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Wesleyan's Dynamic Doubles Duo Continues to Shine at ITA Fall Nationals

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — For the second straight day, Eudice Chong '18 and Victoria Yu '19 made it clear that they belong among the top college tennis players in the country, regardless of Division, advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITA Fall National Championships with a win over the University of Kentucky on Thursday afternoon.

Chong and Yu took on Mami Adachi and Akvile Parazinskaite, both of whom came into the match with impressive tennis résumés. Adachi was a defending champion at the event, and finished last spring ranked No. 4 in Division I in doubles. She was also a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open junior event and was ranked as high as No. 57 in the world U-18 rankings.  Parazinskaite reached a world U-18 ranking of No. 19, and has won two bronze medals at the Junior Olympic Games, once pairing with 2017 French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko.

The Wesleyan duo raced out a characteristically fast start, playing aggressively on their way to a 6-2 victory in the first set. In the second, they stayed in control and found themselves serving at 5-4 with a chance to close out the win in straight sets. Kentucky fought back, however, and reeled off three straight games to win the set, the first time all season that Chong and Yu dropped a set.

In the match tiebreaker, there were several major momentum swings. Wesleyan got out to a 6-2 lead but Kentucky quickly evened it at 6-6. The teams would go back and forth until 8-8, when Chong simply took over. First, she ripped a cross court forehand winner past Adachi to set up match point, and then clinched the victory with a perfectly placed forehand volley after a quick exchange at net. 

With the 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 win, Chong and Yu set up a quarterfinal matchup against Alexa Bortles and Arianne Hartono of Ole Miss tomorrow afternoon. 

Chong will also be back in action in singles earlier in the day, playing a Round of 16 Consolation match against Cal-Berkeley freshman Anna Bright, the No. 2 recruit in the country last year. In her match scheduled for today, Chong advanced by default after her opponent, Eva Voracek of Loyola Marymount, withdrew.