Chong Named NESCAC Player of the Year; Yu Earns First and Second Team Laurels

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

HADLEY, Mass. – The accolades continue to pile up for junior Eudice Chong of the No. 7 Wesleyan University women's tennis team as she was named the 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career Thursday, as voted on by the league's coaches. In addition, doubles partner and sophomore Victoria Yu continues to excel and was named a first team selection in doubles and a second team selection in singles play.


NESCAC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM


For the third consecutive season, Chong has been named a First Team All-NESCAC selection in both singles and doubles. The 2015 NESCAC Player and Rookie of the Year is the only Cardinal to earn the POY award, and is just the fourth player in conference history to earn the honor multiple times.

The two-time individual singles champion is 18-1 overall this season in singles play, with her only loss occurring in the finals of the ITA Regional Championships this fall. She is a perfect 13-0 in dual match play, all from the No. 1 position. In addition, Chong has excelled in doubles play all season and is 18-1 dating back to the fall, where she defended her title in the regionals alongside Yu. Chong is 13-1 overall in No. 1 doubles, and is a perfect 16-0 with Yu (11-0 in No. 1 doubles).

In her second year with the program, Yu continues to excel for the Cardinals. A two-time doubles All-American, Yu garnered the first, First Team All-NESCAC honor of her career. Last year, she was named a second team selection in doubles.

Yu went 4-1 in singles play at the ITA Regional Championships to reach the semifinals, where she lost to Chong in a rematch of last year's finals. She is 12-3 in dual match play, and 16-4 overall on the season, while posting a 2-0 record in No. 1 singles and 10-3 mark in No. 2 singles. Additionally, she is 18-2 on the year in doubles play with an 11-1 mark in the No. 1 spot and a 2-1 record in the No. 2 position.

Chong and Yu also qualified for the NCAA Division III Tennis Championships in both singles and doubles, which will be held May 25-27 at The Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The duo have helped guide Wesleyan to an 11-4 overall record, en route to their second consecutive NCAA Team Championship appearance and third overall. The Cardinals earned a first round bye and will play the winner of No. 22 MIT (12-8) and Gwynedd Mercy (14-0) in the second round on Saturday, May 13 on the campus of Bowdoin College.