The University of Louisville’s men’s tennis team has earned a pair of national rankings in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason rankings released on Sept. 11. Senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff appears at No. 36 in singles and joins fellow senior Brandon Lancaster at No. 53 in doubles.

“I have always felt that Chris was one of the better players in the country,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “I think the committee acknowledged that today by ranking him No. 36 out of 2,500 players. He poised for a breakout season. He is a very coachable and loyal young man and I am so happy for him. This is the first time Brandon has appeared in the ITA national rankings. It will help grow his confidence. I believe that he will have his best season of his career this year.”

Morin-Kougoucheff reaches his career-highest singles ranking at No. 36 after finishing last season with a 19-11 overall singles record and ranked No. 69 in the ITA rankings. The Capbreton, France native earned his second straight All-ACC nod after posting a 13-5 mark in dual matches, including a 7-3 showing against conference opponents while playing mostly at No. 1. He appeared in the national singles rankings seven times during the 2017-18 season and reached as high as No. 53 on April 17.

Lancaster (Louisville, Ky.) compiled a 19-15 singles record and picked up 10 doubles wins.

The Cardinals will open the 2018-19 fall season this weekend when they travel to Nashville, Tenn., for Vanderbilt’s Commodore Scramble. 

Lori Korte
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville Athletics


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