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Page 12-Friday, April 7, 1978-The Michigan Daily
BLUE STAR PREPARES FOR MINNESOTA:

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Netter Ho rwitch

By BILLY NEFF
If the name Matt Horwitch comes
up in conversation in Ann Arbor, there
would probably be little reaction.
However, if that same name is men-
tioned in the town of Highland Park,
Illinois, there would be quite a
favorable response.
There is but one explanation for this
phenomenon. In Highland Park, "ten-
nis was as big as football as far as my
school was concerned," noted Horwit-
ch, the two-time state tennis singles
champion in Illinois. But in Ann Arbor,
tennis does not draw 105,000 spectators
and the Michigan men's varsity num-
ber two singles star labors in relative
obscurity.
RECENTLY THOUGH, Horwitch has
not even been laboring in obscurity as
he was laid up for seven weeks with a
broken bone in his foot.
"I was out for seven weeks and I star-
ted to go crazy. You get into a routine of
playing every day and 11 of a sudden,a
big part of your life is gone," said Hor-
witch.
His injury occurred during the team's
second match of the young campaign
against Miami of Ohio. Horwitch, a
freshman, had to default this match,
one in which he led 5-1. It was a tough
way to lose his first match ever as a
Wolverine.
IIORWITCH MAY receive the oppor-
tunity of climbing onto the winner's
trail this weekend in matches against
Minnesota (tonight at 7 p.m. in the
Track and Tennis Building) and Iowa
(tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the same
building). It all depends on coach Brian
Eisner's decision. Nevertheless, he will
be playing first; doubles with number
one singles player Jeff Etterbeek.
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weekend's upcoming matches, the pre-
business student, who is also interested
in law school asserted, "I'm coming
back faster than the, doctor thought; I
should be 100 percent in a week."
The former junior Davis Cup player
matriculated at Michigan because "it

bac kin
"I'M PLAYING asi-nuch as I would
have out there and we're one of the top
fifteen teams in the country. Also, I
think Brian (Eisner) is one, of the best
coaches in the country," noted the
mature freshman.
Before attending law school, Horwit-
ch would like to play on the professional
circuit for a couple of years. But he ad-
ded quickly that "there is not a
prolonged future in tennis. You can only
play for so long. And I don't think I
would want to teach tennis."
Being a two-time state champion,
Horwitch carried along quite a
reputation, especially since he vas
rated 26th in the nation last year for 18
and unders. Many would have expected
him to be resented by his teammates
due to all the publicity he received.
"THERE WAS (resentment) at the
beginning because therewas a lottof
speculation. I just had to win challenge
matches. The racket took care of the
matches and the situation."
In these challenge matches,;Horwitch
conquered everyone but his doubles
partner, Etterbeek, the smooth
swinging junior. One would have
thought that a nat urtal rivalry would
have developed between the two. "Not
really; obviously we both want to play
one but we're still teammates," Hor-
witch said.
For now, Horwitch will have to settle
for second fiddle but he still sets some

swing
lofty goals. "The team wants to win the
Big Tens, go to the NCAAs, and I'd like
to see us ranked in the top ten or fifteen
in the country." Individually, "Jeff and
I can go to the nationals in doubles and
do well."
THINGS WEREN'T always this rosy
for Horwitch in tennis. "When I was
about fifteen or sixteen, I was in a basic
plateau where I wasn't getting any. bet-
ter and I was very erratic." With some
help from former nationally ranked
U.S. Davis Cup player Dennis Ralston,
Horwitch changed his game around.
"He showed me some technical
things on my forehand but most impor-
tantly, he proved to me that I could do
it. Once you start believing, you can win
anytime," Horwitch said.
One thing Ralston could not help was
Horwitch's speed afoot, "I'm not one of
the 'fastest guys on the team," he
related. In order to counter this
weakness, the suburban Chicago native
relies on his serve and volley, the
strongest parts of his game.
HIORWITCH, WHO rooms with the
varsity's player Ihor Debryn, is very
pleased with his decision to come to
Michigan as is coach Eisner. "I'm very
happy that he came to Michigan. He
was the outstanding player in our
region of the country, and one of the
outstanding players in the country. He
has a great deal of natural ability; I
couldn't be more than delighted."

