MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Eudice Chong '18 and Victoria Yu '19 of the No. 7 Wesleyan University women's tennis team, and Steven Chen '18 of the No. 5 Wesleyan men's tennis team have qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division III Individual Championships. Additionally, Michael Liu '17 and Jake Roberts '17 were named doubles alternates on the men's side.
The national committee selects seven singles players and three doubles teams from each of the four regions. The individual championships consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The selection of teams and individuals for the championships is based on win-lost record, strength of schedule, and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.
Chong and Yu have qualified in both singles and doubles. Chong, the two-time defending singles champion, will look to repeat following an impressive season to date, in which she owns a perfect 13-0 record in the No. 1 spot. Yu, a singles alternate as a freshman a year ago, is currently the Cardinals' No. 2 and boasts an overall record of 12-3. She is 2-0 in No. 1 singles and 10-3 in No. 2 singles.
The duo have also shined in doubles play all season and boast a perfect 11-0 record as a team, all from the No. 1 position. In the fall, they defended their doubles title at the ITA Regional Championships with a 5-0 record as they defeated Juli Raventos and Linda Shin of Little Three rival Williams in the title match, 8-6.
On the men's side, Chen returns to the NCAA Singles Championships for the second consecutive season after earning All-America laurels a year ago. The junior has excelled so far this year in the No. 1 position, and is 11-3 overall. In doubles play, Liu and Roberts have led the way for the Cardinals and have been selected as doubles alternates. The duo is 8-8 this year in the No. 1 spot.
The individual championships will be held May 25-27 at The Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It will be hosted by the University of the South and the Chattanooga Sports Commission.