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Irish Pair Earn All-ACC Academic Recognition

June 26, 2017

By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Two University of Notre Dame men’s tennis student-athletes were recognized for their academic performance on Monday, as rising senior Brendon Kempin and rising junior Alex Lebedev were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team.

Kempin earned his way into the starting lineup in doubles this season, posting a 20-13 mark, including 14-7 in dual matches. The Sandy, Utah, product played primarily with sophomore Grayson Broadus, going 13-7 as a pairing. Kempin also went 12-9 in singles, including 4-1 in duals. He is enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and majoring in finance.

Lebedev played his first full season in 2017 after missing the majority of his freshman campaign with an injury. Playing mostly at No. 3 singles, he went 23-17 on the year, including 12-11 in dual matches. In doubles, he accrued a 21-13 mark, including 12-6 in dual matches. He went 17-11 overall with freshman partner Matt Gamble, and 11-6 in duals. Lebedev is double-majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies and Film, Television & Theatre, with a concentration in theatre.

2017 ACC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Sr., Virginia

2017 All-ACC Academic Men’s Tennis Team
Aidan McNulty, Sr., Boston College
Robert Dudley, Sr., Clemson
Daffra Sanon, Sr., 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
Alex 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


Joanne Norell, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2014 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and fencing programs. Norell is a 2011 graduate of Purdue University and earned her master’s degree from Georgetown University in 2013.