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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, April 14, 1982-Page 9

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All-American Kremer:
By DAN NEWMAN
a Looking at her untied shoelaces, ragged
and baggy swpatpants you wouldn't guess
Kremer was a top athlete. Watching her lh
and the never-ending smile on her face you
believe she is Michigan's best women's tenni
But these characteristics which 4
. Michigan's number one singles player are
facade: While off the court she is relaxed a
dly, Kremer is a fierce competitor on the
fact, Kremer is considered by most as the
one women's tennis player in the Big Ten.
HER COACH and teammates have only
praise for the sophomore standout. "Throug
>..college career," said Coach Oliver Owens,
a will be one of the better players in the nation.
"Marian's an excellent tennis player ant
individual," commented teammate Jano
"She's a really good team player because s
individualistic."
Although the Memphis, Tenn. native is e:
modest, her accomplishments are quite ex
While attending Ridgeway high school, KrE
the state singles competition all three yea
tered it. Furthermore, she never lost a singl
throughout her entire high school career.
"It wasn't really that tough," commenter
on her 70-0 high school singles record. "A ki
do real well in their state."
BUT MARIAN didn't just excell in singles,
claimed two state crowns in doubles. "I rea
doubles," she said. "You can hit more volley
a totally different game from singles sini
team situation."
Tennis has always come easy to Kremer,
ted playing when she was ten. "I was so exci
played a lot that year," said Kremer, who v
Doily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER r win the state championship that same ye
NUBE NEsngepaesa oste b n C girls ten-and-under division.
NUMBER ONE singles player Marian Kremer whips a two-fisted backhand As a 12-year-old, Kremer was rank
return towards a recent opponent. The All-American sophomore (8-0) hopes nationally for her age group and until she
to go unbeaten in the Big Ten Championships next weekend just as she did teen, she was ranked ahead of Pam Shriver.
last season.

looks can be deceiving

BUT KREMER has not let success go to her head.
"She has got an excellentsattitude," said Owens.
"She's not the cocky prima donna that you might ex-
pect to find when you think of a number one player."
When asked about her greatest accomplishment,
Kremer doesn't point to her singles and doubles
titles, nor her overall (140-1) record in high school.
Instead, Kremer claims it was winning the indoor
junior nationals competition held at Pittsburg her
senior year in both singles and doubles within the 21-
and-under division. She also won the.doubles junior
nationals that year in the 18-and-under division.
"That was great because I was competing with the
country's best junior players," commented Kremer.
KREMER AND Owens attribute part of her suc-
cess to intelligent play. "Marian is extremely in-
telligent and she plays very smart on the court," said
Owens. "She also has a wide variety of shots and uses
them well."
Last year as a freshman, Kremer received All-
American honors while posting a 22-8 record during
regular season play. She also went undefeated in the
Big Ten Championships and advanced to the finals
consolation round in the National championships..
Although such accomplishments may appear dif-
ficult to improve on, Kremer is determined to
develop certain aspects of her game. "I've got to
come to the net more," said Kremer. "I'm not
aggressive enough."
OWENS THINKS that Kremer's main weaknesses
are her volleying and her doubles game. "But her
doubles play has gotten a lot stronger," said Owens.
Kremer is currently 5-1 in doubles play this season.
Perhaps you are wondering why Kremer chose
Michigan instead of a southern or Californian school
where the climate would allow her to play outdoors
all year round?
Kremer says her decision can' partially be at-
tributed to Michigan's outstanding academic
reputation. "It's great to play for a University that is
good athletically as. well as academically," said the
history and economics major.
KREMER HAS no regrets about electing to play for

Michigan. "The thing about this team (Michigan) is,
that we are really unified," she said. "Also, our coach
(Owens) is great to play for."
Owens is just as happy to have Kremer at U-M.
"Everyone likes her on the team," noted Owens.
"She's very popular, but that is not the case for most
number one players.
"Marian's got a really good handle on tennis and'
school,'' he added: "She's level-headed and she
doesn't walk around like she is queen of this earth."
ALTHOUGH Kremer's teammates find her affable
off the court, many are impressed with her ability to
dominate her opponents. "She has more trouble with
her car than she does with her opponents," said one.
Her coach notices some improvements in Kremer's
play since she began competing at the collegiate
level. "She's gotten a lot more mature and she
doesn't let one match throw her confidence off which
it occasionally did last year," he said.
Kremer's ability to bounce back was perhaps most
evident in her match two weeks ago against North
western's Randi Rosen, who had upset Kremer in an
earlier confrontation. This time, though, Kremer
easily disposed of Rosen in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
KREMER IS currently 8-0 in singles competitioin
and she hopes to qualify for All-American again this
year. However, Kremer doesn't want to make tennis
her career.
"I love tennis and I want to reach my potential,"
she explained. "But I want to make tennis a com-
plement in my life, not a profession."
It is difficult to calculate Kremer's potential, ac-
cording to Owens. "Her potential depends on what
she wants to do," he added.
Krener is more pessismistic and perhaps realistic
in her outlook. "I don't think I'm good enough to ever
be in the top ten," she said. "I still don't want to be
hanging around tennis when I'm 30 or, 40 in the world.
Also, I would hate to travel every week."
In the meantime, Kremer will continue to dominate
her collegiate opponents. So please don't let that
warm smile and vivacious southern drawl fool you,.
On the court, Marian Kremer is one tough customer.

