MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – For the third consecutive season, the Wesleyan University women's tennis team will compete in the national postseason tournament as the fifth-ranked Cardinals earned an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships. Wesleyan will face Hope College in the second round on Friday, May 11 at 1 p.m. on the campus of the host-school, Carnegie Mellon.
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Carnegie Mellon, ranked No. 9 in the country, hosts the six-team regional with first, second- and third-round matches played Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12.
- The Cardinals boast a 12-3 overall record and are 3-3 overall in four NCAA Tournament appearances. They have reached the third round the past two seasons.
- Senior co-captain Eudice Chong headlines the unit and was recently named the 2018 NESCAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year. It's the third honor of her career. She's also the three-time defending NCAA singles champion and defending NCAA doubles champion.
- The senior from Hong Kong is a perfect 22-0 against Division III opponents in singles play this year and is 13-0 in dual matches in the #1 spot.
- Victoria Yu '19 was named an All-NESCAC First Team doubles selection for the second consecutive year, and a Second Team singles honoree for the third straight season. She is 12-3 in singles, playing primarily in the #2 position, and boasts a 14-1 doubles mark.
- Chong and Yu—the defending NCAA doubles champions—are 12-1 together in the #1 spot this season. They both qualified for the individual national championships in singles and doubles.
- Senior co-captain Aashli Budhiraja is 7-5 at #3 singles this season and 8-5 overall in dual match play, while classmate and co-captain Helen Klass-Warch is 8-6 on the year, playing primarily in the #6 slot.
- Wesleyan has received excellent play thus far from a trio of newcomers, Polina Kiseleva '21, Alissa Nakamoto '21 and Zoe Klass-Warch '21. Kiseleva is 8-2 overall and 7-4 at #4 singles, Nakamoto owns an 8-3 overall mark and 6-2 record at #5 singles, and Zoe Klass-Warch is 6-1 on the year with a 4-1 record at #6.
- In doubles play, Kiseleva and Nakamoto have excelled in the #2 spot with a 7-4 record, while Klass-Warch and senior co-captain Nicole McCann are 6-4 at #3 doubles.
- The Flying Dutch earned the automatic qualifier from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), going a perfect 8-0 in conference play during the regular season before claiming the conference title with two tournament victories.
- They have won nine straight matches and defeated John Carroll in the first round on Thursday, 5-0. It was their third consecutive opening-round win.
- Hope is 5-12 all-time in 13 NCAA Tournament appearances.
- Kenyon won the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Tournament to earn an automatic qualifying bid.
- The Ladies swept Wheaton, 5-0, in the first round and have won six straight matches. Their last loss came against Carnegie Mellon, their second-round opponent.
- Kenyon is a three-time NCAA Championship program and owns a 21-17 record in 20 NCAA Tournament appearances.
- The Tartans are 19-4 overall and rank No. 9 in the country. They were selected as regional hosts and received a first-round bye.
- Carnegie Mellon earned an at-large bid from the University Athletic Association (UAA).
- The program has reached the NCAA Tournament in 13 of the last 14 years and is 23-13 all-time in postseason play.