Women's Tennis

Cassandra Braz  
Cassandra Braz

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Monson, Mass.

High School:
Monson

Height:
5-8


GENERAL:
  • Captain and SAAC Representative
  • Very strong on the ball, with a bouncy kick serve
  • Her game also includes a forehand with great topspin, and a solid double-hand backhand
  • A good doubles player who is equally comfortable on the baseline or at the net, and a tremendous teammate with a big heart
  • Naturally athletic and has excellent hand-eye coordination
  • Presidential scholar at Siena

2013-14:
  • Played No. 4, 5, and 6 singles and played No. 3, 2, and 1 doubles
  • Posted a straight set win against Manhattan's Catherine Clark, holding her to three games in each set
  • Teamed with classmate Jessica Macaluso to defeat St. Cloud State in a No. 2 doubles match

2012-13:
  • Named Second Team All-MAAC at No. 6 singles
  • Posted a 7-15 oevrall record in singles play, and a 3-4 mark in the MAAC
  • Played No 4, 5 and 6 singles
  • Teamed with classmate Jessica Macaluso in 23 matches at top doubles (3-20)
  • Posted six straight-set wins (Wagner, Rider, Davis & Elkins, Savannah State, Saint Peter's and Manhattan), and didn't allow opponent to reach three points in any set

2011-12:
  • Improved tremendously as year advanced, culminating with a thrilling three-set (3-6, 6-4 and 10-5) win over Fairfield's Nikki Johnson at No. 4 singles in final match of the year
  • Her other league appearance was a straight set win over Rider's Kim Leder in the fall
  • Teamed with classmate Jessica Macaluso at No. 2 doubles, and the tandem won four of its last six league matches, making great progress throughout the season.

BEFORE SIENA:
  • High school did not have a tennis team, but Braz played the sport privately for 12 years and competed in USTA events for four years
  • Lettered in soccer at Monson and was selected Most promising Player as a freshman

PERSONAL/COMMUNITY:
  • Daughter of Joe and Donna Braz
  • Active member of local community who volunteered for Boy Scouts Spaghetti Supper and other activities where help was needed, including Relay for Life and Monson Tornado Relief
  • Chose Siena over Fairfield, RPI and Colby Sawyer because she loved the atmosphere of the school, the size, location and people she met on her visit

GETTING TO KNOW CASSANDRA:
Nickname: Cassie
The best thing I did this summer was: I helped with a tennis camp, playing and teaching it
One thing people would be surprised to know about me: I can be really outgoing even though I'm shy and not very talkative at first, I can be once you get to know me.
What I like most about Siena tennis: The determination on the team. Every girl helps the team, but helps themselves at the same time, and I absolutely love the atmosphere and the family feel within the team.
What I like most about Siena College: Everything! I like the size, the atmosphere and the way everyone carries themselves. The students really do want to be there and that brings out the best in Siena.
What I like most about Coach Christodoulou: He's very open and down-to-earth, and he's made me feel a part of the team since the day I met him. I really like the way he introduced me to the team and his enthusiasm for tennis.
If I could be on a reality TV show, it would be: I would be on the Amazing Race with my brother because we've always talked about going on the show together and winning the race
If I didn't play tennis, I would: Play soccer
My favorite artist (musical) is: Jason Aldean
My favorite pro sports team is: Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, I'm a New England fan all the way!
My favorite book: The Botticelli Secret
My favorite flavor of ice cream: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

BRAZ' CAREER STATS
SINGLES Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 Dual Tour Conf
2011-12 8-5 --- --- --- 1-0 --- 5-3 6-3 2-2 2-0
2012-13 7-16 --- --- --- 1-2 4-6 1-3 6-11 1-4 3-4
2013-14 1-13 --- --- --- 0-1 0-9 1-3 1-13 --- 1-5
Totals 16-33 --- --- --- 2-3 4-15 7-9 13-27 3-6 6-9
DOUBLES Total 1 2 3 Dual Tour Conf
2011-12 7-11 --- 4-8 1-1 5-9 2-2 3-3
2012-13 3-20 1-15 2-0 --- 3-15 0-5 1-6
2013-14 1-14 0-1 1-7 0-6 1-14 --- 0-6
Totals 11-45 1-16 7-15 1-7 9-38 2-7 4-15
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