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Page Fourteen

THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friedler, Holman capture 11 titles

Wednesday, May 19, 197E

Success: Trademark for net stars

By BOB MILLER
For the second straight year,
Michigan's men's tennis team
will lose two of its top play-
ers, one who received a lot of
exposure, the other, not enough.
Eric Friedler and Jim Ilolnan
will graduate, and once they fin-
ish competing in the NCAA tour-
lament, their names will he ad-
led to the long list of outstand-

ing performers that led Michi-
gan to nine consecutive confer-
ence titles, and 18 of the last 22.
Friedler, a native of Evans-
ton, Illinois, enjoyed success
that few netters ever know.
A starter from his freshman
year, Friedler was a finalist
in singles and doubles each
year, and reaped a healthy
crop of sevenmedals, and a

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second place finish in his eight
title tries.
But,. upon graduation, Fried-
ler decreed, "I love tennis, but
there are other things more im-
portant to my future, my main
priority was to academics."
Friedler has decided to go to
law school, but admits, "I'd like
to take one to five years off from
school and try my hand at pro
tennis. I'll keep playing until
either my interest or money
runs out.'
The 1976 Wolverines were a
young team, and Friedler be-
ing the greybeard of the squad,
was elected by his teammates
to lead them in the capacity ol
Captain.
Friedler commented, "as the
number one player and as team
captain, I feel much greater re-
sponsibility for the team's per-
formance this year." Although
the Wolverines fielded only one
other senior and no juniors,
Friedler felt that they had some-
thing going for them they didn t
have in abundance the past few
seasons.
"We -had more of a team
concept, we probably had
greater talent last year, but
I'se never been on a team
that worked as hard as this
one," he said.
Friedler joined the team in
1973, and in his first year, wtsn
number two singles. Fried ar
teamed with Dick Raverbv for
the title at second doubles.
The following year, Frieler
took top honors at number three
singles, and along with new dou-
bles partner, Vic Amaya, cap-
tured first doubles. Last year,
he repeated his heroics at third
singles, and combined with Jer-
ry Karzen to lock- up the medal
at second doubles.
This year, the conference
tournament provided Friedler
with the opportunity to be-
come the first'eight title win-
ner in Big Ten history. But,
Friedler finally was dealt the
short end of the score, losing
to defending champion Fran-
cisco Gonzales of Ohio State.

Friedler wasn't to be denied,
however, as he and his fourth
doubles partner in four years
came away the conference
champions.
Success can be a contagious
disease, and all of Michi-
gan's tennis team is stricken.
Although he did not receive
the attention he deserved, Jim
Holman exemplified the team's
attitude and philosophy.
"Michigan tennis is so good,
and has been for a long time,"
he said, "that you have to get
caught up in that feeling of.
confidence. You get to the
point where you thought you
were the better player even
if you never before saw your

Freddy DeJesus bumped Hol-
man down to fourth singles in
the recent conference tourna-
ment, but it made no difference
to him, as he romped to his
second title in singles.
In doubles, Holman and Brad
Holland who lost at third last
year, avenged their setback to
complete the Michigan sweep of
the three doubles matches this
year.
Holman got his start in ten-
nis at age 11, and his interest
grew from there. Playing all
the area tournaments, Holman
kept improving. He credits
former coach Bill Murphy
with giving him early incen-
tive and competition, which

"Michigan tennis is so good, and has
been for a long time, that you have
to get caught up in that feeling of
confidence." -Jim Holman

opponent."
Like Friedler, Holman has an
impressive list of honors dating
back to his first days as a
starter. Holman has four Big
Ten titles to his credit, at least
one each year.
His first year was 1974, after
sitting out his freshman year.
Holman went undefeated in sin-
gles-and had only one loss in
doubles and was rewarded with
his first medal for third dou-
bles with Karzen.
In his next year, Holman
again went undefeated in sin-
gles, and for his efforts took
the title at sixth singles. He
also was runner-up in the
competition for third doubles.
This year, Holman was far
and away the stellar performer
that Coach Eisner expected.
Elevated to third singles, Hol-
man responded with wia after
win, even against Illinois and
Ohio State, when the rest of the
team faltered.

Holman felt was important.
Holman is from Ann Arbor,
and graduated from Huron High.
After some consideration to
some Eastern schools, he chose
Michigan. Academics are im-
portant to the Political Science
major, even though he confesses
he doess't quite know what to
do with his major. He did say
that he is going for a master's
i business.
Holmen is certain that for the
time being he'd like to teach
tennis around Ann Arbor this
summer. After that, he and
Friedler may decide to turn pro
for a while and play in Austra-
l;a and New Zealand, after
Christmas, when it is summer
in the lands down under.
Regardless of what Holman
and Friedler decide to do,
chances are that they will go
at it with the same intensity,
pritive Mttitude and spirit which
led them to the heights of suc-
cess they now inhabit.

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