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Page 4C-Thursday, September 6, 1979-The Michigan Daily
A slow road to success

If women's basketball coach Gloria
Soluk had her way, the upcoming
season would already be a thing of the
past. She is not looking forward to
another year of growing pains with her
notoriously young team.
The team of nine freshmen, three
sophomores and ,one junior struggled
through the year, but managed to
produce a 13-14 record compared to 8-
16 in 1977-78), the best in Michigan
women's basketball history.
SOLUK, THOUGH not entirely
pleased with. the way the year went,
said, "they just made mistakes fresh-
men make," and admitted that, "the
mistake I made was wantinI success
too quickly. With young"kids that's
But the Blue cagers gained a certain
amount of experience over the course of

the season, and it will certainly count
for something. Returning for the
Wolverines will be such rookie stan-
douts as guard Diane Dietz and forward
Katie McNamara, with 448 and 404
points last year, they are the number
one and two scorers on the team.
They, along with forward Brenda
Venhuizen ("one of the unsung heroes
of the team"), guard Deb Allor, who
was redshirted last year beacuse of a
shoulder injury, and center Penny
Neer, will form the nucleus of the team.
SOLUK ALSO HAS a dependable
bench to rely on. Although most of them
have not been exposed to a lot of'
playing time, she asserted, "all of the
kids will be great." Guard Tammie
Sanders and forward Jeanne White
"came on strong" at the end of the
season, according to Soluk, and she
looks to them to form the core of her

One position Soluk will have difficulty
filling is the center. She did not recruit
any new centers for this season, and,
even though Neer is returning, Harris
was lost the the University of Detroit's
Business School.
As far as recruiting goes, Soluk said,
"I am not counting on this year's
recruits," but added that she had
signed three "fine freshmen (forward-
center Jean Yockey of Troy, and guar-
ds Brenda Beyer and Jan Thompson of
Warren) - even without aid.
WHAT SOLUK is holding her breath
over for the next year is a matched set
for the post: Paula and Pamela McGee
from Flint Northwestern. According to
Soluk they are the most sought-after

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LAST SEASON WAS one of frus-
tration for Gloria Soluk and her
Michigan women cagers. The
Wolverines finished 13-14 after a
hot start, and Soluk will be
looking for improvement in
players like forward Jeanne
White. The Blue mentor made
some headway in filling some
gaping personnel holes by
recruiting a pair of twin centers,
Pamela and Paula McGee of
Flint. Meanwhile, guard Katie
McNamara will try and duplicate
her freshman season performan-
ce, in which she averaged over 15 '0..4
points per game.
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players in the state, and she is counting
on them to round out the team in what
will be her fourth year of coaching the
Soluk is not discounting next year
altogether, however. She plans some
breaks from her traditional game style,
and hopes that her adaptations will help
the team. "You have to coach the talent
you have," she commented, "and we're
not a running team. We'll concentrate
on passing and defense."
Michigan will again be looking to Big
Ten schools for its prime competition.
"That's where it's at in midwestern
basketball", said Soluk. She cited Nor-
thwestern (Big Ten champs), Michigan
State (which beat the cagers last
season by only one point, 77-78) and
Ohio State as the teams to beat.
Intra-state rivalries include, besides
MSU, Wayne State (where Soluk used
to coach), and the Ljniversity of Detroit.
And once again Soluk is aiming her
team at the State Tournament, which
MSU knocked the Wolverines out of last
year, 73-66.

(Continued from Page 1)
"WE FIGURE he'll win 25 matches
his freshman year," said Bahr. "I
know he'll be a winner right away. If he
continues to work hard, and I'm sure he
will, he could possibly be a natonal
Over 50 colleges contacted Siar.
Initially, he planned to go to Iowa. But
with the Hawkeyes already boasting a
national champ in the same weight div-
ision, and with a little persuasion from
Bahr, Siar chose Michigan.
Michigan's middle weights consist of
sophomore John Beljan (13-14-1) at 142
lbs., senior Lou Joseph (15-9) at 150,
sophomore Nemir Nadhir (8-7) at 158,
and Konovsky at 167.
With the additional experience of Big
Ten competition, Bahr expects produc-
tive years from sophomores Beljan and
Nadhir. Joseph, who finally faced
regular competition after seeing
limited action his first two years
because of a nagging knee injury,
should come into his own, this being his
final year.
MOST OF /Michigan's strength,
keeping with tradition, lies in the upper
weight divisions. 'Bill Petoskey (16-14)
will wrestle at 177, Steve Fraser (36-9-1)
at 190 and Steve Bennett (18-8) at
heavyweight. All three are seniors.

