Joanne Norell | June 30, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team set a program record when the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its All-ACC Academic Men’s Tennis Team on Monday, placing five student-athletes on the list for the first time since joining the conference.
Senior Brendon Kempin, juniors Grayson Broadus and Alex Lebedev and freshmen Richard Ciamarra and Tristan McCormick earned spots on this season’s all-academic squad. Notre Dame’s five selections tied for second in the conference with Wake Forest, following Duke’s six selections.
It was the second career all-academic team honor for both Kempin and Lebedev, who were also named to the squad last season. It is the first career honor for Broadus, Ciamarra and McCormick.
A captain as a senior, Kempin — a native of Sandy, Utah — anchored the Irish atop the doubles lineup (along with McCormick), posting a 16-21 overall record, including 13-14 in dual matches. The pair finished the season ranked No. 56 in the Oracle/ITA doubles rankings. Kempin graduated in May with a degree in finance and will begin his career in private wealth management at First Republic Bank in Palo Alto, California.
A native of Island Park, New York, Lebedev led the Irish atop the lineup and finished the season ranked at No. 40 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings. He boasted a 20-14 overall record, including 11-10 in dual matches. He was an All-ACC Second Team Selection after competing in all three collegiate grand slams in the 2017-18 season (ITA All-American Championships, ITA Fall National Championship and NCAA Singles Championship), and was named the ITA Midwest Region Player to Watch. Lebedev is pursuing a double major in Liberal Studies and Russian.
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