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Sunday April 20, 2014Gators Fall to Texas A&M in 2014 SEC Tournament Championship Match

Nashville, Tenn.

The No.4 seed Florida men’s tennis team dropped the final match of the 2014 SEC Tournament to No. 2 seed Texas A&M, 4-2, this afternoon at Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center.

 

The Aggies grabbed the momentum early with the doubles point, which proved significant in the championship win. Florida rebounded in singles and won the first set on five of six courts, but couldn’t sustain the lead.

 

Texas A&M’s Jordan Szabo clinched the match for the Aggies on court six to win the 2014 SEC Tournament.

 

Both UF seniors, Mike Alford and Florent Diep, were named to the 2014 SEC All-Tournament team. Alford clinched the semifinals match while Diep defeated two ranked opponents at No. 1 this weekend.

 

Head Coach Bryan Shelton:

“I thought Texas A&M came out strong and they got on us in a couple of the doubles, particularly No. 1 and No. 3, and just did a nice job in the key moments of the matches. I felt like they were able to stay the course even when things weren’t going their way, especially No. 2 doubles where we were up a break and they hung in there and they were able to battle their way back and that kind of changed the momentum of the doubles for us, especially when our team at No. 1 handled back strongly. That was a tough, tough point to lose there after being up for most of that match in No. 2 doubles.”

 

“In singles play, our guys responded like they always do and came back. We were up in almost every set of the matches from 1-6. We had opportunities on 5 and 6 where we didn’t win the set, but overall, I felt like we competed really hard, we just didn’t sustain anything long enough to really get the match today. Like I said, all credit goes to Texas A&M; they’re a quality team. They’re tough, athletic guys that compete really hard so I think they were close to winning the regular season title; I think they fell one match short. Today, they were able to finish it off and you just have to credit their coaching staff and their support staff.

 

“But, also I would just like to mention that we have the greatest support staff and coaching staff that I’ve been able to work with and just so many people in our association that make our team and our program better. For all of our boosters, and people that support us, past alumni that are coming out and supporting us, former lettermen from Florida, and the whole Gator Nation we’ve felt like we’ve had a lot of support through this entire season and we’re looking forward to the rest of the postseason. Our guys will focus on their exams and make sure they finish strong in the classroom, which is really important, and then we’ll come back and get ready for a NCAA run.”

 

2014 SEC All-Tournament

Alejandro Gomez, Kentucky

Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt

Florent Diep, Florida

Michael Alford, Florida

Shane Vinsant, Texas A&M

Jordan Szabo, Texas A&M

MVP: Shane Vinsant, Texas A&M

 

No. 2 seed Texas A&M 4, No. 4 seed Florida 2

DOUBLES

(1) No. 29 Florent Diep/Gordon Watson (UF) vs. No. 6 Junior Ore/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) 6-7, unfinished

(2) No. 66 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Maxx Lipman/Elliott Orkin (UF) 8-6

(3) No. 78 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Mike Alford/Diego Hidalgo (UF) 8-4*

Texas A&M wins doubles point.

Order of finish: 2, 3*

 

SINGLES

(1) No. 120 Florent Diep (UF) def. No. 14 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-3, 6-4

(2) No. 23 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. No. 99 Gordon Watson (UF) 1-6, 6-3, 6-0

(3) Maxx Lipman (UF) def. No. 57 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) 6-3, 7-6 (5)

(4) Diego Hidalgo (UF) vs. Junior Ore (TAMU) 6-4, 0-6, 3-5, unfinished

(5) Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. No. 92 Elliott Orkin (UF) 6-4, 7-5

(6) Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Mike Alford (UF) 7-6, 6-3*

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

 

Records: Florida 15-9 (8-4 SEC), Texas A&M 25-6 (10-2 SEC)

 

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