Chan And Dy Ready For National Indoor Championships
Nov. 4, 2009
For the first time in program history, Washington women's tennis has two entrants in the elite ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships held this Thursday through Sunday at Yale University. Junior Venise Chan and sophomore Denise Dy are both first time participants in the 32-player field, but have come so far in a year that both women are among the eight seeded players in this year's draw. Dy, coming off an outstanding win at the Northwest Regional, is the No. 7 seed. Chan, who advanced all the way to the semifinals at the All-American Championships, the previous national tourney, is seeded No. 8. Washington is the only program in the country with two seeded players. In the just released draws, Chan opens against Stephanie Kent of Yale while Dy faces Noemie Scharle of Florida State in the first round. The two Husky standouts talked to GoHuskies.com prior to heading off to West Haven, Connecticut.
GoHuskies: How excited are you to have another Husky with you at the ITA championships this weekend?
Denise: 'I'm really excited. Venise was going to go alone again like last year when she went to All-Americans. This year I got to join her for All-Americans, and now get to join her at Indoors. I'm just trying to make it so more Husky players are out there instead of just Venise all by herself at the big tournaments.'
Venise: 'I'm very excited too because last year I couldn't get to play this tournament and this year I'm able to play and someone will be with me.'
GH: Does the travel aspect of going across the country to Connecticut affect you at all, or are you used to the long trips now?
Denise: 'The good thing about it is that it's an indoor court over there. We've been playing on an indoor court here and it's really fast. Otherwise, there are a lot of players from Southern California that play outside a lot with a lot of outdoor schools. So it's just about being used to the court. Time wise it's going to be tough, but a lot of East Coast players come out here and to California and do well. I think that we'll just have to adjust a little bit, but it won't be that much.'
GH: Are there any tournaments in particular that will prepare you for the upcoming tournament?
Venise: 'I think just practicing indoors is the best thing and playing matches indoors.'
Denise: 'Our past two tournaments with ITA Regionals and All-Americans, even though they were outdoors, just playing against top players is preparing us for this upcoming week.'
GH: No other team has two seeded players in this tournament. What sort of extra preparation do you get from being able to play against a top player every day?
Venise: 'It pumps us up because we are playing competitive matches even during practice. It helps to prepare us.'
Denise: 'We are always competing with each other to get better and better. We keep climbing up the ladder without having to just play by ourselves. Our teammates push themselves as well to compete with us and give us more practice. Our team will continue to build up, not just individually, but as a team as well.'
GH: How do your games change during a singles tournament like this weekend instead recent tournaments where you're playing doubles as well or a dual match?
Venise: 'You just have to go out there and compete. It's not a team thing so you just have to compete. It's a different mindset because you're alone out there. Other than that, it's pretty much the same.'
GH: Have you played each other before in a major tournament? What would that be like if it happened this weekend?
Venise: 'We played each other last year.'
Denise: 'Yeah in the finals in San Deigo. She won. Hopefully they won't put us together in the first round because then we should just play our match right here.'
Venise: 'We are high enough seeds that it won't happen.'
Denise: 'It will be at least quarters before we see each other.'
And indeed as it turns out the Husky pair would love to face each other this weekend, as it would mean they had both made the final as they are on opposite halves of the draw. Follow Chan and Dy's progress throughout the weekend on GoHuskies.
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