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Thursday April 24, 2014Four Gators Earn SEC Postseason Honors

Gainesville, Fla.

Four Florida men’s tennis players – Florent Diep, Maxx Lipman, Elliott Orkin and Gordon Watson – were each recognized by the Southeastern Conference men’s 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 UK’s 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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