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Yeung & Yu Advance to Singles Quarterfinal, Yu Sisters To Compete in Doubles Quarterfinal

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Nye
Photo Courtesy of Ryan Nye

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Three members of the Wesleyan women's tennis team began competition in the 2019 NCAA Individual Championship on Friday. Victoria Yu and Venia Yeung won in the round of 32 and 16 to advance to a Quarterfinal match on Saturday, while Kristina Yu wrapped up her singles campaign falling in the first round. In doubles, the Yu sisters were victorious 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the Quarterfinals on Saturday. 

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SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Yeung and Daniela Lopez of Emory opened the day with their third match of the year and second meeting this week. Knotted 3-3 in the first set, Lopez won three straight to triumph 6-3. In the second set, it was Yeung who eased to a 6-3 victory to send the match to a third set. Knotted 2-2 in the final set, Yeung won the next four-straight to pick up the 6-2 victory, advancing in the tournament. In Yeung's next matchup of the day, she faced ITA Rookie of the Year Danna Taylor of Carnegie Mellon, cruising to a 6-1, 6-3 victory to advance to an NCAA Quarterfinal match on Saturday. Yeung will face Pomona-Pitzer's Caroline Casper on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
  • Senior Yu started the day taking on Michelle Uyeda of Linfield. The first set saw much back-and-forth action, as the set was knotted four different times, before Yu took two-straight games for a 7-5 victory. Tied 3-3 in the second, Yu cruised through three games to take the set 6-3 to advance to the next round. In her next matchup, Yu faced NESCAC rival Heather Boehm of Middlebury in their third meeting this season, cruising to a 6-1 opening set victory. In the second set, the two exchanged the first 10 games, before Yu won two-straight to claim the victory. With the win, Yu advances to an NCAA Quarterfinal Singles match and will take on NESCAC rival Camille Smukler of Amherst on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
  • First-year Yu squared off against Catherine Allen of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the pair's second meeting of the week and second all-time. Both sets saw early back-and-forth action, but knotted at 3-3, Allen won three-straight in both sets to pick up 6-3, 6-3 victories.

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Yu sisters met Carnegie Mellon's Mellissa Strome and Taylor for the first time this year. The Tartan duo took the first game of the first set, before the Yu sisters won three-straight games for a 3-1 lead. Strome and Taylor cut the deficit to one (3-2), but the Yu's cruised to a 6-2 triumph.
  • Tied at 2-2 in the second set, the Yu sisters won four-straight games to pick up a 6-2 victory. 
  • With the triumph, the Yu sisters advance to the NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals and will square off against CMS's Sarah Bashoun and Nicole Tan at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.