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The Michigan Daily
Tuesday, December 5, 1989
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Trio stars in Vegas
for Blue wrestlers
Davi s departure paves
,way for improvement
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan volleyball coach Joyce Davis' resignation yesterday may have
turned a few heads, but it should hardly have come as a surprise.
Davis had yet to impress her critics in her four-year tenure, compiling a
50-83 overall record, marred by two back-to-back 1-17 Big Ten seasons.
The Michigan athletic department likes winners, and from what Davis
displayed as the Wolverine coach, she is not a winner. Speculation that she
would be fired persisted for much of the season, perhaps leading one to
believe that if she did not resign, she would have been given her pink slip
Iowa volleyball coach Ruth Nelson and Minnesota coach Stephanie
Schleuder both confirmed that word of the head coaching job opening at
Michigan reached them in yesterday's mail, which means that the
announcement must have been made public to other coaches before Davis
Obviously the athletic department knew about Davis' decision well
before the announcement.
Regardless, Michigan needs to improve its volleyball program, and with
a new coach on the way, the athletic department has ample opportunity to
The players showed a great deal of potential this past season, illustrating
that they do not deserve most of the blame for the dismal season. Davis
herself must shoulder much of the blame.
Throughout the season, Davis coached from a distance, attending the
by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
The Wolverine wrestling team
finished sixth this weekend at the
highly competitive Las Vegas
Arizona State took the honors in
a field that featured six of the top
nine ranked teams in the country.
Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Indiana,
and Iowa State rounded out the top
Although no Wolverine won his
weight class, two of them finished
second in their respective weight
classes: Fritz Lehrke at 190 pounds,
and Sam Amine at 158.
Lehrke's victory was particularly
impressive because he defeated
Oklahoma's Joe Stafford, the top
seed, in the semifinals.
"That was a tremendous win for
him," said Michigan head coach Dale
Bahr. "Fritz did a real fine job for
Lehrke, a junior in eligibility,
dropped the final match to Lehigh's
Matt Ruppel, who is ranked third
nationally. Lehrke suffered a cut to
his right eyeball in the match with
Stafford, which may have been a
Joyce Davis resigned as head coach of the Michigan volleyball team
games in body only. On the one occasion that she actively directed the
Wolverines, they upset first-place Minnesota for their sole conference
A serious liability to the volleyball program had always been its lack of
scholarships. However, this year Davis possessed twelve full scholarships to
work with. But the team continued to struggle.
Davis may not have been a poor coach, as evidenced by the Minnesota
victory, but she certainly proved to be a poor leader.
Davis failed a coach, but perhaps future teams will show that she did
indeed accomplish something while she headed the program.
factor in the final.
"I thought I could beat him,"
said Lehrke. "I hung with him, but I
just slipped a little toward the end."
Amine, another redshirt junior
who is ranked twelfth in the country,
continued to build an impressive
record. He beat Wade Zimmerman of
Fresno State, the nation's second-
best wrestler at 158, on his way to
the runner-up spot.
"Sam has become one of our
most consistent winners, Bahr said.
Amine's run at the
championship was stopped by Steve
Hamilton of Iowa State, third in the
country and the tourney's second
Despite these fine performances,
Bahr was most pleased with the
third-place finish of heavyweight
Phil Tomek. Tomek, a sophomore,
was victorious over Oklahoma
State's Kirk Mammen, who holds
the number three spot in the land,
thus winning the consolation final.
"I'm really pleased with Phl,
Bahr said. "He wrestled with more
confidence. He made the jump this
weekend into being a great wrestler."
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