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SPORTS
Page 8 Wednesday, March 18, 1981 The Michigan Daily

Why send Wolveri

By SCOTT M. LEWIS f
A Daily Sports Analysis
The group of New York-based moguls which
runs the National Invitation Tournament does so
with one objective clearly in focus: to maximize
gate receipts during the semifinal and final
rounds at Madison Square Garden.
That's why it struck some observers as sur-
prising when the NIT announced early yesterday
morning that the Michigan basketball team
would be traveling to Syracuse tomorrow for a
quarterfinal confrontation.
NOT THAT THERE was any question of
Syracuse being awarded three games at home, if
it advanced that far. Of the remaining eight
teams in the tournament, Syracuse is the closest
to New York City and would thus provide a
natural gate attraction.
The surprising aspect is that the NIT
designated Michigan as the Orangemen's next
opponent. If the NIT people wanted to assure the

homestate school a spot in the semifinals, they
could have matched Syracuse against a weaker
opponent like Tulsa or West Virginia. Michigan
looked extremely sharp in the second half of
Sunday's 80-68 victory over Toledo, holding the
inspired Rockets to a mere 28 points after the in-
termission.
ONE MAY ALSO wonder why the Wolverines
were given a road assignment while their con-
ference rivals remain at hoie. Of Purdue, Min-
nesota, and Michigan,, the Wolverines are
probably considered the biggest draw in New
York City.
To be sure, Minnesota did make a strong ap-
pearance in the NIT last season, and its loss in
the finals to Virginia attracted a near-sellout
crowd. That huge turnout, however, is probably
attributable to the presence of one Ralph Sam-
pson. The New York fans are not likely to pack
the Garden to see Randy Breuer, Mark Hall and
friends in action.

nes to Syracuse
Nor will New Yorkers storm the gates to see overlooked these factorsv
Purdue. The Boilermakers, who advanced to the Wolverines against the B
NCAA Final Four last season behind Joe Barry champion Orangemen. WI
Carroll, no longer boast of a "name" player, 20-11 team which missed th
although freshman Russell Cross comes close to time in nine years, West
meeting the criteria for recognized stardom. nesota and Purdue hosts
THAT LEAVES Michigan, an institution which Alabama is at Tulsa in the o
carries a tradition of athletic greatness. Three In Syracuse, the Wolverin
consecutive 8-10 Big Ten basketball seasons and different from-and, it mi
a string of six losses near the end of the current better than-Toledo and I
conference campaign have not diminished the NIT victim. The Orangeme
aura of dominance which surrounds nearly all with good size. The presenc
major Michigan sports teams. forward who transferredf
Not only do the Wolverines carry a tradition of spring, and 6-11 center Dan
accomplishment, but they also feature one of the Hall of Famer Dolph S.
nation's most prolific scorers in Mike McGee. problem which Michigan
The senior forward has averaged 23 points in since the Big Ten season en
NIT play, one point below his season mark. Syracuse is equally stro
Neither Purdue nor Minnesota can offer the NIT Erich Santifer, the Ann Ar
a player as well-.known as McGee. ped at Huron High School,s
The NIT's powers-that-be apparently day night as Syracuse mau

when they pitted the
ig East Tournament
hile Michigan faces a
e NCAA's for the first
Virginia visits Min-
s 16-12 Duke. South
other quarterfinal.
Ines face a team much
ight be added, much
Duquesne, their first
n field a quick lineup
e of Leo Rautins, a 6=8
from Minnesota last
Schayes (son of NBA
chayes) will pose a
hasn't encountered
ded: lack of size.
ng in the backcourt.
bor Native who prep-
scored 20 points Mon-
led Holy Cross, 77-57.

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McGee
... a big attraction

Women
netters
trounce

By BARB BARKER
The ease with which Jill Hertzman and Maryanne Hodges
disposed of their Eastern Michigan singles opponents
typified the Michigan women's tennis team's drubbing of the
Huron netters 9-0 yesterday at the Track and Tennis
Building. It was the Wolverines' second consecutive shut-out
and lifted the team's overall record to 5-1.
Hertzman defeated Eastern's fourth singles player Kristi
Laukner, 6-0, 6-0. Laukner's sister Laura received an idei-
tical thrashing from Hodges in the sixth singles position.
HERTZMAN'S VICTORY was really overwhelming," said
Michigan coach Oliver Owens. "She has been sick for a
couple of days and she felt so dizzy when she went on the
court today that she almost didn't play.'
Other Michigan singles victories include: first position
Marian Kremer over Donna Robinson 6-1, 6-0; Mary Mac-
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:

taggart over Kathy\Horton 6-1, 6-3 in the second singles mat-
ch; third position Sue Webber over Mary Jo Colonna 6-3, 6-0
and fifth position Juliet Naft over Cathy Moore 6-1, 2-6, 6-0.
In the doubles matches, first position Kremer and Mac-
taggart won a split-set victory over Horton and Colonna 3-6,
6-1, 6-2. Robbie Risdon and Stacey Fallek beat Robinson and
Moore 7-6, 6-3 at the second doubles position. And Betsy
Shapiro and Daisy Martin took the third doubles position 6-1,
6-3.
"I WAS REALLY impressed by Betsy's and Daisy's match
considering both girls have had minimal playing experien-
ce," said Owens. "This was Betsy's first varsity match and
Daisy's first win."
"Eastern showed some surprising strength in the doubles
match," said the Wolverines' top-rated Kremer. "Mary and I
were blown out in the first set. I'm glad we were able to come
back."

Bo looks to fill new
vacancies on defense

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By MARTHA CRALL
Michigan goalie Paul Fricker was
named to the 1981 Western Divison
Titan College All-American Hockey
team last night by the American
College Hockey Coaches Association.
Fricker was the only Michigan player
selected by the coaches from the
Western Collegiate Hockey Association
and the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association.
THE SOPHOMORE netminder com-
piled an 18-15 record with a 3.93 goals
against average and 1644 saves. The
Vancouver southpaw was also named
the Most Valuable Player in the Great
Lakes Invitational Tournament at Joe
Louis Arena in December.
As a freshman last season, Fricker
was named Michigan's MVP and voted
WCHA rookie-of-the-year.
"I was very excited," said Fricker of

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the honor. "I was not astonished but
pleasantly surprised.
"I'm not going to say I deserved it. It
could have gone another way," Fricker
continued. "I worked very hard,
though."
HEAD COACH JOHN Giordano siad
of the selection, "It is a great honor for
Paul. He's an outstanding goaltender
and he has the ability to be even
greater."
The rest of the All-American West
team includes: forwards former Olym-
pian Neal Broten (Minnesota), Steve
Ulseth (Minnesota) and Steve Bozek
(Northern Michigan) and defensemen
Marc Chorney (North Dakota) and Tim
Watters (Michigan Tech). Bozek is only
the second CCHA player ever to be
named to the West team, the other
being former Olympian from Bowling
Green Ken Morrow, now of the New
York Islanders.
The East squad as selected by the
Eastern coaches is: goalie Don
Sylvestri (Clarkson), forwards Sandy
Beadle (Northeastern), Bryan Cleaver
(Clarkson) and Gary Conn (Maine) and
defensemen Ed Small (Clarkson) and
Mark Fusco (Harvard).
UCLA coach tabbed
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Larry Far-
mer, a former UCLA basketball star
under John Wooden and a Bruin
assistant for the past six seasons, was
named today to replace Larry Brown at
the team's helm.
The appointment was announced at a
press conference at UCLA.
"I'M VERY excited and thrilled with
the opportunity to come back to my
alma mater in a job I've always
dreamed of,"said Firmer.
Brown, after two winning seasons at
the school, has been lured back to the
National Basketball Association as
coach of the New Jersey Nets. He
disclosed his decision to the Bruins at a
closed-door meeting Monday, but would
not talk about his move afterward.
Gymnasts finish fifth
The performance of, the Michigan
men's gymnastics team at the Big Ten
Championships in Columbus this past
weekend can be summed up in one work
- inconsistent.
Following Friday night's optional

routines, the Wolverine gymnasts found
themselves in excellent shape. They
were, surprisingly, in fourth place
overall and within striking distance of
the top. Furthermore, nine of the gym-
nasts were within qualifying range for
the finals in their respective events.
LESS THAN 24 hours later, however,
following Saturday afternoon's com-
pulsory routines, not only had the team
dropped to fifth overall, but only four
individuals qualifed for the finals.
Once again, it was the senior and
team captain Darrell Yee who was
Michigan's top performer. In the
process of capturing his third con-
secutive Big Ten rings title, an un-
precedented feat in Michigan gym-
nastics history, Yee turned in scores of
9.65 in the optionals, 9.5 in the com-
pulsories, and 9.6 in the finals.
Michigan's team score fell by more
than 20 points, down to a dismal 244.8 to
give them a two-day total of 511.7 and
leave them battling for fifth place in-
stead of a championship title.
As for the rest of the tournament,
Illinois became the new champion for
the first ,time in 21 years, edging out
defending champion Minnesota by one-
tenth of a point, 539.5-539.4. Ohio State
placed third and Iowa finished fourth
with the Wolverines trailing the
Hawkeyes by a large 17-point margin.
-LARRY MISHKIN
Synchs take second
The Wolverine synchronized swim-
ming team placed second last weekendt
at the Midwest Association for Inter-
collegiate Ath'letics for Women
(MAIAW) Regional Championship held
in Columbus. Ohio State came in first at
the meet garnering 86 points to
Michigan's 74.
Ruth Pickett led the Wolverines
taking second in the solo competition
and a third in the senior figures.
Another Michigan standout, Kathleen
O'Brien, placed second in the senior
figures.
The Wolverine duet team of Betsy
Neira and O'Brien, and the trio team of
Neira, O'Brien, and Pickett both
finished in second. In the junior figures,
Anastasia Dzenogwis placed first.
Both Neira and O'Brien will go on to
vie for spots on the Junior National
team at the team trials in Denver on
Wednesday. The Wolverines will round
out their season at the AIAW national
championships held at Palo Alto nextr
weekend.

By JEFF QUICKSILVER
Walking into spring practice and
seeing a Wolverine defense that has not
given up a touchdown in its last 22 quar-
ters and that returns eight starters to
the gridiron, one would expect to see a
smile come across the face of Bo
Schembechler.
Well, don't search too hard for that
smile, especially when the three
players . missing from this year's
Michigan defense are Andy Cannavino,
Mel Qwens and Mike Trgovac.
"THEY WERE MORE than just
players. They were tough, competitive,
swashbuckling football players. To
replace them is going to- be really
tough," said Schembechler.
While Cannavino's presence on the
field will surely be missed, the
Wolverines will rely heavily on the
talents of veteran Paul Girgash and
James Herrmann to fill the inside
linebacking position. In addition,
Schembechler will take a good look at
sophomore Mike Boren.
A particularly vulnerable spot, ac-
cording to Schembechler, is the defen-
sive line.
"I'M NOT SURE that we are tough
enough up front - whether our tackles
and middle guard can, stand up. They
did last year, but they had great sup-
port on the outside from Owens and on
the inside from Cannavino," said
Schembechler.
Returning to the Michigan defensive
line to help offset the loss of Trgovac at
the middle guard position will be 6-2,
250 sophomore Jeff Shaw and 6-2, 241
senior Cedric Coles. Both Coles and
Shaw played key roles in the im-
provement of the Michigan defense
during the second half of the last
season. Another player expected to con-
tribute to the defensive line will be the
highly touted freshman from Norman,
Oklahoma, Clay Miller.
The two areas on the Michigan defen-
se that appear the strongest going into
the new season are outside linebacking
and defensive secondary. In addition to
the return of senior Robert Thompson,
who led all returning starters in tackles
last season with 81, Schembechler ex-
pects strong support at outside
linebacker from senior Mike Lemiran-
de. Depth will not be a problem here
with sophomores Carlton Rose and
Rodney Lyles, along with senior Ben
Needham (who returns after a one-year
suspension) waiting in the wings.
THE ONLY AREA left intact from

last year is the defensive secondary as
seniors Tony Jackson and Brian Car-
penter, and junior Keith Bostic and
Marion Body return. Schembechler
noted that their tasks might be a little
easier as the 1981 edition of Michigan's
secondary wont have to face the likes of
quarterbacks Tom Clifford (Indiana),
Mark Herrmann (Purdue), and Rich
Campbell (California), all of whom
graduated at the end of last season.
Schembechler emphasized, howevet,
there is always room for improvement.
Thompson
...81 tackles last year
"They (the secondary) need to sup-
port the run better. They made some
mistakes last season, especially in the
Rose Bowl against Washington, giving
up 12 big plays in the first half. They
can definitely do a better job.
Despite Schembechler's typically
pessimistic outlook regarding his 1981
defense, his eight returning starters
should give the Rose Bowl winning
coach another reason to smile.
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M6TCHIPS
THIRD ROUND
Thursday's Games
MICHIGAN (19-10) at Syracuse (20-11),
8 p.m.
West Virginia.(22-8) at Minnesota (19-10),
9 p.m.
Friday's Games
Duke (17-12) at Purdue (19-10), 8p.m.
South Alabama (25-5) at Tulsa (23-7),
9 p.m.

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