rylee Woods (No. 26 player in 2013 class by College Soccer News), Brett Nason (No. 47), and Lars Eckenrode (No. 64). The Wolverines open up the 2013 season at home on Friday, Aug. 30, against the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at 4 p.m. at the U-M Soccer Stadium.

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VOLLEYBALL

Venue: Cliff Keen Arena (1,800)

Season Ticket prices (15 matches)
Reserved (chairback) seats: $90
General admission (adults): $60
General admission (youth/seniors): $50

Individual match prices
Reserved (chairback) seats: $8
General admission (adults): $7
General admission (youth/seniors): $5

Marquee home contests
Oregon (Sept. 7)
Nebraska (Oct. 11)
Penn State (Nov. 1)

Twitter: @umichvball
Facebook: Facebook.com/MichiganVolleyball

The University of Michigan volleyball team returns 13 letterwinners and five starters, plus the libero, from last year's team that went 27-12 and advanced to the NCAA national semifinals for the first time in program history. The Wolverines earned program highs in preseason rankings by both the AVCA (7th) and the Big Ten Preseason Coaches' poll (3rd). Seniors Jennifer Cross and Lexi Erwin return after earning All-America third team and honorable mention recognition, respectively, by the AVCA, and junior Lexi Dannemiller was named to the NCAA All-Berkeley Regional team. All three players also earned Preseason All-Big Ten honors on Aug. 16. The Maize and Blue opens its 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 30, against Clemson at the Xavier Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio. The first home match for U-M is on Friday, Sept. 6, against Oregon State, with a 7 p.m. start at Cliff Keen Arena.

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MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Admission: Free

Marquee home event
Michigan Open (Aug. 30)

Twitter: @umichtrack
Facebook: Facebook.com/MichiganMensTrack

The University of Michigan men's cross country team returns 14 harriers from its 2012 squad that finished second in the Big Ten and at the Great Lakes Regional Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. Head coach Alex Gibby is in his fourth year at the helm of the program, which will be led this season by seniors Mark Beams and Morsi Rayyan, both All-Big Ten second team honorees, as well as sophomore Tony Smoragiewicz, who was a member of the NCAA Championships squad as a freshman. The Wolverines will kick off their 2013 season when they host the Michigan Open at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter. Purdue will join Michigan in the non-scoring 5K race, making it the first time U-M will face an opponent at the Michigan Open since 2010 when Eastern Michigan also competed in the meet. Admission to Hudson Mills Metropark is $5.

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WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Admission: Free

Marquee home event
Michigan Open (Aug. 30)

Twitter: @umichtrack
Facebook: Facebook.com/MichiganWomensTrack

The University of Michigan women's cross country team returns 17 runners, including five from its 2012 Big Ten Championships squad. The Wolverines are also coming off their second straight Great Lakes Regional title and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships -- their highest finish since 2006. Michigan will be led by 22nd-year head coach Mike McGuire, who earned his ninth Big Ten Coach of the Year honor in 2012. On the course, 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Shannon Osika, All-Big Ten second team member Taylor Pogue and all-region honoree Brook Handler will spearhead U-M's efforts. The Wolverines will begin the 2013 season when they host the Michigan Open at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter. Purdue will join Michigan in the non-scoring 5K race, making it the first time U-M will face an opponent at the Michigan Open since 2009 and 2010 when Eastern Michigan also competed in the event. Admission to Hudson Mills Metropark is $5.

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FIELD HOCKEY

Venue: Phyllis Ocker Field (500)

Admission: Free

Marquee home contests
Louisville (Sept. 14)
Iowa (Oct. 5)
Penn State (Nov. 1)
Indiana (Nov. 3)

Twitter: @umichfldhockey
Facebook: Facebook.com/MichiganFieldHockey

The University of Michigan field hockey team returns 15 letterwinners, including eight starters, from last year's team that posted a 15-7 record, winning eight of its last 10 games to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season. After carrying a roster of 11 true freshmen and just one senior a year ago, the Wolverines will have a more balanced lineup in 2013 with four seniors, five juniors and a grad-student transfer to provide leadership. Senior Rachael Mack will seek both her fourth All-America honor and Michigan's career goals record in her final collegiate season, while fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones, senior/junior Leslie Smith and sophomore Lauren Thomas look to repeat as All-Big Ten honorees. Mack and Thomas were named to the conference's 2013 Players to Watch List, as was senior/junior Ainsley McCallister, a 2012 redshirt who helped Team USA place seventh at the Junior World Cup this summer. The Wolverines kick off their 2013 season with back-to-back road trips, squaring off against Massachusetts in their opener on Saturday, Aug. 31, in Orono, Maine. The first home match for U-M is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, against Louisville at Ocker Field.

