After going undefeated during the 2014-15 season on her way to an NCAA Division III title, Eudice Chong '18 went 6-0 in singles and 5-0 in doubles, paired with Victoria Yu '19, to sweep the New England Regional ITA Tournament titles. Chong and Yu earn a berth in the ITA Fall National Championships to be held in Sumter, S.C. Oct 15-18.
"I was really looking forward to playing this tournament because I didn't get to participate in it last year," Chong explained. "It's such an honor to reprsenting Wes, especially having such great teammates cheering you on through every point. I managed to play good tennis throughout most of the weekend, and I'm glad I got the win! Playing the singles final against a teammate right before we had to play doubles together was very tough mentally, but I'm glad we managed to pull through and win the doubles as well! I'm so excited to be playing in the national ITAs in a couple of weeks, and hopefully Victoria and I both get some great results."
Chong won 12 of 13 sets played en route to the singles title. Giving up no more than three games in any of her set wins, she did surrender one set to Vickie Ip of Amherst, 6-3, before winning the quarterfinal match by capturing the last two sets, 6-2, 6-3. She then downed defending champion Linda Shin of Williams in decisive fashion, 6-1, 6-2, before conquering teammate Yu, 6-2, 6-2, for the crown. Yu won her first 10 sets on her way to the championship match, allowing no more than three games to an opponent in nine of the 10 sets. This was the first time Wesleyan had a women's player reach the regional ITA finals, and it was two-fold. Last year, Chong had to forgo the ITA regional in order to represent Hong Kong in the quadrennial Asian Games.
"I'm extremely happy for the girls and proud of their efforts," said Coach Fried. "It's a tremendous, historic accomplishment for both Eudice and Victoria as well as the Wesleyan women's tennis program"
In doubles, Chong and Yu, seeded fourth, faced their stiffest challenge during their quarterfinal match vs. Cancio/Bush of Williams with an 8-5 victory. They gave up no more than four games in any other match, including the title win vs. second-seeded Cheng/Likhanskaia of Bowdoin, an 8-4 triumph. They took out top-seeded Ip/Ghosh of Amherst in the semifinals, 8-2.
Chong is now a 2015-16 All-American in both singles and doubles and Yu is a doubles All-American. "I'm very excited to be part of this incredible Wes tennis family," Yu said. "To start off my time here at Wes with a great run at the ITAs is so memorable. I can't wait to represent Wes at the national level. And I'm so looking forward to the rest of the season and beyond!"
Klass-Warch and Dubinsky also teamed up for doubles action and went 1-1, being eliminated by fifth-seeded Calla/Chen of Amherst.
The final action of the fall for the full squad comes up Fri.-Sun., Oct. 16-18 in the New England Division III Tournament, hosted by Mount Holyoke and Smith. Chong and Yu will head to the National ITAs over the same weekend.