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Saturday October 26, 2013Alford and Piro Fall in Semifinals at USTA Clay Court Invitational

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida seniors Mike Alford and Stephane Piro fell in the semifinals of the 2013 USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational on Saturday in Orlando. After winning their quarterfinal match against USC’s Eric Johnson and Max De Vroome, the UF duo lost a tight semifinal match to UNF’s Norbert Nemcsek and Jack Findel-Hawkins.


The Gators also picked up a few wins in consolation singles. Alford beat Notre Dame’s Nico Montoya 6-1, 6-2 and Piro beat FSU’s Jose Garcia 6-4, 6-4. Richard Brej lost to Tulsa’s Chase Gordon 6-1, 6-1 on Saturday in a consolation match.


The next tournament for the Gators will be the ITA National Indoor Championships, where the doubles tandem of Elliott Orkin and Gordon Watson will compete.







“Steph and Mike played very well today and lost a tough second match to UNF. We competed well and I saw some great things in the USC match. The trip to Orlando showed us a lot of what we need to improve to be ready come spring.”

UF Assistant Coach Mark Merklein




USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex * Orlando, Fla.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Singles (Round of 64)

#2 Stephane Piro (UF) def. Kiku Aulina (UCF) 7-5, 6-0

#4 Florent Diep (UF) def. Caio Gomez (UNF) 6-3, 6-3

#9-16 Mike Alford (UF) def. Catalin Mateas (USTA) 6-1, 7-5

#9-16 Brandon Fickey (UT) def. Richard Brej (UF) 6-0, 6-1


Doubles (Round of 32)

#5-8 Alford/Piro (UF) def. Sangronniz/Espindola (UCF) 8-2


Friday, October 25, 2013

Singles (Round of 32)

Kalman Boyd (USTA) def. #2 Stephane Piro (UF) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

#4 Florent Diep (UF) def. Carlos Benito (GT) 6-3, 6-4

Cristian Gonzalez-Mendez (FSU) def. #9-16 Mike Alford (UF) 6-3, 6-4


Singles (Round of 16)

#9-16 Max DeVroome (USC) def. #4 Florent Diep (UF) 6-3, 6-3


Singles (Consolation)

Shayann Vaezzadeh (USA) def. Richard Brej (UF) 7-5, 7-6 (7)


Doubles (Round of 16)

#5-8 Alford/Piro (UF) def. Lock/Gauer (FSU) 8-2


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Singles (Consolation)

Mike Alford (UF) def. Nico Montoya (ND) 6-1, 6-2

Chase Gordon (Tulsa) def. Richard Brej (UF) 6-1, 6-1

Stephane Piro (UF) def. Jose Garcia (FSU) 6-4, 6-4


Doubles (Quarterfinal)

Alford/Piro (UF) def. Johnson/de Vroome (USC) 8-7 (3)


Doubles (Semifinals)

Nemcsek/Findel-Hawkins (UNF) def. Alford/Piro (UF) 8-7 (8)

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