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Page 10- The Michigan Daily- Friday, September 21, 1990



Big Blue


by Andy Do Korte
Daily Sports Contributor
With a win two weeks ago at the
Lady Wolverine Invitational and a
third place finish last week at the
University of Minnesota, the Michi-
gan women's golf team is showing
some of its potential. The biggest
test of the season, however, will
take place this weekend in Madison,
Wisconsin when the team competes
in the Lady Northern Intercollegiate
Besides the Big Ten Champion-
ships in the spring, the meet will
provide the only competition con-
sisting of all Big Ten schools on
one course.
One of LeClair's concerns centers
on the dominance of the sport by
perennial powerhouse Indiana.
"Every year I've been the coach,
Indiana has been the force in the
sport," coach Sue LeClair said.
Indiana is the defending champion of

both the Lady Northern Intercol-
legiate Tournament and the Big Ten.
Other than Minnesota, Iowa, and
Wisconsin, the team has not seen
any Big Ten teams this year. The
lack of exposure is troublesome
only because of the surprise factor,
certainly not inexperience - the
current squad did not lose any golfers
to graduation last year.
While she is not predicting a
victory, LeClair is optimistic. "I
think a lot depends on our first round
play. The first round is always our
high round, after that we seem to
settle down and play better."
Said LeClair: "We have the
potential to beat each of the three
teams we have faced and with our
improvement, I think we will fare
by David Kraft
Daily Sports Contributor
After a strong finish last year that
included a 20-9 record overall, 7-6 in

the Big Ten, the Michigan women's
tennis team looks forward to the
coming season with high expecta-
tions. One reason is that there are
four returning starters on coach
Elizabeth Ritt's squad.
Ritt, now in her seventh season,
will rely on junior No. 1 singles
player Christine Schmeidel to lead a
competitive team with great depth.
Last year, Schmeidel posted an im-
pressive 25-4 record.
Schmeidel, of course, is not the
only member who will play an inte-
gral role. Senior No. 2 singles
Stacey Berg (20-9 last year) and
sophomore sensation third singles
Kelli Beamon (22-7) will pair up to
form a tough second doubles team.
In addition, the third doubles
tandem of juniors Lindsay Aland and
Jennifer Lev look to repeat their
strong performance of last year sea-
son in which they were 7-1.
Although another decent season
is expected, the team does hope to
improve on its fifth place finish in
last year's Big Ten Championships.

While the Big Ten tournament re-
mains several months away, the
team will be contested by a strong
field this weekend at the North
Carolina State Tournament in
Raleigh, North Carolina. After the
weekend competition, the team will
have a month off until the presti-
gious All-American tournament in
Los Angeles during late October.
by Ken Artz
Daily Sports Contributor
The Michigan men's soccer team
is rolling into Ypsilanti this week-
end, putting their three-game win
streak on the line against the Eastern
Michigan Hurons.
When asked the reason for the
team's recent surge, first-year coach
Don Schwartz was quick to reply
with, "the midfield." Senior Co-cap-
tain Todd Neff has switched over
from the striker position to solidify
the midfield. Neff is tied for the team
lead in goals, along with stopper
Tim Puckett and forward Eric
The team is finally beginning to
show signs of improvement after a
sluggish 2-3 start. In their last vic-
tory, over Western Ontario, the team
"played better in that game than in
the two previous victories," accord-
ing to Schwartz.
Starting three-year defenseman
Rob Albritton echoed his coach's
statement by saying, "up until
Wednesday's game we were ques-
tionable as to the way we were play-



- Country
by Jim Foss
Daily Sports Contributor

The Michigan women's cross
country team heads to London, On-
tario this weekend to compete
against such teams as Yale, Ken-
tucky, and Penn State.
Michigan is fresh off of a solid
victory at the Michigan State Invita-
tional last week, where it took first
with a team total of 36 points.
If the first meet of the year is any
indication of what is to come, this
year's squad is going to be dominated
by young runners.
Sophomore Amy Buchholz was
the top Wolverine runner in the meet
finishing third in a time of 17 min-
utes, 55 seconds. Rookie Jennifer
Armstrong, who will be returning
home to London, Ontario for this
weekend's race, was fourth in 17:57.
"We are not as experienced (as
last year), but if we stay focused, we
should do well," Foster said.
Yale is traditionally strong in
cross country and Kentucky finished
second at the NCAA Championships
last year.
by Ken Su aura
Daily Sports contributor
With an impressive victory at the
Michigan State Invitational last
Saturday, the men's cross-country
team heads into the Western Ontario
Invitational this Saturday with ex-
pectations of a second straight win.
Excellent runs from Brad Bar-
quist, Tony Carna and Jeff Barnett,

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who finished second, third an*
seventh, respectively, give head
coach Ron Warhurst reason to be
"Hopefully, we're going to
win," Warhurst said. "We're looking
for a nice, solid performance." The
Wolverines headline the 14 team
field, which includes the likes of
Yale, Kentucky and several Canadian
The course itself should be to th
team's liking. Warhurst said, "It's
longer (10,000 meters), and that's
more to our liking. Our guys are
longer distance runners and it's to
their advantage to run longer."
As team goals are concerned,
Warhurst is looking to close down
the time gap between his first and
seventh place runners to under 40
seconds. He also hopes to see Ba.
quist and Carna finish among the top
four in a field of over 100 runners.
Co-captain Barquist shares War-
hurst's view that depth and talent
will allow the team, which finished
eighth in the Big Ten last year, to
seriously contend for victories this
Saturday and in weeks ahead. "We'll
be a contender for the Big Ten for
the first time since 1980, which is
really exciting," Barquist said.
Continued from page 1
of Tommy as a real viable player
and quarterback gives everybody
renewed hope.
"It's a tremendous psychological
help to our football team at this
particular time."
Neither junior Jim Bonds nor
Maddox showed any dominance in
UCLA's 34-14 opening loss to
Oklahoma. Each quarterback threw
two interceptions en route to the
defeat. "Oklahoma's ? good
defensive football team and we were
unable to move the football,"
Donahue said. "We did not really
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Stanford, 32-31.
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anchored by senior Eric Turner, an
All-America candidate.
"Eric Turner is the type of
player on their defense like the
49ers would want out of a Ronnie
Lott," Moeller said.
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