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wesleyan women's tennis season preview 2019-20

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Fresh on the heels of the program’s first NCAA Championship, the No. 1 Wesleyan women’s tennis team is primed for another title run this year, as it welcomes back almost its entire lineup from last season. Last season, en route to the school’s first women’s national title, the Cardinals tallied a school record for most wins in a season with 20, while concluding its home matches with an unblemished 10-0 mark. Additionally, Wesleyan won its first Little Three title and first NESCAC Championship. Individually, first-year Venia Yeung advanced to the NCAA singles final, while sister duo Victoria Yu ’19 and Kristina Yu ’22 competed in the doubles quarterfinals. Yeung and Yu sisters all earned All-American status.

The Cardinals open the fall portion of their schedule at the MIT Invitational September 13th-15th. The team will compete in the ITA Regional Championships September 27th-29th, before concluding the 2019 season at the NEWITT Tournament.

thoughts from head coach mike fried

“As the defending National Champions, we are in uncharted territory this year. We will have a huge target on our backs, and there are at least 10 teams that are also playing at a National Championship level. This year, we return everyone from last year’s team except Victoria Yu ’19, and welcome the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. If we outwork our competition, we will be well positioned to make another title run in the spring.”

key returners

alexis almy

Photo by: John Lacko

Almy made an immediate impact last year, playing in the fifth spot several times in the spring. In the NCAA Semifinals, she mounted a come-from-behind victory in both of her singles sets to clinch the historic match for Wesleyan and send the team to the Championship.

polina kiseleva

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Kiseleva posted an impressive 15-1 record last spring, playing a pivotal role for the Cardinals. The NCAA Championship all came down to a hard fought battle at #4, where Kiseleva remained focused and determined, topping her opponent in the third and final set to secure the title for the Cardinals.

venia yeung

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Yeung had a stellar first season with Wesleyan, which culminated in a runner-up finish in the NCAA Singles competition. She earned All-American and All-NESCAC First Team honors, while recording a 13-3 overall singles record.

kristina yu

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Yu took full advantage of her lone-collegiate year playing doubles with her sister last year, as the duo won the ITA New England Doubles in the fall, before advancing to the NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals last spring, while posting a 35-9 overall record. She earned All-American and All-NESCAC First Team honors.

newcomers

caitlyn ferrante

Hailing from Yorktown, N.Y., Ferrante joins the squad this season. As the No. 83 nationally ranked player in her class, she bring strength in both singles and doubles and is an all-around big gain to the team.

katie fleischman

Katie Fleischman is no strange to Wesleyan, as she joins her brother Zach, junior on the men's team this year. A Medina, Wash. native, she was the No. 88 ranked player in her class and is expected to make an immediate impact upon arrival.

sasha gaeth

Sasha Gaeth also hails from Washington (Seattle) and as the No. 125 ranked player in the high school class of 2019, she brings a wealth of national level singles and doubles playing experience to the team.

caitlin goldberg

From Highland Park, Ill., Caitlin Goldberg was the No. 172 player in her class. She is an athletic lefty who will bring depth to the team in both singles and doubles.

sophie henderson

A sophomore transfer from Georgetown, originally from Las Vegas, Nev., Sophie Henderson joins the team this year. She has a versatile all-court game paired with a great mental approach who is expected to make an impact immediately.

serim jin

Serim Jin comes from Portland, Oreg. and was ranked No. 77 in her national class. She is a tremendous ball-striker and a great competitor who will make a big impact as a Cardinal.

the coaching staff

Fried enters his eighth season at the helm of the Wesleyan men’s and women’s tennis programs in 2019-20. During his time with the Cardinals, he has led both teams to unprecedented success, including the University’s first women’s team NCAA Championship in 2019. He is excited to welcome back Ben Shapiro (third season), CJ Williams (second season) and Steve Rogers (fourth season) as assistant coaches for the 2019-20 year.