March 10, 2016 - by
Noles Host Undefeated No. 1 North Carolina Friday Night

Tallahassee, Fla. – No. 51 Florida State (9-4, 1-1 ACC) will host top-ranked North Carolina (15-0, 0-0 ACC) and No. 66 Duke (6-7, 0-1 ACC) for a pair of matches this weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles enter the match after splitting a pair of matches at Clemson (W, 7-0) and Miami (L, 4-3) last weekend to open ACC play.

Florida State is led by seniors Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez. Lock is ranked No. 30 in the ITA singles rankings; Nunez is No. 97. In doubles, the pair are ranked for the first time this spring, entering at No. 26 on the strength of a 9-0 record, including a win over No. 1 Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo of Florida.

No. 1 North Carolina will play its first ACC match of the season Friday at 5 p.m. against FSU. The Tar Heels have won each of the past two seasons by identical 5-2 scores. Entering Friday’s match, UNC has five players ranked in the top 100, led by junior Ronnie Schneider. In doubles, Lock and Nunez will face third-ranked Brett Clark and Robert Kelly. The Tar Heel duo won the matchup between the teams in October, winning in a third-set tiebreaker at the All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

North Carolina won the ITA National Team Indoors in February by knocking off Virginia, ending the Cavaliers 140-match winning streak against ACC opponents, the longest streak for any sport in ACC history. They are the last remaining unbeaten team in men’s tennis.

North Carolina leads the all-time series 31-11.

Against No. 66 Duke on Sunday at 12 p.m., the Seminoles will face a Blue Devil team that opened the season ranked No. 13 before sputtering to a 6-7 early season record. In its ACC opener Sunday, Duke fell 4-3 at home against No. 34 Georgia Tech. Duke’s lone ranked player is sophomore Nicolas Alvarez at No. 20.

All-time, Duke leads the series with FSU 29-11 and has won eight in a row since an FSU win in the ACC Tournament in 2009.

For more information on Florida State tennis, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_MTennis).

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