Arizona State's Murphy Cassone ends 2023 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship run
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – ARIZONA STATE’S Murphy Cassone ended his NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship run after falling to Michigan’s Ondrej Styler in the semifinals Friday. Cassone was the Pac-12's lone representative in the semifinal round in Orlando.
ARIZONA, Arizona State, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, UCLA, USC and UTAH joined the 64-team field for the 2023 Championships, the most since 2018.
UCLA was the only Pac-12 program to fall in its first matchup, being knocked out of the tournament by Northwestern in a 4-2 defeat.
ASU, Utah and California all saw second-round matchups but were shut out by their respective opponents. ASU played a close first-round match against Illinois, coming out victorious, but went on to be swept by Harvard. Utah knocked out Old Dominion but was blanked by North Carolina in the second round while California got a first-round win over LSU before ending its tournament with a loss to Michigan.
Making it to the third round of competition was Arizona, Stanford and USC. The Wildcats fought through Boise State and Oklahoma State to advance to the third round for only the second time in program history before taking a 4-2 loss against Ohio State. Stanford captured wins against St. John’s (NY) and Columbia but was knocked out with a 4-3 finish against Kentucky. Similarly, the Trojans beat out Idaho and San Diego before being bested 4-3 by Michigan in round three.
10 Pac-12 men’s tennis players received bids to the 2023 NCAA singles tournament. Five made it to the Round of 32 (Arthur Fery, Murphy Cassone, Jonas Ziverts, Nishesh Basavareddy, Samir Banerjee), three to the Round of 16 (Fery, Cassone, Basavareddy), two to the quarterfinals (Cassone, Fery) and one to the semifinals (Cassone).
In the only Pac-12 matchup of the tournament, Arthur Fery of Stanford went head-to-head with Arizona State’s Murphy Cassone in the round of 8. Despite Fery’s No. 3 ranking against Cassone’s No. 42 ranking, the Sun Devil bested the Cardinal in a 7-6 (5), 7-5 finish.
Cassone continued on as the conference’s sole competitor, being the first Pac-12 player since 2018 to make a semifinal match (Redlicki, UCLA). Taking on Michigan's Ondrej Styler, Cassone fell 6-2, 6-2 to end his, and the conference's, NCAA run.
In doubles competition, Stanford’s Nishesh Basavareddy and Arthury Fery and USC’s Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye joined the 32 pair NCAA Championship field. While Dostanic and Frye (3-6, 7-5, 10-4) fell to Florida in the first round, Basavareddy and Fery made it to the Round of 16 where they faced off against Pepperdine and fell 7-6(7), 3-6, 10-6.