Men's and Women's Tennis Have Runs Ended in Hastings Memorial/JU Invitational Tourney

Sept. 19, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University tennis teams ended their run in the 2004 Hastings Memorial/JU Invitational Tennis Tournament Saturday with an illness and a few defeats. The women's team of sophomore Emese Sulyos (Szolnok, Hungary) and freshman Lena Willi (Freiburg, Germany) were forced to retire down 2-1 in the women's Doubles Flight A after Sulyos became too weak to continue after fighting an illness all morning. The illness kept Sulyos, ranked #107 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association during the preseason, from competing in the women's Singles Flight A against Rollins' Tasi Purcell in the quarterfinals. Purcell ended up losing the finals of the draw to Luisa Cowper of Armstrong Atlantic.

Willi fell later Saturday in a hard-fought 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 decision to Marta Simic of Broward Community College.

JU's men also had their tournament weekend come to a close Saturday, with Georgia Southern's Donnie Van Den Heever doing the damage both times. Van Den Heever defeated JU junior Christian Ritschka (Vienna, Austria), 6-4, 6-0, in the men's Singles Flight A Consolation bracket to knock out the last individual Dolphin out of the draw. Van Den Heever then teamed with Vincent Patry to dispatch of Ritschka and freshman Jonathan Hoenicke (Lakeland, Fla.), 8-3, in the men's Doubles A Consolation bracket.

JU's women are slated to compete in the ITA All-American Tournament Oct. 7-10, in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The men's team travels to Orlando for the UCF Invitational on Oct. 22-24.

Saturday Results
Women's Singles Flight A

Simic (BCC) def. Lena Willi (JU) 4-6, 6-0, 7-6

Women's Doubles Flight A
Hung/Stoppelli (UNF) def. Sulyos/Willi (JU) 2-1, ret. (inj.)

Women's Doubles Flight B
Barysheva/Eng (UNF) def. Hajbane (JU)/Sysimetsa (FCCJ) 8-3

Men's Singles Flight A Consolation
Van Den Heever (Ga. So.) def. Christian Ritschka (JU) 6-4, 6-0

Men's Doubles Flight A Consolation
Patry/Van Den Heever (Ga. So.) def. Hoenicke/Ritschka (JU) 8-3