Bucs tennis defeats conference foe Stetson, 6-1

Saturday, March 17, 2007

DELAND, Fla. (March 17, 2007) - The No. 56 ranked ETSU men's tennis team continued it's solid performance against conference opponents as it defeated Stetson by a score of 6-1 on Saturday in Deland. The Bucs are now 14-4 overall and 4-0 in conference play while the Hatters fall to 11-6, 3-2.

 

The Bucs took a 1-0 lead as they swept all three doubles matches. In the No. 1 position Travis Sandlant (Werribee, Australia) and Alex Ahlgren (Tyreso, Sweden) breezed by Filip Kricka and Marcus Echtler, 8-2 while Enrique Olivares (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) and  Sebastian Serrano (Cartagena, Colombia) defeated Joey Jones and Serguei Boulanov, 8-3 in the second slot. In the No. 3 position Lisandro Picardo (Mar del Plata, Argentina) and Daniel Isaza (Medellin, Colombia) defeated Peter Dzuba and Daniel Stamp, 8-4.

 

In singles, Predrag Burmazovic (Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro) defeated Marcus Echtler, 6-7, 6-0, 10-4 in the No. 1 slot, while Olivares breezed by last week's A-Sun Player of the Week, Hicham Laalej, 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 2 position. Competing in the fourth position, Felix Insaurralde (Asuncion, Paraguay) defeated Serguei Boulanov, 7-5, 6-1, while Picardo eased by Joey Jones, 6-1, 6-3. In the No. 6 slot Ahlgren defeated Peter Dzuba, 6-2, 6-0.

 

Competing in the No. 3 slot, Serrano fell in a tough match to Filip Kricka, 7-6, 7-6, after experiencing back spasms and problems with his knees, arms, and wrists.

 

"I believe we played an extremely solid match. We didn't get to play much on the courts where we were supposed to play but the guys came out and preformed extremely well. It's a solid conference win and I hope that we can continue to play this way for the rest of the year," said head coach Yaser Zaatini.

 

The Bucs will make their way back to Johnson City where they will take on conference foe Jacksonville on March 21 at noon. For all ETSU men's tennis information visit ETSUBucs.com

 

#56 ETSU 6, Stetson 1

Singles

No. 1- Predrag Burmazovic (ETSU) def. Marcus Echtler (SU) 6-7, 6-0, 10-4

No. 2- Enrique Olivares (ETSU) def. Hicham Laalej (SU) 6-0, 6-3

No. 3- Filip Kricka (SU) def. Sebastian Serrano (ETSU) 7-6, 7-6

No. 4- Felix Insaurralde (ETSU) def. Serguei Boulanov (SU) 7-5, 6-1

No. 5- Lisandro Picardo (ETSU) def. Joey Jones (SU) 6-1, 6-3

No. 6- Alex Ahlgren (ETSU) def. Peter Dzuba (SU) 6-2, 6-0

 

Doubles

No. 1- Ahlgren/Sandlant (ETSU) def. Kricka/Echtler (SU) 8-2

No. 2- Olivares/Serrano (ETSU) def. Jones/Boulanov (SU) 8-3

No. 3- Picardo/Isaza (ETSU) def. Dzuba/Stamp (SU) 8-4

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