DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s tennis team led the ACC with six selections to the All-ACC Academic Team, the league office announced Monday. Recently graduated Nicolas Alvarez, rising junior Spencer Furman, rising junior Robert Levine, rising senior Catalin Mateas, rising sophomore Sean Sculley and rising junior Nick Stachowiak were the Blue Devil student-athletes selected.
Duke’s six selections topped the league and tied the program record, set in 2006. Alvarez earned his fourth career selection while it was the second for Furman, Mateas and Stachowiak and first for Levine and Sculley.
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 earned his third career First Team All-ACC and NCAA Singles Championship selections at the conclusion of the season. The Lima, Peru, product became just the eighth Blue Devil in program history to be selected to three or more NCAA Singles Tournaments. Alvarez capped the campaign ranked No. 23 in singles in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ledger and reached a season high of No. 11 in the Oracle/ITA poll for the week of April 17. He played to a 15-9 overall record, 10-6 dual match mark and 5-4 ACC ledger in singles action. Alvarez graduated in May with a degree in political science.
Furman fought through an injury-riddled sophomore season, playing on courts two through five in singles, posting a 15-14 singles record, 5-11 dual match mark and 3-6 ledger in ACC contests. He achieved a season-high ranking of No. 81 in the Oracle/ITA rankings during January. A Seattle product, Furman clinched Duke’s trip to the ITA Indoor Team Championship with a 7-6 (6), 6-2 win against San Diego’s August Holmgren on court two.
Levine overcame a slow start to the dual match season with an impressive finish, leading Duke in ACC singles wins. He finished the campaign with a 15-11 singles record, 12-10 dual mark and 7-3 ACC ledger. Levine won six consecutive ACC matches from March 25-April 15 and began the season with a No. 90 singles ranking in the Oracle/ITA ledger. The Bedford, N.Y., native played his first ACC match of the year at No. 16 N.C. State and powered past Georgiy Malyshev 6-4, 6-2 to give Duke a 3-1 overall lead.
Mateas was a top-three court presence throughout the season in singles and teamed with Alvarez to form Duke’s No. 1 doubles team for the latter half of the campaign. Mateas finished with a 12-15 singles record, 7-12 dual match mark, 4-6 ledger in ACC contests and put together a 10-match ACC regular season winning streak dating back to the 2017 campaign, the sixth longest run in program history. The Braintree, Mass., product led the Blue Devils with four matches clinched and finished the year ranked No. 118 in the Oracle/ITA poll. He paired with Alvarez in doubles to reach a final, and high for the year, ranking of No. 31 in the Oracle/ITA standings. Mateas and Alvarez capped the year with a 6-2 win versus No. 22 Tim Sandkaulen and Grey Hamilton of Mississippi in the first round of the NCAA Team Championship. With the triumph, the two became the first Duke duo to win six consecutive matches against ranked foes since Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler won 13 consecutive from March 5 through May 16, 2013.
Sculley, from Hilton Head Island, S.C., was the team’s only rookie, playing to a 19-12 record, 11-9 dual match ledger and 5-3 ACC mark. An energetic doubles player, Sculley went 21-14 overall and 6-4 in league action. Sculley won his first three singles dual matches, either helping Duke take the lead in the overall match or even the score. He earned his first career ACC victory in impressive fashion, topping Virginia Tech’s Henrik Korsgaard 6-0, 6-0 on court five in the league opener. In doubles, he paired primarily with Stachowiak as the duo won both matches 7-5 on court two during the ACC Championship to clinch the doubles points for the Blue Devils.
Stachowiak repeated as the squad’s Charles Hamilton Hargrave Most Valuable Player, becoming the first two-time recipient in program history. He earned his first career All-ACC honors, picking up third team accolades, and led the Blue Devils in singles victories for the second consecutive campaign. A Cary, N.C., native, he was named the February 27 ACC Co-Player of the Week after winning both singles matches in straight sets on court two, helping Duke capture 4-0 victories against both Coastal Carolina and Furman. In April, Stachowiak defeated Florida State’s Guy Iradukunda, ranked No. 31, 7-5, 7-5 on court two after facing late deficits in both sets. The victory was the highest-ranked win of Stachowiak’s career and pushed him into the Oracle/ITA rankings at No. 116.
Wake Forest’s Petros Chrysochos was recognized as the 2018 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 their respective sports.
2018 All-ACC Academic Men’s Tennis Team
Yizhou Liu, Fr., Clemson (Psychology)
Nicolas Alvarez****, Sr., Duke (Political Science)
Spencer Furman**, So., Duke (Psychology)
Robert Levine, So., Duke (Public Policy)
Catalin Mateas**, Jr., Duke (Evolutionary Anthropology)
Sean Sculley, Fr., Duke (Undeclared)
Nick Stachowiak**, So., Duke (Psychology)
Aziz Dougaz, Jr., Florida State (Sport Management)
Alex Knaff, So., Florida State (Physics)
Lucas Poullain**, Sr., Florida State (Sport Management)
Andrew Li**, Jr., Georgia Tech (Business Administration)
Daniel Yun, Sr., Georgia Tech (Business Administration)
George Hedley, Jr., Louisville (Marketing)
Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff**, Jr., Louisville (Finance)
Parker Wynn, So., Louisville (Marketing)
Blaine Boyden**, Jr., North Carolina (Business Administration)
Benjamin Sigouin, Fr., North Carolina (Undecided)
Alexis Galarneau, So., N.C. State (Business Administration)
Michael Ogden, Jr., N.C. State (Business Administration)
Grayson Broadus, Jr., Notre Dame (Accountancy)
Richard Ciamarra, Fr., Notre Dame (Undeclared)
Brendon Kempin**, Sr., Notre Dame (Finance)
Alex Lebedev**, Jr., Notre Dame (Liberal Studies, Russian)
Matthew McCormick, Fr., Notre Dame (Undeclared)
Aswin Lizen, Jr., Virginia (Commerce)
Carl Söderlund**, So., Virginia (Arts & Sciences Undeclared)
Carlo Donato Beccaria, Fr., Virginia Tech (Business)
Mitch Harper, Jr., Virginia Tech (Finance)
Jason Kros, Jr., Virginia Tech (Human Nutrition and Food Exercise)
Bar Botzer, Fr., Wake Forest (Undeclared)
Petros Chrysochos, Jr., Wake Forest (Communication)
Christian Seraphim***, Sr., Wake Forest (Business & Enterprise Management)
Yuval Solomon, Fr., Wake Forest (Undeclared)
Julian Zlobinsky, Jr., Wake Forest (Politics & International Affairs)
*- denotes number of All-ACC Academic honors
2018 Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Petros Chrysochos, Jr., Wake Forest (Communication)