Women's Tennis Drop 4-3 Decision to Tennessee-Martin

March 12, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's tennis team got wins for the fifth straight match from the trio of senior Nisrine Hajbane (Casablanca, Morocco), sophomore Emese Sulyos (Szolnok, Hungary) and freshman Lena Willi (Freiburg, Germany), but the Dolphins still fell to Tennessee-Martin, 4-3, at the Alexander Brest Tennis Courts. The Dolphins fall to 4-8 on the season, while the Skyhawks move to 5-0.

The Dolphins lost the doubles point, getting the team's only win at No. 1 from Hajbane and Willi, who defeated Sari Nortje and Katrina Domela, 8-6. UT-Martin took the early advantage at No. 2 as Jeanne de Wet and Gayatri Bamesh dropped JU's freshmen tandem of Daphne Bourot (Lyon, France) and Dana Antonioli (Bienne, Switzerland), 8-3, at No. 2. The Skyhawks took the point as Elima Schoonees and Elly Shearman downed Sulyos and junior Megan Williams (New Westminster, B.C.), 9-6, at the third spot.

UT-Martin took a 3-0 lead, getting wins from defending Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week Nortje at No. 3 over Bourot, 6-0, 6-4, and Schoonees at the sixth spot over Williams, 6-0, 6-2. JU tied up the match with wins on Courts 1, 2 and 4, with Sulyos leading the charge with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Shearman at No. 1. Willi downed Ramesh at No. 2, 7-5, 6-0, while Hajbane took a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Domela at the fourth spot. The Dolphins lost the deciding point at No. 5, where de Wet took a 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 win over Williams to give the Skyhawks the victory.

The Dolphins take on Wyoming Monday, March 14 at 1 p.m. at the Alexander Brest Tennis Courts.

Tennessee-Martin 4, JU 3

No. 1: Emese Sulyos (JU) d. Elly Shearman (UTM) 6-0, 6-4
No. 2: Lena Willi (JU) d. Gayatri Ramesh (UTM) 7-5, 6-0
No. 3: Sari Nortje (UTM) d. Daphne Bourot (JU) 6-0, 6-4
No. 4: Nisrine Hajbane (JU) d. Katrina Domela (UTM) 6-4, 6-3
No. 5: Jeanne de Wet (UTM) d. Dana Antonioli (JU) 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
No. 6: Elina Schoonees (UTM) d. Megan Williams (JU) 6-0, 6-2

No. 1: Hajbane/Willi (JU) d. Nortje/Domela (UTM) 8-6
No. 2: de Wet/Ramesh (UTM) d. Antonioli/Bourot (JU) 8-3
No. 3: Schoonees/Shearman (UTM) d. Sulyos/Williams (JU) 9-7