THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, April 17, 1974
THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, April 17, 1974
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By ANDREW GLAZER
Victor Amaya is a most un-
usual young man. He fits rather
badly into the standard "tennis
player" mold; because of, or
despite that fact, he will be a
leading contender at this year's
NCAA Tennis Championships.
Amaya's most unique aspect is
that he is from Michigan; while
it is true that millions of others
share this distinction, they are
not world class tennis players.
Ninety per cent of the nation's
top junior players come from
either California or Florida,
where they are able to play
year-round. Michigan, being
among the nation's more frigid
states, has few.
When Amaya was seven,
though, his family moved to
Puerto Rico. They remained there
for eight years, during which
time Amaya learned the game
from Welby Van Horn, a fam-
ous tennis instructor.
ANOTHER "broken rule" was
Amaya's starting age: unlike
most top players, who are spoon-
fed the game from the time they
are strong enough to pick up a
racket, Amaya didn't begin un-
til he was 11.
What of the junior career that
followed? Amaya, a precise
speaker; tells the story well.
When asked if he found it diffi-
cult playing first singles f o r
Michigan as a freshman last
year, he responded,
"No, not really. Tennis is dif-
ferent from other sports. You
grow up playing with a certain
group of junior circuit players,
and by the time you get to col-
lege you've undoubtedly seen
jthem play before, and usually
xyou've played them. Stepping in
as a freshman, then, isn't that
difficult; you're not awed by the
guys you have to play, even if
they are a year or two older. If
I was in awe of them I'd lose
Amaya's junior career w a s
dotted with many great moments.
Perhaps the greatest of these
came over Thanksgiving in 1972,
when he defeated Billy Martin to
win the National Indoor Junior
Championships at Dallas. Martin,
the Boys 16 Age Group champ
that year, took a set from Stan
Smith at the tender age of 15;
his ability is so renowned and
envied that virtually e v e r y
older junior player was rooting
for Amaya to win, so that their
more experienced group wouldn't
be upstaged by the teen titan.
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WHILE THE WIN over Mar-
tin is treasured, Amaya gets a
deeper satisfaction every time
he defeats nationally ranked Vi-
bas Gerulitas; the two have
split eight matches lifetime, and
Amaya "really enjoys beating
him, because he gives me - and
everyone else - a lot of flack."
In these days of high-salaried
professionals, the obvious ques-
tion for Amaya is whether or not
he will complete his education
at Michigan. Last year he was
drafted by Boston of World Team
Tennis, and he turned them down.
Amaya explained why:
"It really wasn't worth my
while. WIT is bad for the young-
er players. For them to make
money, the established older
stars have to play, so the young-
er, less known players have to
sit. Besides, I can get everything
paid for by going to college."
Despite the 'free ride', though,
Amaya is thinking more serious-
ly about professional tennis this
year. After performing brilliant-
ly in the junior Davis Cup play in
Europe last summer, Amaya's
self-confidence increased. T h e
added year of experience has
convinced him - rightly so -
that he could make a go of pro-
fessional tennis. He would pre-
fer the World Championship Ten-
nis circuit, where the money and
exposure are better. If the right
offer comes, he may leave Mich-
Amaya's most highly regarded
foe thus far has been Andriano
Pannata, the 12th ranked men's
singles player in the world and
the Italian Mens champion for
the past three years. Pannata de-
feated him in five 'sets in the
Forest Hills meeting.
FOREST HILLS has more
meaning than that to Amaya,
though. He would like to encoun-
ter Stan Smith there this year.
Daily Photo by TERRY McCARTHY
IM SOFTBALL will revive again at Fuller Field during the oncoming summer months. If you can't
participate, then be a fan and bring out your pea nuts and Cracker Jacks.
"Smith can be beaten by a forc-
ing player on a good day," says
Is Amaya a forcing player?
"Well, I'm certainly not a de-
fensive player," he says with a
grin, "but don't get me wrong.
I certainly wouldn't consider my-
self a favorite in such a match.
But if you don't have the con-
fidence to think that you can
win, you don't have a chance."
