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Victoria Yu Selected To Represent the NESCAC for Woman of the Year with Tufts’ Doolan

Photo Courtesy of Jonas Powell '18
Photo Courtesy of Jonas Powell '18

HADLEY, Mass. – Victoria Yu of the Wesleyan women's tennis team, along with Colleen Doolan of Tufts, were selected to represent the NESCAC as nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991. 

Yu graduated from Wesleyan with a 3.98 GPA, while majoring in chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 2019, was recognized as a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American in 2018 and 2019 and was a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree. In 2019, she was presented with Wesleyan's Hawk Prize which recognizes students who have done effective work in biochemistry.

This spring, Yu guided the Cardinals to the program's first NCAA Division III National Championship, which was the first women's team title for Wesleyan. Yu won the NCAA Doubles title in 2017, the ITA Small College National Doubles title as a rookie, and was a four-time ITA New England Doubles Champion. She also won the ITA Division III Oracle Cup National title as a junior. She finished her career winning the second-most singles matches in Wesleyan history (80), while recording 115 doubles victories against just 23 losses. 

A seven-time All-American, Yu was named the 2019 ITA Senior Player of the Year and earned Northeast Player of the Year honors as the #1 player in both singles and doubles for the Cardinals. She was an All-NESCAC First Team Singles player in 2019, after being a Second Team selection the previous three years. She also earned first-team All-Conference in doubles in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Over her career, she was honored with the Wesleyan Scholar-Athlete Award three times, garnering a spot on the Dean's List every semester. She was presented with the Athletic Department's Maynard Award, given to a senior student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit, accomplishments and humility of Roger Maynard '37. Additionally, she received the 2019 Suki Hagland Award, presented annually by the Athletic Department for outstanding contributions to women's athletics at Wesleyan and the Jones Awards, which is given to a member of each women's team at Wesleyan, acknowledging dedication to her sport.

Off the court and beyond the classroom, Yu is a volunteer at the New Braunfels Food Bank in her hometown of New Braunfels, Texas. She also served as a teaching assistant in chemistry and was a research assistant in organic chemistry during her time at Wesleyan. Yu also spent two years as a peer tutor for students taking the Intro to Biology course at Wesleyan.

The top-30 honorees (10 per division) will be announced in early September, while the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 20th in Indianapolis, Indiana. More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found here.

--Recap written in collaboration with the NESCAC--