Rice University tennis player Wendy Wood Yang
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls tennis player Wendy Wood Yang, pictured as she is about to return the ball, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: As Rice’s very first NCAA women’s tennis all-America, WENDY WOOD YANG (class of 1986) was the queen of the Owl courts in the mid-1980’s. A two-time all-America performer, the 5-8 netter spent four successful years at Rice before leaving as one of the most decorated women’s tennis players in school history. As a sophomore in 1984, she and her partner, Susan Rudd, were named all-SWC in doubles after winning the conference title. Yang also finished the season ranked number 33 in the country in singles. Her junior and senior years were more of the same as the fiery righty won two more SWC singles titles, another doubles title (1986), was named SWC co-player of the year in 1985 and player of the year in 1986. A member of the 1985 Junior Federation and Maureen Connolly Cup teams as well, she was named to the SWC all-decade (1982-92) women’s team in 1992. Her career singles record at Rice of 147-36 landed her a spot on the Rice “100 Club.” Yang, just the third athlete to receive the honor, was the first to reach the 100-win mark with her singles play alone. Yang’s abilities did not stop with the hardcourt, however. She was the ITCA scholar-athlete of the year in 1986 and went on to continue her academic career on an ITCA post-graduate scholarship. After graduating from Kellogg in 1992, Yang became an account executive in the area of marketing of tennis footwear and apparel for Reebok International, LTD. The daughter of former major league baseball standout Wilbur Wood, Wendy married her husband Jong Yang in 1990.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame (poor quality image)
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