Roundup: Men's tennis opens season with win


Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:58 p.m.

Freshman Elliott Orkin, playing in his first collegiate dual match, clinched the victory for the Florida men's tennis team on Wednesday in its season opener against North Florida. After dropping the doubles point, the Gators won five of six singles matches to earn a 5-2 win, with Orkin clinching the match at No. 4 singles.

UNF opened the afternoon with a win at No. 2 doubles, but Florent Diep and Maxx Lipman answered for Florida with a win at No. 3 doubles. The deciding match on court one came down to a tiebreak, with UNF clinching the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead.

In singles, senior UF's Spencer Newman returned won in straight sets to even the match at 1-1.

Newman, who played at No. 1 singles, had to sit out the 2013 season after transferring to Michigan in the fall of 2012 and then back to Florida in 2013.

Diep gave the Gators a 2-1 lead with a win at No. 5 singles, followed by Mike Alford winning on court six for a 3-1 UF lead. UNF won on court two and forced a third set on courts three and four.

After winning a tiebreak in the first set, Orkin dropped the second set and went to a third with the match on the line. He overcame some nerves and pulled out the third set, 6-4, to provide the clinching point in the match.

The Gators next take on UNC-Wilmington at home on Saturday as part of the ITA kickoff at 2 p.m.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Florida travels to Knoxville to play nationally ranked No. 11 Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. today at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will be televised live by FSN (Cox Ch. 70/1070).

The Gators are 2-1 this season against ranked opponents, earning wins at then-No. 6 Kentucky on Jan. 5 and then-No. 25 Arkansas on Jan. 9 before falling at No. 11 LSU in Baton Rouge on Jan. 12.

After winning nine consecutive games, the Gators have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

SOFTBALL: The Florida softball team is ranked No. 4 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Top 25 poll released this week.

A nation-leading eight SEC schools, including three in the top six, are ranked in the poll, with Tennessee, which was the 2013 NCAA runner-up, is the top-ranked team to begin the 2014 campaign.

For the first time in program history, Tennessee will start the season at No. 1. It is UT's first time at No. 1 in the poll since it was at the top on May 9, 2007.

Alabama checks in at No. 6. Texas A&M is No. 11, Kentucky is No. 12 and Missouri is No. 14. LSU (No. 17) and Georgia (No. 23). SEC squads Arkansas and Auburn also are receiving votes.

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