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WOMEN'S TENNIS

Venue: Varsity Tennis Center

Individual match prices: Free|

Marquee home events
Wolverine Invitational (Sept. 20-22)
ITA Midwest Regional Championships (Oct. 10-15)

Twitter: @umichtennis
Facebook: Facebook.com/UofMTennis

The University of Michigan women's tennis team hosts two tournaments in the fall, the Wolverine Invitational (Sept. 20-22) and the ITA Midwest Regional Championships (Oct. 10-15) at the Varsity Tennis Center. U-M returns six letterwinners from a 2012-13 team that went 23-5 and won its fourth straight Big Ten championship. Highlighting the returners is the All-America doubles pair of senior Brooke Bolender and junior Emina Bektas, who finished last year ranked No. 4. The fall season will be key for Michigan as the Wolverines look for the right lineup heading into the dual-match season in January. Admission for all women's tennis events is free.

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MEN'S TENNIS

Venue: Varsity Tennis Center

Individual match prices: Free

Marquee home matches
Texas (Feb. 7)
Duke (Feb. 9)
Vanderbilt (Feb. 23)

Twitter: @umichtennis
Facebook: Facebook.com/MichiganTennis

The University of Michigan men's tennis team returns seven letterwinners from last year's team that finished with a 16-10 record, including a 9-2 mark in Big Ten play, and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship match for the first time in program history. The Wolverines -- fresh off their eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament under the guidance of head coach Bruce Berque -- kick off the fall individual season on Sept. 20 in Charlottesville, Va., with the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational -- the first of several tournaments in which members of the Wolverines will participate before the New Year. U-M opens its 2014 dual-match season on Saturday, Jan. 18, with a day-night doubleheader against Western Michigan (9 a.m.) and Toledo (7 p.m.). In total, the Wolverines will square off against 14 teams that qualified for the postseason last year, including seven teams that finished in the top 25 of the final ITA rankings.

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WOMEN'S GOLF

Venue: U-M Golf Course

Tournament pricing: Free

Twitter: @umichgolf
Facebook: www.facebook.com/michiganwomensgolf

With the beginning of the Jan Dowling era, the University of Michigan women's golf team returns a roster backed by four seniors -- Alyssa Shimel, Yugene Lee, Chelsea Pezzola and Alicia Weber -- as well as juniors Lauren Grogan and Devon Compton. Sophomores Catherine Peters and Ella Pendy join incoming freshman Grace Choi as underclassmen. U-M will compete in nine regular-season tournaments -- four fall and five spring events -- followed by the postseason beginning in French Lick, Ind., for the 2014 Big Ten Championships at the French Lick Resorts Pete Dye Course. Overall, five of U-M's nine slated events are return visits from a season ago.

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MEN'S GOLF

Venue: U-M Golf Course

Tournament pricing: Free

Marquee home event
Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 16-17)

Twitter: @umichgolf
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MichiganGolf

In Chris Whitten's third year at the helm of the University of Michigan men's golf team, he will carry a roster with no seniors and just one junior -- Noori Hyun, who has started 18 of 19 career events. Sophomores Chris O'Neill and Brett McIntosh led U-M last season, starting all 12 tournaments. Joining them will be classmate Andrew Yeager and a highly regarded freshmen class of Tom Swanson, Bryce Evon and Reed Hrynewich. Highlighting the fall will be U-M's only home event of the season -- the Wolverine Intercollegiate, set for Sept. 16-17 at the U-M Golf Course. The 54-hole tournament will be played over a two-day span and feature an 11-team field.

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