j

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
'M' cage 1
By BOB WOJNOWSKI
Michigan head basketball coach Bill
Frieder and his assistants are on the
road today reaping the benefits of one
of the most successful recruiting years
in Michigan history.
Today is the first day that high school
basketball. recruits can officially sign
letters of intent, and Frieder is expec-
ted to gather five such signatures. The
five players, that have already verbally
committed to Michigan are: 6-9% Roy
Tarpley front Detroit Cooley, 6-8 Paul
Jokisch from Birmingham Brother
Rice, 6-9 Robert Henderson from Lan-
sing Eastern, 6-7 Mark "Butch" Wade
from Boston Tech, and 6-6 Richard
Rellford from Suncoast High in Riviera
Beach, Fla.
NO SURPRISES are expected today
as Michigan has completed its
recruiting and the five players commit-
ted to the Wolverines are not expected
to change their minds.
In other state recruiting news,
Michigan State has, to date, gained just
one verbal commitment, that from 6-5
Patrick Ford of Detroit Cass Tech. The
Spartans are not expected to sign
anyone else.
On the .national scene, seven-footer
Benoit Benjamin of Monroe, La., the
most hotly recruited of the nation's big
men, has still not decided and is repor-
tedly interested in Louisiana State,
Creighton, Grambling and Kentucky..
The top two forward prospects in the
country are considered to be Billy
Thompson of Camden, N.J., who will
sign with Louisville, and 6-9 Waymon
Tisdale of Tulsa, Okla., who is
wavering between Tulsa and
Oklahoma.

recruits ready to sign

SCORES
American League
Detroit 4, Toronto 2
Milwaukee 9, Cleveland 8 (10 inn.)
New York 6, Texas 3
National League
Atlanta 8, Cincinnati 5
St. Louis 4, Chicago3
San Francisco 3, San Diego 2
New York 5, Philadelphia 2

Softballers take two
After a week layoff, the Michigan
softball team returned to the field
yesterday and clobbered Toledo in a
doubleheader 17-0 and 7-2. The games
were originally scheduled to be played
in Toledo, but due to unplayable con-
ditions, the games were moved to Ann
Arbor.
In the first game, the Wolverines
pounded out 17 runs on 10 hits and were
helped by 7 Rocket errors. Diane Hatch
led all hitters, going three-for-four in-
cluding a triple and a home run. Pitcher
Jan Boyd improved her record to 3-1, as
she was credited-with the victory while
allowing Toledo only one hit.
SANDY TAYLOR picked up the victory
in the second game as she allowed only
two hits and one earned run. The
Michigan pitchers have a team ERA of
0.71 so far this season. Tammy Sanders
had three hits for Michigan.
"We hit the ball really good today,"
said coach Bob DeCarolis. "I'm just
glad we got a chance to play. We
haven't played in over a week and with
theBig Tens coming up this weekend we
need all the work we can get."
Tomorrow the softballers host a
doubleheader against Wayne State at
Mitchell Field starting at 3:00. This
weekend the action really heats up as
the Big Ten softball tournament will be
held Friday and Saturday at Mitchell.
New Badger coach
declines job
MADISON (AP)- Ken Anderson,
who was named last Friday as head
basketball coach of the University of

Wisconsin, said yesterday he has with-
drawn his acceptance.
"I appreciate the offer to serve as
head basketball coach at the University
of Wisconsin. I accepted it in good faith.
However, for personal reasons, I now
feel I must withdraw."
Tigers 4, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO (AP) - Jack Morris
ptiched a four-hitter and Detroit scored
two runs in the eighth inning on a
throwing error by Toronto relief pitcher
Dale Murray as the Tigers defeated the
Blue Jays 4-2 yesterday.
John Wockenfuss, who went 4-for-4
with two runs scored, led off the eighth
with an infield hit. Murray, 0-1, fielded
Lou Whitaker's bunt and tried for the
force at second but the throw sailed into'
the outfield and rolled to the wall in left-
center field, allowing Wockenfuss and
Whitaker to score.
DETROIT CUT Toronto's lead to 2-1
in the fifth inning after Larry Herndon
and Enos Cabell singled off starter
Mark Bomback, Cabell was forced at
second on Kirk Gibsons grounder but
Herndon scored when catcher Ernie
Whitt's throw to second, trying to get
Gibson stealing, bounced into center
field. In the sixth, Wockenfuss drilled
a double, moved to third on Whitaker's
single and scored on Lynn Jones'
grounder.
The Blue Jays scored their runs in the
fourth. Lloyd Moseby singled, moved
to third on a wild pickoff throw by
Morris, 1-1, and scored on Willie Up-
shaw's fielder's choice grounder. Whitt
sent Upshaw home with a two-out
double to right.

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