Hehensteiger and Birkmann Earn All-Atlantic Sun Honors in Tennis

April 29, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Martin Hehensteiger (Schechen, Germany) earned first team all-conference honors after posting a 20-7 record in singles play and a 20-4 mark at doubles, while junior Ben Birkmann (Bremen, Germany) was tabbed second-team all-conference after going 17-6 in singles play and 15-7 at doubles, as announced by the conference office Wednesday.

Freshman Peter Wietrak (Bensalem, Pa.) earned A-Sun Freshman All-Conference honors after nine matches at No. 3 and No. 4 singles.

Birkmann earned first-team honors last season as well as honorable-mention all-conference and freshman all-conference honors as a freshman. Hehensteiger earned second-team all-conference and freshman all-conference honors last season.

The Dolphins finished the regular season with an 8-12 overall record and a 3-1 conference mark and captured the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Sun Championship.

Atlantic Sun Men's Tennis All-Conference Team
Player of the Year: Irving Morales (Troy St.)
Freshman of the Year: Irving Morales (Troy St.)
Coach of the Year: David Johnson (Campbell)

First Team Martin Hehensteiger (JU) Irving Morales (Troy St.) Catalin Bradu (UCF) Antonio Sierra (UCF) Antonello Magris (FAU) Cristian Paiz (FAU) Jiri Beranek (Campbell) Felipe Lima (Belmont) Jamie Rodriguez (GSU)

Second Team Ben Birkmann (JU) Albano Franco (GSU) Miha Lisac (GSU) Joel Allen (UCF) Ener Gursoy (UCF) Christian Moe (Stetson) F.J. Schofield (FAU) Mike Sherman (Lipscomb) Floret Wilpotte (Campbell)

All-Freshman Team Peter Wietrak (JU) Felipe Abreu (Belmont) Mario Gil (Mercer) Roberto Vaques (Gardner-Webb) Maurico Paiz (FAU) Irving Morales (Troy St.) Clarence Boyd (GSU) Antoym Starkov (Campbell) Mike Sherman (Lipscomb)