Tallahassee, Fla. – Coming off a third-consecutive weekend split, No. 23 Florida State (14-7, 6-3 ACC) will host Louisville Friday at 5 p.m. before a Sunday doubleheader against NC State and Bethune-Cookman. Sunday’s match against NC State at 12 p.m. will also serve as Senior Day for Benjamin Lock, Marco Nunez, and Michael Rinaldi. Against Louisville (12-13, 0-8 ACC), FSU is facing an opponent it has never fallen to, winning each of the previous three matchups.
In the first ACC tilt between the schools last season, FSU went to No. 33 Louisville and walked out 4-3 winners.
On Sunday, FSU will face No. 41 NC State (16-11, 4-5 ACC) at 12 p.m. as the Noles honor its three seniors. The Wolfpack have three ranked players in No. 55 Simon Norenius, No. 93 Nick Horton and No. 119 Thomas Weigel. FSU leads the all-time series, 23-3, including a pair of wins last season (5-2 regular season, 4-2 ACC Tournament first round).
The second half of Sunday’s doubleheader will pit the Noles against Bethune-Cookman (10-10, 2-1 MEAC). FSU won the only previous match between the programs, 7-0 in 2013.
The Florida State seniors, Lock, Nunez, and Rinaldi, have helped lead the Seminoles to new heights this season. In March, Nunez and Lock tallied wins in FSU’s 4-3 win over No. 1 North Carolina, the first win against a No. 1 team in program history. Two days later, Rinaldi won the clinching match against Duke, while Lock clinched this season’s match against Notre Dame. Overall, Lock has 175 combined singles and doubles wins, ranking third in school history.
Nunez and Rinaldi have 116 and 124 career wins at FSU, respectively, and the Seminoles have reached the NCAA Tournament every year the trio has been together. All three players have been ranked in both singles and doubles in their career, including Lock currently at No. 10 singles and Nunez at No. 74. Lock and Nunez also team up to form the No. 19 doubles pair in the country.
If the Noles win their remaining four matches (next week at Boston College), FSU can enter the ACC Tournament April 20-24 with a Top 4 seed and a first round bye.
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