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Thursday November 7, 2013Orkin and Watson Split Matches on Day One at USTA/ITA National Indoors

Flushing, N.Y.

Flushing, N.Y. -- The doubles pair of Elliott Orkin and Gordon Watson dropped their first round doubles match at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships beginning on Thursday. The pair bounced back nicely however, winning 8-4 in a consolation doubles match against Cornell’s Sam Fleck and Chris Vrabel on Thursday afternoon.


Orkin and Watson will face Texas A&M’s Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow on Friday morning in the second round consolation match. Ore and Withrow rank third in the fall ITA doubles rankings.


Starting tomorrow, seniors Florent Diep and Stephane Piro will play in the 2013 Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic beginning. Both players will play in the singles draw and also team up in the doubles draw.


Results from both tournaments will be posted on GatorZone at the conclusion of each day’s action. Results will also be posted via Twitter (@GatorZoneTennis).



From the Coach – Assistant Coach Mark Merklein

On the performance today:

“The first match I felt like we played a little tentative. We had our chances. We had one chance to break back, and we did get that, but then we ended up dropping serve again. I just felt like the guys were a little low energy and a little tentative. In the second match, they corrected that and they did well. It was a solid match against Cornell.”


On the trip to New York:

“[Elliott and Gordon] are excited to be here. I think today we’re going to try to get into the city and check some things out. We haven’t had time that much time since we’ve been on the practice courts and working on things and today there were two matches.”



2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Flushing, NY
November 7-10, 2013

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Doubles – Round of 32 (Thursday)

O’Hare/Salisbury (Memphis) def. Orkin/ Watson (UF) 8-6


Doubles – Consolation (Thursday)

Orkin/Watson (UF) def. Fleck/Vrabel (Cornell) 8-4


Doubles – Consolation (Friday)

Orkin/Watson (UF) vs. Ore/Withrow (Texas A&M)


2013 Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch

Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic

Athletic Center of Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch, FL

November 8-10, 2013


Singles – First Round (Friday)

Florent Diep (UF) vs. TBD

Stephane Piro (UF) vs. TBD


Doubles – First Round (Friday)

Diep/Piro (UF) vs. TBD


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