TULSA, Okla. – Two Seminoles advanced on Day 1 of qualifying at the ITA All-American Championship in Tulsa and FSU won three of four matches at the event.
Redshirt junior Benjamin Lock, ranked No. 79 in the country, defeated Eric Perez of LSU, 6-2, 6-0, and will face off on Tuesday against Ben Lott of Drake University. That match is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. The match was Lock’s first of the year for the Seminoles, after he spent 10 days in Egypt earlier this month helping his native Zimbabwe advance in the Davis Cup group stage.
Lock’s teammate, junior Marco Nunez, defeated qualifier Alejandro Augusto of Clemson, 6-3, 7-6. The straight set victory moves Nunez on to play Tuesday against No. 3 seed and 49th-ranked Chris Simpson of LSU. Nunez will take the court Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.
“Winning three out of the four matches is a strong showing for us,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s matches, especially to see what Marco can do against a Top 50-opponent in Chris Simpson.”
The third Seminole in Tulsa for qualifying was Cristian Gonzalez Mendez. The No. 103-ranked Mendez fell to No. 98 Dominik Koepfer of Tulane, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Gonzalez Mendez concluded his time in Tulsa with a 6-3, 7-5 back draw victory over Sai Kartik of Fresno State.
ITA ALL-AMERICAN RESULTS: DAY 1
No. 79 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. Eric Perez (LSU), 6-2, 6-0
Marco Nunez (FSU) def. Alejandro Augusto (Clemson), 6-3, 7-6
No. 98 Dominik Koepfer (Tulane) def. No. 103 Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 103 Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. Sai Kartik (Fresno State), 6-3, 7-5
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.