MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Wesleyan women's tennis head coach Mike Fried was tabbed NESCAC Coach of the Year, while Venia Yeung, Kristina Yu and Victoria Yu all earned All-NESCAC accolades, as voted on by the league's coaches and announced by the conference office on Friday.
Fried earned his first NESCAC honor after guiding the Cardinals to program-best 13 wins during the regular season. Wesleyan won its first-ever Little Three title this spring, after topping then-No. 9 Williams 8-1 and then-No. 7 Amherst 6-3. The Cardinals also won the program's first NESCAC Championship and was the first team other than Williams or Amherst to win the crown. Since Fried took over the helm of both the men's and women's programs at Wesleyan, he has brought both teams into national prominence, as they have now been consistently ranked in the top-10 every year. This year, the women's team has held steady at No. 4, while the men's team has been right behind at No. 5. This marks the first time Fried has been honored with the award, while he was previously honored as the Wilson/ITA Men's Coach of the Year back in 2017.
First-year Yeung earned All-NESCAC First Team Singles following a great rookie campaign this spring. Ranked No. 6 in the Northeast, she has been steady at #2 and boasts a 7-2 overall record this spring. In the NESCAC Championship match against No. 3 Middlebury, Yeung clinched the historic victory, battling through three tight sets against Northeast seventh-ranked player Katherine Hughes. This was the second time the two met this year, and both times Yeung came out on top in the third set.
Sister duo Victoria Yu and Kristina Yu were both named to the All-NESCAC First Team in singles and doubles. Victoria, a three-time NCAA National Champion in doubles, picked up where she left off last year, but this time with a familiar face. The Northeast's No. 5 duo have proved their chemistry this year, boasting a 22-6 overall mark.
Senior Yu earned her singles accolades for her continued success at the #1 spot. She has met several top-ranked players this year, including Northeast No. 1 player Heather Boehm of Middlebury. The two played intense tennis in the NESCAC Championship match, where Yu battled from down 5-1 in the first set, to triumph 7-6. The match was halted during the second set when Wesleyan clinched.
First-year Yu has played the majority of the season at #3 and has an impressive 20-3 overall mark. She is riding a five-match win streak heading into the NCAA Tournament, including being the lone-Cardinal to complete her match in straight-sets to earn a point in Wesleyan's history conference victory.