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November 16, 1979 - Image 11

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Women cagers gain
experience, speed
By MIKE FROMM
"We've learned a lot."
This ,sums up Coach Gloria Soluk's attitude toward her 1979-1980
Michigan woman's basketball team.
"Last year (13-14) we were very young and unsure of ourselves. This
year I'm confident that we'll improve greatly," Soluk said.
IMPROVEMENT DEPENDS upon a few conditions, such as Soluk's
spanking new offensive strategy, and continued team leadership from
sophomore guard Diane Dietz. Coach Soluk boasts that her new "motion of-
fense" has looked "tremendous" in practice and should compensate for the
team's lack of height.
Dietz will assume the responsibility of being the coordinator of the offen-
se after finishing last season with a team high average of 16.6 points per
game and receiving the coach's Most Valuable Player award.
Soluk is pleased with Dietz's performance in the pre-season so far.
"Dietz is the quarterback, and she's been doing a tremendous job in prac-
tice," Soluk said. "She has become very technical and has improved her
shooting."
Soluk is also very excited with the progress of juniors Abby Currier and
,Brenda Venhuizen, who finished last season with 13.0 and 6.0 points per
game respcvc bxeb ('1riirr ier scored 33 points in one game against Notre
Dame and ethuiep vu to be a defensive specialist while playing both
guard and forward.
ANOTIIER DEPENDABLE asset is sophomore Katie McNamara, the
team's second leading scorer and a strong rebounding forward. McNamara
should figure in strongly with Soluk's offensive system.
"Our system will involve all five players," Soluk says. "We're going tc
run a passing game, working the ball around and looking for the good shots."
"I don't have big players," she says, "but I'm very happy with the depth
and talent on the team." She adds that she won't hesitate to use all 12 players
on the squad.
THE WOLVERINES square off in a Blue-Gold scrimmage on Wed-
nesday, November 21, at 3:30 in Crisler Arena to prepare for their opener
against Miami University on December 1. The team faces a tough schedule
this year, including clashes with Ohio State and Michigan State, but Coach
$oluk feels sure that tight team play will provide a winning touch this
season.

The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 16, 1979-Page 11
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D~iane IDiet,-

"Dietz is the quarterbacak . . . she
has become very technical and has
improved her scoring."
-Gloria Soluk

BLUE GOES TO OHIO STATE:

Grapp
By RUDDY MOOREHOUSE

After six long, grueling weeks of
practice, Michigan's highly regarded
wrestling squad will finally get a chan-
ce to compete against other college
teams.
Wright State University in Dayton,
Ohio will be the site of the Ohio Open
wrestling tournament this weekend,
where Michigan will be competing. The
Wolverines will be taking every man on
the squad with them to the tourney, and

ers get fi
will provide and excellent opportunity
to see how well the new grapplers per-
form in competition.
"Sometimes a guy will be doing real
well in practice, but when he gets out
and competes, it's not the same as we
might have anticipated," remarked
Wells.
Also, the tournament will provide an
excellent warm-up before the dual-
meet season opener November 27'
against Big Ten rival Michigan State in
Crisler Arena.
After practicing so long without
having real competition, the team is
looking forward to this weekend's tour-
ney. "We're all anxious for the season
to begin," said senior grappler Steve
Bennett. "We've got a lot of new kids
out this year and this tournament will

"
irst test
be a good chance for them to get some
experience."
BILLBOARD
The Michigan Rugby team will face
the Ohio State team in a pair of matches
beginning at 9 a.m. at Elbel Field
tomorraow. A donation will be collected
at the gate, with proceeds going to
Project Transition, which provides
support programs for the mentally ill.
The Athlete s Shop
I.M. B-ball
10% Team Discount
on Shoes
5 pr. Minimum

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Sevmour sports pp. 12, 13, 14
each wrestler is guaranteed at least two
matches.
According to assistant coach Joe
Wells, Michigan's finish in the tour-
nament won't mean a whole lot, but it

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