MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's tennis team kicks off its 2016-17 season this Friday, Sept. 23rd with the three-day ITA New England Regional Championships hosted by MIT, as Eudice Chong '18 and Victoria Yu '19 look to defend their titles.
Last year, the duo opened the season on a strong note when Chong and Yu met in the regional singles finals, with Chong coming away victorious, while also capturing the doubles crown. It was the first tournament for both players, as Chong missed out her freshman year.
Having advanced to the national tournament in South Carolina, Chong and Yu continued their strong play, and won both the singles and doubles titles. Chong defeated the defending singles champion, Ashnaa Rao of Johns Hopkins, by scores of 6-1, 6-0. In doubles action, the duo claimed the title over top-seeded and defending champions Katie Kuosman and Caroline Ward of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 6-1, 6-0.
Chong and Yu look to repeat their impressive tournament run beginning with the regionals this weekend. Joining them in singles action will be Helen Klass-Warch '18 and Nicole McCann '18, while Klass-Warch and Julia Kim '20 will also compete in doubles play.
The singles tournament begins at 9 a.m. Friday and will consist of 64 athletes. The doubles tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24th and will feature 16 teams. The singles and doubles champions will then compete in the national tournament at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, S.C. For full details on the regional tournament, visit the championship central page HERE.
Wesleyan – which is coming off a historic season that featured its first-ever NESCAC Tournament win, a bye and second round win in the NCAA Tournament, an eighth-place finish in the final standings, and a second consecutive national singles title from Chong – will begin team play March 14th when the Cardinals head to Claremont, Calif. to face Carnegie Mellon. A full 2016-17 season preview will be made available early March on athletics.weselayn.edu.