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Ice hockey
vs. Ferris State
Tomorrow and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Thursday, November 1, 1990

Women's swimming
vs. Oakland University
Tomorrow, 6 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

Page 8

Women's

tennis shifts gears

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'M' rotates doubles partners for weekend state tournament

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by Becky Weiss
When the Michigan women's
tennis team travels to East Lansing
Sunday for the State of Michigan
Tournament, it will be hoping to
gain more than just experience. The
outcome of the doubles matches
should help determine pairings for
regular season play.
"We're trying several new
doubles combinations to see how
well they play together and (their
results) could have an impact on our
spring lineup," Michigan coach
Elizabeth Ritt said.
Junior Christine Schmeidel's
bout with tendonitis may not allow
her to play, Ritt indicated, and her
absence leaves room for juniors
Freddy Adam and Kim Pratt to team
up at first doubles.
Another new combination will be

captain Stacey Berg and sophomore
Kalei Beamon at second doubles.
Neither pair played together during
the Indiana Fall Tournament or the
North Carolina State Classic, the
Wolverines' first two tournaments of
the season.

can be misleading.
"A lot depends on the draw," she
said. "If our No. 2's all draw No.
1's, it would be a more difficult
match (than if it were in head-to-head
competition)."
Though the format of the tour-

'We're trying several new doubles combin-
ations to see how well they play together'
- Michigan women's tennis coach
Elizabeth Ritt

team is to win all the flights. We
want to see all Michigan finals. i
possible."
This tournament is unusual in
that there will be eight singles
positions to fill instead of the usual
six, which Ritt feels "will give alt
players a good opportunity to get
some matches in," while alsa
boosting Michigan's confidence.
Ritt is looking for improvement
from everyone, since the Wolver2
ines' last tournament was in early@
September, and they have had a few;
weeks to prepare.
"We have all six starters back anc
everyone is playing well," Ritt
added. "We're hoping for some morn
aggressive play in doubles and
smarter points in singles."

Like the previous two matches,
this tournament is an individual
flighted tournament in which each
team's No. 1 and No. 2 entrants are
put in the same draw. Each team's
No. 3 and No. 4 entrants then form a
separate draw. According to Ritt, the
results of this type of tournament

nament has changed, and will not be
scored, Ritt still considers these
matches against Michigan State,
Western Michigan and Eastern Mich-
igan crucial.
"All the matches are important in
terms of confidence," the coach said.
"Our goal for the tournament as a

Sophomore Kalei Beamon teams up with Stacey Berg at second doubles
this weekend in the State of Michigan Tournament in East Lansing.

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by Adam Miller and quality special tea
Daily Sports Writer not decide the game.
Michigan fans, can you smell the roses? Of Plain and simple,
course not, but maybe you can smell cotton or win this one with its o
citrus. However, with the Big Ten season half back Jason Verduzco, w
over, two#other schools are ready to start last week against W
booking flights to Pasadena. individual who never lik
Iowa at Illinos Filling the shoes of the
There wild be a big party Saturday in and the Illinois offens
Champaign. Hayden Fry's boys may be good Rodgers and the rest oft
this year, but they will be no match for the The chant of "R
Illini Rose Bowl machine. throughout Memorial
Don't get me wrong. No. 5 Illinois and No. night.
13 Iowa both have solid, experienced defenses Indiana at Michigi

Saturd
roses,,
ins, but these areas will
the Fightin' Illini will
)ffense. Illinois quarter-
ho had an adequate game.
isconsin, is an intense
kes to settle for adequate.
departed Jeff George, he
e -should out-class Matt
the Hawkeyes.
ose Bowl!" will echo
Stadium long into the,
an State-

lay brings
Champaign
There's only one thing that Indiana can
console itself with going into this game. The
Hoosiers can't play worse than they did last
week in their 45-19 loss to Michigan. The Old
Brass Spittoon will be up for grabs in East
Lansing this weekend, and the Spartans should
take it home with ease.
Once again, offense should be the key factor.
State has a consistent quarterback in Dan Enos,
while Indiana hasn't quite known what to expect
from its quarterback "tandem" of Trent Green
and Chris Dyer. Furthermore, the Green and
White need a victory to stay in the hunt for a
bowl berth.

GILL
Continued from page 1
coached, loved the game of football,
and never left the school.
"We look back at a guy like
Bennie Oosterbaan and say, 'That
was a great guy."'
No one may choose to differ.
This man won 63 games, three Big
Ten Championships, a Rose Bowl
and a national title in his 11 years
(1948-58) as the Wolverines' grid-
iron leader.
While a student in the 1920's, he
lettered in three sports a total of nine
times, and was a football All-
American three times.
But there were no boisterous
shouts and no egoistic attempts for
attention.
"He was a junior when I came in
as a freshman," recalled Kip Taylor,
the man who caught the first
touchdown in Michigan Stadium. "I
was so much in awe of this All-
American. Yet, he would always
take the time and come over and
visit with me. It was a thrill to be in
his company.
"He was a soft spoken man - I
don't think I ever heard him swear."
This quiet mannerism led him to
quietly tell Schembechler years later
that, while he respected his coach-
ing, he thought he should "calm
down."
There's a famous photo, Schem-
bechler recalled, that was taken
shortly after he arrived at Michigan.
It contained all the big coaches after

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