Page F-6--Thursday, September 4, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Women cagers look uphill
Soluk recruits help for Dietz
.looking to improve
By DREW SHARP
Enthusiasm is high and a bright
future can be seen on the horizon for'
Michigan's women basketball team.
But wait. Is this not the same team
which had a horrendous 8-20 record
overall and an 0-7 record in the con-
ference last season?
TRUE, THE WOMEN hoopsters'
record last year was not anything to
jump up and scream about, but fourth-
year head coach Gloria Soluk felt the
record did not give a true indication of
how her girls performed.
"We lost many close games. There
were three or four contests that we lost
in the final few seconds," said Soluk.
"And there were others in which we
just came up a little short. If those
games had gone the other way, we
would've had a 20-win season and that
would've been just great. But through it
all, there was a great amount of en-
thusiasm shown by the girls."
The women's team does have a vast
amount of enthusiasm to go along with
their youth, but Soluk feels that her
players took great strides in improving
themselves last season.
"Diane Dietz had a great freshman
year, and her sophomore year was out-
standing," Soluk stated.
THE 5-8 GUARD from Orchard Lake
led the team with a 19.8 point per game
average and also in total points with
"Diane has been our top scorer," con-
tinued Soluk. "But I think she made her
biggest improvement defensively.
"She is truly an All-American player
and person, a tremendous athlete and a
pleasure to coach. She's the floor leader
for the team and seems a natural for it.
When she came in as a freshman, she
took charge out there immediately. Her
greatest asset is that she carries a
great knowledge of the game when
she's on the court."
Five-11 forward Abby Currier is the
only senior on the club for this season
and, with her 16.6 scoring average, will
be counted on heavily;
"ABBY WILL BE my first graduate
here at Michigan," said Soluk. "I have
watched her for three years here and
have seen her blossom into a tremen-
dous player, and I will expect much
from her next season."
Meanwhile, forward Katie Mc-
Namara, who played alongside Dietz at
Our Lady of Mercy High School in
Farmington Hills, will be trying to play
up to her potential after a disappointing
"Katie is a great young woman," said
Soluk of McNamara, who averaged 7.7
points per game. "She has been
steadily making improvements her fir-
st two years and, I look for her to break
out and have a great year next season.
She didn't score much the past two
seasons, but I expect that to change."
THE CENTER POSITION during the
last two campaigns has been held down
by 6-0 Penny Neer, who also competes
on the women's track team. Last
season she led the club in rebounds with
213 and also in blocked shots with 28.
"Penny has gotten better in her two
years here," continued Soluk. "I must
say that it has been difficult because
we've been playing her out of her
natural position. She's really a forward
but we've been playing her in the pivot,
and she has done a spectacular job in
handling the transition."
Other members of last year's squad
who are returning are forward-guard
Tammie Sanders, forward Brenda
Venhuizen, forward Jeanne White,
guard Diane Hatch, guard Brenda
Beyer, center Jeanne Yockey and
guard Deb Allor.
THE FUTURE WAS brightened con-
siderably by some shining successes
Soluk achieved in off-season recruiting.
The cream of the crop is a high school
All-American guard from Saginaw,
Laurie Gnotowsky. Other recruits in-
clude guard Cindy Baumgart from
Royal Oak, forward Terry Soullier of
Detroit and Oakland University tran-
sfer, guard Katie Harte.
"Gnotowsky is our prize catch," said
Soluk. "She is very similar to Dietz in
that she has a greatcourt sense and
knowledge of the game.
"Next season, we intend on running
the fast break more often because the
players we have recruited are so quick.
It should be very interesting to see."
What should be even more interest-
ing to see is whether or not Soluk can
mold these newcomers with Dietz and
Co. and turn things around for the
women's basketball program.
WHO SAYS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL isn't rough and tumble? Jeanne White
proves it can be, as she battles for the ball with a Northern Michigan player
during a game last season. White will be counted on to provide the depth coach
Gloria Soluk needs if Michigan is to improve on its 8-20 record.
MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLA Y
IM sports for al Itypes
Coach' Gloria Soluk (fourth year)
Last season: Just when it looked like
the Wolverines would continue to im-
prove, they slipped to an 8-20 mark.
Premature departures of guard
Terry Schevers and center Yvette
Harris probably hurt the Blue cause,
although the cagers lost several
Next season: Although Soluk had a
fine recruiting year, her team ap-
pears to be about a year away from
becoming a contender for a regional
berth. Guards Diane Dietz and for-
ward Abby Currier are top-flight
performers, but Soluk will be expec-
ting better things from juniors Katie
McNamara and Penny Neer. Depth
may also pose a problem.
By ALAN FANGER
Some freshmen walk into a University
recreation building and never want to
leave. To them, it represents a type of
fantasy-the chance to gain glory on an
unspectacular level, or at least work
toward achieving it.
