GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Duke men’s tennis team had two players earn All-ACC honors in a vote of the league’s coaches, according to an announcement by the conference office Thursday. Redshirt junior Nicolas Alvarez was a first team selection while sophomore Nick Stachowiak was a third team pick. The all-league honor is the third for Alvarez and first for Stachowiak.
Alvarez, ranked No. 18 nationally, has served as Duke’s No. 1 singles player all year, going 14-8 overall with a team-best seven wins against nationally ranked foes. He has played every dual match from the top court, going 9-6 there. In ACC action, Alvarez put together a 5-4 record. The Lima, Peru, product’s league season was highlighted by an upset of the nation’s No. 1 player, downing North Carolina’s William Blumberg, 6-3, 6-4, to give the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead against the Tar Heels. Alvarez also evened up the match at 3-3 against No. 37 Virginia with a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3 comeback victory against No. 38 Carl Soderlund.
In doubles, Alvarez and junior Catalin Mateas have been Duke’s hottest pair recently, winning six consecutive matches and five straight against ranked pairs. Alvarez and Mateas debuted in the Oracle/ITA rankings on April 24 at No. 39 and are the first Duke duo to win five consecutive matches against ranked foes since Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler won 13 consecutive from March 5 through May 16, 2013. Alvarez owns a 13-5 overall doubles mark this season and was 5-2 in league doubles competition.
Stachowiak leads the Blue Devils with 25 victories and has been in the No. 2 position for the latter portion of the season. He owns a team second-best three ranked victories in singles and went 6-5 in ACC play. The Cary, N.C., native won three of his final four league matches, including the highest-ranked victory of his career by downing No. 31 Guy Iradukunda of Florida State 7-5, 7-5 on court two in the regular season finale. Stachowiak, who was named the team MVP in 2017 after totaling 32 singles triumphs, is the first Blue Devil to have 25 or more singles wins in each of his first two seasons since Hemmeler, Chris Mengel and Jason Tahir all accomplished the feat in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
In doubles, Stachowiak and freshman Sean Sculley have been Duke’s most used team, going 14-12 overall and 9-10 in dual matches. The pair went 6-9 on court one and 3-1 on court two, making the shift there late in the season. Stachowiak and Sculley clinched both of Duke’s doubles points at the ACC Championship with 7-5 victories on court two. Overall this season, Stachowiak has played to a 17-17 doubles ledger.
The top individual winners in the league this year were North Carolina’s Blumberg, who was the ACC’s Player of the Year, and Benjamin Sigouin as Freshman of the Year. Florida State’s Dwayne Hultquist was named the ACC Coach of the Year.
Duke will return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, against Ole Miss in Palo Alto, Calif., in the opening round of the NCAA Team Championships.
Individual Award Winners
Player of the Year
William Blumberg, SO, North Carolina
Freshman of the Year
Benjamin Sigouin, North Carolina
Coach of the Year
Dwayne Hultquist, Florida State
2018 All-ACC Men’s Tennis Teams
Nicolas Alvarez***, R-JR, Duke
Aziz Dougaz**, JR, Florida State
William Blumberg**, SO, North Carolina
Benjamin Sigouin, FR, North Carolina
Alexis Galarneau**, SO, NC State
Carl Söderlund**, SO, Virginia
Mitch Harper, JR, Virginia Tech
Petros Chrysochos***, JR, Wake Forest
Borna Gojo**, SO, Wake Forest
Simon Baudry, SO, Clemson
Guy Iradukunda**, SR, Florida State
Lucas Poullain**, R-SR, Florida State
Carlos Divar, SO, Georgia Tech
Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff**, JR, Louisville
Adria Soriano, FR, Miami
Alex Lebedev, JR, Notre Dame
Aswin Lizen, JR, Virginia
Skander Mansouri***, SR, Wake Forest
Nick Stachowiak, SO, Duke
Parker Wynn**, SO, Louisville
Bojan Jankulovski, FR, Miami
Christian Langmo, SR, Miami
Blaine Boyden, JR, North Carolina
Robert Kelly***, SR, North Carolina
Tadas Babelis, FR, NC State
Richard Ciamarra, FR, Notre Dame
Bar Botzer, Fr, Wake Forest
* - denotes number of All-ACC honors