THE MICHIGAN ATL Y
Thursday, September 8, 1977
THE MICHIGAN ~AFLY Thursday, September 8, 1977
eturnees from last year, includ- Karel Pennington and setters
ng four three-year vets. Two Jamie Spohn and Roberta Salay.
ew transfer students are also The hard - working c o a c h
xpected to step in. barely gave them a chance to
"We'll have another young catch their breath last winter
team, but at least we've got before initiating an off-season
some experience coming t r a i n i n g and conditioning
back," Vong, the only coach clinic.
the team has ever had, com- Meeting three nights a week,
mented. "T h a t' s important the program began in February
since volleyball is such a team and continued right on through
sport. The girls must learn to the summer. After nearly seven
work together and that takes months of workouts, Vong is
time." pleased with the spikers' pro-
Vong has a solid nucleus of gress.
t r o n g performers to build "A lot of the girls got involved
round this year. Heading the in the thing. It was all on their
ist is sophomore leaper Jackie own time. We had some really
Iadison. good workouts and the girls
"Jackie has been. working learnedkquite a bit," summed up
ard and she's really improving. Vong.
he can really get off the "They should be all ready to
round," said;Vong. go when: the season starts," he
Others figuring prominently in added. I know that I'm anxious
tong's plans are center-blocker already.
Doily Photo by JOHN KNOX
Stepping into a forehand
Women's tennis strives for fame;
women cagers battle obstacles
some teams from the south
that could have beaten us
didn't make it out of their re-
But, Atwood added, this year's
edition was still a much better
team than the 1976 squad.
"Last year we really only had,
one quality tennis player at
Michigan," said Atwood. "This
year there were three, and next
season we expect to have five
nationally ranked players."
The one top woman that com-
peted for the Wolverines in 1977
is junior Barb Selden. Selden's
aggressive, determined g a m e
made her the best player on the
team for much of last season.
Only two times in 21 attempts
did she walk off the court a
Selden' doubles partner,
sophomore Kathy Karzen, also
had a fine year. Competing at.
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both first singles and first dou-
bles, the Illinois native notch-
ed 16-6 and 18-4 records re-
Tennis success is nothing new
to the Karzen family, however.
Kathy's brother Jerry played on
the men's varsity three years
ago and is now competing pro-
fessionally. In between Kathy
and Jerry is Jan, who graduated
in May after four years of com-
peting for the women's tedm.,
Jan has seen the changes that
have come over the women's
program in the last few years.
"It used to be so disorgan-
ized," recalled the elder Karzen
sister. "Half the people might
not show up at practice-no one
was really into the team.
"But since John came things
have become a lot more ser-
ious. He demands a Aot from
his players and he has instill-
ed some sense of common pur-
Anne Kercher, who went 10-11
at number three singles, will
join Karzen and Selden as the
best of the returnees next year.
Experienced depth will be
added by the return of juniors
Missy Pollock and Jody Strom.
But they will have to fight for
chances to play, because Atwood
has recruited three nationally
ranked high school players.
Coming into the Wolverine
fold will be Whit Stodghill of
Louisville, Kentucky, Cathy Kri-
ckstein of Grosse Pointe, Mich-
igan, and Susan Weber of Res-
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By GARY KICINSKI
If it's true that big things
come' in small packages, then
the 1977-78 edition of Michigan
womens basketball team should
improve significantly over its
record of 8-15 from last season.
The women cagers, small by
comparison to the men's team
and most other women's teams,
face several obstacles in trying
to achieve a winning record.
The first obstacle is finding
the right replacement for star
guard Lydia Sims, who has
graduated. Sims, the quarter-
back of the women's offense,
led the team in scoring and
assists for the past two years.
"We'll miss Lydia," said sen-
ior captain Terry Conlin. "She
was a great leader and a great
Another void needs to be filled
with the departure of two other
guards, Carol Klomparens and
Melinda Fertig, who have gradu-
ated and transferred, respective-
Battling it out for the vacant
starting positions will be Denise
Cameron, a 5-6 junior from Chi-
cago; Jean Otto, a 5-4 sopho-
more from Farmington; and
Peggy Kopmeyer, a 5-5 sopho-
more from Cincinnati.
The cagers, who started fair-
ly strong last year but lost
eight of their last nine games,
must also play around the
stumbling block of working
under a new coach.
Last year's coaches, Carmel
Borders and Jane Bennett, will
not he returning. As of early
June, the new coaches had not
Captain Conlin says the team's
strong point is its depth at for-
ward and center. Conlin, a 5-1
hometown product, is expected
to retain her starting spot on
the front line. Known for her re-
bounding ability, Conlin will be
playing with the varsity for her
Experience is also the mark of
the other women at forward and
The forward positioni in-
cludes two other seniors, 5-6
Sheila Butler and 5-10 Linda
Gardner. Five-nine sophomore
Karen Gilhoody, who played
her high school ball with Jean
Otto at Our Lady of Mercy
High in Farmington, could
very well break into the start-
The center duties were split
last year between Natasha Cen-
der an 6-2 junior Kathy Young,
who Conlin says has "great
Conlin pointed out that nobody
has a solid lock on a position,
which should make for a very
competitive team. "Last year
anyone could be put in at any
time and would do a good job,"
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