Men's tennis rallies to beat South Carolina

Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 2:00 a.m.

It came down to singles play for the Florida men's tennis team this afternoon as they overcame the loss in doubles and took down SEC-foe South Carolina, 4-2, at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex.

The match proved competitive early in doubles play as South Carolina's Andrew Adams and Kyle Koch clinched the doubles point at court two with an 8-6 defeat of Florida's senior pair Mike Alford and Florent Diep.

Right out of doubles, Gators' Diep dominated Gamecocks' 112th-ranked Adams at No. 2 singles to even the match 1-1. Sophomore Diego Hidalgo followed suit and took down USC's Thiago Pinheiro to win at No. 3 and lift the Gators, 2-1. South Carolina grabbed their second point at court five singles to even the score for the second time.

Jumping into the singles lineup for the first time since Feb. 1 at UCLA, freshman Elliott Orkin battled back from a first-set loss to defeat USC's Andrew Schafer and bring the Gators within one point of the victory.

The match between the SEC rivals came down to sophomore Gordon Watson vs. No. 55 Tsvetan Mihov on court one and freshman Maxx Lipman vs. Kyle Koch on court five. Watson clinched the match for the Gators with a two-hour, three-set win in his first time playing in the No. 1 spot.

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