DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs men's tennis program saw five student-athletes graduate in 2014, the most in a single class in team history. Mischa Nowicki, Alex Sanders, Pablo Perez-Esnaola and Gaston Cuadranti all earned bachelor's degrees, while David Kuczer graduated from law school.
"It was one of the greatest graduation days in SMU tennis history," Head coach Carl Neufeld said. "We graduated an all-time record five students in one day including David Kuczer from the Dedman School of Law."
Nowicki was a two-time all-conference selection in doubles, taking the honors in 2012 and 2013. Nowicki paired with freshman Arkidjas Slobodkins to finish the season ranked nationally in doubles, and beat No. 8 Joe Salisbury and David O'Hare of Memphis in the conference tournament. Nowicki and Arturs Kazijevs combined to go 12-6 in doubles in 2012, and ranked as high as 43rd to start the 2013-14 campaign. The Herdecke, Germany, native totaled 43 singles wins and posted a mark of 15-8 during his freshman season in 2010-11. Nowicki graduated with a degree in accounting and received the prestigious Meyer Brothers Scholar Student-Athlete of the Year award, which recognizes the male and female SMU senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.
Sanders excelled for SMU in his senior season, posting a team-best 18 total singles victories and 19 doubles wins with partner Nate Lammons. Sanders spent much of the spring at No. 2 singles and collected 13 victories during dual matches. Sanders and Lammons were ranked in the top 10 in the state of Texas in doubles to begin the spring after winning the doubles championship at the Jack Kramer Club Invite in the fall. The native of Plano, Texas, picked up 22 singles victories in two seasons at SMU and was named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2012. Sanders graduated with a degree in markets and culture.
Cuadranti was a two-time all-conference selection, earning first team doubles honors with partner Artem Baradach in 2011 and second team singles recognition in 2012. The San Nicolas, Argentina, native led SMU in wins his junior season, recording 12 singles victories with 11 at the No. 1 position. Cuadranti graduated with a degree in economics.
Perez-Esnaola tallied 28 wins in three seasons at SMU, including a 14-7 mark during his freshman campaign. The Mar del Plata, Argentina, native started his career by rattling off seven wins in eight singles matches. Perez-Esnaola graduated with a degree in management. For his efforts in the classroom, Perez-Esnaola earned the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal and also landed on the Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2011.
Kuczer was an All-C-USA honoree during his career on the Hilltop, and also earned plenty of academic recognition. Kuczer was named to the 2008 C-USA All-Academic team and made the Commissioner's Honor Roll four times from 2006-09. The Szcecin, Poland, native spent much of his senior season nationally-ranked and helped guide SMU to the NCAA Tournament in 2005, 2006 and 2008.