Not every student at the University
holds these dreams dear to heart, nor
do some even care about engaging in
activity of this type. But for those who
do, the offerings on campus are plen-
LET'S FIRST examinle the plight of
the "weekend athlete," the interested
student, or faculty or staff member who
would like nothing better than to lift a
few weights, shoot some free throws, or
punch a speed bag.
The Intramural and Recreational
Sports Department, which administers
the University's recreational
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No cheering throngs, but club
sports provide fun, competition
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
Not all of Michigan's athletes per-
form before a cheering throng of
thousands. For these athletes, there are
no conference titles, no NCAA tour-
naments, no lavish praise for their ac-
complishments. These men and
women, who frequently compete in
total obscurity, gain only the satisfac-
tion one receives from a successful,
They are the club sports athletes,
largely ignored by the media and the
average Michigan sports fan. But based
on the hundreds of University students
who participate in club sports each
year, the program has obviously not
gone unnoticed by all.
THE PROGRAM, which operates un-
der the supervision of the Department
of Recreational Sports, offers student
athletes an opportunity- to comipete in
sports which at other Big Ten schools
have earned varsity status, but for
various reasons (mostly financial)
remain "club sports" here.
Perhaps the best-known of the clubs,
the undergraduate soccer unit, has
risen in three years from the ranks of
mediocrity to one of the state's three
leading soccer squads. Directing this
transformation during the past two
seasons has been Steve Olsen, 25, a
former Michigan player and current
Last fall, the club finished with a lofty
11-2-1 mark, two of the victories oc-
curring at the Eastern Michigan In-
vitational Tournament, which it won in
IT'S HARD To GET FREE CIDER
FOR THE 2 1ST YEAR
DESPITE ITS recent success, the
Blue undergrad squad is no closer to
becoming a varsity team now than it
was four years ago. At that time, Olsen
and others petitioned for varsity status
and nearly won a majority of votes on
the Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics, but Athletic Director Don
Cankam intervened, according to
Canham did promise, however, that
soccer will be the next sport to receive
varsity status, Olsen added.
Ailther soccer club at Michigan, the
graduate club, fell from a 7-3 record in
1978 to 3-6 last year. One of its regular
season losses came at the hands of its
undergrad rivals, 2-1, in what has
become an aniual October contest. The
grads bowed again to the undergrads, 9-
0, in the EMU tournament.
ITS NAME notwithstanding, the
graduate club is open to all students.
Undergraduates comprise a significant
portion of the grad roster, as do foreign
Another club with a rich winning
tradition is the lacrosse unit. This fall
marks the club's 16th season, making
lacrosse the patriarch of Michigan club,
sports. Over the past seven campaigns,
the Blue stickmen have won over 75 per
cent of their matches, a mark which
has earned them a large degree of
respect among regional rivals, in-
cluding Michigan State.
The lacrosse club schedules an
exhibition slate in the fall, during which
veteran players sharpen their skills and
novices familiarize themselves with the
See SOCCER, Page 12
operations, places highest priority
upon "drop-in" recreation, unstruc-
tured activity which is geared strictly
to the individual's leisure time. A good
portion of the time, facilities are set
aside for "drop-in" use. This includes,
among other things, the running tracks,
basketball courts, weight rooms, and
To makeit convenient for the Univerj
sity community to use these facilities,
the four recreation buildings located in
various areas around campus. The
CCRB, tpened only four years ago, is
located on the corner of Geddes and
Washtenaw Ave., and is also accessible
by the footbridge leading from central14
campus to the Hil dormitories; the In-
tramural Sports luilding (IMSB) is on
Hoover, a half blo~k west of State St.;
the North Campus Recreation Building
(NCRB) is on the iorthwest corner of
Hubbard and Murfiu Drives; and the'
Sports Coliseum stards at the corner of
Hill and Fifth. The department has
brochures which detal drop-in hours at
ON A _ MORE structured level, in-
tramural competition gives everyone
the opportunity to engage in activities
on a competitive basis. The IM
program has a year-rowd offering of
sports which are divid&c into various,
divisions: residence hall, fraternity,
faculty/staff, graduate, and indepen-
dent. A lump-sum entry fee system
normally is used, whereby a team can
enter individuals in several sports for'
one fixed price.
Wherever there's competition, there
must usually be officials to regulate it,
and the IM department hires hundreds
of student officials each year. If you're
new to the craft, the department will
train you in your specific sport. What's
more, IM officials are paid.
On several occasions, the department
sponsors clinics on specialized topics.
Last year, for example, experts con-
ducted a seminar/clinic on nutrition
and diet which proved to be highly suc-
cessful. Watch the Daily's "Billboard"
heading for times and dates of these
At press time, building hours for this
fall had yet to be finalized. Check with
the department (phone numbers are
listed on. page 12) to see when each
building is open for use.
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