Venise Chan Nets Bid To ITA National Indoors

Oct. 12, 2009

SEATTLE - Thanks to her outstanding run to the semifinals at the ITA All-American Championships over the weekend, junior Venise Chan has gained an automatic bid into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the second of the three majors in college tennis.

The ITA National Indoors are held from November 5-8 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Only two previous Huskies have competed in the main singles draw. Kristina Kraszewski made the finals in 2000 and the quarterfinals in 1999, while Dea Sumantri was a quarterfinalist as well in 2004.

'This is a great achievement as the rest of the team will be going down to the ITA Regionals at Palo Alto to try and qualify for this event which Venise is in automatically,' said head coach Jill Hultquist. 'Venise will be going down to compete in Palo Alto to get some quality matches and hopefully earn some valuable ranking points as well. We are very excited about the news and this is a huge honor for Venise to make the tournament.'

As Hultquist mentioned, players that did not earn auto bids can qualify for National Indoors by advancing at least to the finals of the respective ITA Regional Championships. Washington will be competing in the West Regional hosted by Stanford from Oct. 23-26 with hopes of sending some reinforcements along with Chan. Senior Joyce Ardies and sophomore Denise Dy will be one of the favorites in the doubles draw after they reached the quarterfinals at the All-American Championships, the best finish ever by a UW doubles team.

The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships boasts the smallest field of the three majors, as opposed to the All-American which had the largest. The singles draw will have 32 players and 16 doubles teams will make the field.

In her first appearance in the All-American main draw last week, Chan set a new program benchmark by pushing through to the semifinals. She earned straight-set wins over No. 23 Lenka Broosova of Baylor, No. 7 Kelcy McKenna the defending champion from Arizona Stae, and No. 18 Marina Cossou of California. Chan lost a heartbreaker, 7-5, 7-6 (6) in the semis to Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech, who went on to win the tournament. Falconi did not drop a set in the tournament and the only time she went past 6-4 in any set was against Chan.

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