Cassone wins ITA National Rookie of the Year

TEMPE – College tennis’ top rookie wears brown and gold. Murphy Cassone won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Rookie of the Year Award, the association announced today. The honor comes a week after Cassone won ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year. The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year went undefeated in conference and reached the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship. He finished the year 15-6 (9-0 Pac-12) in singles and 10-9 in doubles. Cassone is the first man to win the National Rookie of the Year award since Stanford’s Bradley Klahn in 2009.

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Cassone finished the season ranked 26th in the ITA singles rankings, but peaked at 15th on April 20, which made him the highest-ranked rookie in the nation. Cassone beat seven ranked opponents, including San Diego’s August Holmgren who was the No. 1 player in the nation at the time. That wasn’t Cassone’s only upset, as he beat No. 2 Arthur Fury (Stanford), No. 6 Clement Chidekh (Washington) and No. 9 Daniel De Jonge (Pepperdine) during the season. His successful freshman campaign included ending the season winning 13 of his final 15 singles matches, with a nine-game winning streak heading into the NCAA Championships.