Tulsa, Okla. – In a scene reminiscent of 2015, Florida State seniors Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez ended their seasons on Day Two of the NCAA Tournament. In both seasons, Lock fell in the second round of singles action earlier in the day, while he and Nunez fell in a third-set against Oklahoma State in doubles in the afternoon.
This year, Lock, the No. 11 player in the ITA and already an All-American, was facing No. 28 Ronnie Schneider of North Carolina with a Round of 16 berth on the line. Lock was dominant in the first set, holding on to an early break to win the opener 6-3. In the second set, the players traded breaks before heading to a tiebreaker, which Schneider won 7-6 (5). In the deciding set, the players were forced to the sideline for nearly 10 minutes with nagging rain.
When the rain came, Schneider led 4-2 in the third and went on to win the deciding set 6-2.
For Lock, the match was the final singles event of his Seminole career and caps a senior season that saw him named the Most Improved Player in the country en route to 16 ranked wins on the year and First Team All-ACC honors. He finishes in the top 10 in FSU history in singles, doubles, and combined wins for a career.
In the afternoon, Lock and Nunez opened the first round of doubles play against Oklahoma State’s Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash. In the 2015 NCAA Tournament, the Cowboys duo of Kadhe and Jakob Sude knocked off the FSU pair in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. This season, with a different format that enforces third-set tiebreakers, the Cowboys won 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (6).
Lock and Nunez will go down as one of the strongest doubles tandems in school history after making the NCAA Tournament two of their three years playing together. Lock graduated in April and will play professionally, while Nunez will remain at Florida State and work towards a finance degree. The pair led the Seminoles to an 18-9 record as a team in 2016.
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2016 NCAA Tournament
Singles – Day 2
#28 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) def. #11 Benjamin Lock (FSU), 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2
Doubles – Day 1
#10 Julian Cash/Arjun Kadhe (OK State) def. #17 Lock/Marco Nunez (FSU), 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (6)