DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men's tennis team tied for the ACC lead with five selections to the All-ACC Academic Team, the league office announced Monday. Rising junior Nicolas Alvarez, rising sophomore Spencer Furman, rising junior Catalin Mateas, recently graduated TJ Pura and rising sophomore Nick Stachowiak were the Blue Devil student-athletes selected.
Duke and Virginia led all institutions with five selections apiece. The Blue Devils' five honorees are the most since five picks during the 2013 campaign. Alvarez earned his third career selection while it was the first for Furman, Pura, Mateas and Stachowiak.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one's academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
Alvarez missed the entire dual match season while recovering from injury. Furman was a second team All-ACC honoree who went from playing on courts four and five to ending the season on the top court. He and Stachowiak earned a bid to the NCAA Doubles Tournament and finished the year ranked No. 23 in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll. In singles, Furman ended his rookie campaign standing at No. 77. He played to a 20-13 singles record, 14-12 dual match mark and 5-7 ledger in ACC matches while going 19-5 in doubles with Stachowiak.
Mateas was a third team All-ACC selection and finished the campaign with a 24-13 record, 13-8 dual match mark and 8-3 ledger in ACC contests. He ended the year ranked No. 106 in the Oracle/ITA singles poll. A solid doubles player, Mateas went 21-13 with a 6-3 record in league matches. He earned the highest-ranked win of his career at No. 10 UCLA, downing No. 11 Gage Brymer 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 on court one and receiving ACC Player of the Week accolades following the victory.
Pura worked his way into third team All-ACC honors and earned the ITA Carolina Region Most Improved Senior award at the conclusion of the year. He was also the recipient of the team's first annual Robert C. Taylor Leadership Award. The back-of-the-order anchor finished with a career-high 30 singles wins, playing to a 30-9 record, 19-3 dual match ledger and 11-0 ACC mark. Pura set the Duke single-season record for consecutive ACC wins with 11 and matched the program standard for league wins in a campaign with 11.
Stachowiak was tabbed the team's Charles Hamilton Hargrave Most Valuable Player after leading the squad in singles and doubles wins. He finished the campaign with a 32-12 singles mark with an 18-8 dual match record and 6-6 ACC ledger. The 32 singles wins tied for the sixth most in a year by a Duke freshman. In doubles with Furman, Stachowiak went 6-3 in league matches, tied for the ninth most ACC doubles wins by a freshman in program history. Overall in doubles, Stachowiak turned in a 27-8 record, tied for the fifth most doubles wins in a year by a Duke freshman.
Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski was recognized as the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in his or her respective sport.
2017 All-ACC Academic Men's Tennis Team
Aidan McNulty, Sr., Boston College
Robert Dudley, Sr., Clemson
Daffra Sanon, Jr., Clemson
Nicolas Alvarez, Jr., Duke
Spencer Furman, Fr., Duke
Catalin Mateas, So., Duke
TJ Pura, Sr., Duke
Nick Stachowiak, Fr., Duke
Lucas Poullain, Gr., Florida State
Chris Eubanks, Jr., Georgia Tech
Andrew Li, So., Georgia Tech
Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff, So., Louisville
Nicolas Rouanet, Jr., Louisville
Max Andrews, Sr., Miami
Kevin Bondar, Jr., Miami
Dane Dunlap, So., Miami
William Blumberg, Fr., North Carolina
Blaine Boyden, So., North Carolina
Robert Kelly, Jr., North Carolina
Ronnie Schneider, Sr., North Carolina
Brendon Kempin, Jr., Notre Dame
Alexander Lebedev, So., Notre Dame
J.C. Aragone, Sr., Virginia
Luca Corinteli, Sr., Virginia
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Sr., Virginia
Carl Soderlund, Fr., Virginia
Henrik Wiersholm, Jr., Virginia
Borna Gojo, Fr., Wake Forest
Skander Mansouri, Jr., Wake Forest
Christian Seraphim, Jr., Wake Forest
2017 ACC Men's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Sr., Virginia