Chan Scores NCAA Singles Berth

April 29, 2009

SEATTLE - Husky sophomore standout Venise Chan is one of 64 players that will compete for the 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships it was announced today by the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee.

The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 20-25 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 14-19). Texas A&M University will serve as host.

This is the second-consecutive selection for the Hong Kong, China native. One of the best pure ball-strikers in Husky history, Chan has improved on her excellent freshman season in every way this year, going 27-5 overall and 20-3 at No. 1 singles. Chan is currently ranked 19th in this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles poll, and has been as high as 18th.

Chan will be looking to go much deeper in the draw than a year ago, when she fell in the first round to Duke's Reka Zsilinszka. Her record against fellow NCAA competitors indicates she'll have a strong shot, as Chan has beaten seven other players in the draw this year, including four of the top 16 seeds.

Aside from the national title, All-America honors will also be on the line in College Station. The award is given to players that reach the NCAA Round of 16 or finish in the Top-20 of the ITA Rankings.

The individual draws have not yet been assembled. Washington as a team will begin NCAA tournament play on Friday, May 8, against San Diego State in Los Angeles.

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