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Returning National Division III Champion Eudice Chong '18 to Headline Veteran Women's Tennis in 2015-16

Photos by Jonas Powell '18
Photos by Jonas Powell '18

Coming off a 2014-15 season that left the Cardinals one point shy of an NCAA tournament bid, 2015-16 Wesleyan women's tennis is setting its sights on a team appearance in the NCAAs for the second time in program history.  

Boasting a roster chock full of newcomers a year ago, the Cardinals were led by undefeated NCAA Division III singles champion Eudice Chong '18, who dropped just two sets over 22 singles matches (22-0) a year ago, both to Bowdoin's Joulia Likhanskaia, whom she defeated for the NCAA crown last May.  Chong also qualified for Nationals in doubles with partner Helen Klass-Warch '18, who held the number-two singles spot throughout the year.  Both return as All-Americans and all-NESCAC selections.  Also back as starters are #3 Aashli Budhiraja '18, #4 Nicole McCann '18 and #5 Dasha Dubinsky '18 from the team that went 11-4 overall, 6-3 in the NESCAC.  Maddie James '16 and Ella Lindholm-Uzzi '17 round out the seven returning letterwinners.

Wesleyan made the NESCAC tournament for just the second time last season and came within a whisker of defeating Bowdoin in the first round, falling 5-4.  A victory in that match would have propelled the Cardinals into the NCAAs as a team qualifier.  Amherst, Williams, Middlebury and Bowdoin all made the NCAAs with Williams winning the title, Amherst making the semifinals, and Middlebury reaching the quarterfinals after downing Bowdoin in the round of 16, 5-4.

The Cardinals have just one addition to the squad for 2015-16, but Victoria Yu '19 comes to Wesleyan as the only five-star rated newcomer attending a Division III college in the country.  Coach Mike Fried sees her as major contributor who will fortify the Cardinal lineup significantly.  Wesleyan finished 2014-15 with its highest-ever ITA national team ranking of 17th.

The Cardinals have just three regular-scheduled tournaments slated for the fall, beginning with a trip to Williams Sept 12/13 for an invitational.  That will be followed by the annual regional ITA tournament at Middlebury Sept. 25-27 while action concludes with the New England Division III tournament in October.

Wesleyan will play its entire dual-match schedule during the spring.