MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Reigning two-time defending NCAA Division III Singles Champion Eudice Chong '18, along with fellow All-Americans Aashli Budhiraja '18 and Victoria Yu '19, return to the courts to lead the nationally-ranked No. 8 Wesleyan University women's tennis team. The Cardinals will open the 2017 spring season on March 14th against Carnegie Mellon in Claremont, Calif. in search of the programs first NESCAC and national team titles.
Head Coach Mike Fried, now in his fifth year, has taken the program to new heights. Last season saw the Cardinals crack the top 10 in the national rankings for the first time ever, notch their first NESCAC Tournament victory, and advance to the third round in the Division III NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. Chong, along with her National Championship in singles action, also advanced to the semifinals in doubles with Budhiraja.
Wesleyan is primed for another successful campaign as it will return seven players from last year's historic squad. Julia Kim '20 is the only newcomer to the team.
MEET THE TEAM
- Chong, who went 30-2 last season at the No. 1 position, added another title in the fall as she defended her doubles championship at the ITA Regionals with Yu. Chong advanced to the singles final as well, where she was defeated by rival Juli Raventos of Williams, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Chong's only collegiate losses have come against Raventos.
- Yu, last year's ITA Women's Northeast Region Rookie of the Year, also had a successful fall season, advancing to the ITA semifinals where she was defeated by Chong. The New Branufels, Texas native spent her freshman campaign playing in the No. 2 position where she went 18-4 overall.
- Junior Helen Klass-Warch, who played in the No. 3 position last year returns along with fellow juniors Budhiraja, Dasha Dubinsky and Nicole McCann. Budhiraja, who last season competed in mostly the No. 4 and 5 positions, went an impressive 10-4 in her sophomore season. McCann went 12-6 from the No. 5 spot, while Dubinsky went 9-6 from the No. 6 position.
- Co-Captain Ella Lindholm-Uzzi is the lone senior on the team and will look to conclude her final season on a high note, and freshman Kim will look to contribute, adding singles and doubles depth to the Cardinals roster.
HEAD COACH MIKE FRIED
"Our women have been working incredibly hard straight through the year, and they're committed to each other and the work necessary to compete among the best teams in the country. As on the men's side, our schedule is extremely challenging, but we're excited for the season and ready to battle."