Chan, Ardies And Dy All Earn Top-20 Rankings
Sept. 4, 2009
SKILLMAN, N.J. - With the excitement still lingering from last season's NCAA Round of 16 run, the Washington women's tennis team received another boost today as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association unveiled its preseason rankings and three Huskies appear in the Top-20 in singles and doubles.
Junior-to-be Venise Chan, who has had a successful summer playing in professional tour events in Asia, will return to Seattle this fall as the 16th-ranked singles player in the country. Chan ended last year ranked 25th, and was ranked as high as No. 18 last year when she went 28-7 and was voted to the All-Pac-10 First Team.
Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy, heading into their senior and sophomore seasons, respectively, broke into the Top-20 in doubles for the first time in their careers, coming in at No. 17. The two didn't team up until halfway through the dual season last year, but they went 12-2 including a win over the second-ranked team from UCLA and jumped all the way up to No. 30 in the final rankings.
Dy, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 player as UW's No. 2 last year, is also ranked 58th in singles, one spot above her previous career-high and up 23 spots from where she finished the 2008-09 season. Dy's summer was highlighted by a win at the Washington State Open, where she defeated Arizona State All-American Kelcy McKenna in the final. McKenna earned a No. 7 preseason singles ranking.
Several Huskies will begin the season at the prestigious ITA All-American Championships, starting October 2 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Chan was given an automatic bid to the main singles draw, while Dy is in the qualifying draw. In doubles, Dy and Ardies will need to go through qualifying to reach the main draw.