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Sophomore Gordon Watson won a tight three-set match on Monday to advance.

Tuesday October 1, 2013Diep and Watson advance at ITA Men's All-America Qualifying

Tulsa, OK

Sophomore Gordon Watson won a tight three-set match on Monday to advance.

The Florida menís tennis team is in action at its second event of the fall season, participating in the 2013 Saint Francis ITA Menís All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Action started on Saturday with the pre-qualifying rounds and continued Monday with qualifying singles.


The main draw of the event will begin on Thursday, October 3. Senior Stephane Piro has earned an automatic bid into the main singles draw.


Freshman Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin were in action over the weekend in pre-qualifying singles. After a bye in the first round, Lipman dropped his second round match to Nick Papac of Oklahoma 6-2, 6-3.


Orkin won his first round match against UC Irvineís Jonathan Hammel 6-1, 6-3. He then beat Penn Stateís Marc Collado Castells 6-2, 6-3 in the second round and Sam Swank from South Carolina in the third round, 6-4, 7-5. Orkin won his fourth round match and moved on to the Qualifying Singles, however he dropped his first round match in Qualifying Singles to Texasí George Goldhoff 6-4, 6-1.


Seniors Mike Alford and Florent Diep began play in the qualifying singles round on Monday along with sophomore Gordon Watson. Alford lost in the first round to Virginia Techís Andreas Bjerrehus 6-3, 7-5. Diep and Watson both advanced to the second round with tough, three-set wins. Diep beat Virginia Techís Hunter Koontz 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, and Watson took down Pacificís Sem Verbeek 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3).



2013 Saint Francis ITA Men's All-American Championships

Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma


Pre-Qualifying Singles

First Round (Saturday)

Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Jonathan Hammel (UC Irvine) 6-1, 6-3


Second Round (Sunday)

Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Marc Collado Castells (Penn State) 6-2, 6-3

Nick Papac (Oklahoma) def. Maxx Lipman (6-2, 6-3)


Third Round (Sunday)

Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Sam Swank (S. Carolina) 6-4, 7-5


Fourth Round (Monday)

Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Farris Gosea (Illinois) 6-4, 7-5



Qualifying Singles

First Round (Monday)

Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) def. Mike Alford (UF) 6-3, 7-5

Gordon Watson (UF) def. Sem Verbeek (Pacific) 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3)

Florent Diep (UF) def. Hunter Koontz (VT) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4

George Goldhoff (Texas) def. Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4, 6-1


Second Round (Tuesday)

Gordon Watson (UF) vs. Slim Hamza (Utah)

Florent Diep (UF) vs. Thorsten Bertsch (San Diego St)


Consolation Draw (Tuesday)

Elliott Orkin (UF) vs. Hunter Harrington (Clemson)

Mike Alford (UF) vs. Max Schnur (Columbia)

Qualifying Doubles

First Round (Tuesday)

Alford/Diep (UF) vs. Gornet/Wagner (Louisville)


Second Round (Tuesday)

Orkin/Watson (UF) vs. TBD

Lipman/Piro (UF) vs. TBD



Complete draws and results can be found online at the official web site for the ITA Menís All-America Championships.

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