Matthew Chen
Matthew Chen
Height: 6-0
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Wynnewood, Pa.
High School: Lower Merion
Major: Nutritional Biochemistry & Metabolism

Junior (2019-20): Claimed the Division III Doubles Championship at the ITA Cup in the Fall with teammate James Hopper… Became part of the first duo in team history to advance to the ITA Cup after winning the ITA Fall Central Region Championship… Earned All-America honors, the first of his career, by virtue of winning the regional title… Finished the year as the top-ranked doubles team in Division III with Hopper… Was also ranked 41st nationally and 10th in the Central Region in the final singles rankings… Named to the All-UAA Team for his play at no. 2 singles and no. 1 doubles… Named the UAA Athlete of the Week four times during the season – twice in the fall and twice in the spring… Finished the year with a 31-2 doubles record, falling just a pair of doubles wins shy of the program’s single-season record… His doubles winning percentage of .939 was the second-highest in a single-season in the team’s history… Was 16-8 in singles play during the campaign… Went 9-4 in singles play and 11-1 (all at no. 1 doubles) in doubles action during dual matches in the spring… Was 5-0 as the team’s no. 1 singles player and 4-4 at the no. 2 spot in the lineup… Reached the semifinals of the singles draw at the ITA Fall Regional Championships after entering the draw as the no. 7 seeded player… Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Third Team, becoming the fourth player in program history to receive the honor… Was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team… Named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and received UAA All-Academic recognition… Ended his junior season ranked 13th in program history in career singles wins with a record of 48-38, and is tied for third in career doubles wins and seventh in winning percentage with a record of 82-26 (.759).

Sophomore (2018-19): Qualified for the NCAA Division III Singles Championships for the first time in his career, before falling in the round of 32 of the draw… Earned a spot on the All-UAA First Team for his play at no. 1 singles and on the all-conference second team for his efforts at no. 2 doubles… Finished the year ranked 30th in the Oracle/ ITA National Singles Rankings… Was also ranked ninth in the final Central Region singles rankings and 14th in the regional doubles rankings (with partner Zach Hennessey)… Went 29-8 in doubles play during the year, marking the fifth-most doubles wins and the 12th-highest doubles winning percentage (.784) in a single season in program history… Added a 14-15 record in singles matches, including an 11-11 mark during the spring season as the team’s no. 1 singles player… Named the UAA Athlete of the Week on March 11th… Reached the doubles semifinals of the ITA Fall Regional Championships with Hennessey, while also making it to the round of 32 of the singles draw at the event… Helped the Spartans to a win over then seventh-ranked Amherst with a three-set win at first singles, to go along with a victory at second doubles… Selected as a UAA Presidents Council Scholar-Athlete… Named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and received UAA Spring All-Academic honors… Ended his sophomore season tied for 25th in program history with 32 career singles wins, while his 51-24 career doubles record ranks him 13th in program history in doubles wins and 12th with a .680 winning percentage.

First-year (2017-18): Finished his freshman season with an 18-15 record in singles matches and a 22-16 mark in doubles play… Played the majority of the spring season at no. 2 singles, going 11-10… Also notched a 1-1 record at no. 1 singles… Recorded a 10-2 mark in no. 3 doubles matches during the spring… His 22 doubles wins tied him for the 17th-most in a single season in program history, while his 18 singles wins were tied for the 20th-most ever by a Spartan…  Went 6-4 in singles matches in the fall, including a pair of wins at the ITA Central Region Championships (where he was seeded 17th) that allowed him to reach the round of 32 of the draw, before falling to the tournament’s top-seeded player... Seeded sixth in the doubles draw at the ITA Championships, winning a match with Sam Concannon to reach the round of 32… Went 7-5 in doubles tournament play in the fall… Named an ITA Scholar Athlete.

Personal: Was a four-year member of the Lower Merion High School team, serving as a captain during his junior and senior season... Was coached by David O'Connell... Born December 23... Son of Yifeng and Dechun.