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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday -April 16, 1990
Michigan Sports
Calendar
A compilation of Michigan sporting events and
information for the coming week.
Monday, April 16
Baseball vs. Minnesota at Fisher Stadium (DH), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17
Baseball vs. CMU at Fisher Stadium, 3 p.m.
Softball vs. CMU at Varsity Diamond, 3 p.m.
Men's Tennis vs. Notre Dame at Track and Tennis (T&T)
Building, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18
Baseball vs. Michigan State at Fisher Stadium (DH), 1 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse vs. WMU at Tartan Turf, 7:30 p.m.
Women's Tennis at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 19
No events scheduled
Friday, April 20
Softball vs. Northwestern at Varsity Diamond, 3 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Minnesota.
Men's Track at Kansas Relays, Lawrence, KS.
Women's Track at Kansas Relays, Lawrence, KS.
Saturday, April 21
Football Annual Spring Game at Michigan Stadium, 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Nortwestern at Varsity Diamond, 3 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Ohio State at T&T Building, 11 a.m.
Men's Lacrosse at Big Ten Club Lacrosse League'
Tournament at Northwestern, Evanston IL.
Women's Track at Kansas Relays, Lawrence, KS.
Baseball at Illinois (DH).
Men's Golf at Akron Invitaional, Akron OH.
Men's Track at Kansas Relays, Lawrence, KS.
Sunday, April 22
Baseball at Illinois (DH).
Men's Golf at Akron Invitaional, Akron OH.
Men's Lacrosse at Big Ten Club Lacrosse League
Tournament at Northwestern, Evanston IL.
Men's Tennis at Wisconsin.
Women's Tennis vs. Indiana at T&T Building, 9 a.m.

SPARTANS GREEN WITH ENVY AT BEAMON'S CHOICE:
Blue steals one from MSU

by Jeni Durst
Daily Sports Writer
Wins and losses between the
cities of Ann Arbor and East
Lansing are well documented in
Michigan. Yet, one important vic-
tory for Ann Arbor and the area's
women's tennis team went almost
completely unnoticed this year: the
acquisition of Michigan's No. 3
seed, frosh Kalei Beamon.
Michigan State, along with many
other schools, including Georgia
Tech and Wisconsin recruited the
East Lansing native. She initially
had no intentions to even visit
Michigan until her father and coach
suggested that she look at some
other Big Ten schools. After her
trip, no doubt remained - Ann
Arbor was the place for her.
"I took my recruiting trip to
Michigan and I knew the minute I
got here that I was going to go here,
it was just one of those things where
you're like, 'Oh, wow, this is
great'," Beamon explained. "I never,
in a million years, thought I'd end
up at Michigan. At first, I wanted to
go out West... then I took the trip
here and I actually cancelled my
other two or three trips. It was a
feeling... when I got here I knew I
was going to come here."
Head coach Bitsy Ritt sensed
Beamon's excitement about becom-
ing a Wolverine and no uncertainty
remained about acquiring the first-
year sensation.
"I know she was looking at
several other schools, but I could tell
on her campus visits that she really
liked the campus and the university,"
Ritt said, "and she seemed to be very
interested in the tennis program, so I
had a good feeling about Kalei."
With her college decision
finalized, she turned her focus back
to tennis. With a last place finish in
the Big Ten tournament last season,
the Wolverine program needed fresh
cogs to turn the wheels toward im-
provement, and Beamon fit in
perfectly.
"She had extensive USTA
national experience and with her na-
tional experience, I knew she would
come in and make an immediate
contribution," Ritt said.
That contribution has been
,obvious. Since starting at third
singles and second doubles with
partner Stacy Berg, she has accumu-
lated impressive singles (12-5) and

team.
"Kalci has done a good job
handlingacademics and athletics.
With her junior (USTA) experience,
she is certainly used to playing ten-
nis under pressure, so I think she's
handled that well," sixth-year coach
Ritt said. "At the same time, as a
freshman, I know it's difficult to
fully understand how important each
match is.
a"Sometimes it can be difficult to
get mentally prepared, especially at
this point in the season. It can be
tiring and I think that gets a little bit
easier as you gain more collegiate
experience, but she's done a great
'I'd want people to
think of me as a
fighter, somebody
who wouldn't back
down from a
challenge. Somebody
who never gives up,
but keeps fighting,
fighting and going
after what it is that
she needs or want.
Never giving up'
- Kalei Beamon
job of handling the pressures of both
tennis and academics," she added.
It's this confident presence that
has allowed Beamon to cope with all
the pressures facing her this year,
both on and off the court. She is
reserved, but displays her power at
the appropriate times with either a
strong groundstroke or an exclam-
atory statement.
"She can be very intimidating to
a lot of opponents," Ritt said. "Kalei
has a quiet confidence about her. She
handles some of her emotions very
well and you often don't know what
she's feeling or thinking, but she is
confident."
Beamon will continue as a Wol-
verine driven by her positive attitude
and determination. When her years at
Michigan are over she will likely be
remembered as she would wish.
"I'd want people to think of me
as a fighter, somebody who wouldn't
back down from a challenge,"
Beamon said. "Somebody who never
gives up, but keeps fighting, fight-
ing and going after what it is that
she needs or want. Never giving up."

Men'
MUS
by Eric Berkm
Daily Sports Writ

s tennis beats
4-2, Thursday

First-year No. 3 singles player Kalei Beamon, shown here earlier this
season against Wisconsin, has helped Michigan exceed its win total
from last season.

an
er

Despite the absence of David
Kass from singles competition, the
Michigan men's tennis team defeated
Michigan State at the Track and
Tennis Building Thursday, taking

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who has been hampered by a groin
injury, in the top spot and pacing
the Wolverines with a 7-5, 6-2 vic-
tory over theSpartans' Grant Asher.
Michigan's other singles wins
came from Mitch Rubenstein, John
Karzen, and Peter Kim. Kim took
full advantage of his rare appearance
in singles competition, defeating
Jason Stanislaw 7-6, 5-7, 6-4.
Michigan State's number three
player Damon Valentino and number
five performer Tony Floreno over-
came Terry London and David
Pierce, respectively, for the Spar-
tans' only two victories of the after-
noon.
The Wolverines performed equal-
ly well in doubles play. At number
one doubles, Kass and Cuppett de-
feated Asher and Valentino, 7-5, 6-1
while Karzen and Rubenstein defeat-
ed Brad Rosenbaum and Brad Dancer,
6-4, 6-4, at number two. The third
doubles match was cancelled because
of a late start due to the preceding
women's match.
"For the team to come out and
perform this well - it was just a
great job," Eisner said.
The Wolverines next match is
Tuesday at home against No. 18
Notre Dame.

doubles (9-6) records, and along with
her teammates has helped lift
Michigan out of last year's base-
ments.
With three-quarters of their
matches behind them, the Wol-
verines 12-7 overall record already
surpasses last year's final mark of 9-
14. Beamon has played an un-
deniable role in that improvement.
"We've definitely improved a
lot... I hope I've had a part in that,"
Beamon said. "I really want to hold
up my end and go out there and play
and help this team because we need
all the matches.
"Nobody can really afford to not

hold up their end. That's really
important to me personally, I really
feel I should be there to consistently
hold up my end. That's what I want
to do this season -make sure that I
play well and do what needs to be
done. I just have to do it."
On first meeting, Beamon's ap-
parent assurance of herself is evident.
But her obvious confidence and de-
termination transcends far past the
lines of a tennis court. At a time
where just being a first-year college
student can be a trying experience,
Beamon has managed to balance this
task along with her position as an
integral part of a college athletic

Women

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basketball

Blue crew team easily defeats
Notre Dame; improves to 2-1

KarZen

four of six matches.
"We had a very good performance
against MSU, especially considering
that we were going without Kass,"
coach Brian Eisner said.
With Kass sitting out his singles
match, everyone had to move up one
notch in the lineup. Number two
player Scott Cuppett replaced Kass,

