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Thursday April 24, 2014Four Gators Earn SEC Postseason Honors

Gainesville, Fla.

Four Florida mens tennis players Florent Diep, Maxx Lipman, Elliott Orkin and Gordon Watson were each recognized by the Southeastern Conference mens tennis coaches, who announced their annual postseason awards this afternoon.


Gators senior Diep was named First Team All-SEC as sophomore Watson was voted Second Team All-SEC. Both Florida freshmen, Lipman and Orkin, made the All-Freshman team as Lipman earned dual honors with a spot on Second Team All-SEC, as well.


Season Highlights

Florent Diep First Team All-SEC

         Led the Gators with 27 singles wins in his senior campaign

         Boasted a 13-5 record in dual match singles play with an 82 record in the SEC

         Has played in the No. 2 spot for UF in nine of 12 SEC matches with a 61 record at the position

         Recorded a stellar 10 singles wins over ITA-ranked opponents through the 201314 season, including a win over then-No. 13 UKs Tom Jomby to conclude the SEC regular season for UF

         Earned a notable 17 wins in doubles play this season

         Ranked as high as No. 49 in singles and No. 26 in doubles ITA rankings


Maxx Lipman Second Team All-SEC and All-Freshman Team

         Recorded 24 singles wins, secondbest on the team

         Had an 82 record in SEC play the only SEC freshman to tally eight wins

         Went 81 in the No. 3 spot for Florida

         Tallied a teamhigh 14 wins in dual match singles play one of just four SEC freshman with 14+ dual match singles wins

         Had five singles wins over ITA-ranked opponents

         Earned 14 wins in doubles play, with a 40 record playing in the No. 3 spot

         Ranked No. 109 in ITA singles rankings this season


Elliott Orkin All-Freshman Team

         Sports a 2212 singles record as a freshman, tied for the thirdmost wins on the UF team

         Went 85 in dual match singles play, going 41 in the No. 6 spot, with a 63 record in SEC play

         Had 20 wins in doubles play this season, matching secondbest on the team

         Ranked as high as No. 9 in the ITA rankings with partner Gordon Watson

         Ranked as high as No. 53 in the ITA singles rankings


Gordon Watson Second Team All-SEC

         Tallied a teamhigh 23 doubles wins in his sophomore campaign

         Ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation with doubles partner Elliott Orkin

         Tallied nine doubles wins over ITA-ranked opponents, with five of those victories over ITA top-20 doubles pairs

         Sports a 2113 overall singles record this year while playing in the top three spots for Florida

         Played No. 1 in all but three SEC matches this season

         Earned a notable six wins over ITA-ranked singles opponents in the 201314 season

         Ranked as high as No. 53 in ITA singles rankings this season


First Team All-SEC

Daniil Proskura, Alabama

Florent Diep, Florida

Garrett Brasseaux, Georgia

Austin Smith, Georgia

Nathan Pasha, Georgia

Tom Jomby, Kentucky

Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss

Mikelis Liebietis, Tennessee

Hunter Reese, Tennessee

Harrison Adams, Texas A&M

Shane Vinsant, Texas A&M

Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt


Second Team All-SEC

Becker O'Shaughnessey, Alabama

Daniel Cochrane, Auburn

Lukas Ollert, Auburn

Maxx Lipman, Florida

Gordon Watson, Florida

Alejandro Gomez, Kentucky

Beck Pennington, Kentucky

Chris Simpson, LSU  

Florian Lakat, Mississippi State

Andrew Adams, South Carolina  

Jeremy Efferding, Texas A&M

Ryan Lipman, Vanderbilt


All-Freshman Team

Nikko Madregallejo, Alabama  

Johan den Toom, Arkansas

Maxx Lipman, Florida

Elliott Orkin, Florida  

Jerry Lopez, Kentucky

Justin Butsch, LSU  

Florian Lakat, Mississippi State

Andrew Schafer, South Carolina


Coach of the Year: Steve Denton, Texas A&M

Player of the Year: Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss

Freshman of the Year: Florian Lakat, Mississippi State

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Daniil Proskura, Alabama


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