HADLEY, Mass. – Victoria Yu of the Wesleyan women's tennis team was selected as one of seven women to represent the NESCAC as an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. A committee of conference administrators will select the NESCAC's representative for the award on June 17th, while the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 20th in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Yu graduated from Wesleyan with a 3.98 GPA while majoring in chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 2019 and recognized as a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American in 2018. A three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, she was presented with the 2019 Hawk Prize by Wesleyan. The honor recognizes students who have done effective work in biochemistry. Yu will continue her academic career in medical school in 2019.
She led the Cardinals to their first NCAA Division III National Championship this spring to go along with the NCAA Doubles title she won in 2017. Yu won the ITA Small College National Doubles titles as a rookie and was a four-time ITA New England Doubles Champion. She also won the ITA Division III Oracle Cup National title as a junior and finished her career winning 80 singles matches (80-26) and 115 doubles matches (115-23).
Yu, a six-time All-American, was the ITA Senior Player of the Year in 2019 and earned Northeast Player of the Year honors as the No. 1 player in both singles and doubles for the Cardinals. She was an All-NESCAC First Team Singles player in 2019 after being a Second Team selection the previous three years. She was also a first-team all-conference doubles honors in 2017, 2018, and 2019. In 2019, Yu helped the Cardinals claim their first NESCAC Championship.
She was honored with the Wesleyan Scholar-Athlete Award three times, garnered a spot on the Dean's List each semester from 2015-2019, and was presented with the athletic department's Maynard Award which is given to the senior scholar-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit, accomplishments, and humility of alum Roger Maynard '37. She also received the 2019 Suki Hagland Award presented annually by the athletic department for outstanding contributions to women's athletics at Wesleyan and was honored with the Jones Award which is given to a member of each women's team at Wesleyan acknowledging dedication to her sport.
Off the court, Yu was a volunteer at the New Braunfels Food Bank in her hometown of New Braunfels, Texas. She also served as a teaching assistant in chemistry and was a research assistant in organic chemistry at Wesleyan. Yu also spent two years as a peer tutor for students taking the Intro to Biology course at the institution.
The other NESCAC nominees selected are Maeve McNamara (Amherst), Sarah Rothmann (Bates), Chandler Solimine (Trinity), Colleen Doolan (Tufts), Olivia Barnhill (Williams) and Cordelia Chan (Williams).
--Recap Courtesy of the NESCAC--