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Wednesday October 2, 2013Diep and Watson advance again; Three doubles pairs advance at ITA All-Americans

Tulsa, OK

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.


Senior Florent Diep and sophomore Gordon Watson both advanced to the third round of Qualifying Singles on Tuesday. Diep beat Thorsten Bertsch from San Diego St. in straight sets and will face UCLAís Clay Thompson today. Watson won 7-6 (4), 6-4 against Utahís Slim Hamza and will play Lloyd Glasspool from Texas on Wednesday.


In doubles qualifying, all three UF pairs advanced to the third round. Watson paired with freshman Elliott Orkin to win 8-7, Diep and fellow senior Mike Alford won 8-5 and Piro teamed with freshman Maxx Lipman to win 8-7. All three pairs will be back in action on Wednesday.



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) def. Slim Hamza (Utah) 7-6 (4), 6-4

Florent Diep (UF) def. Thorsten Bertsch (San Diego St) 6-4, 7-5


Third Round (Wednesday)

Gordon Watson (UF) vs. Lloyd Glasspool (Texas)

Florent Diep (UF) vs. Clay Thompson (UCLA)


Consolation Draw (Tuesday)

Hunter Harrington (Clemson) def. Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-3, 6-0

Max Schnur (Columbia) def. Mike Alford (UF) 6-3, 6-4

Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Hunter Callahan (Ohio St.) 6-4, 6-2

Qualifying Doubles

Second Round (Tuesday)

Orkin/Watson (UF) def. Bader/Reilly (Penn St.) 8-7

Alford/Diep (UF) def. Ask/Shinde (Arizona) 8-5

Lipman/Piro (UF) def. Biosca/Ordeig (ETSU) 8-7 (8)


Third Round (Wednesday)

Orkin/Watson (UF) vs. Rubio/Stillman (UTSA)

Alford/Diep (UF) vs. Siegal/Ghilea (Oklahoma)

Lipman/Piro (UF) vs. Giron/McDonald (UCLA)



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

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