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Friday April 11, 2014No. 15 Florida Falls at Vanderbilt, 4-3

Nashville, Tenn.

It came down to the wire, but the No. 15 Florida men’s tennis team fell in a hard-fought match to SEC-foe Vanderbilt, 4-3, this evening at Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center.


The Gators struck first and took the doubles point with dominant wins on courts one and two. UF senior Mike Alford then worked fast in singles to lift his team to a 2-0 lead on court six.


Late in the match, the Vanderbilt team battled to tie it up at 3. In the fifth tiebreaker of the night, Commodores’ Kris Yee defeated Gators’ Maxx Lipman at No. 3 singles to clinch the match for Vanderbilt.


Shelton Says: “Vanderbilt played very well today. We have to bounce back again for another tough test on Sunday at Kentucky. I am certain our guys will be ready.”


Sibling Rivalry: Both UF’s freshman Maxx Lipman and VU’s senior Ryan Lipman recorded one win and one loss in tonight’s match in Nashville.


Vanderbilt 4, No. 15 Florida 3


(1) Florent Diep/Gordon Watson (UF) def. No. 3 Gonzales Austin/Ryan Lipman (VU) 8-5*

(2) Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) def. Rhys Johnson/Jeffrey Offerdahl (VU) 8-3

(3) Mike Alford/Diego Hidalgo (UF) vs. Suresh Eswaran/Ryan Smith (VU) 7-7, unfinished

Florida wins doubles point.

Order of finish: 2, 1*



(1) No. 19 Gonzales Austin (VU) def No. 120 Florent Diep (UF) 7-5, 7-6 (4)

(2) No. 60 Ryan Lipman def. No. 106 Gordon Watson 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3)

(3) Kris Yee (VU) def. Maxx Lipman (UF) 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4)*

(4) Diego Hidalgo (UF) def. Jeffrey Offerdahl (VU) 7-6 (4), 6-1

(5) Rhys Johnson (VU) def. No. 85 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-2, 7-5

(6) Mike Alford (UF) def. Suresh Eswaran (VU) 6-2, 6-4

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


Records: Florida 12-8 (7-4 SEC), Vanderbilt 14-8 (5-6 SEC)


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