June 1, 2016 - by
Lock Named ITA All-American

Tallahassee, Fla. – By virtue of being one of the 16 seeded players at last month’s NCAA Tournament, Benjamin Lock was named an All-American Wednesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. He becomes the third Seminole to be named an ITA All-American in singles action.

“I’m proud of Ben and the work he has put in at Florida State,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “He has gotten better each season and it’s great that he earned this honor his final season.”

“I’m very proud to be an All-American,” Lock said. “It’s something I wanted to acheive since my first day at FSU. I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates, my girlfriend and family for all their support throughout my college career – without them, I could not have done it.”

On the season, Lock finished with a 25-14 record, including 16 wins against ranked opponents. Lock reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and played in the doubles draw for a second straight season. Lock, the Seminoles top player all year, helped lead Florida State to a 14th-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, a win over No. 1 North Carolina, the first in program history, and a school-record nine ACC wins.

Lock ranked as high as No. 9 during the season in singles play and No. 7 in doubles action. He was First Team All-ACC, the ACC Player of the Year runner-up and the ITA Most Improved Player prior to the NCAA singles draw last month.

Lock joins former Seminoles Mat Cloer (2005) and Jean-Yves Aubone (2008, 2009) as singles All-Americans from Florida State. With a win in the opening round of the NCAA Singles Championship last week, Lock finished his career sixth on the FSU all-time singles wins list with 90, while his 90 doubles wins rank fourth all-time. His 180 combined wins are third all-time and the most since the mid-1980s.

“His career stands up against any of the greats we’ve had come through FSU,” Hultquist said. “His doubles play set him apart and was able to play in all the major collegiate championships. He represented Florida State great for five seasons, and he was rewarded this season.”

Lock graduated with a finance degree in April and embarks on a professional tennis career.

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