Denise Dy Jumps To No. 3 In National Rankings
Jan. 5, 2010
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Following a breakout fall season, Husky sophomore Denise Dy rocketed up the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released today, and now finds herself the nation's third-ranked player. Junior Venise Chan also rose to a new career-high No. 11 and the Washington team checked in at No. 24 in the first poll of the year.
Washington, California, and Florida are the only teams with two players ranked in the Top-15. Dy, from San Jose, Calif., was ranked 58th heading into the fall season, but won the ITA Northwest Regional Championship--the first Husky ever to do so--then reached the ITA National Indoor Championship semifinals, defeating numerous Top-25 opponents to account for the huge jump of 55 places in the new rankings.
Dy also moved up in the doubles rankings to No. 11 along with senior Joyce Ardies. The two were ranked 17th in the fall, and reached the quarterfinals at the ITA All-American Championships in the fall and the semifinals of Northwest Regionals. Also earning their first career doubles ranking is junior Lina Xu and sophomore Samantha Smith, who come in at No. 44.
Chan, UW's top player the past two years, continues to climb the singles rankings as well. She ended last season ranked 18th, then moved up to No. 16 in the fall preseason rankings, and now is up to No. 11. Her fall play was arguably the equal of Dy's, as Chan made the semifinals at the All-American Championships, and the quarterfinals at the National Indoor Championships. Chan, from Hong Kong, China was an All-Pac-10 First Team selection in 2008-09.
Washington reached the NCAA Round of 16 last year for the first time since 2004, and returns every member from that squad. They finished last season ranked 27th, moving up three spots in the first poll this year. The dual season begins in just over a week with the Michigan Invitational starting on January 14 in Ann Arbor.