P0g* 2-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 6, 1990
A NEW ERA
by Theodore Cox
Daily Sports Writer
-A little over halfway through the
season, the Michigan women's
volleyball team lost to Wisconsin,
15-4, 15-7, 15-2. It was the seventh
straight Big Ten loss for the
Wolverines. After the match coach
Joyce Davis said three words that
summed up all of last year:
,-W e were bad."
For the second straight season,
Michigan went 1-17 in the Big Ten.
The. only highlight of the fall was
when the Wolverines (11-20 overall)
Beatfirst*place Minnesota, 10-15,
15-8, 15-17, 16-14, 15-7, to pick up
their only conference win after nine
But by then it was too late for
Da.vis to turn things around.
"To a point, there's no way she
could communicate with the
athletes," assistant coach Youde
Wang said after the season was over.
"Her credibility was gone."
Davis was forced to resign in
December after four years with the
team. The administration decided it
was time to improve the program
and spent the winter searching for a
The effort paid off, and on
February 21, Peggy Bradley-Doppes
was named to the vacant position.
Bradley-Doppes left a strong
program at the University of North
Carolina to come to Ann Arbor.
Last fall she was named Atlantic
Coast Conference Coach of the Year.
In 1988 she guided the Tarheels to
an A.C.C. Championship and the
past two seasons her team received a
NCAA Tournament bid.
New coach aims to
put Blue on top
Peggy Bradlee-Doppes, 1989 ACC volleyball Coach-of-the-Year, was hired
after the spikers endured two consecutive 1-17 seasons.
Men's Track & Cross-Country:
If the men's track and cross
country programs were to be
personified, one could say they have
And if that . description is
accurate, the two teams should
prepre themselves for new and
exciting experiences next year-
, The 1989 version of the men's
cross country team went through a
rebuilding year after losing some of
its best members to graduation.
Consequently coach Ron Warhurst
fielded a varsity squad composed
completely of first year runners.
When the District IV cross
country meet came to Ypsilanti last
November the team's inexperience
showed. The harriers mustered a
mere 18th place finish out of 29
teams competing. Only the top four
teams in the meet advanced to the
NCAA finals. Central Michigan
won the meet and Ball State finished
All of the squad's runners return
this year, including last year's team
leaders Matt Smith and Sean Sweat.
Warhurst said he expects marked
improvement from his team this
year because all of his returning
letter-winners gained significant
varsity experience last year.
The men's track team also returns
last year's top performer - senior
pole vaulter Brad Darr. In last year's
prestigious Penn Relays, Darr set a
personal record, a Michigan varsity
record, and an all-time Penn Relays
record with a vault of 17-feet-10 1/4
Darr became the first Michigan
thinclad to win a field event at the.
Penn Relays since fellow pole
vaulter Jim Stokes did in 1978. To
top it off, Darr accomplished his feat
with a pole he had never used before.
Michigan coach Jack Harvey calls
Darr, "without a doubt one of the
nation's premier collegiate pole
On Page One:
(Clockwise from top left) Mich-
igan basketball coach Steve Fisher
celebrates as Michigan has just
earned a trip to the Final Four in
1989 (photo by David Lubliner);
Michael Taylor lifts the Brown Jug,
which goes to the winner of the
Michigan-Minnesota game (photo
by Jose Juarez); A fan raises a rose
in celebration after the Wolverines
lin-ched a Rose Bowl birth against
Ohio State (photo by Juarez);
Captains Mike Moes (left) and Alex
Roberts celebrate the hockey team's
second consecutive Great Lakes
Invitation Championship (photo by
uarez); Mike Barrowman rejoices
ter setting a new NCAA record for
the 200-yard breastroke (photo by
uarez); The women's swim team
celebrates a Big Ten Championship
(photo by Juarez).
from all of us
But don't expect Bradley-Doppes
to have Michigan in the Tournament
for a year or two. She will be
without the squad's top three players
who graduated last year.
"There's no doubt that with
Karen (Marshall), Carla (Hunter),
and Kim (Clover) all graduating, we
have our work cut out for us,"
Bradley-Doppes said. "It's going to
be hard to replace that."
Another problem Bradley-Doppes
is the victim of is recruiting. She
wasn't hired until the end of
February, which gave her limited
time to find players.
"When I was at U.N.C., I
recruited and signed those kids to go
to U.N.C., so my recruiting class
was finished February 14," Bradley-
Doppes said. "I didn't accept the
position at Michigan until some
time after that, so the timing was
incredibly bad. There's no way I can
hedge on that; it was terrible.
"But, we've managed to have
what I consider a very good
recruiting class considering the
conditions. We have a nice player
from Canada, a strong offensive
player at 6-foot-2 1/2 inches and a
nice player from Chicago.,
The Wolverine hopes for im-
provement will key on six players.
Senior Julia Sturm will plug the
middle with sophomore Michelle
Horrigan. Junior Autumn Collins
and Tarnisha Thompson will handle
setting, while junior Kristen Lang
and sophomore Hayley Lorenzen
will protect the Michigan outside.
Continued from page 1
the corner of Church and South
University streets and slapped high
fives. Entertainment was provided by
people trying to take down the
blinking red light above the
intersection or when the awning at
China Gate fell. Sure, it got a little
rowdy, and some unneeded vandalism
occurred, but anyone there will never
forget the feeling.
Michigan also is hockey. There
is no more exciting a place to spend
a sports fans' Friday or Saturday
night than in the old barn known as
Yost Ice Arena - especially when
Michigan State comes to town.
Then, the old place really shakes.
The Wolverines have an up-and-
coming program that just missed the
NCAA tournament last season.
Former NHL Star and coach, as well
as Michigan graduate, Red Berenson
should lead a young team into the
promised land this year.
Michigan, sadly, is probation.
The baseball team under Bud
Middaugh used to represent a proud
program which saw such stars as
Chris Sabo, Jim Abbott, and Barry
Larkin develop into top players and
men. Now, those years are the
biggest black mark in the history of
the University's athletic program.
Middaugh, thankfully, is gone -
but he left behind a team that was
placed on probation by the Big Ten
for two years. It is the first time any
Michigan team ever received such
punishment. Now, former Tiger
catcher Bill Freehan tries to sort out
Michigan is also Mike
Barrowman. The swimmer may be
Michigan's best athlete, setting
world and NCAA records in the past
And not to be forgotten,
Michigan is women's basketball.
The women grabbed everyone's
hearts last year when they
surprisingly started winning and
wound up in the NCAA tournament
for the first time ever. They even
won their first tournament game.
So, that's Michigan. Enjoy it.
It's four years of celebrating, four
years of temporary disappointments,
and four years of great times.
Field hockey hopes
to continue climb
by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan field hockey team entered last season with a new coach
and a new league, and the changes resulted in significant improvement for
After a disappointing season (6-10-4 overall; 1-6-1 in the Big Ten) in
1988, Michigan improved to 9-9-2 overall; 3-7 in the newly-formed
Midwest Collegiate Field Hockey Conference. The Wolverines hopped
aboard the maiden voyage of the MCFHC after the Big Ten dropped field
hockey as a varsity sport.
Rookie coach Patti Smith skippered the Maize and Blue as they sailed
through the early part of the season to a 6-3-2 record. Michigan split its
next four games with victories over nationally-ranked Boston College and
St. Louis. Hopes for strong finish were sunk, though, as the Wolverines
dropped four of its final five games.
Smith has some holes to patch if she hopes to keep Michigan afloat
this season, as she loses last season's top two scorers, Judy Burinskas and
Sharon Cantor, and starting goaltender, Joanne Green, to graduation.
Among the top returnees are seniors Josee Charvet, whose 11 points
last season were good enough for third on the team, and sweeper Patricia
Maran. Junior forward Krisitin Shapier is also expected to contribute
heavily on the offensive end.
Daily Sports Writer
A sixth place finish out of seven teams is not usually cause for cele-
bration. However, for the Michigan women's gymnastics team, a sixth
place finish in the 1990 Big Ten Championships was very encouraging.
"Anything better than seventh I am happy with," Michigan coach
Beverly Fry said. "I told my team that coming into the meet, and I still
say that. I am happy and I am proud of them." The Wolverines finished
last in the 1989 competition.
The highlight of the championships for the Wolverines was first year
student, Debbie Geiger's bronze medal performance on the balance beam.
"I had been working hard all season on beam, and it's nice to see that it
paid off," said Geiger.
Michigan placed three other gymnasts into the individual event finals:
Diane Armento on the vault, Eva Gordon on the uneven bars, and Laura
Lundbeck on the floor exercise.
The Wolverines had an inconsistent regular season, compiling a 5-7
record. After a season ending injury to top all-arounder Christine Furlong,
Michigan relied on strong performances from senior Wendy Comeau and
sophomore, Kim Crocker, both who previously only competed regularly
on the uneven bars.
Michigan loses five seniors: Jennifer Hescott, Wendy Comeau, Julie
Duckworth, Eileen Murtaugh, and Janna Jeffries. The Wolverines hope
that incoming scholarship gymnasts Stacey Shingell, Kelly Ann Carfora,
Nichole Simpson, and Wendy Wilkinson, will help to fill the void.
Michigan has specific goals for the 1991 season. "We want to again
improve our seating in the Big Ten and to qualify for the Regional
From Staff Reports
For the women's golf team there's good news, bad news and some
more good news.
At the 1990 Big Ten Golf Championships held in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, the women's golf team notched their highest finish in the past
"This is the closest the teams have been to each other in years," coach
Sue LaClair said. "It was exciting the team did very well."
Unfortunately, when the final rounds were completed the women had
tallied over 1300 strokes and fared no better than seventh place, just three
strokes behind sixth place Illinois. That's the bad news. The team was 76
strokes behind first place Indiana.
And that's where the good news begins again. The 1991 version of the
squad will return all six starters from last year's team including junior
Beilstein, a Pittsburgh native, led the team at the Big Ten meet with a
316 stroke total that was good for a seventh place individual finish in the
meet. Other returning linksters include, seniors Becky Hayes, Mary Hart-
man, Darcy Chandler; junior Erika Zonder; and sophmores Tricia Good
and Wendy Bigler. Hayes was the team's consistent low scorer last year.
All the good news is not lost on coach LaClair.
"Kristen and Becky play terrific golf," said LaClair. "Next year should
be an exciting one."
by Andrew Browi
;CELiLLU ULLJ i
After numerous disappointing finishes during the 1990 spring season,
the Michigan men's golf team looks for a big turn around come this fall.
Last season started off on the wrong foot as they placed 16th-out of
an18 team field at the South Florida Invitational. From that point on, it
was quite a rocky road. Tournaments in Lexington, Kentucky and
Huntington, West Virginia proved little better for the squad. But among
all the problems, some positive signs did develop - providing a positive
attitude for the rest of the spring and next fall.
The biggest accomplishment was the team's performance at the Purdue
Invitational April 7-8. The Wolverines placed 4th in a 12 team field and
finished only 7 shots behind the leader. Also, the consistent play of Tom
Paton was worth taking note of, who after suffering a rough beginning,
Graduating seniors include captain Tom Paton and Chris Pond, the two
leading players on the Wolverines this past spring. All other performers
are back, expecting big season's.
Leading the returnees will be James Carson, who will only be a
sophomore. Carson was a consistent starter for much of the spring
season. Others include Anthony Dietz, Patrick Moore, and Denny Sikkila.
Combined with this, coach Jim Carras has expressed great enthusiasm
about the 1990 recruiting class.
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