Venise Chan Makes NCAA Singles Tourney

April 30, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - Washington freshman Venise Chan was chosen as a participant in the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships today by the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee.

Chan, from Hong Kong, China, will be one of the 64 players vying for the 2008 national championship conducted May 21-26 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, following the conclusion of the team championship, which the Huskies are also a part of for the first time since 2005.

2005 was also the last time the Huskies had an NCAA Singles participant, as senior Dea Sumantri made her last of three tourney appearances.

'Venise has worked very hard and has had great success at the No. 1 position for us and we are extremely proud that she will be representing the University of Washington,' said head coach Jill Hultquist.

Chan is 20-9 on the season and ranked 37th in the ITA Rankings. She has climbed as high as No. 30 on two occasions. Chan has wins over eight ranked opponents, and has wins over four players in the NCAA field, including Nadia Abdala (Arizona State), Susie Babos (California), Ekaterina Burduli (Washington State), and Lindsey Nelson (USC). Nelson is a two-time NCAA Singles runner-up, and Babos was the 2005 NCAA Champion.

Besides the obvious lure of the NCAA Championship, Chan can earn All-America honors should she win two matches and reach the Round of 16.

Draws will be released at a later date.

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