HADLEY, Mass. – Senior Eudice Chong of the fifth-ranked Wesleyan University women's tennis team has been named the 2018 NESCAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year, while junior Victoria Yu earned First Team All-NESCAC in doubles and Second Team All-NESCAC in singles. For Chong, the Player of the Year award marks her second consecutive and third overall, becoming just the second player in conference history to earn the award three times.
Chong, who was also named the 2015 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, is one of the most decorated NESCAC women's tennis players of all time as she garnered her fourth, First Team selection in both singles and doubles play. The three-time defending NCAA singles champion is 22-2 overall in singles play this year with her only two losses coming against nationally-ranked Division I opponents—then-No. 45 Anna Bright of the University of California and then-No. 62 Julia O'Loughlin of the University of Denver.
Chong is also the defending national doubles champion, alongside Yu, and owns a 28-2 record with just one loss against a Division III opponent this season. Chong and Yu won the ITA Oracle Cup title in doubles this fall to qualify for the ITA Fall National Tournament. As the only non-Division I duo, the Cardinals' tandem upset opponents from the University of North Carolina and the University of Kentucky to reach the quarterfinals. Chong also reached the national tournament in singles play by claiming the singles Oracle Cup title.
Yu earned her second consecutive First Team All-NESCAC honor in doubles and her third straight Second Team selection in singles play. In addition to her 28-2 doubles record with Chong, she also won two matches with different partners to bring her season total to 30-2 overall and 14-1 in #1 doubles in dual match play. In singles action, she is 16-5 overall while boasting a 12-3 record in dual matches, with an 11-3 mark in #2 singles and a 1-0 record in the #1 spot.
Chong and Yu helped guide the women's tennis team to an NCAA at-large berth as the Cardinals earned a first-round bye and will play the winner of Hope and John Carroll on Friday, May 11 at Carnegie Mellon. Additionally, they each qualified for the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Individual Championships in both singles and doubles action, which will begin May 21 in Claremont, Calif.