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Saturday January 18, 2014Gators Improve Singles Play on Saturday at Illini Open in Fort Myers

Fort Myers, FL

The Florida men’s tennis team improved their singles play on Saturday at the Illini Open in Fort Myers, winning six of seven singles matches. The Gators split their four doubles matches.


Elliott Orkin and Gordon Watson, the 13th ranked doubles pair, won again, and seniors Mike Alford and Stephane Piro teamed up for a win.


In singles, six of seven Gators won on Saturday. Maxx Lipman and Spencer Newman won for the second day in a row. Alford and Diego Hidalgo won three-set matches. Orkin and Florent Diep also picked up wins Saturday.


Action will continue on Sunday at 10 a.m. with more doubles play, followed by singles.


As results from the weekend are made available, they will be posted on



FROM THE COACH: Head Coach Bryan Shelton

“We competed very well today which was great to see. I like the way our guys are getting tougher and committing to doing the work.”



2014 Illini Open

Three Oaks Tennis Club

Fort Myers, Florida


Teams Participating: Florida, Illinois, South Florida


Friday, January 17


Elliott Orkin/Gordon Watson (UF) def. Roberto Cid/Sasha Gozun (USF) 6-5 (8)

Stephane Piro/Mike Alford (UF) def. Ross Guignon/Brian Page (ILL) 6-3

Diego Hidalgo/Spencer Newman (UF) def. Everth Dzib/Federico Sabogal (USF) 6-3



Gordon Watson (UF) def. Federico Sabogal (USF) 6-2, 6-1

Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Blake Bazarnik (ILL) 6-3, 6-4

Spencer Newman (UF) def. Polarcyzk (USF) 6-3, 6-2

Sasha Gozun (ILL) def. Florent Diep (UF) 6-4, 6-5 (3)

Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) def. Elliott Orkin (UF) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Tim Kopinski (ILL) def. Mike Alford (UF) 6-2, 6-5 (4)

Farris Gosea (ILL) def. Diego Hidalgo (UF) 6-0, 6-2


Saturday, January 18


Mike Alford/Stephane Piro (UF) def. Ross Guignon/Tim Kopinski (ILL) 6-5 (5)

Jared Hiltzik/Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Diego Hidalgo/Spencer Newman (UF) 6-3

Roberto Cid/Sasha Gozun (USF) def. Florent Diep/Maxx Lipman (UF) 6-5 (2)

Elliott Orkin/Gordon Watson (UF) def. Everth Dzib/Federico Sabogal (USF) 6-5 (3)



Jared Hiltzik (ILL) def .Gordon Watson (UF) 6-4, 6-4

Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Sasha Gozun (USF) 6-3, 5-6 (4), 6-5 (4)

Spencer Newman (UF) def. Brian Page (ILL) 6-0, 6-2

Florent Diep (UF) def. Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (USF) 6-4, 6-5 (5)

Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Ross Guignon (ILL) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Everth Dzib (USF) 6-3, 6-3

Mike Alford (UF) def. Alex Jesse (ILL) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4



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