BOCA RATON, Fla. – Three Florida Atlantic University men’s tennis players have garnered All-Conference USA Honors following one of the best seasons in the program’s history. Arthur Stefani was named C-USA Newcomer of the Year while Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff and Remi Chancerel each earned First Team Singles and Second Team Doubles nods.
Stefani, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, won 14 singles matches, posting a 12-7 mark in dual matches, and finished the year going 7-2 in his last 10 matches. The junior earned highlight wins at Miami, No. 39 Old Dominion and No. 38 Georgia State. Eight of his victories on the year came in straight sets.
“Arthur's award is very deserving,” FAU Head Coach Ricardo Gonzalez said. “He had a great year and I am excited to see what he is going to bring to the table next year.”
Morin-Kougoucheff became the first Owl to enter the ITA rankings in more than a decade, climbing as high as No. 100 in the nation. The senior ended his career with 57 singles victories, the fourth most in program history, and 99 total wins, also ranking fourth in the record book. He went 14-8 in No. 1 singles, leading FAU to its third-best season in school history. Morin-Kougoucheff won matches against No. 43 Korey Lovett of UCF and No. 66 Razvan Grigorescu of Omaha. He also went 12-7 in No. 1 doubles with Remi Chancerel with highlight wins against Florida Gulf Coast, Old Dominion and UCF.
Chancerel won 23 singles matches overall in 2016-17 and tallied 36 overall victories. The three-time Conference USA Athlete of the Week posted the most singles wins in C-USA, 19, while playing at the No. 2 position. Chancerel turned in the second best dual match season in FAU history with a 19-2 (.905) mark in singles play on top of a stellar season in doubles with Morin-Kougoucheff. The Dax, France native ended the season on a 12-match singles win streak, all in straight sets and won his first seven matches of the spring.
“This is a well-deserved award for both Andrei and Remi while they contributed tremendously to our team’s success this year,” Gonzalez said. “They were both rock solid throughout the whole year at the top positions while playing a very tough spring schedule. It has been a privilege to work with Andrei and Remi and see how their games have developed over the years. It will be tough to replace Andrei next year but we are lucky enough to get Remi for one more final year.”
FAU posted a 17-7 record on the year, earning the program’s highest standing in the Conference USA Tournament as the No. 3 seed.