Ardies, Dy Beat Ranked Teams To Make Main Draw At All-Americans
Oct. 7, 2009
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - 17th-ranked doubles tandem Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy made a pair of very large wins today at the ITA All-American Championships at the Riviera Tennis Club, knocking off two ranked teams to move into the main doubles draw which begins tomorrow.
The All-American Championships are the first of the three national individual tournaments for the 2009-10 year, and feature the largest field. Ardies and Dy have now advanced into the 16-team main draw which boasts numerous Top-10 doubles pairs. Twelve teams were given automatic bids to the main draw, then 32 teams competed for the final four spots. With their win yesterday and two wins today, Ardies and Dy grabbed one of the four.
In their first match this morning, the Husky pair came up against the 46th-ranked team of Maria Sanchez and Valeria Pulido of USC. Ardies and Dy ousted their Pac-10 foes, 8-5. Next up, they faced 10th-ranked and second-seeded Marrit Boonstra and Joanna Mather of Florida. Boonstra and Mather reached the NCAA Doubles Championship Round of 16 last year in doubles, but Ardies and Dy exhibited their great potential again with another 8-5 victory.
Now the Dawgs will face another qualifier in the first round of the main draw: Clemson's Josipa Bek and Ina Hadziselimovic. The Tiger duo is ranked 14th nationally and also picked up three wins over the last two days.
Ardies, a senior, and Dy, a sophomore, teamed up partway through the 2009 dual season, and went 12-2 together with several wins over ranked teams that shot them from unranked to No. 30 in just a few short weeks. They moved up to No. 17 in this fall's preseason rankings and are now off to a 3-0 start.