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No. 4 Women’s Tennis Heads to Middlebury for NESCAC Championship

No. 4 Women’s Tennis Heads to Middlebury for NESCAC Championship

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The No. 4 nationally ranked Wesleyan women's tennis team (13-2, 8-1) earned its highest seeding ever for the 2019 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship and as the second seed, will have a bye in the first round. The Cardinals begin play on Saturday with a semifinal matchup against Friday's winner of third-seed Bowdoin and sixth-seed Williams. The Championship weekend is hosted by Middlebury College and will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Wesleyan is 2-0 against its two potential semifinal foes, having topped then-No. 14 Bowdoin 6-3, while cruising past Little Three rival and then-No. 9 Williams 8-1.  

With Wesleyan and Middlebury earning the top two seeds at the 2019 tournament, the NESCAC has the chance to see a new Champion this year. Williams and Amherst have been the only two teams to win a NESCAC Championship on the women's side, with the Ephs winning their fourth-straight title last year. Williams won the crown with a 5-3 victory over Middlebury, as the Cardinals were edged 5-3 by the Panthers in the semifinals.

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DOUBLES PREVIEW:

  • Sisters Victoria Yu and Kristina Yu, currently ranked No. 5 in the Northeast, have consistently played in the #1 spot this year. Victoria, a three-time National Champion in doubles, picked up where she left off last year, but this time with a familiar face. The sister duo has been phenomenal in their first and only collegiate year playing together, recording a 21-5 overall mark. They will look to avenge three losses from earlier this season to Amherst, Middlebury and Tufts' tandems, all ranked within the top-four in the Northeast.
  • Polina Kiseleva and Venia Yeung have played in the #2 spot for a majority of the season, and are currently ranked No. 9 in the Northeast. Kiseleva and Yeung boast a 16-3 overall record, with their only conference loss coming against Middlebury duo Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger.
  • Alissa Nakamoto and Alexis Almy round out the doubles for Wesleyan, and while it took a few matches for them to find their rhythm, they have now won six-straight.

SINGLES PREVIEW:

  • Senior Yu will look to add NESCAC Champion to her list of accolades this weekend. She has played in the #1 spot in all 14 of her matches, having won the last two in straight sets. She is currently ranked No. 3 in the Northeast and has had strong wins against several top-ranked players this season.
  • Yeung, No. 6 in the Northeast, has been steady in the #2 spot and boasts a 7-2 overall record this spring. Last week, she moved up and played in the #1 spot, winning decisively 6-0, 6-0 against Trinity.
  • First-year Yu has had a great rookie campaign, playing the majority of matches at #3. Yu has a 19-3 overall mark, and is riding a four-match win streak. Her only two losses of the spring came to then No.1-Emory and then-No. 5 Middlebury.
  • Kiseleva, playing much of her time at #4, suffered a setback in her first match of the spring, but has not looked back, winning all 10 matches since.
  • Almy has made an immediate impact during her rookie campaign, playing in the fifth spot several times this spring. She has won four-straight matches in straight sets and earlier this year, had a key win against then-No. 7 Amherst, winning 6-2,6-1 to clinch the match for Wesleyan.  
  • Nakamoto has had a great sophomore season, winning 10 and falling in just three this spring. She also brings a four-match win streak into the postseason, having won all of those matches in straight sets.