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Friday November 8, 2013Diep and Piro Advance at 2013 Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic

Lakewood Ranch, FL

Seniors Florent Diep and Stephane Piro advanced to the doubles semifinal of the 2013 Dick Vitale Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic on Friday night. Diep also advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles draw with two wins.


Both players got off to a good start by winning their opening round singles matches Friday morning. Diep advanced with a hard-fought three-set win over Memphis’ David O’Leary, while Piro dropped a tough match while battling through a knee injury in the second round.


Diep and Piro, the No. 1 seed in the doubles draw, had a bye in the first round and advanced to the semifinals with an 8-3 win over Florida Gulf Coast’s Tianyu Bao and Lance Lvovsky.


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



From the Coach – Volunteer Assistant Coach Scott Perelman

“I was very pleased with the way Flo played today. I thought he played really well in his first match and the second match was a battle. He had a lot of tough spots where he could have caved in and he came through. Very pleased for Flo. Steph has got a little bit of a bum knee so he kind of struggled today. He won his first match but he had a hard time getting into the second match.”


“In doubles, they’re the No. 1 seed and played well tonight so we’re really looking forward to tomorrow to see the doubles and see Flo in action in singles.”



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) def. Zach Goldberg (UNF) 6-2, 6-1

Stephane Piro (UF) def. Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) 6-4, 6-1


Singles – Round of 32 (Friday)

Florent Diep (UF) def. David O’Leary (Memphis) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Jason Tahir (Duke) def. Stephane Piro (UF) 6-2, 6-1


Doubles – First Round (Friday)

Diep/Piro (UF) – bye


Doubles – Quarterfinals (Friday)

Diep/Piro (UF) def. Tianyu Bao /Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) 8-3


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