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Senior Mike Alford clinched the match for UF on Sunday.

Sunday March 23, 2014No. 16 Florida Men's Tennis Blanks Alabama, 4-0

Gainesville, Fla.

Senior Mike Alford clinched the match for UF on Sunday.

The No. 16 Florida men’s tennis team notched their second-straight SEC sweep, 4-0, against Alabama this afternoon at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex.

 

Florida won fast at No. 3 doubles followed by an Alabama win on court two. The Gators No. 1 doubles duo, 11th-ranked Elliott Orkin and Gordon Watson, were left battling at court one and captured the doubles point by winning the tiebreaker. This is the second-consecutive match that the Gators won the doubles point in a tiebreaker as seniors Mike Alford and Florent Diep did so at No. 2 doubles on Friday vs. Auburn.

 

It was freshman Maxx Lipman who gave Florida their second point with the first two-set shutout (6-0, 6-0) of his collegiate career. Diep continued his dominant singles play and is now 5-0 in SEC with a win at court two this afternoon to lift the Gators 3-0 over the Tide.

 

Alford sealed the deal for Florida with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Alabama’s Andrew Goodwin.

 

Head Coach Bryan Shelton Says:

On capturing the doubles point

“Two matches in a row where we were in a breaker for the doubles point. For our guys not to flinch in that moment, I was really proud of Elliott and Gordon for hanging in there. There were times when our frustration level was high with letting the other team back in the match, so it was good to see those guys stay calm and keep their composure late in that doubles match and really get the job done for us. That’s always a huge point and I’m just really proud of Elliott and Gordon.”

 

On Maxx Lipman’s dominate performance in singles play

“Maxx is a big-time player and that’s what players do – in the big moments they step up and they want the ball and they want to make the plays. Maxx wasn’t 100 percent today, but he came in and he got the job done for us. I think it’s good for our team to see that level of commitment and that level of toughness – that’s what we want to be about.”

 

On the seniors – Florent Diep and Mike Alford

“Our seniors, both Mike and Flo, they continue to lead us with the wins in a lot of ways. On Friday, it was getting the important doubles point for us. Today, it was being a catalyst, as Flo was in singles. He really jumped out at No. 2 singles and he won convincingly and quickly, and then Mike sealed the deal at the end. I’m just really happy for them. It’s nice to see our entire team gather some momentum here. We have to take that momentum into practice this week starting Tuesday.”

 

Senior Mike Alford

On his performance today

“I thought I played well throughout the match today. In the second set, it was a lot closer. I still felt that I was playing well, but he [UA’s Nikko Madregallejo] really stepped up his game. I just stayed the course and was able to get it done in the end.”

 

On the two SEC sweeps this weekend

“It feels good and it gives us confidence as a team. We’re not going to overlook anyone and we’re going to play hard in every match. We’re ready to get back to work and play again next week.”

 

No. 16 Florida 4, Alabama 0

DOUBLES

(1) No. 11 Elliott Orkin/Gordon Watson (UF) def. Becker O’Shaughnessey/Daniil Proskura (UA) 8-7 (5) [1:10]*

(2) Sean Donohue/Stuart Kenyon (UA) def. Mike Alford/Florent Diep (UF) 8-5 [:56]

(3) Diego Hidalgo/Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Hayes Brewer/Andrew Goodwin (UA) 8-4 [:54]

Florida wins doubles point.

Order of finish: 3, 2, 1*

 

SINGLES

(1) No. 106 Gordon Watson (UF) vs. No. 21 Daniil Proskura 2-6, 4-5, unfinished

(2) Florent Diep (UF) def. Becker O’Shaughnessey (UA) 6-1, 6-2 [1:10]

(3) Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Stuart Kenyon (UA) 6-0, 6-0 [:47]

(4) Diego Hidalgo (UF) vs. Nikko Madregallejo (UA) 6-3, 3-3, unfinished

(5) Mike Alford (UF) def. Sean Donohue (UA) 6-2, 6-4 [1:27]*

(6) Elliott Orkin (UF) vs. Andrew Goodwin (UA) 6-2, 2-6, 4-2, unfinished

Order of finish: 3, 2, 5*

 

Records: Florida 9-6/4-2 SEC, Alabama 9-11/2-5 SEC


Up Next: The Gators begin a three-game conference road swing at Arkansas on Friday at 4 p.m.

 

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