Monday, July 26, 2010
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From Page 11
Their friendship ship grew off the
court, but Jung faced challenges and
expectations on the court.
"(Jung) has always had the tal-
ent," Madden said. "Freshman year,
the team was playing well but he was
'4 playing in one of the top spots, which
is obviously a tough spot to come
right in to."
He added, "It's tough to come in
and play right away for any fresh-
man, let alone with the expectations
Jung was aware of what was
expected, but still got off to a hot
start in by winning the Big Ten Sin-
gles Championship as a freshman.
He hoped that his determination and
love for the game would help elimi-
nate any chasm that existed between
expectations and results.
"I've always wanted to do great,
and when I came in it was kind of
expected that I should be able to win
at the top most of the time," Jung said.
But after the victory, Jung went
through a rough patch - one that
Berque hoped he would use as a
"Playing number one or two in the
lineup as a freshman is tough, and he
went through some bumps that might
have affected his confidence," Berque
Jung finished his first season with
a 22-12 double record, listed as No.
43 nationally with Sroczynski. But
singles was a different story.
After his singles championship in
the fall, Jung finished with a record
That level of play was not some-
thing Jung was used to, and he vowed
to improve his play with each season.
"Having a year under my belt real-
ly helped me going into sophomore
year," Jung said, "Just the experience
and knowing what to do."
It's easy for athletes to get caught
up in the moment and demonstrate a
certain level of frustration or anger.
But in tennis, players are expected to
present themselves with the utmost
courtesy and respect for the game
and their opponent.
Jason Jung has done exactly that.
And opponents are taking notice.
"I think the thing that separates
(Jung) from most of the great play-
ers fighting for All-American honors
is that he competes with class," Ohio
State coach Ty Tucker said in an
e-mail interview with The Michigan
Daily. "There are never any crazy out-
bursts, flagrant bad calls, or general
bad attitude when he plays the game
This past season, Jung was award-
ed the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for
Leadership and Sportsmanship. He
is the first member of the program
to ever receive such accolades on a
At the end of last year as well, Jung
received All-Big Ten honors for his
play on the court. Jung was also cho-
sen out of all the men's varsity teams
at Michigan to represent the school as
the Big Ten Conference Outstanding
Sportsmanship Award winner, a dis-
tinction given to just one male athlete
in each Big Ten school.
"His sportsmanship has always
been great," Berque said. "It's a nice
reflection of our team, that we value
those things, but he was who he was
long before he came here."
Associate coach Sean Maymi
worked with Jung on a more personal
level. The two went on trips togeth-
er for individual tournaments, and
Maymi has been able to watch Jung
"(Jung's) attitude on the court
has always been very respectful and
very good," Maymi said. "He's always
respectful and polite, but this year, it
seemed like he was more focused and
And with all the awards and hon-
ors he's received, combined with his
academic prowess and continued
success on the court, naming him a
captain for the 2010-2011 season was
a pretty easy decision for Berque and
On June 1, Jung was named the
captain of Michigan's tennis team for
the upcoming season. With only one
other senior on the roster, there was
no debating who would be the team's
main leader in the fall.
Even the fellow senior couldn't
deny his friend's credentials.
"(Jung) was the clear choice to
be captain," Madden said. "He's the
type of person that you want to be
the head of your program."
To read more about Jung's
sophomore slump and
rise to team mentor, see
From Page 10
actually kind of hard, but it was awe-
Kroll added, "You look at them
like they're enemies, until you get
in a boat with them. When you come
together ... we're just a big, huge
The process is more familiar to
Kroll, an LSA senior who plans to
graduate at the end of the fall semes-
Unlike Mueller, who raced for the
first time with the National Team in
Belarus, Kroll competed with the
team last year and won the silver
For the pair, being surrounded by
elite athletes all vying for a limited
number of team positions is a hum-
Referring to the new rowers on
the team, Kroll said that "especially
this year, the speed that they brought
in, it's insane."
Because Kroll and Mueller rowed
together at Michigan, they've had
the advantage of being comfortable
with each other from the begin-
ning of training for the U-23 World
Championships in Belarus.
"We're lucky because we're in the
same school, have. the same coach,
know the same rowing technique,"
Being a part of a fairly successfu
athletic community has not made
the women jaded, though. Kroll said
that the opportunity to "race out of
the states ... is amazing.
"If you think you're good, or act
like you're the best, it doesn't do you
any good," Kroll said. "You just hav4
to be humble about it and pull really
hard, put your head down and pull as
hard as you can."
After winning the World Champi-
onships, both Kroll and Mueller plan
to continue rowing.
Kroll will be training with the
U.S. National Team in the fall as
Mueller will continue rowing and
attending classes at Michigan when
class starts in September.
While she is proud to race for the
National Team, Mueller represents
her school with equal fervor.
"I love Michigan so much," she
said. "I always love racing for them."
Michigan rowing senior Ashley Kroll, pictured left, will graduate this upcoming fall.