First-year Yeung Tops No. 2 CMS Player to Advance to NCAA Championship Singles Match

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

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A trio of Wesleyan women's tennis players competed on day two of the NCAA Individual Championships on Saturday. Victoria Yu and Venia Yeung began the day in singles, where Yeung advanced to the semifinals, before triumphing over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps No. 2 to advance to the NCAA Championship match. On Sunday, Yeung will face Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico of Emory in the title match at 12:00 p.m. Senior Yu and her sister Kristina Yu concluded their doubles career together. 

<< Tournament Central >>

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Yeung began the day topping Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer in two close sets. Yeung jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set, but Casper eventually knotted the set at 5-5, before Yeung won two-straight to pick up the 7-5 win. The second was even closer than the first, as the two exchanged the first 10 games, but again Yeung won two-straight to earn the 7-5 victory and advance to the next round. In the Semifinal match, Yeung faced No. 2 Catherine Allen of CMS. The match saw several rain delays, but Yeung cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 triumph to advance to the NCAA Championship match.
  • Senior Yu concluded her phenomenal singles career, falling in an NCAA Quarterfinal match to NESCAC rival Camille Smukler of Amherst. Yu fell 6-1 in the first set, but took a 2-0 lead to start the second. Smukler won four-straight to take a 4-2 lead, but Yu battled back, cutting the deficit to one (5-4). Down love-40 in the 10th game, Yu fought hard to knot the match, bringing it to 30-40, but Smukler recorded the final tally to win 6-4 and advance. Yu wraps up her singles career with the second-most wins in program history (80), while being honored as a singles All-American three times. She advanced to an NCAA final during her career and played in the #1 spot on this year's National Championship team.

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Yu sisters faced CMS's #2 doubles duo of Sarah Bahsoun and Nicole Tan. Wesleyan took a 3-0 lead before the Athena tandem knotted the set at 5-5, but the Cardinal duo won two-straight to pick up a 7-5 victory. In the second set, Wesleyan took a 1-0 edge, but CMS won three-straight and never looked back, forcing the match into a third set with a 6-4 win. The final set was all CMS, as the duo won 6-0.