Nov. 8, 2013
FLUSHING, N.Y. - Friday morning's match came down to another last game break as the Florida State men's tennis doubles team advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Junior Benjamin Lock and sophomore Marco Nunez faced off against the No. 2 seed of Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas in the quarterfinals Friday. The Seminoles did not face any break points during the entire match. The two teams battled back and forth with one another staying on serve until the score was 6-all.
With Texas serving, Nunez had a strong backhand return with Lock putting it away at the net to break the Longhorns and go up 7-6. Nunez served out the point and the Seminoles won 8-6 to advance to Saturday's semifinals.
"It was a really well played match," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "Both teams served very well but the key point of the match was when it was at 6-all. I thought Benjamin's ability to return the second serve and put it down at the feet of the server and Marco putting balls away at the net really helped."
"We are so happy to make it to the semifinals here in New York," said Lock. "Today was one of our better matches if the fall. We served and returned great. Marco returned extremely well and as a team we really stepped it up on the big points. Dwayne has been doing a great job with us and we are all excited for tomorrow."
The doubles team faces Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur of Columbia at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.
The duo takes on the No. 2 seed of Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas on Friday.
Check back to Seminoles.com for all your information on the men's tennis team and follow the team at twitter.com/fsu_mtennis. Live scoring for the event can be seen here: http://www.itatennis.com/Events/USTA-ITA-Championships-Events/NationalIndoors.htm.