TEMPE, Ariz. – The 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division I regional award winners were announced Saturday as associate head coach Matt Manasse and freshman Maria Mateas were tabbed ITA Assistant Coach of the Year and ITA Rookie of the Year, respectively.
This past December, Manasse was elevated from assistant to associate head coach for the spring slate. Manasse joined the Blue Devils in July of 2017 and has worked alongside head coach Jamie Ashworth to produce one of the top women’s tennis programs in the country.
Most recently in 2019, Manasse has been an integral part of the squad’s success as he helped guide the Blue Devils to a 27-3 overall ledger which includes a trip to the semifinals of the NCAA Team Championships for the second consecutive year. Additionally, Duke features five in the NCAA Individual Championships, which will kick off Monday following the conclusion of the team championship.
Mateas has held the top spot on Duke’s lineup the entire season where she earned the highest ranking of eighth in the country.
She posted an 8-3 ledger in conference play, highlighted by upsetting NC State’s then eighth-ranked Anna Rogers (6-1, 6-2) to help the Blue Devils defeat the ninth-ranked Wolfpack. In the fall, Mateas defeated then second-ranked Makenna Jones of North Carolina (6-1, 6-4) in the semifinals of the ITA All-American.
Mateas has been solid on Duke’s third court in doubles as she paired with fellow rookie Margaryta Bilokin to post a 14-5 overall ledger this spring.
National award winners will be announced Sunday.
Manasse, Mateas and the Blue Devils will return to the court Saturday not before 6 p.m., to take on top-ranked Georgia in the semifinals of the NCAA Team Championship. The match will be broadcast live on the Tennis Channel.
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