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Chong and Yu Cruise in Day 1 Action at NCAA Individual Championships

Photo courtesy of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Photo courtesy of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Eudice Chong '18 and Victoria Yu '19 rolled through Day 1 of the NCAA Individual tournaments in impressive fashion on Thursday, with both advancing to the quarterfinals in singles and doubles without dropping a set along the way. The tournament, held in Claremont, Calif. at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center, was delayed in the morning due to rain, but despite unseasonably chilly temperatures, Wesleyan finished the day as the only team with two singles players and a doubles pair remaining.

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Yu got the day started with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Nithya Kanagasegar of Case Western Reserve University in her round of 32 match, and Chong followed suit with a 6-1, 6-3 win of her own over Sarah Ikioka of Redlands, who she faced in the opening round for the second consecutive year at NCAAs. 

In the afternoon, Yu was back on court for her round of 16 match against Tess Trinka of Bowdoin. The senior from Bowdoin has had an impressive career, but it was Yu who proved to be the better player on Thursday, staying consistent and not giving Trinka many free points on her way to a 6-1, 6-2 win to book her place in the quarterfinals.

Chong's second match was against Brianna Hartman of Gustavus Adolphus, a rematch of the ITA Division III Oracle Cup quarterfinal. Chong controlled most points from the baseline well, stepping into the court to finish points and wrapping up the victory efficiently, 6-0, 6-2.

It wasn't until 7:00 p.m. local time that the duo's opening round doubles match got started, but once it did, the defending national champions were locked in from the get go. Chong and Yu were all over the net in a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 win over Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox of newly crowned national champion CMS.

WHAT'S NEXT:

  • Day 2 of the NCAA Individual Championships gets started at 1:30 p.m. ET on Friday with quarterfinal singles action, where both Cardinals will be taking on opponents from NESCAC rival Middlebury. Chong, the number one seed and three time defending national singles champion, faces Heather Boehm, while Yu will match up against Katherine Hughes for the fourth time this season. In their previous meetings, Yu won the first two in straight sets in the regular season and NESCAC Tournament, and their last match was stopped at 6-2, 6-6(14-13) with Yu leading this past Monday during the NCAA Team Championships quarterfinal match.
  • Later on Friday, Chong and Yu will get back on court for their doubles quarterfinal not before 7:30 p.m. ET. Facing the top-seeded Cardinals will be Nithya Kanagasegar and Madeleine Paolucci of Case Western Reserve University.

-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --