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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, February 14, 1981-Page 9

Women netters smash MSU, 8-1

By TOM SHAHEEN
Michigan's women netters expected a
fierce duel with Michigan State yester-
day. No. 1 singles player, Marian
emer, anticipated a tough match
rom MSU's Monty Gettys, who had
already beaten Kremer once this year.
Neither the team's nor Kremer's ex-
pectations materialized.
COACH OLIVER OWENS' young
team-humbled the Spartans, 8-1, at the
Track and Tennis Building yesterday.
And' remer's aggressive backcourt
play; combined with her strong service
rformance, proved to be too much for
e 'Spartan left-hander as Kremer

came up with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
"I think Monty was a little overcon-
fident," said Kremer.
If the MSU netter was overconfident,
she had no real reason to be. Kremer
jumped out to a 5-0 lead in both sets,
capitalizing on Gettys' weak forehand,
causing the MSU singles player to lose
her composure.
KREMER'S SECOND meeting with
Gettys was a very important personal
triumph.
"I wanted to show Ollie that I could
play good tennis," she said.
"There's no question she can play
good tennis," said Owens. "The first

time these two played, Marian was so
nervous she could hardly move. She
was definitely fired up for this one."
SO WAS THE rest of the team. Before
MSU coach Earl Rutz knew what was.
happening, his team had lost all six of
the singles matches. Rutz said that his
netters did not adjust well to the slow
playing surface, but acknowledged that
"Michigan was definitely ready to
play."
Both coaches were surprised at the
turn-out for the match, which num-
bered about 100. Owens stated that he
had never seen so many people come
out to watch a women's tennis match.

Kreme-d her
Singles- No. 1: Kremer (M) d. Get-
tys 6-2, 6-1; No. 2: Mary Mactaggart
(M) d. McLogan 6-1, 6-1; No. 3: Weber
(M) d. VenDenBrink 6-1, 6-1; No. 4:
Hertzman (M) d. Grinberg 6-0, 6-4; No.
5: Risdon (M) d. Heather Mactaggart 6-
2, 6-0; No. 6: Naft (M) d. Mosley 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles- No. 1: Kremer-M. Mac-
taggart (M) d. Gettys-Grinberg 6-4, 3-6,
7-6 (7-5); No. 2: McLogan-
VanDenBrink (MSU) d. Naft-Risdon 6-
3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5); No. 3: Weber-Hodges
(M) d. H. Mactaggart-Mosley 6-1, 6-2.

HE A THCOTE VOWS SPAR TAN REVENGE:

-Anything goes in state

4y BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
Although it might sound like a typical
gh's cliche, it's a fact that you can
thr'o away the records whenever
Michigan and Michigan State meet on
the basketball court.
It always seems that when the state
bragging rights are up for grabs, the
Spa'rtans and Wolverines both play to
their full potential.'
It was only two seasons ago that the
high and mighty Spartans, on their way
winning the 1979 NCAA crown, in-
ded Crisler Arena sporting an 11-3
overall mark and the number four
ranking in the country. Michigan, on
the other hand, was sitting down in
eighth place in the Big Ten. But when
the game was over, it was the
Wolverines who were celebrating. A
Keith Smith free throw with no time left
on the clock sent the Spartans back to
East Lansing on the losing end of a 49-48
score.
Last year, however, the tables were
rned. Michigan State lost Earvin
agic" Johnson and Greg Kelser to
the pro ranks and as a result, went from
top of the heap to the bottom in one

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short year. Michigan, meanwhile, was
enjoying a fairly successful season,
finishing off with a trip to the quarter-
finals of the NIT. But once again history
repeated itself, as the underdog Spar-
tans swept both contests from the
Wolverines last year, winning a 59-58
overtime contest in Ann Arbor and a 82-
74 game in East Lansing.
This year has not been much dif-
ferent. Although Michigan won the first

meeting of the rivals this year, a 79-77
overtime affair in Crisler Arena, the
Spartans played a superb game. In the
second half, MSU battled back from
being eight points down with 1:23 left in
regulation to force the extra session.
Following that game, Michigan State
coach Jqd Heathcote praised his team's
effort, and promised to "hang a loss on
them (Michigan) in Jenison."
Senior center Jay Vincent continues
to lead the Spartans (currently 3-8 in

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rivalry
the Big Ten, 9-11 overall) in scoring,
with a 21.7 points per game average.
Vincent ripped Michigan for 31 points
the first time the two teams met this
year. Junior guard Kevin Smith is also
putting the ball in the bucket quite a bit,
averaging 12.3 ppg.
Michigan forward Mike McGee
moved ahead of Vincent in the con-
ference scoring race with his 37 points
Thursday night. McGee's scoring
wasn't enough to stop the Ohio State
Buckeyes, however, who humbled
Michigan, 105-87. That marked the first
time since 1973 that a Big Ten opponent
scored more than 100 points on a
Wolverine team. Just for the record,
Ohio State reached the century mark 8
years ago, handing the Wolverines a
102-87 loss.
The main thing concerning Michigan
coach Bill Frieder now is to get the em-
barrassing loss out of his players' min-
ds. "We've just got to forget about what
happened tonight and get ready for
Michigan State," said Frieder after the
game.
WOLVERINE TALES-McGee needs
144 points in his last seven games to
become leader in most points in Big Ten
career, a title currently held by ex-
Minnesota Gopher Mychal Thompson
. Today's game is the Big Ten Game
of the Week, and will be televised
through6ut the Midwest on NBC-TV
(Channel 4 in Detroit).

MICHIGAN (7-4,164) MICHIGAN STATE (3-8, 9-11)
40-Mike McGee, 6-5 Sr. (24.3) .. F ..... 20-Ben Tower, 6-8 Fr. (4.1)
45-Thad Garner, 6-7 Jr. (9.8) ... F ... 41-Derek Perry, 6-6 So. (8.8)
15-Paul Heuerman, 6-8 Sr. (7.9) C ... 31-Jay Vincent, 6-8 Sr. (21.7)
34-John Johnson, 6-4 Sr. (15.3) .. G . 12-Mike Brkovich, 6-5 Sr. (9.7)
24-Marty Bodnar, 6-3 Sr. (7.3) .. G .... 5-Kevin Smith, 6-2 Jr. (12.3)
Game Time: 1:05 p.m., Jenison Fieldhouse, East Lansing
TV/Radio: NBC (Channel 4, 13); WWJ-950; WAAM-1600; WPAG-1050;
WJJX-650; WUOM-91.7 (FM)
Expected Crowd: 10,004 (Sellout)
Ticket Availability: None

Take that!
Marian Kremer, Michigan's No. 1 singles player, displays the form that
enabled her to dispose of MSU's Monty Gettys, 6-2, 6-1 yesterday. Kremer's
backhand (shown here) was awesome, as the freshman from Memphis hit
winners crosscourt and down-the-line past her dazed Spartan opponent.
Kremer's Wolverine teammates also had good fortune, dropping only one
doubles match en-route to an 8-1 drubbing of MSU.

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By SCOTT M. LEWIS
How in the name of Todd Penn could
Ohio State score 105 points? After all,
this is the Big Ten, a conference which
Sdes itself on bruising defense and in
hich. intense, low-scoring affairs are
the norm.
As the 13,609 fans silently filed out of
C sler Arena Thursday night following
Michigan's 105-87 loss to the Buckeyes,
more than a few of them could be heard
asking, "Is Ohio State really that good?
Or was Michigan's defense that bad?"
Certainly the undersized Wolverines
experienced serious problems on
Tense. Any time a team can shoot 70
'ercent from the field - as Ohio
State did Thursday - something had to
haye gone very wrong at, the defensive
end. And it wasn't the first time a Big
Ten foe had clipped the cords at a
phenomenal rate this year. Purdue,
you'll recall, hit a conference record 75
percent of its shots in the season
opener.
;But unlike after the Purdue contest,
oily a small fraction of the blame can
be directed at the Michigan defense.
io State was simply an awesome unit
Thursday night - displaying precision,
strength, and a blistering shooting hand
oh offense and overwhelming the
Wolverines on the boards.
They got some breaks and we gave
them several opportunities, especially
in the first half," said Michigan head
coach Bill Frieder, whose squad (16-4,
7i4) saw its four-game winning streak
lted as it fell from first place. "The
Tood teams get the breaks, though, and
they were a very good team (Thur-
sday)."
It is widely believed that Ohio State's
fortunes rest with the performance of
its front line, one of the biggest and
perhaps the finest in the country.
BILLBOARD
Michigan's baseball squad has been
ranked 11th in the nation in the first
*aseball poll conducted by Collegiate
baseball magazine. The Arizona-based
publication chose the Miami (Fla.)
Hurricanes as the number one team.
The Wolverines surprisingly captured
the Big Ten title last year in coach Bud
Mjddaugh's rookie season.

Against the Wolverines, sophomore
forward Clark Kellogg was sensational,
scoring 22 points, hading out five
assists and grabbing 19 rebounds -
three less than the entire Michigan
team totaled all night.
Herb Williams, the standout senior
who suffered through a horrid three-
game stretch earlier in the conference
season, missed only three of 14 shots en
route to 24 points. When the 6-10, 242-
pound center posted low against the
Wolverines and turned to shoot, there
was nothing they could do to stop him.
Ditto for Jim Smith, the muscular 6-9
senior who is noted primarily for his
*defensive work. Smith's shooting range
is about five feet, and he knows it. On
Thursday all six of his shots came from
close range, and all six found the
basket.
But what the Wolverines didn't
figure into their pre-game preparations
was a 24-point effort from Penn, a
chunky senior guard who entered the
game with a 6.6 scoring average and a
miserable .356 shooting percentage.
Prior to the game a woman spectator
pointed to the 5-9, 185-pound Penn and
exclaimed to her male companion,
"Look, there's Tattoo!"I
The next two hours were, for Penn, a
basketball fantasy. Call him Tattoo if
you will, call him too short, call him
squatty. Thursday night Penn was un-
stoppable. He made 12 of 16 field goal
attempts, many of his shots coming
fr m middle range over the arms of
defenders six to eight inches larger
than he.
Penn was shocked by his scoring ex-
plosion. "My goal is always to play
good defense. I pride myself on defen-
sive play," the unlikely man-of-the-
hour said after the game. "Since I've
been at Ohio State, that's my finest
game (his previous career best was 17

f Penn
... 24 pt. performance
points). They gave me the ball when I
was open and I hit the shots when I
needed to. I've been working hard in
practice and I've got the confidence."
Penn's ability to hit the open jump
shot appeared to disrupt Michigan's
defensive strategy. The Wolverines,
like most of Ohio State's opponents,
were set to let Penn take the jump shot
and collapse on the Buckeye big men.
But . . . surprise . . . the senior spark-
plug began to connect from 10, 15 and 20
feet during the first six minutes of the
game. Penn's outside shooting helped
open up Ohio State's inside game,
which was deadly.
Penn said he was surprised Michigan
did not abandon the man-to-man defen-
se and go with a zone. "They don't mat-
ch up well against us at all. I'm glad
they stayed with the man," he
remarked.
In fact, the Wolverines DID go into a
zone defense for about four minutes, af-
ter they had fallen behind by six, 21-15
at the 11-minute mark in the first half.
"We were going to go to the zone a bit
more, but never had the opportunity,"
explained Frieder. "We tried to/use it
but he (Ohio State head coach Eldon
Miller) took us out of it. The way they
were shooting, the zone wouldn't have
done any good, either."
With the shellacking by the Buckeyes
behind them, Michigan now heads for
East Lansing, where Michigan State
head coach Jud Heathcote promises to
"hang a loss" on the Wolverines. If the
Maize and Blue intend to remain in the
conference chase, a win today is a vir-
tual must. As their nemisis Penn said,
"At this point in the season, if you plan
on going anywhere, you can't plan on
losing any more."

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