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Three Cardinals Named ITA All-Americans

Three Cardinals Named ITA All-Americans

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Three members of the Wesleyan University tennis programs were named 2018 Division III All-Americans, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Eudice Chong '18 and Victoria Yu '19 received All-America laurels in both singles and doubles, while Steven Chen '18 was honored for his singles play.

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Chong and Chen conclude their careers as four-time All-Americans. Chong was selected as an All-American in both singles and doubles each year she competed at the collegiate level, while Chen was named a singles All-American all four years at Wesleyan. Additionally, Yu has been honored in each of her three years so far, as she was named a singles and doubles All-American the last two seasons and a doubles All-American as a freshman.

Chong recently made NCAA history as she became the first collegiate tennis player—female or male in any division—to win four-straight singles titles. Additionally, she finished as national runner-up in doubles action alongside Yu. The duo claimed the 2017 national championship to bring Chong's total to five NCAA titles in her career. She also won the ITA Oracle Cup in both singles and doubles this fall to qualify for the Division I Fall Nationals.

A three-time NESCAC Player of the Year, Chong concluded her 2018 season with a 30-2 overall singles record while going a perfect 30-0 against Division III competition. Her lone losses came against nationally-ranked Division I foes from California and the University of Denver. She was also an incredible 34-3 in doubles action alongside Yu. The duo lost two matches against the same Division III opponent and another to the nationally-ranked No. 7 Division I doubles team from No. 8 University of Mississippi. Chong was also named the ITA National Senior Player of the Year this season.

Yu had another incredible campaign for the Cardinals and reached the national finals in both singles and doubles play. The junior from New Braunfels, Texas posted a 20-6 overall record in singles action this year. She defeated fifth-ranked Catherine Allen of the national champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by scores of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the national semifinals to set up an all-Wesleyan championship match. Additionally, she excelled in doubles action once again in which she recorded an incredible 36-3 record.

Chen concludes his four-year career as a four-time All-American in singles after another impressive 2017-18 campaign. He reached the quarterfinals of the ITA New England Regional Championships and qualified for the NCAA Individual Tournament for the third-straight season as he finished the year with a 20-9 overall record in singles action.

Chong and Yu helped guide the women's team to its greatest season in program history as they reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championships for the first time ever. The Cardinals finished the season ranked No. 5 in the national polls—their highest ranking ever—with a 14-4 record. Despite not earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, Chen helped guide the men's team to a No. 11 ranking in the final poll. The team finished 9-9 overall with all nine losses coming against teams ranked in the top-10. He also led the men's team to its first-ever NCAA quarterfinal appearance a year ago as the team's No. 1 singles player.