KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Head coach Mike Fried and Victoria Yu earned NCAA Division III National accolades, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Thursday. The institution announced regional award winners last week, before honoring its national award winners at the NCAA Division III Individual Championship banquet on Thursday evening.
Yu adds ITA Senior Player of the Year to her large list of career-honors, after having been a part of the Wesleyan women's NCAA Division III National Championship win on Wednesday. Yu earned Northeast recognition for the award seeing success playing at the #1 spot in both singles and doubles this year. In singles play, she has met several top-ranked players, while in doubles she has partnered with her sister, Kristina Yu, to record 28 wins. Together, the duo is ranked No. 5 in the Northeast and earned All-NESCAC First Team praise, while senior Yu also was named All-NESCAC First Team in singles. In addition to this year's honors, Yu is a three-time National Champion in doubles, a six-time All-American (singles and doubles), and earned All-NESCAC accolades five other times. Yu will begin competition in the NCAA Individual Championships in both singles and doubles on Friday.
Head coach Fried earned Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year laurels after guiding Wesleyan to its first-ever National Championship on Wednesday. At the helm of the program, Fried also led the Cardinals to their first-ever Little Three title en route to the program's first NESCAC Championship. The Cardinals concluded the season with a program record 20 wins, while Fried also garnered NESCAC Coach of the Year praise, as the seventh-year coach has guided both the men's and women's teams to national prominence since arrival. In 2017, Fried was honored as the Wilson/ITA Men's Coach of the Year.