-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—A year after winning the New England ITA Regional Doubles Championship alongside Eudice Chong, senior Victoria Yu came back and won the tournament again, this time with a new, yet familiar partner—her sister Kristina. The senior-freshman tandem combined to take the championship with five wins over the weekend, their second tournament win of the fall. In the final, Victoria and Kristina faced freshmen Jacqueline Bukzin—who won the singles title—and Claire Evans of Amherst. While both sets were tight, the Yu sisters prevailed thanks to their quick hands, movement at net, and ability to finish points with their volleys. While Bukzin and Evans were both extremely solid from the baseline, the Yu's commitment to moving forward set them apart in the end, ultimately helping them come away with a 6-4, 6-3 win.
The doubles title was certainly the highlight of the weekend for Wesleyan, but there were many other bright spots as well. The Cardinals had two of the four singles semi finalists, as both Victoria and freshman Venia Yeung made runs through the draw. Unfortunately, the two had to play each other in the semifinals, where Yeung played excellent tennis to advance to the final, where she would fall to Amherst's Bukzin.
Kristina Yu also pieced together two singles wins over the weekend to advance to the round of 16, where she fell to Tufts' Caroline Garrido. In other doubles action, the freshmen pairing of Yeung and Alexis Almy put together a couple of solid victories of their own, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to Bukzin and Evans.
The win in the doubles tournament means that the Yu sisters earn a place in the ITA Cup, which is considered the Fall National Championships. The Yu's will travel to Rome, Georgia for the event October 11-14, where they will face the winners of the other regional tournaments from across the country. Alongside Chong, Victoria won the ITA Cup a year ago. Before heading to Georgia, however, the entire team is in action again next Saturday, when they'll travel to the University of Rhode Island for a one-day tournament against URI and Providence College.