Location: Chattanooga, Tenn. (Champions Club)
Date: Saturday, May 27
The Lead: Eudice Chong '18 of the Wesleyan University women's tennis team swept the 2017 NCAA Division III Individual Championships Saturday, as she claimed her third consecutive singles title and later won her first doubles crown alongside Victoria Yu '19. Chong is the first Division III women's tennis player since 2004 to win both the singles and doubles championship in the same year.
- Chong also became the first player in the history of the NCAA Division III Women's Individual Tournament to win three-consecutive singles titles following a thrilling three-set win over No. 4 Rebecca Ho of Washington University in St. Louis.
- Chong edged Ho in the first set, 6-4, but Ho rallied in the second (6-2) to even the match and force a decisive third frame. However, Chong prevailed and took a commanding 5-1 lead before putting the match away with a 6-2 win in the third.
- It was Chong's second win over Ho this season. On March 15th, in a dual-match against Washington, Chong edged Ho in the No. 1 spot by scores of 6-4, 7-6 (9-7).
- Chong's championship run began with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Sarah Ikioka of Redlands in the First Round, followed by wins of 6-3, 6-3 against Maryann Zhao of Pomona-Pitzer in the Second Round later that day.
- On Friday, the junior defeated No. 14 Catherine Allen of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the Quarterfinals (6-1, 6-1), and cruised past No. 1 Bridget Harding of Emory in the Semifinals (6-2, 6-0).
- In the doubles semifinals, Chong and Yu cruised to wins of 6-2, 6-2 over Sarah Ikioka and Elizabeth Johnson of Redlands to the advance to the finals.
- The dynamic duo once again rolled past their competition, as they defeated second-seeded Nicole Tan and Lindsay Brown of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by scores of 6-2, 6-3 in the championship match.
- Chong and Yu reached the doubles finals with a First Round win over Taylor Diffey and Kaiti Brogan of Mary Washington (6-3, 6-0) on Thursday, and a victory against Catherine Allen and Kathleen Kuosman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6-1, 6-2) in the Quarterfinals on Friday.
BEYOND THE RESULTS:
- Chong's three NCAA singles titles are tied for the most all-time, joining Courtney Allen of Principia who won three in 1984, '85 and '87.
- Only one school has more singles championships than the Cardinals, as Emory holds the lead with five. Wesleyan, Pomona-Pitzer and Principia all have three singles champions.
- Chong and Yu are the first doubles champions in the history of Wesleyan tennis.
- Chong is the sixth Division III women's tennis player to win both the singles and doubles title in the same year, and the first to do so since Mary Ellen Gordon of Emory did in 2004. She also joins Nao Kinoshita of Rhodes (1997), Helen Motter of Middlebury (1993), Shelley Keeler of Pomona-Pitzer (1992), and Courtney Allen of Principia (1987, 1984).
- Chong – the 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year – finished the season with a 25-1 overall singles record, while Chong and Yu finished a perfect 22-0 together in doubles action.