Matt Horwitch
has the academics I was looking for."
He had wanted to attend UCLA or Stan-
ford possibly but decided against ven-
turing out to the West Coast since he
perceived, "If I were going to Stanford
or UCLA, I would have to play tennis all
the time. Most of my buddies just wan-
ted to play tennis and were real gung-
ho, but I wanted an education."

FALK NEW CAGE COACH

Ws resigns

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Tex Winter
resigned as head basketball coach at
Northwestern yesterday and was
replaced by assistant Rich Falk.
Winter, who coached eight Big Eight
championships at Kansas State in 15
seasons, was "unable to duplicate that
success at Northwestern where he
coached the last four years.
The announcement was made by
Athletic Director John Pont. Winter

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was not available for comment and
reportedly was in California but in the
past he had referred to Falk as a "c..-
coach rather than an assistant."
Falk's ties with Northwestern date
back to the time he was a child and
watched basketball games at McGaw
Hall.'
"It has always been my dream to be
head basketball coach at Northwestern
since my earliest playing days," said
Falk.
"My ties with Northwestern athletics
have been life long as my uncle, Ernie
Nordstrom was a ticket manager and
later became an assistant athletic
director at Northwestern. I've seen
Northwestern basketball games since I
was 3 years old."
Falk, 35, has been an assistant coach
at Northwestern for nine seasons, the
last four under Winter. He also worked
one seasonunder Brad Snyder and four
under Larry Glass for whom he played
at Northwestern.

Falk set two scoring records which
still stand at Northwestern. In his
senior year in 1964 he scored 49 points in
the game against Iowa and also had 19
field goals in that game.
He is a native of Galva, Ill., where he
won the 1960 state basketball scoring
championship. le was all-state in both
basketball and football.
Winter posted a 262-117 record at
Kansas State from 1951 through 1965
and won two Midwest NCAA champion-
ships. He was named college Coach of
the Year for the 1958-59 season.
Winter also coached the Houston
Rockets in the National Basketball
Association before coming to North-
western for the 1974-75 season. His
record at Northwestern was 33-74.
Northwestern this past season had an
849 record and was 4-14 in the Big Ten,
fiinishing in a tie for last place with
Wisconsin.

AP Photo
John Schlee swings fiercely at the. ball as he hits from the 14th tee in the
Masters Golf Tournament. Such determination gave him a four under par
68, good enough for a one shot lead over Joe Inman in Augusta during
yesterday's first round action.
Schlee shots6
for Masters lead
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP)-John Schlee, a supremely confident, talkative,
38-year-old veteran whose erratic career twice has been interrupted by
injuries, birdied four holes in a row on the way to a four-under-par 68 and a
surprising one shot lead in the first round of the 42nd Masters Golf Tour-
nament.
"If, at the age of 38, I'm destined to come back and become a great
pleaser, well, other people have done it," said Schlee, a self proclaimed
disciple and pupil of Ben Hogan.
The graying, curly-haired Schlee-winner of only one title in 13 years on
the PGA Tour unabashedly called himself "a heckuva putter and a great
striker of the ball."
He also referred to his "great strength" which was much in evidence in
the gusty, tricky, shifting gales that swept the flowered, forested hills of the
7,040-yard Augusta National Golf Club Course and had most of the rest of the
star-studded field of internationalists muttering about what might have
been.
Journeyman Joe Inman, the last man on the course, had a share of the
lead until he bogeyed the 17th in the gathering gloom of late afternoon. In-
man, who habitually handles the club with a nervous, constant squeezing of
his hands, carved out a 69 that put him in second place. .
"I could have been a couple of shots better on the back nine," said Lee
Trevino, who conquered his personal nemesis with, a 38-32-70 and Oed for
third with soft-spoken, 25-year-old Bill Kratzert, considered by his peers one
of the finest of the young tourists.
"I'm kind of disappointed in a 72," said Jack Nicklaus, who only mat-
ched par in his role as favorite for a record sixth victory in this annual spring
sports classic. He was one of many at that figure.
"It could have been about four shots better," Nicklaus said. "I certainly
played and putted better than a round of par. I actually played well when the
conditions allowed me to lay well."
"I had a miserable day on the greens," said defending champion Tom
Watson, who three putted twice and missed at least four putts in the three-
four foot range while shooting a one over par 73. "I've got to get the ball in
the hole a lot faster if I'm going to do anything. "

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