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Yu Sisters Win at ITA Cup; Yeung Falls in Singles Semifinal

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

--Recap by Ben Shapiro--

ROME, Ga.—Victoria and Kristina Yu got back on track at the ITA Cup on Day 2, winning their first round backdraw match against Bethel University 6-1, 6-4. The Yu's took on another set of sisters in Maggie and Grace Riermann, who stayed tough throughout and forced the Yu's to come up with some of their best tennis at the match's end.

In the first set, the Yu's took over the net and were able to consistently set each other up for finishing volleys, but some adjustments from the Riermann's led to a much closer second set. With Kristina serving for the match at 5-4, Victoria once again took over at net, putting away three volleys in the final game to seal the victory.

Earlier in the day, freshman Venia Yeung took on top seeded Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico of Emory in the singles semifinals.  The two were neck and neck for the first six games, and after a long game at 3-3 went to Gonzalez-Rico, the Emory sophomore never looked back, moving forward well and neutralizing Yeung's powerful groundstrokes. In the end, Gonzalez-Rico took the match 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the final tomorrow.

Both the Yu's and Yeung will be in action for their final matches of the ITA Cup tomorrow.  At 10:30 AM, Yeung will face Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer in the singles third place match, and at 3:00 PM, Victoria and Kristina take on Andrea Gu and Mary Hill of Whitman College in the doubles fifth place match.