Wesleyan’s men’s tennis team made a strong debut in their first competition of the season on Friday, as the Cardinals competed at the Quinnipiac Invitational alongside several Division I teams from the area.
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The Wesleyan University men’s tennis team finished the 2017-18 campaign ranked No. 11 in the Oracle/ITA Division III National Rankings with a 9-9 overall record. Despite ending the season ranked in the top-15, the Cardinals narrowly missed out on an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will use that as fuel for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
On Tuesday, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2018 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes, and the Wesleyan programs were well represented. Both squads were named All-Academic Teams while registering five Scholar-Athletes each.
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.
Wesleyan men’s tennis was one of only a few schools to have two singles players among the 32 selected to compete in the NCAA singles tournament, with senior Steven Chen and freshman Andrew Finkelman receiving spots in the draw of the most prestigious tournament of the year. On Thursday, both Cardinals took the court for their opening matches but were defeated to bring the season officially to a close.
The Cardinals will have four athletes competing at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center on Thursday-Saturday in Claremont, Calif.