That tells a lot about Victor
Amaya. His confidence is com-
measurate with his ability - and
that is a combination that should
be worrying his opponents for a
long time to come.
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ANAHEIM (P) - Daryle Lamon-
ica, who lost his starting job as
an Oakland Raider quarterback to
Ken Stabler last year, followed his
replacement by jumping to the
new World Football League yester-.
day, signing a multi-year contract
with the Southern California Sun.
The 33-year-old Lamonica must
play out his option with the Raid-
ers for the 1974 season before he
can play for the Sun. Stabler, Oak-
land's starter last -year after the
Raiders went six seasons with La-
monica at the helm, signed with
Birmingham of the new league a
week ago, but won't be able to play
for the WFL until 1976.
The 6-foot-3 Lamonica termed his
demotion a year ago "political, for
lack of a better word," and he vow-
ed, "I'll still try to be the No. 1
uarterback at Oakland next sea- linebacker Marlin McKeever, 34,
on. I'm still going to give 100 also signed yesterday, bringing to
er cent." 25 the number of jumpers from the
Terms of the contracts were not established National Football
nnounced but Lamonica's was re- League to the new WFL.
ortedly just under one million The 6-foot-1, 235-pound McKeev-
Lamonica played in the NFL for er was an All-American as a jun-
1 years, three with Buffalo be- ior at USC, joining the Rams in
ore Al Davis got him for the 1961. He played linebacker the
taiders. Tuesday Lamonica said, first two years, then switched to
I have great respect for the Oak- tight end. He played tight end for
ad Raiders and Al Davis for giv- Minnesota in 1967, then went back
g me a iance to be a starting to linebacking for three seasons
uarterback." in.Washington, two more with the
Rams and last year with the hil-
Former University All-American I adelphia Eagles.
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Wednesday and Thursday in the Fishbowl
PIRGIM-the Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan-is a social change organization created,
funded, and controlled by the college and univer-
sity students of Michigan. It is an independent,
non-profit Michigan corporation which seeks to
serve the public interest by investigating and re-
searching problems and using public education, ad-
ministrative procedures, legislative lobbying and
litigation to seek solutions.
Three gymnasts from the Chicago area were accorded top
honors for Michigan's gymnastics team which finished eighth
in the NCAA championships.
Carey Culbertson, Big Ten high bar champion from Wil-
mette, and Bruce Keeshin, an all-around performer from Evan-
ston, were elected 1974-75 captains by their teammates. Monty
Falb, fourth in the NCAA rings from Flossmoor, was named
most valuable gymnast.
Summer IM sports
Okay sports fans, get those winter-rested bodies in shape.
Here's the news you've all been waiting for: the University
of Michigan Intramural and Recreation Summer Sports Sched-
ule. Grab that 1910 baseball mitt, splintered tennis racquet or
favorite sporting equipment of your choice and enjoy the sum-
mer months in Ann Arbor.
SPORTS BUILDING SCHEDULE
April 22 to June 28, 1974
(Closed April 29to May 6)
Monday-Friday - 8:00 am to 7:00 pm (Activity stops at 6:30
Wednesday and Friday - 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm (Activity stops
at 10:00 pm)
Saturday - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Activity stops at 3:30 pm)
I.M. POOL SCHEDULE
Monday - Friday - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Faculty Men
Monday - Friday - 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Co-Rec
Wednesday and Friday -7:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Co-Rec
Saturday -12:30 pm to 3:30 pm - Co-Rec
WATERMAN GYM SCHEDULE
Monday-Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Activity stops at 4:30
III-A COMPETITIVE IM PROGRAM
Entries due: May 10, 1974
Play Begins: May 13, 1974
Team Entry Fees - $10.00 per team sport
*Slow Pitch Softball: Men, Women, Co-Rec
*Fast Pitch Softball
(NOTE: ALL SOFTBALL PLAYED AT FULLER FIELD.)
*Golf: (Match Play)
*Tennis: Men (Singles), Women (Singles), Co-Rec (Doubles,
*Paddleball: Men (Singles), Women (Singles), Co-Rec
*Racquetball: Men (Singles), Women (Singles), Co-Rec
*Squash: Men, Women
*Inner-tube Water Polo
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