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Cardinals Finish ITA Cup with Top Five Finishes in Singles and Doubles

Cardinals Finish ITA Cup with Top Five Finishes in Singles and Doubles

--Recap by Ben Shapiro--

ROME, Ga.— Wesleyan wrapped up play at the ITA Cup on Saturday, where freshman Venia Yeung secured a third place finish in singles and Victoria and Kristina Yu won their match to finish fifth at the national championships.

Yeung started the day with the third/fourth playoff match, where she took on Caroline Casper from Pomona-Pitzer. Casper was an NCAA singles quarterfinalist last season, but Yeung was unfazed by her opponent or the moment, quickly jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the first set with a mix of powerful groundstrokes and excellent defense.  Yeung kept rolling to take the first set, but Casper fought back in the second, keeping the score close throughout. At times, it looked like the Pomona-Pitzer senior was going to race ahead, but Yeung never buckled as the set moved along, closing out the match with a strong final game. In the end, Yeung finished with a 6-2, 6-4 win to clinch third place.

In the afternoon, senior Victoria and freshman Kristina Yu faced a strong resistance from Andrea Gu and Mary Hill of Whitman College, having to get through the first set in a tiebreaker. While the sisters loosened up and played more freely in the second with a set in hand, Whitman did not roll over, forcing the Yu's to earn every point, especially as the set wore on. Victoria and Kristina were up to the task, bearing down and taking care of business to finish the match off for a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory. WIth the win, the Yu's finish the tournament with a 2-1 record and a fifth place finish.

FROM THE SOURCE

Venia Yeung: "Knowing that I had this opportunity to come, I was really excited, but also nervous because its my first time here. I've learned a lot from other players here who are upperclassmen and I hope that this experience helps me so that I can come back next year."

Victoria Yu: "It was fun to be here and it was a great last fall tournament, especially after being here last year. It was also nice to just be in doubles this year, because it's more fun than singles.  It was difficult at times to play with my sister, but overall it was so rewarding."

Kristina Yu: "Despite a tough first match, I'm really thankful for the opportunity to play in this tournament and with my sister.  I'm even more excited for the spring season now."

WHAT'S NEXT

The ITA Cup marks the end of the fall season for Wesleyan's women. The top-five finishes in singles and doubles will translate to very high fall rankings for Yeung and the Yu's, but the team will not be back in action for competition until spring, when their spring season will kick off in Florida during spring break in March.