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Monday October 14, 2013Gators Continue Strong Play at ITA Southeast Regional in Atlanta


The Florida men’s tennis team is competing at the ITA Southeast Regionals in Atlanta this weekend, hosted by Georgia Tech at the Ken Byers Tennis Center. The Gators had six individuals competing in the singles draw, with three duos taking part in the doubles draw.


Sophomore Gordon Watson, who fell in the first round of the main draw, bounced back nicely to advance to the finals of the consolation draw. Watson will play Georgia Tech’s Carlos Benito on Tuesday.


In the main draw of the singles competition, a pair of freshmen advanced to the semifinals before falling. Elliott Orkin beat Garrett Brasseaux of Georgia in the quarterfinals and Maxx Lipman took down Florida State’s Benjamin Lock. Lipman dropped his semifinal match in three sets and Orkin lost in straight sets after a good showing in the tournament.


In doubles, the duo of Orkin and Gordon Watson fell in the semifinal round with an 8-6 loss on Monday to FSU’s Lock and Marco Nunez.


Quote of Note – Head Coach Bryan Shelton

“I was very impressed with our guys throughout this Regional tournament. Our freshman really stepped up big getting to the semis here. Elliott continues to perform at a high level. He does it in practice every single day and is leading the way in his first season with his attitude and consistent work ethic. It’s also great to see Maxx bring more energy to the court this tournament and gain confidence. The future looks bright as long as we continue to work our tails off. Mike Alford played aggressively throughout this tournament and almost made it to the semis as well. He is such a good competitor that you never can take for granted. I'm enjoying working with this team and am starting to see improvements.”




2013 ITA Southeast Regional

Ken Byers Tennis Center

Atlanta, Ga.


Singles First Round (Saturday)

Mike Alford (UF) def. B. Davis (FSU) 6-4, 6-1

Y. Zuern (UNF) def. Gordon Watson (UF) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Maxx Lipman (UF) def. J. Albo (FSU) 7-5, 6-1

Florent Diep (UF) def. A. Mohanty (MU) 7-5, 6-2

Elliott Orkin (UF) def. C. Benito (GT) 7-6 (4), 6-3

J. Garcia (FSU) def. Richard Brej (UF) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2


Singles Round of 32 (Sunday)

Mike Alford (UF) def. F. Aulina (UCF) 6-3, 6-3

Maxx Lipman (UF) def. C. Kay (GT) 6-4, 6-4

Elliott Orkin (UF) def. D. Controne (FSU) 6-4, 6-2

Florent Diep (UF) def. F. Sabogal (USF) 6-3, 6-4


Singles Round of 16 (Sunday)

Mike Alford (UF) def. C. Gonzalez (FSU) 6-3, 7-5

Maxx Lipman (UF) def. M. Rinaldi (FSU) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3

Elliott Orkin (UF) def. D. Soto (UM) 6-2, 6-3

G. Brasseaux (UGA) def. Florent Diep (UF) 6-2, 7-6 (8)


Singles quarterfinals (Monday)

A. Gozun (USF) def. Mike Alford (UF) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Maxx Lipman (UF) def. B. Lock (FSU) 7-5, 6-3

Elliott Orkin (UF) def. G. Brasseaux (UGA) 7-6, 6-2


Singles semifinals (Monday)

A. Gozun (USF) def. Maxx Lipman (UF) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3)

N. Pasha (UGA) def. Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-1, 6-2



Consolation Singles Round of 32 (Sunday)

Gordon Watson (UF) def. I. Gonzalez (USF) 6-1, 6-3

Richard Brej (UF) def. M. Yorsh (KSU) 6-3, 6-1


Consolation Singles Round of 16 (Sunday)

Gordon Watson (UF) def. M. Osorio (GSU) 6-1, 6-1

E. Diaz (UGA) def. Richard Brej (UF) 6-3, 6-4


Consolation Singles quarterfinals (Monday)

Gordon Watson (UF) def. H. Pieters (UGA) 6-2, 6-2


Consolation Singles semifinals (Monday)

Gordon Watson (UF) def. N. Rakitt (GT) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1


Consolation Singles finals (Tuesday)

Gordon Watson (UF) vs. C. Benito (GT)



doubles First Round (Saturday)

Diep/Alford (UF) def. Webb/Racy (GSU) 8-2

Brej/Lipman (UF) def. Nemscek/Findel-Hawkins (UNF) 9-8 (4)

Orkin/Watson (UF) def. Aulina/Gladstone (UCF) 8-5


Doubles Round of 16 (Saturday)

Diep/Alford (UF) def. Gomes/Zuern (UNF) 8-4

Gonzalez-Mendez/Gracia (FSU) def. Brej/Lipman (UF) 8-1

Watson/Orkin (UF) def. Aly/Gonzalez (UM) 8-5


Doubles quarterfinals (Sunday)

Rakitt/Fiegel (GT) def. Diep/Alford (UF) 8-5

Watson/Orkin (UF) def. Davis/Cotrone (FSU) 8-5


Doubles semifinals (Monday)

Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. Watson/Orkin (UF) 8-6


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