Tulsa, Okla. – The NCAA released the men’s and women’s singles and doubles draw Tuesday afternoon, and three Seminoles will compete for a national championship beginning Wednesday morning at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
On the women’s side, senior Daneika Borthwick made the singles field of 64 for the first time in her career after a First Team All-ACC campaign in 2016. The Cumbria, England, native will face Mississippi State’s Georgiana Patrasc in the first round Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. When the Bulldogs and Seminoles faced each other at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in January, the two did not face each other.
Borthwick enters the tournament ranked No. 38 in the ITA standings, while Patrasc is No. 36.
On the men’s side, seniors Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez are in the tournament for the second consecutive season. Lock, named the ITA’s Most Improved Player earlier Tuesday, is seeded 9-16 and will face Daniel Valent of Vanderbilt in the first round Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Valent is ranked No. 36 and is the Commodores top player.
By virtue of being a top 16 seed, Lock has also secured All-American status, becoming just the third Seminole to be named an All-American in singles action.
In doubles play that will begin Thursday, Lock and Nunez form the No. 17 doubles team in the country and will face No. 5-8 seed Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe from Oklahoma State in the opening round. Lock and Nunez have beaten three of the top five teams in the tournament, including the No. 1 pair from Florida.
Lock and Nunez also opened the 2015 tournament against Oklahoma State, falling to Kadhe and Jakob Sude.
For Borthwick or the doubles team of Lock and Nunez to become an All-American, they will have to win two matches. Action continues through May 30.