Men's Tennis Defeats Florida Atlantic, Loses to No. 34 Miami in Weekend Action

Feb. 23, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU men's tennis team defeated Florida Atlantic, 4-3, before falling to Miami, 6-1 in Boca Raton and Coral Gables in weekend action. Junior Ben Birkmann (Bremen, Germany) went 2-0 with a No. 1 singles win at FAU and a No. 2 singles win against Miami. Sophomore Martin Hehensteiger (Schechen, Germany) and freshman Neil Sehgal (Cincinnati, Ohio) teamed up to go 2-0 as well, winning at No. 2 doubles in both matches.

JU took the doubles point against Florida Atlantic with wins by Hehensteiger and Sehgal at No. 2 doubles and junior Andres Rojas (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and freshman Peter Wietrak (Bensalem, Pa.) at No. 3 doubles. The Owls rebounded by taking the No. 5 and No. 3 singles matches, forcing a 2-2 tie when Birkmann, Hehensteiger and junior Christoph Mueller (Waldsassen, Germany) swept their singles matches to earn JU the 4-3 win.

JU dropped the doubles point to the No. 34 Hurricanes, despite an impressive win by Hehensteiger and Sehgal at No. 2 doubles. Only Birkmann was able to win his singles match as Miami went on to win, 6-1.

JU will host Mercer on Saturday, Feb. 28 at noon at the Alexander Brest Tennis Complex.

Jacksonville 4, Florida Atlantic 3

Singles 1. Ben Birkmann (JU) def. Antonello Magris (FAU) 7-6, 6-1. 2. Martin Hehesteiger (JU) def. David Demers (FAU) 6-0, 6-4. 3. F.J. Schofield (FAU) def. Peter Wietrak (JU) 6-2, 6-4. 4. Christoph Mueller (JU) def. Daniel McCauley (FAU) 6-3, 6-4. 5. Kevin Obletz (FAU) def. Andres Rojas (JU) 6-2, 6-3. 6. Mauricio Paiz (FAU) def. Neil Sehgal (JU) 6-3, 7-6. Doubles 1. Magris/Juan Todero (FAU) def. Birkmann/Mueller (JU) 8-4. 2. Hehensteiger/Sehgal (JU) def. Demers/Schofield (FAU) 8-4. 3. Rojas/Wietrak (JU) def. Gianfranco Dossena/Paiz (FAU) 9-7.

Miami 6, Jacksonville 1

Singles 1. Josh Cohen (UM) def. Martin Hehensteiger (JU), 6-3, 6-2 2. Ben Birkmann (JU) def. John Hoyes (UM), 6-7, 7-5 (10-4) 3. Eric Hechtman (UM) def. Peter Wietrak (JU), 6-1, 6-1 4. Tim Krebs (UM) def. Christoph Mueller (JU), 6-4, 6-0 5. Colin Purcell (UM) def. Andres Rojas (JU), 6-0, 6-0 6. Jeremiah Fuller (UM) def. Neil Sehgal (JU), 6-1, 6-3

Doubles 1. Colin Purcell/Tim Krebs (UM) def. Ben Birkman/Christoph Mueller (JU), 8-5 2. Martin Hehensteiger/Neil Sehgal (JU) def. John Hoyes/Jeremiah Fuller (UM), 8-5 3. Josh Cohen/Eric Hechtman (UM) def. Andres Rojas/Peter Wietrak, (JU), 8-2