Fraser placed second and Petoskey
fourth in last year's Big Ten champion-
So with Michigan's traditional heavy
weight strength and the added com-
petitiveness in the lower weights, via
Bahr's initial recruiting attempt, the
Wolverines should definitely be a much
more balanced and competitive team.
As for the Big Ten race, Bahr expects
it to be tight once again. According to
the 33-year-old mentor, the Big Ten is
the toughest wrestling conference inthe
"Although we finished tenth
nationally, we were still only fifth in the
Big Ten,' said Bahr. "Iowa (NCAA
champions three of the last four years)
Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan
State all finished ahead of us at the con-
ference meet.
"I SPENT four years as assistant
coach at Iowa State (1976 NCAA cham-
pions) where they say the Big Eight is
toughest. But after one year in the Big
Ten, Im convinced we're tougher. And
I expect much of the same this season.
Consequently, if we want to move up,
Michigan is gonna have to be tougher.
And I think we will be."
If not, the Wolverine wrestlers can
kiss their supporters goodbye. Fans are
fickle. Nobody likes a loser.

514 E. William,


times you wonder what makes a
student put in the time, sweat, physical
and mental sacrifice that the sport
demands at this level of competition:
They don't seem to mind it though.
Never enough to give it up anyway.
Maybe it's because along with the thrill
of having beaten your man after being;
all alone out there on the mat, there
exists the knowledgetthat you've gotten=
the absolute most out of your body, that.
you're in the best physical condition
possible. flow many students here can
truthfully say that?
1979-80 Wrestling Schedule
Nov. 9-1 0 ; Great Plains Tournament (Lincoln-

We are providing this information to insure that every student who wishes to see Michigan
play this fall receives a ticket. The seven (7) game home schedule this year is one of the most
attractive in Michiaan's lona historv. The deadlines established in this letter are extremely im-
portant to you to adhere to if you intend to purchase a ticket (limit one [1] student ticket per
person). Inasmuch as we have a waiting list for football tickets, all tickets not ordered by new
first term enrollees prior to September 7 will be purchased almost immediately by alumni and the
general public. Therefore, we urge each of you to place your application for football tickets
immediately. As noted below, should your plans change and you do not enroll in the University
of Michigan you can apply for a refund anytime prior to August 31. Refund requests after
August 31 cannot be honbred.
Instructions for Filing Football Applications
For Student Football Tickets Fall Term 1979
1. You may apply in person at the Athletic Ticket Office, corner of Hoover and State Streets, or
send an application with your remittance by return mail to: The University of Michigan Athletic
Ticket Office, 1000 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. Checks should be made
payable to the Michigan Ticket Department.
2. Student football seating priority is determined by credit hours earned at Michigan. All seat
assignments within the priority will be based on a random selection, (the priority date for this
selection was June 1, 1979). Group seating (limit of 50) will be based on the lowest priority
student in the group. All new students (Freshman, Transfer or Graduate/Professional) will
have first term or Freshman priority.
3. New students assigned living space in University Housing may write the name of their Hall and
House within the Hall (e.g., Markley-Butler or West Quad-Wenley, etc.) across the top of their
application card. ine Atnietic uepartment will attempt to assign all students providing this
information seats in blocks by housing unit. Students are strongly reminded that they must
sit in their assigned seats as all seats in the stadium are reserved seats. The formulation of
housing blocks will be discontinued if the principle of reserve seating is violated.
4. The cost of the half-price student season ticket is $31.50 (7 home games). For an additional
$47.25 you may purchase a spouse ticket (proof of marriage required at time of pick-up).
Payment in full must accompany application.
5. You must be enrolled for the Fall Term at the time you pick up your tickets. If your plans
change and you do not attend Michigan you will be entitled to a refund if you apply before
August 31.
6. You may pick up your season tickets at:
a. Athletic Ticket Office from August 16 to August 31 between the hours
of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
b. Track-Tennis Building from September 4 through September 7 between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and from 8:00 a.m. until noon on
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Ohio Open
Michigan State
Penn State Invitational
at Lehigh
Michigan Open (Mt. Pleasant)
Kent State
Midlands Tournament (Evanston-
at Northwestern
Penn State
Indiana State
at Iowa State
at Iowa
at Minnesota
at Michigan State
Ohio State
at Ohio University

March i-2 Big Ten Tournament
(East Lansing)
March 13-15 N.C.A.A. Tournament
(Corvallis, Ore.)




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