KALAMAZOO, Mich - Three NESCAC student-athletes and Wesleyan Women's Tennis Head Coach Mike Fried were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) with Division III year-end awards. Wesleyan senior Victoria Yu was named the Senior Player of the Year, Middlebury junior Heather Boehm was selected as the ITA Player to Watch, and Williams senior Leah Bush was honored with the Most Improved Senior Award. Fried was named the ITA Women's Coach of the Year.
Yu adds ITA Senior Player of the Year to her large list of career-honors, after having been a part of the Wesleyan women's NCAA Division III National Championship win on Wednesday. Yu earned Northeast recognition for the award seeing success playing at the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles this year. In singles play, she has met several top-ranked players, while in doubles she has partnered with her sister, Kristina Yu, to record 28 wins. Together, the duo earned All-NESCAC First Team praise, while senior Yu also was named All-NESCAC First Team in singles. In addition to this year's honors, Yu is a three-time National Champion in doubles, a six-time All-American (singles and doubles), and earned All-NESCAC accolades five other times. Yu will begin competition in the NCAA Individual Championships in both singles and doubles on Friday.
Boehm was named the 2019 NESCAC Player of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference team for the third time in her career. She is 15-1 while playing at the No. 1 position for the Panthers. She posted victories over Emory and Claremont while helping Middlebury College advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament and is competing in the NCAA Individual Championship. Boehm recorded a 13-match winning streak this spring, going 7-1 at No. 1 and 7-0 at No. 2 this spring. The 2018 All-American has had winning streaks of 26 and 13 and has amassed a 66-10 record as an individual.
A four-year letterwinner for the Ephs, Bush moved to the top of the Eph lineup this year and played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Ephs and was named to the All-NESCAC First Team. Bush earned All-American honors as a sophomore and is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete. Bush has a 9-6 singles record and reached the doubles semifinals of the 2018 Fall ITA Regional and is competing in the NCAA Individual Championship.
In his seventh season leading the Wesleyan women's tennis program, Fried led the Cardinals to a 13-2 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in NESCAC play and the team's first NESCAC title. Wesleyan went on to claim the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis title for the first time in program history. The Cardinals concluded the season with a program record 20 wins, while Fried also garnered NESCAC Coach of the Year praise. In 2017, Fried was honored as the Wilson/ITA Men's Coach of the Year.