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Four Cardinals Earn ITA All-America Honors

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

2016 DIVISION III ALL-AMERICANS

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Four members of the Wesleyan University men's and women's tennis teams were named 2016 Division III All-Americans Thursday, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

Headlining the group is two-time national singles champion – Eudice Chong '18 – who was named an All-American in both singles and doubles action, while Aashli Budhiraja '18 and Victoria Yu '19 earned doubles All-America honors. On the men's side, Steven Chen '18 was named a singles All-American.

Chong, who recently defended her national singles title, was named a singles and doubles All-American for the second consecutive season. She finished the 2016 campaign with an impressive 30-2 overall singles record and a 27-4 mark in doubles action. In addition to winning her second consecutive national singles title, Chong also reached the semifinals of the doubles tournament alongside Budhiraja. For Budhiraja, the All-America honor marks the first of her career, as she finished 17-3 in doubles play this year. The dynamic duo of Budhiraja and Chong went 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament and finished the season as the No. 4 ranked doubles team in Division III.

In her first season as a Cardinal, Yu captured All-America honors in doubles action after winning the 2015 USTA/ITA Division III Women's New England Regional Championship alongside Chong. The pairing also went on to win the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships several weeks later. Overall, Yu went 20-8 in doubles play, and was also named a singles alternate in the NCAA Championships after posting an 18-4 mark. She played from the No. 2 singles position all season and was named a Second Team All-NESCAC selection.

Chen represented the men's team with his second ITA All-America honor in just his second season with the program. The sophomore finished the year with a 19-4 record in singles action, playing primarily from the No. 2 position while moving to the No. 1 spot down the stretch. Earning a NCAA Tournament bid, he defeated his first round opponent 6-4, 6-0 before falling to the eventual national champion in the Round of 16 by a close score of 7-5, 6-4. Chen was also named a First Team All-NESCAC selection this season, and finished as the No. 12 singles player in the country.

The 2015-16 season marked a historic year for both the men's and women's tennis teams, as both programs won their first-ever NESCAC Tournament match, and Chong claimed her second consecutive national title. The women earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, and ranked No. 8 in the final ITA poll. For the men, the Cardinals narrowly missed out on an at-large bid to the national postseason tournament and finished No. 10 in the final ITA rankings.