Tulsa, Okla. – In recognition for an outstanding senior season, Florida State’s Benjamin Lock was named the ITA’s Most Improved Player at a banquet held here today prior to the men’s and women’s national championship matches. Lock, who led the Seminoles with a 24-13 singles record, is the first Seminole to win the honor.
Coming off a junior season that saw him finish the season ranked in the Top 50, Lock improved greatly in 2015-16, highlighted by a straight-set win to open the season against No. 4 Julian Lenz of Baylor. He also tallied a back draw win at the National Intercollegiate Individual Championships in November and was named First Team All-ACC and ACC Player of the Year runner-up by the league’s coaches.
Lock was 8-3 in ACC play this season and helped lead the Seminoles to a 4-3 win over No. 1 North Carolina in March, the first win over the top-ranked team in the country in school history.
In doubles play, Lock and partner Marco Nunez ranked in the top 20 for much of the year and enter the NCAA Tournament Wednesday ranked No. 17. In the singles draw, Lock is ranked in the Top 16 and will be named an All-American at season’s end, just the third player to earn singles All-American honors in FSU history.
In addition to winning the Most Improved Player award, Lock was the Southeast region Arthur Ashe sportsmanship award winner. It is the first Most Improved Player honor for Florida State and fourth national ITA award after Mat Cloer (2005) and Vahid Mirzadeh (2011) won the Ashe award and head coach Dwayne Hultquist (2013) won the National Campus & Community Outreach award.
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