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Wesleyan Tennis Sets Program Record with Five NCAA Individual Championship Berths

Wesleyan Tennis Sets Program Record with Five NCAA Individual Championship Berths

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The NCAA released the entry lists for the singles and doubles national championships on Wednesday, and Wesleyan will be well represented. The Cardinals earned a program-record five berths into the individual championships. 

In the women's singles draw, three-time defending champion Eudice Chong '18 leads the way for Wesleyan. The senior is undefeated against Division III opponents this year, and is looking to become the first player in Division III history to win four straight NCAA singles championships.  Her career record going into NCAA Regional play this weekend is 191-17. 

Joining Chong in the women's singles will be junior Victoria Yu, who is 15-5 this year playing at #2 singles. Yu made a run to the semifinals of the singles tournament last year, earning All-American honors in the process.

Chong and Yu also earned a spot in the doubles tournament, where they rolled through the draw last year, winning the national championship without dropping a set. This fall, the pair won the ITA Division III National Championship and the ITA Oracle Cup before making the quarterfinals of the ITA Fall National Championships, where they defeated teams from the University of North Carolina and the University of Kentucky. Chong and Yu are 28-2 this season.

On the men's side, senior Steven Chen will make his third straight appearance in the singles draw, having made the Round of 16 for the past two years. Chen has put together another excellent season for the Cardinals, currently holding a 20-8 singles record and a #5 Regional Ranking.

Andrew Finkelman's outstanding freshman season will continue as well, as the Cardinals' #2 singles player earned one of four at-large berths for the singles tournament. Finkelman first burst onto the scene in the fall with a run to the finals of the New England ITA Regional Championships. On the way to the final, he defeated the currently-ranked #2 and #3 players in the Northeast—#2 Lubomir Cuba (Middlebury), who was last year's NCAA singles champion, as well as #3 Sean Wei (Amherst). Finkelman followed up his fall with a strong spring, earning a notable win over former ITA National Singles Champion Noah Farrell (Middlebury) and compiling a 19-10 record.

In addition to the five berths, Wesleyan nearly received a sixth. Senior Tiago Eusebio and sophomore Princeton Carter were named the fourth alternates for the men's doubles, narrowly missing the cut after a strong end to the season for the duo.

In order to earn a berth into the tournament, players must either be ranked in the top seven of their NCAA Regional Rankings or receive one of four at-large bids given to players outside the top seven.  The three-day tournament, which is hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, begins on May 21 in Claremont, Calif. at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.