Aashli Budhiraja '18, Steven Chen '18 and Eudice Chong '18 Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Championships

Photo by Kalamazoo Sports Info
Photo by Kalamazoo Sports Info

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Eudice Chong '18 and Aashli Budhiraja '18 of the No. 8 Wesleyan University women's tennis team, and Steven Chen '18 of the No. 11 men's team, competed at the 2016 NCAA Division III Individual Tennis Championships Thursday afternoon on the campus of host school Kalamazoo College, and each earned All-America honors.

Chen and Chong earned All-America honors in singles play with wins in the Round of the 32, while Chong went 2-0 to advance to Friday's Quarterfinals, which will feature a rematch of last year's national title matchup against Joulia Likhanskaia of No. 6 Bowdoin. The match is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m., with the winner advancing to the Semifinals at 2:30 p.m. 

Budhiraja and Chong also won All-America honors in doubles action, and advanced to the Quarterfinals. They are scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 27 at 4:30 p.m., and will play the winner of Emily Chen/Maryann Zhao of No. 3 Pomona-Pitzer and Clementina Davila/Lindsey Liles of Sewanee.

SINGLES RESULTS

  • On the men's side, Chen edged Mohana Alhouni of No. 18 Gustavus Adolphus in the first set, 6-4, before cruising to a 6-0 sweep in the second set of the first round.
  • Advancing to the Round of 16, Chen was paired against Skyler Butts of No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Trailing 3-0 in the first set, Chen rallied and took a 5-4 lead. However, Butts responded with a run of his own and claimed a 7-5 win to go ahead, 1-0. The second frame featured another tough matchup, as Butts prevailed with a 6-4 victory to advance to the Quarterfinals.
  • Chong represented Wesleyan in the women's singles bracket, and cruised to a commanding win over Brooke Tsu of No. 11 Carnegie Mellon, 6-1, 6-3 in her first match of her title defense.
  • In the Round of 16, Chong won a decisive 6-1 first set over Caroline Ward of No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Ward didn't go down easily, however, and took a 4-2 lead in the second frame before Chong responded with four unanswered points to advance to the Quarterfinals.

DOUBLES RESULTS

  • Budhiraja and Chong defeated Rachel Kim and Lucy Tang of the ninth-ranked University of Chicago by scores of 6-1, 6-3.