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Women's Tennis Excels on Day 1 of Tufts Invitational

Photo by Ellen Friedlander
Photo by Ellen Friedlander

-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --

MEDFORD, Mass. — Wesleyan's women's tennis team began its season on Friday at the Tufts Invitational, putting on display for the first time a very new-look roster, with four newcomers in to fill the void left from last year's graduating seniors, who helped lead the team the NCAA Elite 8 in May, the program's best finish in history.

 The four freshmen, Venia Yeung, Alexis Almy, Megan Tran, and Kristina Yu, all won matches on their first day of college competition, showing that not only is the future bright for the young team, but that the present looks good as well.

 The tournament, which features players from four top-10 teams—Wesleyan, Tufts, MIT, and Amherst—began a round of singles play and was followed by two rounds of doubles.

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Defending national runner-up Victoria Yu '19, who's seeded first this weekend, started off her senior year with a win, topping MIT's Ashley Teng 7-6, 7-6.
  • Yeung, Tran, and Kristina Yu all recorded their first collegiate victories in their first-ever matches. Yeung cruised 6-1, 6-2, but Tran had to battle for a 6-4, 1-6, 10-6 win over Amherst's Camila Trapness, and Yu also went the distance before topping Amber Shen of MIT—the top-ranked freshman recruit in the country—6-1, 4-6, 10-7.
  • Sophomores Alissa Nakamoto and Polina Kiseleva, along with Almy, all lost close matches in super tiebreakers, while sophomore Daniela Alvarez fell to No. 2 seed and defending champion Libby Rickeman of MIT.

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Two of the four teams advancing to the semifinals are from Wesleyan. The top-seeded Yu sisters made it comfortably through in their first action as a college doubles team, and they'll be joined by Almy and Nakamoto, who came back from a 7-2 deficit in the quarterfinals to top Nicole Frankel and Maggie Dorr of Tufts 8-7(5).
  • The teams of Kiseleva and Yeung, as well as Tran and sophomore Zoe Klass-Warch, both lost their first round matches, but in the consolation bracket, Kiseleva and Yeung rebounded for an 8-5 win over Camila Trapness and Kelsey Chen of Amherst.

WHAT'S NEXT:

  • Day Two begins Saturday at 9 a.m. with singles action, and through the course of the day, two rounds of singles and a round of doubles will be played. In the doubles semifinals, Wesleyan's two teams will face off, as the Yu sisters take on Almy and Nakamoto. Results will be posted on Twitter @CardsTennis.