Tallahassee, Fla. – After a pair of Top 40 singles wins, a victory over the third-ranked doubles team, and a team win over No. 1 North Carolina, senior Benjamin Lock was named the ACC Player of the Week as announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon. The honor was the first of Lock’s career.
“Ben has had a great career at Florida State,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “He’s had high singles and doubles wins and it’s nice for him as a senior to be named the ACC Player of the Week. He certainly was instrumental in helping lead us to a win over the number one team and followed it up with a Top 20 win to help us beat Duke Sunday.”
In Friday’s 4-3 win over No. 1 North Carolina, the first win over the top-ranked team in program history, No. 30 Lock beat No. 38 Brayden Schnur, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. The win broke a 2-2 tie and set the stage for Marco Nunez to clinch the match on Court 2 and give the Tar Heels their first loss of the season.
Also against the Tar Heels, Lock and Nunez teamed up to beat the third-ranked doubles team in the country in Brett Clark and Robert Kelly, 6-4. It was the Seminole duo’s second win in three weeks against a top-three team after beating No. 1 Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo of Florida last month. Lock and Nunez are 11-0 on the season, the best record in the ACC.
On Sunday against Duke, Lock rallied from a first set loss to beat No. 20 Nicolas Alvarez, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and help the Noles complete the weekend sweep with a 5-2 win. The win matched Lock’s highest-ranked win during dual match play after he beat Virginia’s Mitchell Frank last season. The FSU win snapped a seven-match Blue Devil winning streak in the series that dated to 2009.
Lock became the first Seminole since 2014 to win the award.
After the Seminole wins, Florida State jumped from No. 51 to No. 23 in this week’s ITA rankings, the largest leap for any school in the country. Lock and the Noles hit the court again this weekend at No. 40 Virginia Tech on Friday and new-No. 1 Virginia on Sunday.