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Netmen invade twin city;
seek 13th straight title

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By TOM SHAHEEN
Michigan's men's tennis team invades
Minneapolis, Minnesota today as an
overwhelming favorite to capture its
13th consecutive Big Ten tennis title, in
the 71st annual conference meet held
today through Sunday.
Coach Brian Eisner's netters enter
the tournament as the ninth-ranked
team in the nation and as the only Big
Ten team to hold an unblemished
conference record. The Wolverines'
fone setback came at the hands of the
top-ranked team in the country,
California-Berkeley.
Last year's defending champion at
number three singles, Michael Leach,
will occup Michigan's first singles
position where he will face stiff

opposition from undefeated Ernie
Fernandez of Ohio State. -
"I'm as optimistic as anybody," said
Leach. "Our team is trying not to be
overconfident. Fernandez will be tough
at number 1. Nothing is decided until
Sunday," he added.
Fernandez emphasized that
Michigan is going to the tournament
without being "up" for the rest of the
teams in the Big Ten.
"We're pretty confident," said
Fernandez. "Michigan has to fight nine
other schools in order to win it."
And about his own match, Fernandez
stated that the key to his game will be
his serve. If he serves well, he feels that
no one can beat him.
In addition to Leach, Michigan
returns two other conference
champions in Matt Horwitch, the
number two winner last year and Jack
Neinken, winner at number six.
Horwitch, 16-3 overall and undefeated
at the second singles position is favored
to win at that position this year.
Neinken moved up to number five this
SCORES
BASEBALL
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Milwaukee 9, Baltimore 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 9, Chicago 6
HOCKEY
Philadelphia 7, Minnesota 3 ,
Buffalo 2, N.Y. Islanders 0
NASL SOCCER
Cosmos 3, Toronto 1

season where he posted a 9-0 league
record. His toughest competition should
come from Indiana's Jeff True.
Coach Eisner's first doubles
combination of Leach and Horwitch are
undefeated at that position, winning all
15 of those contests. They both are
returning to the tournament as all-
Conference netters from 1979.
Wisconsin's Ken Thomas, the number
three singles champion in 1978, and
Dave Pelisek are the only doubles pair
to seriously challenge the two
Wolverines for the title.
Other Wolverines expected to
perform extremely well are number
four singles player Jud Shaufler, who
finished 8-1 in the Big Ten this year;
Mark Mess, the number three standout,
with an overall record of 18-1; and Tom
Haney, who rounds out the sixth
position in this very strong Michigan
lineup.
Looking to bring Michigan's
dominance to an abrupt halt are Ohio
State, Indiana and Wisconsin. The
Buckeyes boast a 17-4 overall mark and
a 7-1 slate in the Big Ten, and should
provide the only serious challenge to
Michigan. Indiana, the surprise of the
league lost but twice in the conference,
one of those to Michigan, 7-2.
Wisconsin, another strong team, lost
three matches in the Big Ten all season,
those being to Michigan, Ohio State and
Indiana. Northwestern is another team
to consider, but last year's runnerup
seriously lacks the depth to beat a
Michigan or an Ohio State.
So heading into the event this

morning at 9 a.m., it looks as if.
Michigan will run away with it. The
Wolverines are 17-1 overall and have
defeated all 9 of the opponents they
faced in the Big Ten this year. And all of
the victories have been quite
convincing, including shutout wins over
Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue and
Michigan State. If the Wolverines are
overconfident as Ohio State's
Fernandez would like them to. be, it
could pose a real problem. But
Michigan has not had much of a
problem in this respect so far, this
season. It will be decided Sunday.

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Matt Horwitch
returning champ

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CAMPBELL CHECKS UP:
Fidrych's fate?
DETROIT (AP)-The future of "My greatest hope is that Mark can
Detroit pitcher Mark "The Bird" pitch again. But hope springs eternal, I
Fidrych will be decided this weekend guess. I just don't know, though. I wish
when ,Jim Campbell, the Tigers' I did."
resdent and geeral mnageris After posting a 19-9 record in his
the sore-armed right-hander at the rookie season, Fidrych injured his knee
club's Triple-A farmclub. during spring training the following
Campbell is flying to Evansville, year, 1977. After the knee healed, he
Ind., today to huddle with Fidrych, hurt his arm and he never has been the
Triplets Manager Jim Leyland and same since. Fidrych was 6-4 in 1977, 2-0
Chuck Murphy, general manager of the in 1978 and 0-3 last season.
American Association club.
MURPHY SAID in a telephone
FIDRYCH, WHO was on the Tigers' conversation yesterday that Fudrych
spring training roster, was shipped to "has no velocity, no snap" when he
the minor leagues just before Detroit pitches.
broke camp. "He won't say his arm hurts," a
In four starts at Evansville, however, somewhat exasperated Murphy said.
the 1976 American League rookie of the "He'll doubletalk you. He doesn't have
year has pitched 15% innings, giving up anything. on the ball. He's just not
25 hits, is 0-2, and has a 9.39 ERA. pitching like he used to."
In his last start, Friday, Fidrych Murphy said, however, that Fidrych
pitched to four men, getting one out and has changed his motion while throwing
giving up three hits against Oklahoma in the bullpen the past week. In the
City. meantime, the 25-year-old Fidrych is
out of the Triplet's rotation.
"I DON'T HAVE the first idea what Campbell would not rule out surgery
we're going to do," Campbell said on Fidrych's weak right shoulder,
yesterday. "I'm just going down to although he conceded that such an
visit. Certainly, we're concerned about operation on baseball pitchers
Mark and his arm. generally have been unsuccessful.

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Linksters shoot for
OSU in North Inv.

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By M. J. SCHNEIDER
Earlier this season, it may have been
the impossible dream. This weekend,
Michigan's men's golf team hopes to

make the dream-beating Ohio
State-a reality.
As hosts of the Northern
Intercollegiate Invitational, the Blue
linksters know the course better than
their competitors, which may be a
distinct advantage. Despite this
advantage, Michigan coach Tom Simon
refused to predict victory.
"Obviously there is an advantage to
playing your home course," said
Simon. "But I'm not going to say we'll
win.
"The favorites- have to be Ohio
State," projected Simon. "Ohio State is
a good team and they're playing well."
Michigan started the season slowly,
finishing 19th in a field of 24 teams at
the Kepler Invitational, hosted by Ohio
State. Last week, at Wisconsin, the
Wolverines notched a third place finish,
behind tournament winner Ohio State
and runners-up Michigan State.
"We have a good team," said
Simon. "It's just a matter of putting it
all together."
The Invitational begins today and
runs through Sunday here in Ann
Arbor.

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Golf coach Simon
homecourse advantage?

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