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Wesleyan Women's Tennis Sweeps Tufts Invitational

Wesleyan Women's Tennis Sweeps Tufts Invitational

-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --

MEDFORD, Mass. — Wesleyan was a perfect four for four in finals at the Tufts Invitational on Sunday, taking all four titles at the event that featured the Cardinals and three other top-10 teams in Tufts, Amherst, and MIT. Freshman Kristina Yu led the way for Wesleyan, winning both the singles and doubles crowns in her first college event.

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Kristina's path to the title started on Sunday with a match against classmate and teammate, Venia Yeung. Yu played a solid match with very few unforced errors, using her variety to win comfortably 6-2, 6-2.
  • In the singles final, Kristina had to overcome another freshman, Jacqueline Bukzin of Amherst. The match was close throughout, despite the two having very different styles of play. Yu's flat groundstrokes and eagerness to move forward was contrasted with Buzkin's heavy forehand and tight slice backhand. The pivotal moment of the match came at 5-5, Deuce, where Kristina came forward and had to stretch to make a backhand half-volley for a drop shot winner. The tournament was played with a no-ad format, so the point gave her a 6-5 lead, and she cruised in the next game to clinch the title.
  • In the back draw semifinals, Kiseleva saved a set point in the first set before taking it 7-6(7), and from there she never looked back, using her offense and ability to end points to take out Ashley Teng of MIT 6-3 in the second set.
  • Kiseleva got out to a great start in the back draw final, but her opponent, Camilla Trapness of Amherst, fought back well to push the match into a third set. From there, Kiseleva gritted her way through, staying patient and steady enough to win the match. 

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • In the main draw final, the Yu sisters battled both fatigue and a tough team from MIT. Victoria brought the energy and spurred her younger sister on, who had already played two singles matches earlier in the day. The duo overcame a slow start and played solid fundamental doubles to win the title 8-6, Victoria's second straight doubles title at the event.
  • In the back draw, Kiseleva and Yeung improved in every match they played, with their great weekend culminating with an 8-4 win over Amherst.

FROM THE SOURCE:

  • Victoria Yu: "It's an experience playing with my sister. I haven't really been able to play with her in juniors, so I'm happy that I finally have the chance to play with her competitively."
  • Polina Kiseleva: "It feels like I did something good for my team. I think I showed a good positive attitude. It was tough coming back from a first round loss, but I think I did a good job fighting through."

WHAT'S NEXT:

  • The women return to action on Friday, September 28th for the ITA Regional Championships, hosted by Williams College. The tournament brings all of New England's top Division III teams, with the winning singles player and doubles team earning a berth in the ITA Oracle Cup in Rome, Georgia. Eudice Chong '18 won the event in singles and doubles (alongside Victoria Yu) last year.