Advik Mareedu Wins ITA National Rookie of the Year Award for Stags Tennis
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Advik Mareedu of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis team earned the ITA Division III National Rookie of the Year Award, the organization announced today.
Mareedu becomes the third Stag to win the ITA Rookie of the Year, after Nikolai Parodi most recently captured it in 2017 and Warren Wood earned it in 2012.
Mareedu won both the SCIAC Athlete of the Year and the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year honor after a dominant rookie season which saw him win 30 singles matches. He had a 9-0 start to his career in the fall, when he won the ITA West Region title with five straight wins (all in straight wins) and then took home the ITA Cup national title after four wins in Rome, Georgia, including a three-set win in the finals, becoming the first Stag to win the ITA Cup singles championship since 2006.
Mareedu finished the year with a 30-6 final singles record, including 20-5 in dual matches, all while playing at No. 1. He earned the No. 1 year-end ranking in the West Region and No. 6 nationally. He was also 18-12 in doubles, 13-2 while playing at No. 3 with former high school teammate Warren Pham.
The Stags reached the NCAA Division III national semifinals, before ending with a tight 5-4 loss to Tufts, as Mareedu won in both singles and doubles. CMS concluded the 2023 campaign ranked No. 5 in Division III. After the team championship concluded, Marredu went on to advance to the Round of 16 in the NCAA singles championship with a three-set win in the opening round.