Chan Named Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Feb. 18, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON'S Venise Chan has been named Pac-10 Womens Tennis Players of the Week for Feb. 11-17, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Chan has quickly emerged as one of the Huskies bright young stars as she has burst onto the collegiate scene, going undefeated in her first nine matches at the top position. Chan battled through illness over the weekend, but was still able to defeat two top players from the Big Ten. On Saturday, she lost the first set to Brooke Beier of No. 43 Purdue, but rebounded to win 2-6, 6-0, 7-5. Chan returned on Sunday, seemingly with no ill effects from the day before, to dominate No. 68 Illinois' top player Megan Fudge, 6-0, 6-1.

The Huskies posted a 5-2 win over the Boilermakers and stopped the Fighting Illini, 4-3. Their eight-match win streak is the longest since the 2003 season.

Having already equaled their combined win total of the past two years, the No. 48 Huskies (8-1) will face a tough start to Conference play as they host No. 3 Stanford on Fri., Feb. 22 and No. 9 California on Sat., Feb. 23. Both matches will take place at noon.

This is the first Pac-10 Player of the Week award for Chan. The award is the second for the Washington womens team.

2008 PAC-10 WOMENS TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Feb. 5- Tara Simpson, Sr., WASH; Feb. 11- Danielle Steinberg, Jr., ARIZ; Feb. 18- Venise Chan, Fr., WASH.

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