KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Wesleyan first-year Venia Yeung will play for a national title in NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championship after two wins on Saturday, while a pair of Middlebury teams have advanced to the semifinal round of the doubles competition at Stowe Stadium on the campus of Kalamazoo College.
Yeung began the day topping Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer in two sets. She won the first set, 7-5. In the second set, the two players exchanged the first 10 games, but Yeung won two-straight games to earn a second 7-5 set victory and advance to the next round. In the Semifinal match, Yeung faced Catherine Allen of CMS. Despite playing through several rain delays, Yeung cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 triumph to advance to the NCAA Championship match.
Kristina Yu fell in an NCAA Quarterfinal match to NESCAC rival Camille Smukler of Amherst. Yu dropped the first set, 6-1, and in the second set, Smukler won four-straight games to take a 4-2 lead. Yu battled back, cutting the deficit to one (5-4), 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 (76) while being honored as a singles All-American three times. She advanced to an NCAA Final during her career and played in the No. 1 spot on this year's National Championship team.
Smukler fell 7-5, 6-0 to Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico of Emory College, the top-ranked player in the country, to end her run in the singles championships. Smukler became the first Amherst women's tennis player to reach the semifinals of the individual tournament since 2014,
On Sunday, Yeung will face Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico of Emory in the title match at 12:00 p.m.
A pair of Middlebury women's tennis doubles teams have advanced to the NCAA Semifinals. The duos will compete on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., with the winners to compete immediately following for the NCAA Championship.
Heather Boehm and Ann Martin Skelly defeated Emma Alsup and Lauren Hawley of Denison, 6-2, 7-5. The duo will take on Sarah Bahsoun and Nicole Tan of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a semifinal contest on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger came back to defeat Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Defne Olcay of Emory, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The pair will face Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox of CMS in the other semifinal on Sunday afternoon.
The CMS duo of Sarah Bahsoun and Nicole Tan defeated Victoria and Kristina Yu of Wesleyan to reach the semifinal round. Wesleyan took a 3-0 lead before the Athena tandem knotted the set at 5-5, but the Cardinal duo won two-straight games 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 the third set with a 6-4 win. The final set was all CMS, as the duo won 6-0.