Chan Leads Women's Tennis Up The Rankings
March 3, 2009
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Washington women's tennis team reentered the Top-25 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Rankings today for the first time since the very first poll of the 2006 season, coming in at No. 23. Sophomore Venise Chan also continued rising the singles rankings, entering the individual Top-25 for the first time in her stellar career.
Chan, who is 17-3 overall on the year and 10-1 at No. 1 singles in dual play, becomes UW's first Top-25 player since three-time All-American Dea Sumantri, who peaked at No. 5 in 2005. A native of Hong Kong, China, Chan is on track to make her second consecutive NCAA Singles Championship appearance. She has won 14 of her past 15, and last weekend swept the No. 1 players from Cal and Stanford, who were both ranked in the Top-20.
'This is a great milestone for Venise. We knew she was capable of being ranked amongst the nation's best,' said assistant coach Damon Coupe. 'We have discussed her goals and her main personal goal is to win the NCAA Tournament. She is a great player and this is a very attainable goal if she continues to play this well. We are extremely proud of her.'
This is the first week that the ITA rankings are based on a computer point-per-match formula rather than votes, thus large shifts can often occur. So the women's team jumped from 38th last week all the way to 23rd, despite losing at Cal and Stanford last weekend. This is the first time the team has been in the Top-25 under fourth-year head coach Jill Hultquist.
Freshman Denise Dy (San Jose, Calif.) also moved up two spots in today's rankings, coming in at a career-high No. 59. Chan and Dy are also ranked 36th in the doubles rankings.
The Huskies will be on the road this week, looking to pick up their first Pac-10 win at 16th-ranked Arizona State on Friday, March 6, and at Arizona on Saturday, March 7.
Washington Women's TennisITA Rankings
Rank, school W-L Avg. LW (2/24)1. Northwestern 9-1 91.52 12. Georgia 9-1 83.90 23. Notre Dame 11-1 74.00 54. Duke 9-1 72.59 65. Baylor 5-3 67.14 76. Miami (FL) 10-2 61.16 107. California 7-1 60.73 38. Georgia Tech 5-4 57.66 49. Clemson 8-4 56.25 1410. USC 8-1 56.10 911. UCLA 10-2 53.33 812. Tennessee 6-1 46.14 2213. Stanford 8-2 46.05 1114. Kentucky 8-0 45.75 2015. North Carolina 9-4 44.89 1216. Arizona State 6-1 40.41 1917. Florida State 7-2 36.90 2418. Louisiana State 7-2 35.89 2619. Michigan 5-3 35.48 1820. Virginia 8-2 35.28 2921. Wake Forest 8-3 32.91 2322. Fresno State 4-4 30.71 1523. Washington 7-4 29.04 3824. Texas A&M 4-4 28.00 3025. Boise State 10-2 27.00 46