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Yeung Concludes Stellar Rookie Campaign With NCAA Singles Runner-Up Finish

Photo Courtesy of John Lacko.
Photo Courtesy of John Lacko.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Venia Yeung of the Wesleyan women's tennis team concluded her stellar rookie campaign earning a runner-up finish in the 2019 NCAA Division III Singles Championship on Sunday. Yeung fell to Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico of Emory 6-4, 6-3 in the title match, which was the pair's second meeting of the year. Despite the loss, Yeung wraps up her first-year with a team National Championship title, All-America honors in singles and a 13-3 overall record from the spring season. National Champion Gonzalez-Rico finishes the year 30-5 with four of her five losses coming to Division I players.

Unseeded first-year Yeung made it to the title match by defeating Daniela Lopez of Emory 6-3, 6-3, before cruising to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over ITA Rookie of the Year Danna Taylor of Carnegie Mellon in the opening two rounds. In her Quarterfinal match, Yeung was victorious over No. 7 Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer, 7-5, 7-5, before topping No. 2 Catherina Allen of CMS 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the Championship match. This was the fifth year in a row that the NCAA Singles Championship featured a Wesleyan women's tennis player, most recently featuring an all-Wesleyan final in 2018.

The pair exchanged the first four games, before Yeung took a 4-2 lead. Gonzalez-Rico battled back, closing out the set with four-straight wins to the pick up the 6-4 victory.  In the second set, Gonzalez-Rico jumped out to a 2-0 edge, but Yeung cut it to one when she won the third game. Again, Gonzalez-Rico looked to take a lead when she took game four for a 3-1 advantage, but Yeung would not back down, keeping herself within striking distance behind by one (3-2). Gonzalez-Rico won two-straight for a 5-2 advantage. With the championship on the line, Yeung won the next game to cut the deficit to 5-3, but ultimately fell short as Gonzalez-Rico won the final game 6-3 to earn the title.