SPARTANS
Continued from page 1
second and third place finishes with
tosses of 142-11 and 123-1,
respectively. In the future, Manuel
will throw only in the javelin, but
this weekend Harvey wanted to
ensure a victory so he had Manuel
extend his range of talents.
Lukeland Gentles rounded out the
field events by winning the triple
jump with a 41-1 jump and taking
second in the long jump with a 20-
11 leap.
In both the 100 and 200, first
place was decided by hundredths of a
second. Unfortunately for the Wol-

verines, however, Michigan captain
Phil Ferguson lost out in both cases
and got only two second places.
In the 110-meter high hurdles,
Jerry Douglas and Dan Reddan
finished one and two with times of
15:99 and 16:06, respectively.
In the 400, junior Greg Duffy
finished with a 48:94 and a second
place finish.
Michigan's 4x400 relay team
also missed a first place finish by
only two hundredths of a second as
State edged them out with a time of
3:22.10.

tean salutes seniors
by Ryan Schreiber
Daily Basketball Writer
On Friday night, the Michigan women's basketball team honored its
five seniors and presented team awards to the most successful squad in
Michigan history at the 1989-90 Women's Basketball Banquet.
The Wolverines, upon completion of their 20-10 season, received their
first-ever post-season bid. They beat Oklahoma State in the first round of
the NCAA tournament before bowing out to North Carolina State. The
team set school records for overall victories and conference wins (11).
Athletic Director Jack Weidenbach, the banquet's guest speaker,
received a round of applause after he talked about his conversation with a
famous former athletic director: "I said to him, 'You know, they really
got good, Bo, after you left.' (Schembechler) did say that in basketball at
Michigan this year, it was the women's program that led the way."
The honorees were Michigan's five seniors and team leaders: forwards
Tanya Powell and Leslie Spicer, guard Tempie Brown, and centers Valerie
Hall and Joan Reiger. Powell set the all-time Michigan rebounding mark
with 820, including a single-game Big Ten record of 17 versus Purdue,
and earned MVP honors for her stellar performance this season.
Spicer, who earned a starting role midway through the season, received
Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors. Spicer continually covered the
toughest opponents on the court, blanketing them in a defense that was
unsurpassed by any other Wolverine.
In addition, Reiger was recognized as Michigan's all-time leader in
games played with 114 in her four-year career.
THE REST OF THE BEST: Two other major team awards were
doled out by the coaching staff. Outstanding Hustler was presented to
junior co-captain Carol Sczcechowski, and the Most Improved Player
went to back-up point guard Leah Wooldrige.
HEAD OF THE CREW: Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege emceed
the banquet sporting a new haircut, specially designed by the Wolverines.
Previous to Michigan's first tournament game, VanDeWege had promised
his squad that they could shave his head if they earned an NCAA bid. In
case you were wondering, his hair is about one-half of an inch in length.
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by Phil Green
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan-Notre Dame
rivalry moved to the water Saturday
when the Wolverines coasted to a 7-
1 crew victory on Ford Lake.
Michigan rebounded from a tough
loss last weekend at Cincinnati to
raise its record to 2-1.
Notre Dame defeated the Wol-
verines in the teams' previous enc-
ounters at the fall head races. But
Saturday's races were sprints, a com-
pletely different type of race.
"Here in the sprint races, which
is really what crew is all about, we
were the dominant team and we
showed it," team vice-president Tom
Weber said.
The Wolverines dominated every
aspect of the afternoon, even in de-
feat. Their lone loss, in the light-
weight men's-eight race, was by a
mere three inches.
"It was kind of disappointing,"
secretary Jon Block said. "I definitely
think we're the better boat but we
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had a poor race. I really wanted to
beat them bad. I wanted to win this
race more than races last weekend or
the week before."
However, many of Michigan's
victories were not that close.
The Wolverines' heavyweight
men's-four race, the defending Dad
Vail Regatta champions, maintained
their undefeated status with a sound
victory of three boat lengths. The
women's heavyweight four, and the
men's novice heavyweight eight also
remained unbeaten with easy wins.
Michigan will use its next two
meets, the Southern Intercollegiate
Rowing Association Regatta in Oak
Ridge, Tenn. and the Mid-American
Regatta in Columbus, Oh. to pre
pare for the year's biggest race, the
Dad Vail regatta May 11.

"I think we (the
lightweight eight) can win
two, and if we do well
surprise some people in
Vail's," Block said.

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