No. 2 Stetson Aces No. 6 Belmont in Semis

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Johnson City, Tenn. - No. 2 seed Stetson beat Belmont in the final match of the day, 4-0, to advance to the General Shale Brick Men's Tennis Championship Final. The men's and women's finals both contain the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.

The final score was 4-0, but that hardly tells the tale of this match. The three singles matches that did not finish were all in the middle of third sets. Joey Jones of Stetson clinched the match for the Hatters with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Ignacio Gesto. A-Sun Player of the Year, Stetson's Hicham Laalej, knocked off Alex Gillott in a heated match 6-3, 6-4. Danai Stamp was victorious in the other singles match decided. Stetson's Stamp zoomed past Zach Zola 6-3, 6-0.

Stetson's Marcus Echtler and Filip Kricka took No. 1 doubles, 8-6, over Fausto Rocha and Javier Rodriguez of Belmont. Hicham Laalej and Peter Dzuba beat Felipe Abreu and Zach Zola, 8-3, to capture the doubles point.

No. 2 Stetson will meet No. 1 ETSU in Sunday's Championship match at 1:00 p.m.

Doubles
No. 1 Echtler/Kricka (Stetson) def. Rocha/Rodriguez (Belmont) - 8-6
No. 2 Jones/Boulanov (Stetson) vs. Gesto/Gillott (Belmont) - DNF
No. 3 Laalej/Dzuba (Stetson) def. Abreu/Zola (Belmont) - 8-3

Singles
No. 1 Hicham Laalej (Stetson) def. Alex Gillott (Belmont) - 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 Marcus Echtler (Stetson) vs. Javier Rodriguez (Belmont) - DNF
No. 3 Filip Kricka (Stetson) vs. Fausto Rocha (Belmont) - DNF
No. 4 Serguei Boulanov (Stetson) vs. Felipe Abreu (Belmont) - DNF
No. 5 Joey Jones (Stetson) def. Ignacio Gesto (Belmont) - 7-5, 6-1
No. 6 Danai Stamp (Stetson) def. Zach Zola (Belmont) 6-3, 6-0