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Budhiraja, Chong, Yu named All-NESCAC; Qualify for NCAA Championships

Photos by Jonas Powell '18
Photos by Jonas Powell '18

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomores Aashli Budhiraja and Eudice Chong of the Wesleyan University women's tennis team were named 2016 First Team All-NESCAC selections a day after getting selected to the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Individual Championships. Additionally, Victoria Yu '19 was named a second team all-conference selection and a singles alternate for the postseason tournament.

The trio has been instrumental to Wesleyan's historic season, in which the Cardinals won their first-ever NESCAC Tournament, and reached the NCAA Championships for the second time in program history and first since 2001. Wesleyan is ranked No. 8 in the latest ITA national team rankings, and boasts an 11-5 overall dual match record and a 6-4 conference mark.

Chong – the 2015 NESCAC Player and Rookie of the Year – was selected as a First Team All-NESCAC honoree in both singles and doubles for the second consecutive season. In the fall, the sophomore won the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championship, and carried her success into the spring as she posted a 25-2 record in No. 1 singles. 

In doubles play, Chong and Budhiraja cruised to a perfect 11-0 record from the No. 1 position en route to Budhiraja's first all-conference selection of her career. The duo defeated the No. 1 doubles teams from No. 20 Case Western Reserve, No. 10 Washington University in St. Louis, No. 7 Amherst, No. 6 Bowdoin, No. 5 Middlebury and No. 2 Williams, and earned a selection to the NCAA individual championships.

Yu has enjoyed an impressive season as well – her first in a Cardinal uniform – and has posted a 17-4 record from No. 2 singles. Of those four losses, one came against teammate Chong in the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championship final. From April 17 to April 30, Yu won six consecutive matches with wins over Vicki Ip of No. 7 Amherst and 42nd-ranked Mina Karamercan of No. 17 Tufts. The freshman has been named the singles alternate from the Northeast region in the postseason tournament.

The NCAA individual championships consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The selection is based on win-lost record, strength of schedule, and eligibility and availability of student-athletes. They will take place after the team championships (May 23-25), and will be held May 26-28 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Chong, the 2015 national singles champion, will look to defend her title.