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Women's Tennis Prepares for NCAA Quarterfinals Against Middlebury

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

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – For the first time in program history, the fifth-ranked Wesleyan University women's tennis team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championships and will play No. 4 Middlebury on Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m. ET in Claremont, Calif. The winner advances to the semifinals on Tuesday with the championship match scheduled for Wednesday. Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges will serve as this year's host.

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The Cardinals (14-3) and Panthers (16-3) meet for the third time this season as Wesleyan looks to avoid the sweep. Middlebury claimed the first match, 6-3, on April 22 in Middletown, Conn. and defeated the Cardinals in the NESCAC Semifinals, 5-3, on May 5.

AT A GLANCE: NO. 5 WESLEYAN (14-3)
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  • The Cardinals boast a 14-3 overall record and are 5-3 overall in four NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • Senior co-captain Eudice Chong headlines the unit and was recently named the 2018 NESCAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year and the ITA Northeast Senior Player of the Year. She's also the three-time defending NCAA singles champion and defending NCAA doubles champ.
  • The senior from Hong Kong is a perfect 24-0 against Division III opponents in singles play this year and is 15-0 in dual matches in the #1 spot.
  • Victoria Yu '19 was named an All-NESCAC First Team doubles selection for the second consecutive year, and a Second Team singles honoree for the third straight season. She is 13-3 in singles, playing primarily in the #2 position, and boasts a 16-1 doubles mark.
  • Chong and Yu—the defending NCAA doubles champions—are 14-1 together in the #1 spot this season. They both qualified for the individual national championships in singles and doubles.
  • Senior co-captain Aashli Budhiraja is 7-5 at #3 singles this season and 8-5 overall in dual match play, while classmate and co-captain Helen Klass-Warch is 8-6 on the year, playing primarily in the #6 slot.
  • Wesleyan has received excellent play thus far from a trio of newcomers, Polina Kiseleva '21, Alissa Nakamoto '21 and Zoe Klass-Warch '21. Kiseleva is 9-2 overall and 8-2 at #4 singles, Nakamoto owns a 9-3 overall mark and 6-2 record at #5 singles, and Zoe Klass-Warch is 6-1 on the year with a 4-1 record at #6.
  • In doubles play, Kiseleva and Nakamoto have excelled in the #2 spot with an 8-5 record, while Klass-Warch and senior co-captain Nicole McCann are 8-4 at #3 doubles.

THE FIELD:

NO. 1 EMORY (15-4)

  • University Athletic Association (UAA) Champions
  • 34th NCAA Tournament appearance (78-27)
  • 7-time NCAA Champion, 5-time runner up
  • Riding a nine-match win streak
  • Last year's runner-up

NO. 2 WILLIAMS (20-0)

  • NESCAC Champions
  • 25th NCAA Tournament appearance (83-15)
  • 10-time NCAA Champion, 3-time runner up
  • Defending national champs

NO. 3 CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS (26-2)

  • Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Champions
  • 21st NCAA Tournament appearance (25-20)
  • Riding a 10-match win streak

NO. 4 MIDDLEBURY (16-3)

  • NESCAC runner-up
  • 15th NCAA Tournament appearance (23-15)
  • Won nine of last 10 matches

NO. 8 AMHERST (12-9)

  • Lost in the first round of the NESCAC Championships
  • 24th NCAA Tournament appearance (63-27)
  • One national championship, 5-time runner up
  • 4-5 in last nine matches

NO. 10 CHICAGO (19-4)

  • UAA runner-up
  • 11th NCAA Tournament appearance (24-13)
  • One runner-up finish
  • Won nine of last 10 matches

NO. 11 MIT (20-2)

  • New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Champions
  • 8th NCAA Tournament appearance (9-7)
  • Riding a five-match win streak