TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State duo of Marco Nunez and Benjamin Lock, the No. 10 doubles team in the country in the ITA rankings, defeated the fifth-ranked team of Nick Chappell and Will Stein of TCU, 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 at the ITA All-American Championships Doubles Main Draw in Tulsa. The duo was playing their first doubles match together since January after Lock was injured early in the spring season and missed the first two tournaments this fall after representing Zimbabwe in the Davis Cup last month.
“We came out and played great in the first set,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We were in every return game, but then TCU picked it up and showed why they are one of the best teams in the country. In the end, Marco hit a winner at 9-8 to win the match.”
After taking the first set 6-2, Lock and Nunez staved off two set points in the second set before dropping the set, 6-3. In the tiebreaker, a sprint to 10 points, the ‘Noles ran out to a 4-1 lead. TCU tied it at 8-all before FSU won the final two points, including the winner from Nunez.
“It was great winning in such a dramatic way,” Nunez said. “To beat a top-5 team in such fashion, with an aggressive forehand winner, was a great feeling. I’m happy to be playing with Ben again, he’s a great player, so this was a good return for us.”
The match-up was one of the toughest in the first round, pitting two top-10 teams against each other. In the second round on Friday afternoon, Lock and Nunez will take on Southern California’s duo of Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz. Hanfmann and Quiroz are ranked No. 19 in the country.
On Wednesday, Nunez’s singles run came to an end as he fell in the final round of qualifying to UNC’s Jack Murray, 6-2, 6-3.
ITA ALL-AMERICAN RESULTS: DOUBLES MAIN DRAW
About the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships
The first major championship of the fall collegiate season for the men has been hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center since 2005. Since 1979, this event has successfully combined competitors who had stellar seasons the year before with the cream of the crop from the freshman class. Matches are played on hard court surfaces.