Friday April 4, 2014Solid Singles Play Lifts No. 15 Gators Past No. 16 Mississippi State
The 15th-ranked Florida men’s tennis team notched another come-from-behind victory and defeated SEC-foe No. 16 Mississippi State, 4-1, on Friday evening at A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
The Gators trailed the Bulldogs after dropping the doubles point in a tiebreaker on court two. Stellar singles came into play immediately with freshmen Maxx Lipman and Elliott Orkin wins at Nos. 3 and 5 singles, respectively, to give UF a 2-1 lead.
UF’s No. 108 senior Florent Diep improved to 7-1 in SEC play with a three-set defeat of MSU’s No. 114 Malte Stropp on court two. Mike Alford sealed the Gator victory with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 6. Alford has now surpassed 80 career wins donning the Orange and Blue with an 81-38 all-time record.
Shelton Says: “I’m very proud of our guys to get such a very tough road win after losing the doubles point. We continue to work hard every single day and we are seeing progress in both doubles and singles. We are looking forward to getting back home and preparing for Ole Miss on Sunday.”
No. 15 Florida 4, No. 16 Mississippi State 1
(1) No. 63 Jordan Angus/Malte Stropp (MSU) def. Florent Diep/Gordon Watson (UF) 8-5
(2) Florian Lakat/Tassilo Schmid (MSU) def. Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 8-7 (2)*
(3) Mike Alford/Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Rishab Agarwal/Zach White (MSU) 8-5
Mississippi State wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*
(1) No. 78 Gordon Watson (UF) vs. No. 67 Florian Lakat (MSU) 6-1, 3-6, 3-5 unfinished
(2) No. 108 Florent Diep (UF) def. No. 114 Malte Stropp (MSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
(3) Maxx Lipman (UF) def. Zach White (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
(4) Diego Hidalgo (UF) vs. Jordan Angus (MSU) 6-7 (4), 7-5, 1-1 unfinished
(5) No. 79 Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-4, 6-4
(6) Mike Alford (UF) def. Robin Haden (MSU) 6-3, 7-5*
Order of finish: 3, 5, 2, 6*
Records: Florida 11-7 (6-3 SEC), Mississippi State 17-8 (6-4 SEC)
Up Next: The Gators will host Ole Miss on Sunday at 1 p.m. Just prior to the match, the Florida team will honor seniors Mike Alford and Florent Diep.
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