HADLEY, Mass. – The Wesleyan University women's tennis team – ranked No. 8 in the country – finished the regular season with a 5-3 NESCAC record and 11-3 overall mark to earn the No. 4 seed in the 2017 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championships hosted by Williams College. The Cardinals will face fifth-seeded Bowdoin College in the First Round on Friday, May 5 at 1 p.m.
When: Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7
Where: The Torrence M. Hunt '44 Tournament Courts (Williams College)
- Wesleyan returns to the NESCAC Tournament for a third-straight year, and fourth time overall. The No. 4 seed is the highest seeding in program history.
- Bowdoin has advanced to the conference championships every year since the NESCAC went to a six-team format in 2006.
- The Cardinals and Polar Bears meet in the First Round for the third consecutive season. Wesleyan won last year's matchup, 5-1, while Bowdoin claimed the first matchup in 2015, 5-4.
- The two teams have not played each other this season.
- Wesleyan's win over Bowdoin a year ago was its first NESCAC Tournament victory in program history. The Cardinals lost to Williams in the Second Round.
- The winner of Friday's match will play top-seeded Middlebury (13-3, 8-0 NESCAC) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
- Wesleyan has NESCAC wins over Amherst, Bates, Conn. College, Hamilton and Trinity. Bowdoin has defeated Bates, Colby, Conn. College, Trinity and Tufts.
- Eudice Chong '18 and Victoria Yu '19 highlight the Wesleyan roster leading into the three-day tournament.
- Chong – the two-time national singles champion – enters the postseason with a perfect 12-0 mark, all from the No. 1 spot. She is also 12-1 in No. 1 doubles, having played alongside Yu, Helen Klass-Warch '18 and Julia Kim '20.
- Yu has excelled in her sophomore campaign and is 12-2 this year in singles play. She is 2-0 in the No. 1 position and 10-2 in No. 2 singles, while posting a 12-2 overall record in doubles action.
2017 NESCAC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
First Round – Friday, May 5
No. 4 Wesleyan vs. No. 5 Bowdoin – 1 p.m.
No. 3 Tufts vs. No. 6 Amherst – 1 p.m.
Second Round – Saturday, May 6
No. 1 Middlebury vs. Winner of Wesleyan/Bowdoin – 1 p.m.
No. 2 Williams vs. Winner of Tufts/Amherst – 1 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, May 7
Semifinal No. 1 Winner vs. Semifinal No. 2 Winner – 1 p.m.