Emese Sulyos and Lena Willi Advance to Quarterfinals of Hastings Memorial/JU Invitational Tennis Tournament

Sept. 17, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University sophomore Emese Sulyos (Szolnok, Hungary) ran her unbeaten streak to 24 matches and advanced to the quarterfinals of the women's Flight A Singles bracket in the 2004 Hastings Memorial/JU Invitational Tennis Tournament, Friday at the University of North Florida Tennis Complex. Freshman teammate Lena Willi (Freiburg, Germany) also advanced to the quarterfinals in Flight A competition. The Dolphin men won four matches, with the duo of senior Andres Rojas (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and sophomore Peter Wietrak (Bensalem, Pa.) advancing to the quarterfinals of the men's Flight B Doubles. The pair won 8-5 over Georgia Southern's Diego Flores and Embry Riddle's Andrew Kurtz to move into the round of eight.

Sulyos, currently #107 in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, rolled past Mercer's Rachael Kerley, 6-0, 6-1, in her opening round match. Later in the afternoon, the 2004 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year beat Eka Jvania of Florida A&M, 7-6, 6-1. Sulyos takes on Tasi Purcell from Rollins College in the quarterfinals.

Willi, in her first collegiate tournament, defeated Clayton State's Katrin Gutknecht, 6-1, 6-2 in the morning session before taking out Caroline Grage from Armstrong Atlantic State, 6-4, 6-2, in the afternoon. Willi faces Marta Simic of Broward Community College, who defeated JU senior Nisrine Hajbane (Casablanca, Morocco) in the first round. Hajbane lost 6-3, 6-2, in the Flight B Singles Consolation bracket to UNF's Lillana Hung to end her weekend in singles competition.

Sulyos and Willi advanced in the women's Flight A Doubles by beating Nova Southeastern's Andrea Moncada and Anna Schmidtmann, 8-0.

JU's men had a tough day in the singles portion of the tournament. Freshman Jonathan Hoenicke (Lakeland, Fla.) defeated Florida A&M's Vassil Zaharieu, 6-0, 6-1, in the opening round of the men's Flight A Singles before falling to Nic Bousquet of Embry-Riddle, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. Junior Christian Ritschka (Vienna, Austria) dropped a 6-1, 6-2, decision to AASU's Dale White in Flight A opening-round action. Ritschka takes on Donnie Van Den Heever of Georgia Southern in the consolation bracket Saturday.

Freshman Andrew Burks (Suwanne, Ga.), in his first collegiate match, won a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 decision over Rollins' William Thwaltes in the men's Flight B Singles draw. Burks later fell in the afternoon session to FAMU's Jarrell Williams, 6-1, 6-1. Wietrak beat UNF's Glen Marshall in a hard-fought match, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, before losing to GSU's Germano Knorr, 6-1, 6-0. Rojas eventually retired in the second set against GSU's Tom Green.

In the men's Flight A Doubles, the Dolphins' Hoenicke and Ritschka lost an 8-3 decision to AASU's David Jendelund and Dale White. Burks and junior Tarek Merchant (Kingston, Ontario) fell in their opening-round match of the men's Flight B Doubles to Rollins' Miles Moriarty and Michael Schwartz, 8-5.

Play continues Saturday at 8 a.m. in the Hastings Memorial/JU Invitational Tennis Tournament at the UNF Tennis Complex.

Women's Singles Results - Flight A
#107 Emese Sulyos (JU) def. Kerley (Mercer) 6-0, 6-1
#107 Emese Sulyos (JU) def. Jvania (FAMU) 7-6, 6-1
Simic (BCC) def. Nisrine Hajbane (JU) 6-1, 6-0
Lena Willi (JU) def. Gutknecht (CCSU) 6-1, 6-2
Lena Willi (JU) def. Grage (AASU) 6-3, 6-0
Hung (UNF) def. Nisrine Hajbane (JU) 6-3, 6-2

Women's Doubles Results - Flight A
Sulyos/Willi (JU) def. Moncada/Schmidtmann (NSU) 8-0

Men's Singles Results:
Flight A
White (AASU) def. Christian Ritschka (JU) 6-1, 6-2
Jonathan Hoenicke (JU) def. Zaharieu (FAMU) 6-0, 6-1
Bousquet (ERAU) def. Jonathan Hoenicke (JU) 4-6, 7-6, 6-2

Flight B
Andrew Burks (JU) def. Thwaltes (Rollins) 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4
Williams (FAMU) def. Andrew Burks (JU) 6-1, 6-1
Pete Wietrak (JU) def. Marshall (UNF) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Knorr (Ga. So.) def. Pete Wietrak (JU) 6-1, 6-0
Green (Ga. So.) def. Andres Rojas (JU) 6-0, 1-2, ret.

Men's Doubles Results:
Flight A
Jendulund/White (AASU) def. Hoenicke/Ritschka (JU) 8-3

Flight B
Moriarty/Schwartz (Rollins) def. Burks/Merchant (JU) 8-3
Rojas/Wietrak (JU) def. Flores (Ga. So.)/Kurtz (ERAU) 8-5