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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 6,1982-Page 9
James, Washington
off basketball roster "*.l.

By MARK FISCHER
It seems like everything's turning up-
side down for coach Bill Frieder and the
Michigan basketball team this season.
Seven is supposedly a lucky number,
but it currently represents just the op-
posite for the Wolverine cagers. The
team not only has seven losses in its fir-
st eight games, but has now lost a total
of seven players from its various 1981-
82 rosters. Consequently, only eight
scholarship players are left to suit up
for action tomorrow night when
Michigan hosts Wisconsin in Big Ten
opener.
JUNIOR JOE JAMES became the
latest player to leave the Wolverine
hoopsters when he quit the team last
weekend due to a lack of playingJime.
Greg Washington, a 6-3 freshman
football player who joined the team
briefly after the gridders' regular
season ended, has recently left the
team as well, because of an injured
back.
Frieder has since tried to add some
depth to his squad, however, by
recalling Gerard Rudy, a 6-5 freshman
walk on, last weekend. Rudy stopped
practicing with the cagers midway
through their preseason sessions
because of academic conflicts, but he
has a more compatible schedule this

term and will now play.
JAMES, A talented 6-5 swingman
who was expected to be a major con-
tributor this season, started in
Michigan's first four games and
averaged ten points, but has played
sparingly since. In Michigan's last
game against Alabama-Birmingham,
James was the only Wolverine who
didn't see action.
"I felt I wasn't getting enough playing.
time," said the Youngstown, Ohio
native. "And that I wasn't getting
enough playing time through the years
At the beginning of this season
James said, "I thought I would, be
playing a lot more...and I felt that at
this stage of my career I should be
playing more."
JAMES MADE his final decision to
quit after a phone call with Frieder, in
which the coach told him he wasn't
playing up to my potential."
"I just told him maybe I wasn't
playing quite up to my potential but I
thought I wasn't playing so terribly that
I had to be benched so severely,"
James continued. "But he said that if I
wasn't going to play up to my potential
he wasn't going to use me. So I had no
other choice but to sit out-if I wasn't
going to play, or just be used as ninth
man, I was wasting my time."

It was after Michigan's 71-60 loss to
Western Michigan, which dropped the
team's recoid to 1-3, that James was
first demoted to a bench role. The for-
mer Ohio Class AA Player of the Year
has averaged only six minutes and 3.5
points in the Wolverines' four games
since then.
"IT STARTED after the Western
game," said James. "Everybody
played terriblly, I felt, but Frieder chose
me and (freshman guard Leslie)
Rockymore to sit down - the next

game, we didn't start. After that I
didn't play."
When James literally "didn't play" in
the Alabama-Birmingham game, it
was, he said, "the last straw."
James noted that the team's losing
streak had "very little" to do with his
decision. "If anything. our losing
should have been a reason for him
(Frieder) to use me more."
AS THE ONLY married member of
the team, James said that his marriage
"didn't have as great an impact on his

decision to quit as people have been
saying.. If anything, it helps a lot. It
was mainly pressures from the ball and
other regsons - my studies haven't
been going that well."
Frieder has given James the option to
go out for the team again next fall, but
James said he hasn't decided yet
whether or not he will stay at Michigan.
"It's something I'm thinking a lot
about right now," said James. "I'm at
a very important stage of my life right
now."

Michigan
spiked
in AIA W
national
tourney

By BOB WOJNOWSKI
The storybook season for the Michigan women's volleyball
team ended in disappointment over the holidays, as the
Wolverines managed an eighth-place finish in the 12-team
AIAW National Championships in Tallahassee. .
Nevertheless, the spikers finished with the best record in
Michigan volleyball history at 40-17.
THE WOLVERINES opened tournament play against top-
ranked and eventual champion Texas and were routed 11-15,
2-15, 7-15. Michigan came back later in the day, however, to
defeat Pittsburgh 15-8, 15-10, 14-16, 17-15 and advanced to the
eight-team double-elimination finals.
There, they dropped the key match of the tournament, a
tough 5-15, 15-13, 7-15, 15-13, 9-15 loss to Southwest Missouri.,
And when the Wolverines fell to Texas-Arlington, 12-15, 9-15,
their fate was sealed.

"It was a tough loss (to SW Missouri)," saidhead co4
Sandy Vong after the tournament. "The team played tee
hard, and after losing in five games we were just too tired to'
face Arlington."
A 10-15, 8-15 loss to Minnesota later in the day droppe
Michigan to eighth in the tournament.
Although they lost four of five in the Nationals, tht
Wolverines can still look back on a season which includ
their first Big Ten championship, an MAIAW regional titl
and the Wolverine Invitational Championship. In additiei
they chalked up winning streaks of 10 and 12 games in ruo
ning up their 40 victories.
Individual achievements included All-Big Ten and "All,,
Regional honors to freshman Diane Ratnik and All-Regional
honors to sophomore Alison Noble. Graduating seniors are
Julie Stotesbury, Linda Cunningham, and captain Janice
Margulies.

Pistons
pummel
Sixers,
124-101,
By JIM DWORMAN
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC- For sure, there was only
one Kelly Tripucka ,on the basketball
court last night at the Pontiac .Silver-
dome. But to the Philadelphia 76'ers, it
must have seemed like there were five.
The rookie forward was all over the
court. He scored a career-high 38 poin-
ts,- grabbed 11 rebounds, and assisted
on four of his teammates baskets to
lead the Detroit Pistons to a 1247101 vic-
tory oyer Philadelphia.
"THE GUY is a pro;" said the 76'ers
all-star forward Julius Erving, as he
spent most of the night trying to keep up
with the ever-hustling Tripucka. "As
hard as he works he could be all-star
. caliber."
Tripucka was pleased about playing
so well against a player of Erving's
stature. "I have so much respect for
Doctor J. He's been In the league since I
was in junior high. It feels good to do
well against him."
Not only did Tripucka shine, but the
Pistons as a whole played well. They
took the lead midway through the first
period and never relinquished it. In
fact, Detroit outscored Philadelphia in
every quarter.
"I THINK they (the 76'ers) were a lit-
tle tired," said Piston coach Scotty
Robertson, noting that Philadelphia
was playing the last of a seven-game
road trip.
Robertson's Pistons took advantage
of their opponents' fatigue as Detroit
ran the fast break whenever possible
against the taller 76'ers. In the second
half the Pistons' excess energy was
especially apparent. Detroit prevented
a. Philadelphia comeback by scoring 72
second-half points, compared to
Philadelphia's 59.
The first half was largely a defensive
struggle with both teams playing an
aggressive, physical brand of basket-
ball. The'Sixers, however, got a little
too rough. They committed 13 fouls and
the Pistons took advantage of their op-
portunities from the free throw line.

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