Tallahassee, Fla. – Looking to top last season’s ACC win total of six, No. 23 Florida State (15-7, 7-3 ACC) knocked off Louisville (12-14, 0-9 ACC) 4-3 Friday evening at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles raced out to a 4-0 lead before Louisville snagged the final three points of the match. In doubles, 19th-ranked seniors Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez won for the first time since March 13 with a 6-1 win over Jeffrey Brown and Alex Gornet.
The Louisville pair are ranked No. 81, and beat Lock and Nunez in the fall. FSU clinched the doubles point with Aziz Dougaz and Michael Rinaldi’s 6-2 win on Court 2.
Lock’s brother, Courtney, is a Louisville sophomore. He and Sean Donohue were tied with FSU’s Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst when the doubles point was clinched.
In singles, Lock played his most dominant match of the season, beating Gornet 6-0, 6-1. It was the first bagel against an ACC opponent on the season, and the first unranked ACC foe he has faced since the opener against Clemson on March 4.
With a 2-0 lead, Dougaz won 6-3, 6-2 on Court 4 over George Hedley, while Gracia clinched the match in FSU’s favor with an identical score on Court 5 over Brandon Lancaster.
With the Noles leading 4-0, the Cardinals recorded the final three points to provide the final margin.
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist:
“We had a really good start on doubles. It was great seeing Ben and Marco have a dominant performance, winning 6-1. Our guys did a good job of winning it at No. 2. It was a different match – we won three of the matches going away to clinch, and then lost two matches fairly closely. It was a little different because in the tournament that’s a 4-0 win, but in reality it goes down as 4-3. I’m especially pleased with Ben being quick off, as well as Jose and Aziz. All three were very dominant performances. They did a good job staying on their opponents and finishing them off. I give Louisville credit for competing the way they did.”
On impact of the three seniors heading in to Senior Day Sunday:
“Those guys have been good battlers and won a lot of matches. They’re on our list for most wins. They’ve won a lot of big matches – Ben and Michael against Oklahoma in 2013 and the big win this year against North Carolina. They’re competitive guys and they work hard and play hard every day.”
– FSU improves to 4-0 all-time against Louisville and 2-0 as ACC opponents. FSU won by a similar 4-3 score at Louisville last season.
The Seminoles wrap up the home portion of their schedule Sunday at 12 PM against NC State and Bethune-Cookman. The team will recognize seniors Benjamin Lock, Marco Nunez, and Michael Rinaldi in a pre-match ceremony.
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#23 Florida State def. Louisville, 4-3
April 8, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
#10 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. Alex Gornet (UL), 6-0, 6-1
Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (UL) def. #74 Marco Nunez (FSU), 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)
Jeffrey Brown (UL) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 6-4, 7-6 (0)
Aziz Dougaz (FSU) def. George Hedley (UL), 6-3, 6-2
Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Brandon Lancaster (UL), 6-3, 6-2
Carlos Longhi Neto (UL) def. Jake Albo (FSU), 6-3, 6-2
#19 Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. #81 Brown/Gornet (UL), 6-1
Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Hedley/Morin-Kougoucheff (UL), 6-2
Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) vs. Sean Donohue/Courtney Lock (UL), 4-4, dnf.
Order of Finish – Singles: 1,4,5,6,3,2; Doubles 1,2