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Page 4-The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday-April 22,1991

Alexander passes on Blue,
says yes to Virginia hoops

Young gymnasts eye
next year after NCAAs

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by Albert Lin
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan's basketball recruiting
class, already considered the best in
the nation, will not get any better.
Yet.
Oak Hill (Va.) Academy point
guard Cory Alexander announced
Saturday his intentions to play for
Virginia.
"Home is where the heart is," he
said at a press conference attended
by 250 onlookers. "That's where my
mom is. So I'd like to announce that
for the next four years, I'll be a
(Cavalier)."
The Wolverines are still waiting
on Detroit Southwestern guard
Voshon Lenard, but Lenard is ex-
pected to attend Minnesota.
The 6-foot-1 Alexander averaged
159 points and 9.4 assists last sea-
son for Oak Hill, which finished 27-
1 and was rated the third-best prep
squad in the country by USA Today.
He capped his career by being named
to the McDonald's and Parade All-
American teams.
His final decision came down to
Michigan and Virginia. The Wolver-
ines made a strong surge after the

McDonald's All-America game.
Alexander became friends with the
four Michigan recruits at the game,
but the opportunity to start at Vir-
ginia, and his relationship with Oak
Hill teammate Thomas Burrough -
who signed with the Cavaliers in
the early-period - won out.
"I think I really decided
Thursday before I came home (to
Waynesboro, 23 miles from the
Virginia campus)," Alexander said.
"I've been gone (at school) two
years. It's about time I came home.
... I've never been as close to anyone
in as short a period of time as
(Burrough).
"I have confidence in my abil-
ity," he added. "I think I'll do ev-
erything I have to in order to win
the (starting) spot."
Cavalier head coach Jeff Jones is
excited about his new point guard.
"He really brings the total pack-
age," he said. "He is very talented
and knows how to lead a team. I
look for Cory to contribute right
away."

JUS JUAREZ
Michigan's Kalei Beamon hits a backhand during her match Saturday
against Gopher Jenny Margues. Beamon prevailed, 6-1,6-4.

by Charlie Wolfe
Daily Sports Writer
As the archaic life axiom pon-
ders, "Is it the end, or just another
beginning?"
That is question that faces the
Michigan men's gymnastics team
today, one day after five Wolverines
made the trek back from the NCAA
Championships held at Penn State.
Without a doubt, the completion of
nationals brought the 1991 gymnas-
tics season to a close, but it also
marks the beginning of a very
promising 1992 season.
This is the very enticing point in
the eyes of the Wolverine team
members, especially after the most
Michigan gymnasts to attend na-
tionals in quite some time only
completed competition two nights
earlier. Add to that the fact that all
five of those gymnasts, and 12 of 13
team members overall, will be re-
turning next year, and you have a
solid basis for excitement for the
season to come.
"This was definitely a positive
note to the end of our season, having
so many qualifiers in finals again,"
coach Bob Darden said. "And they
all only have next year to look for-
ward to."
Michigan had two juniors and
three frosh gymnasts qualify to
compete at Penn State in various in-
dividual events. And though none of
the five were able to garner a na-
tional championship, the Wolver-
ines are brimming with confidence
at the accomplishments of such a
young team.
"Just making it (to nationals) as
a freshman is quite an accomplish-
ment," first-year gymnast Jorge

TENNIS
Continued from page 1
the three doubles matches as Berg
and Lev defeated Iowa's No. 1 team
of Catherine Wilson and Tiffany
Tiefenbach, 6-1, 6-1.

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In the other two doubles
matches, Pratt and Beamon fell in
straight sets to Andrea Calvert and
Tracey Donnelly, and Miyuki
Moore and Peyton won in three sets
over Malik and Lisa Worzniak, 3-6,
6-2, 6-3. Sunday's match proved to
be a microcosm of the season, as once
again the Wolverines were forced to
overcome injuries.
"We've been able to do what we
needed to all year without playing
with a full lineup," Ritt said. "We
got a lot of contributions from
everyone."
Because Lev played No. 5 singles
Sunday, she finished the season 12-5
at No. 6 singles. She finished with
the third best No. 6 record in
Michigan history.

Camacho said. "Definitely, you
would like to do real well on your
routine, but just being there is a lot
more than most other people can
say."
Camacho made the most of
"being there" by scoring a 9.65 on
the floor exercise during prelimi-
naries, good for 13th position. But it
wasn't enough, as only the top eight
scores qualified for individual fi-
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joined Camacho in the floor exercise
scoring a 9.55, good for 22nd in the
nation, and placed 31st with a 9.225
on the vault.
The juniors, JimtRound and
Glenn Hill, had a little tougher
time in their events. Round com-
peted on the still rings and placed
38th in the nation with a 9.35, while
Hill wasn't able to overcome a ma-
jor flaw in his pommel horse rou-
tine and could only salvagea score
of 8.40.
As has become commonplace,
however, newcomer Royce Toni
provided the surprise of the evening.
His score of 9.60 on the parallel
bars earned him a birth in Saturday's
individual finals. Unfortunately,
Toni "missed his grip" during his
finals routine and had to settle for a
9.15 and a 10th place finish in the
nation. Still it was a promising ef-,
fort from a gymnast with three
years of eligibility remaining, as it
was for all the other young
Wolverines.
In related action, Minnesota's
John Roethlisberger did the Big Ten
proud as he took the all-around
crown with a score of 115.45, and
Oklahoma was able to capture the
team national championship with a
score of 288.025. Oklahoma coach
Greg Buwick, obviously excited
over his team's performance, was
quoted as saying, "It's like our
motto, 'It's not over untill we hang
the last of the dogs."'
As for Michigan's fortunes,
coach Darden is confident that the
Wolverines will be able to hang a
few dogs"of their own soon.
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next year, the freshman being in a
more experienced position as
sophomores, and the recruits coming
in, we should be knocking on the
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