Tallahassee, Fla. – After a stellar senior season that saw him rise to the Top 10 in the country, senior Benjamin Lock was named First Team All-ACC Thursday by the league’s coaches, while teammate Marco Nunez earned Second Team honors. Lock, with 15 wins on the season against ranked opponents, was the league’s second-highest vote-getter.
“I’m proud of the guys for being named to the All-ACC team,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “Ben certainly had one of the best year’s in the conference and in the country, and he’s one of the few players in the Top 15 in both singles and doubles. Marco had his best year individually. He worked his way into the rankings, and with Ben, had a great spring in doubles. I’m glad to see that they’re in position to make the NCAA Tournament.”
Lock, from Harare, Zimbabwe, was a two-time ACC Player of the Week and played his way into the ITA Top 10 with a 24-12 singles record, including an 8-3 mark in the ACC in leading the 21st-ranked Seminoles to a three-seed in last week’s ACC Tournament. He was the first Seminole named ACC Player of the Week twice in one season since 2008, and enters next month’s NCAA Tournament in the top six in school history in both singles and doubles wins.
This is the second All-ACC honor for Lock after being named to the Second Team in 2015. He had six wins against players that made the All-ACC teams this season, including the only league loss for conference Player of the Year Christopher Eubanks from Georgia Tech.
Nunez, from Monterrey, Mexico, was 18-15 in singles play this season, with 11 wins coming in the No. 2 hole behind Lock. He tallied five ranked wins on the year, including a pair of Top 20 wins. Against No. 1 North Carolina, Nunez’s 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3 win over All-ACC First Teamer Ronnie Schneider (No. 12, ITA) clinched the Seminoles first win over a top-ranked team in school history. This is the first All-ACC honor for Nunez.
In doubles action, Lock and Nunez formed a Top 15 team for much of the year. Opening the spring 11-0, the pair are currently ranked No. 15 in the country and have wins against teams currently ranked No. 1, 2, 5, and 6 in the ITA standings. Lock and Nunez dealt North Carolina’s Brett Clark and Robert Kelly the only ACC loss for the pair on the year.
The pair join fellow senior Michael Rinaldi in earning ACC honors after Rinaldi was named to the league’s Third Team in 2015.
Individual Award Winners
Player of the Year – Christopher Eubanks, So., Georgia Tech
Freshman of the Year – Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest
Coach of the Year – Tony Bresky, Wake Forest
All-ACC First Team
Christopher Eubanks, So., Georgia Tech
Benjamin Lock, Sr., Florida State
Ryan Shane, Sr., Virginia
Skander Mansouri, So., Wake Forest
Nicolas Alvarez, So., Duke
Brayden Schnur, Jr., North Carolina
Joao Monteiro, Sr., Virginia Tech
Ronnie Schneider, Jr., North Carolina
Quentin Monaghan, Sr., Notre Dame
All-ACC Second Team
Petros Chrysochos, Fr., Wake Forest
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Jr., Virginia
Piotr Lomacki, So., Miami
Collin Altamirano, So., Virginia
Simon Norenius, Sr., NC State
Marco Nunez, Sr., Florida State
Brett Clark, Sr., North Carolina
Andreas Bjerrehus, Sr., Virginia Tech
Alex Favrot, Fr., Clemson
All-ACC Third Team
Carlos Benito, Jr., Georgia Tech
Thomas Weigel, Jr., NC State
J.C. Aragone, Jr., Virginia
Robert Kelly, So., North Carolina
Nick Horton, So., NC State
Romain Bogaerts, Sr., Wake Forest
Amerigo Contini, Sr., Virginia Tech
Alex Gornet, Sr., Louisville
Edoardo Tessaro, Sr., Virginia Tech
Luca Corinteli, Jr., Virginia
Henrik Wiersholm, So., Virginia
Josh Hagar, Jr., Notre Dame
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