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Freshman Elliott Orkin tallied a win tonight at No. 6 singles.

Friday March 28, 2014No. 15 Gators Fall at Arkansas, 4-3

Fayetteville, Ark.

Freshman Elliott Orkin tallied a win tonight at No. 6 singles.

The No. 15 Florida men’s tennis team could not overcome an early deficit and fell 4-3 to Arkansas at the Dills Indoor Center in Fayetteville this evening.


The Razorbacks took the first point of the match with back-to-back 8-3 wins on doubles courts one and two. Responding immediately in singles play, 79th-ranked freshman Elliott Orkin put the Gators on the board with a dominant two-set win over UA’s Pete Thomason at No. 6 to knot the match at 1.


While UF freshman Maxx Lipman tied up the match late, 3-3, with a win at No. 3 singles, the Gators could not take down the Razorbacks as Manfred Jeske clinched the match for Arkansas at court two singles. This marks the second win all-time for Arkansas men’s tennis over the Florida squad.


Shelton Says: “Arkansas played very good, aggressive tennis today. We got behind from the start in both singles and doubles with a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes. You could see their confidence grow throughout the match and we did not recover.  It is a very bitter pill to swallow. We now have to prepare for our match Sunday against LSU.”


Arkansas 4, No. 15 Florida 3


(1) No. 37 Mike Nott/Manfred Jeske (AR) def. Gordon Watson/Florent Diep (UF) 8-3*

(2) No. 71 Hall Fess/Pete Thomason (AR) def. Mike Alford/Diego Hidalgo (UF) 8-3

(3) Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) vs. Jacob Herndon/Jovan Parlic (AR) 5-3, unfinished

Arkansas wins doubles point.

Order of finish: 2, 1*



(1) Mike Nott (AR) def. No. 78 Gordon Watson (UF) 6-2, 7-6 (5)

(2) Manfred Jeske (AR) def. No. 108 Florent Diep (UF) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4*

(3) Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Hall Fess (AR) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1

(4) Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Jovan Parlic (AR) 6-1, 6-4

(5) Johan den Toom (AR) def. Mike Alford (UF) 6-2, 6-4

(6) No. 79 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Pete Thomason (AR) 6-1, 6-3

Order of finish: 6, 5, 4, 1, 3, 2*


Records: Florida 9-7 (4-3 SEC), Arkansas 12-12 (2-6 SEC)

Up Next: The Gators continue conference play in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday to face the LSU Tigers at 1 p.m.


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