CLAREMONT, Calif.— Senior Eudice Chong and junior Victoria Yu of the No. 5-ranked Wesleyan University women's tennis team both earned spots in the singles final at the NCAA Division III Individual Championships on Friday to set up the first ever all-Wesleyan final, but the duo did not stop there. Chong and Yu then teamed up to book a spot in the doubles semifinals, where the pair are the defending national champions.
Only an hour after an almost three-hour singles match for Yu, the top-seeded duo took the court against Case Western Reserve University's Nithya Kanagasegar and Madeleine Paolucci. Despite being unseeded, the team from Case Western played strong tennis out of the gate, jumping out to a 5-2 lead. Wesleyan responded with three straight games, and eventually the set made its way to a tiebreaker at 6-6. The Cardinals led 6-3 in the tiebreaker, but were unable to convert any of their set points, and it was Case Western that took the opening set 7-6(6).
With their backs against the wall after a long day of tennis, Chong and Yu had to dig deep to get back on track. An early break set the tone for the second set, as the two raced to a 6-1 win to send the match to a third set.
The match was neck and neck for the first half of the final set, but eventually Wesleyan earned a break of serve and closed things out 6-3 to keep its run alive.
- With the win, Chong and Yu move into the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, where they will face Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Bridget Harding of Emory University. Before that, the two partners will make history when they face each other in the final match of the NCAA Singles Championship, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET.
-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --