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Men’s Tennis Murphy Cassone Reaches NCAA Singles Elite Eight

Men's Tennis Murphy Cassone Reaches NCAA Singles Elite Eight

Men’s Tennis | May 24, 2023

Orlando, Fla.  On Wednesday afternoon, No. 42 Murphy Cassone defeated No. 61 Micah Braswell (Texas) in two sets, 6-2, 6-3, to become the furthest advancement by an Arizona State player since Sargis Sargsian in 1995. Cassone will play Arthur Fery from Stanford in the Quarterfinals of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Singles Tournament on Thursday, May 25 with match time to be released.

The All-American went 3 for 5 in break points for the second match in a row and had three aces in his fourth NCAA postseason win. 

“I’m really impressed with Murphy’s composure and poise today,” head coach Matt Hill stated. “Micah has had an incredible year so we knew the match was going to be a tough test. Aside from Murphy executing at a really high level, he managed the match fantastic against a great player.” 

In the first set the pair battled off, each claiming two points before Cassone ultimately pulled away from his opponent following Braswell’s second ace of the set. Cassone continued his momentum, grabbing the first point of the second set. Quickly, Braswell put himself on the board, but Cassone claimed dominance on the court to once again take the lead. Braswell answered back however the outcome was different with Cassone tallying three straight points to put himself up 5-2. The Longhorn’s third point would not help as the Sun Devil closed out the match 6-3.

This season Cassone was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference First Team as he was absolutely dominant in the final weeks of the regular season. Cassone was a perfect 6-0 in April and never lost more than two matches back-to-back during the year. Of his 17 wins in the regular season, just five went to a third set. He finished the regular season 17-6 (8-2 Pac-12) in singles play, and has a 3.1 ITF World Tennis Number.

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