Huskies Enter Big Home Weekend Against Hornets, Gophers

Feb. 17, 2010

Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.
#21 Washington vs. Sacramento State (Denise Dy Bandana Day)

Sunday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.
#21 Washington vs. Minnesota

THIS WEEK: Two of the toughest teams on 21st-ranked Washington's non-conference schedule are on tap this weekend, as the Husky women (5-1) play host to Sacramento State and Minnesota. The Huskies have won their past three matches but will have gone two weeks between matches when they take on the Hornets this Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. Washington and Minnesota will face off on Sunday, Feb. 21, again at 10 a.m. Both matches will be held at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Denise Dy BANDANA DAY: Saturday's match against Sacramento State features a special promotion for Husky fans. The first 150 fans in attendance will pick up a free purple 'Go Huskies' bandana, of the type sported by 3rd-ranked UW sophomore Denise Dy. The Huskies hope to see the stands full early Saturday with purple-clad supporters!

LAST TIME OUT: Washington's last weekend series began with a 7-0 sweep of Portland on Friday, Feb. 5. The Huskies took every match in straight sets. Sophomore Ashley Anderson got to make a start at No. 3 doubles with Aleksandra Malovic and the two won 8-3. Junior Aleksandra Krsljanin also made her first start of the year in singles and beat Tessa Mini, 6-2, 6-0. The Huskies faced a tough and hungry opponent on Feb. 7, as 48th-ranked San Diego State was looking for revenge as UW took them out in the NCAA First Round last year. Washington swept doubles with an 8-0 win from Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy over the Ellison sisters at No. 1. Malovic had a quick win at sixth singles, and Dy beat Julia Wais, 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2 to make it 3-0 UW, but the Aztecs then rallied to create some nervous moments for the Huskies. SDSU got a win at No. 4 and was leading on courts one and five with the No. 3 match starting a third set. Samantha Smith stepped up at No. 5 against Sierra Ellison, fighting from 1-3 down in the third to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and clinch the victory. Lina Xu would make the final score 5-2 with a 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 win over Roxanne Ellison in the third spot.

UP NEXT: Washington makes its final road trip before starting Pac-10 play, heading to California for two duals. On Feb. 27 the Huskies will hit up UC Irvine for a match that starts at 11 a.m. The next day UW has another 11 a.m. start time against Long Beach State.

DY COLLECTS UW'S SECOND-STRAIGHT PAC-10 HONOR: Washington made it two-for-two in Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week awards this week as sophomore Denise Dy earned the first such honor of her career for the week of Jan. 25-31. Dy's win came one week after junior Venise Chan garnered the first honor of the 2010 season. Dy was rock solid for the 23rd-ranked Huskies on the road as Washington split a pair of matches against Top-20 opposition. Dy did not drop a set in singles or doubles during the weekend. Against the 18th-ranked Razorbacks, she dominated Stephanie Roy at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1. She and senior Joyce Ardies also scored an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles over Anouk Tigu and Claudine Paulson. The next day against the 16th-ranked Gamecocks, Dy's No. 2 singles match was the only one of the six not to go three sets. She dispatched Dijana Stojic 6-1, 6-3 to set Washington on its way to the 4-3 upset. She and Ardies also won again in the top doubles match, handling Stojic and Ana Marija Zubori, 8-2.

CHAN WINS THIRD PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior Venise Chan's 2010 season is off to an impressive start, as the 11th-ranked Husky was named Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 18-24. Chan was 2-0 in both singles and doubles as the 24th-ranked Huskies opened their dual season with 6-1 wins over BYU and Utah. Against the Cougars, Chan took out 54th-ranked McCall Jones in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. She also partnered with sophomore Samantha Smith in doubles, posting an 8-1 win at No. 2 over BYU's Doerr and Nedakovic. The next day, Chan slid to the No. 2 singles spot for the first time in her career, allowing 3rd-ranked sophomore Denise Dy to take a shot at No. 1 for the first time. Both won again, with Chan earning the day's fastest win, a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Erin Monson. She and Smith won again at second doubles, 8-6, over Utah's No. 2 team. Chan now owns three of Washington's five all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, an award which started in 2006.

CHAN AND DY ON FIRE IN THE FALLThe 2009 fall season will go down as one of the best in Husky history, as both Denise Dy and Venise Chan had multiple outstanding tournament runs. Dy showed sings of what was to come during the summer, when she won the Washington State Open, beating Arizona State All-American Kelcy McKenna in the final. Starting with the ITA Northwest Regional Championships, Dy really caught fire. In the quarterfinals, she upset reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Hilary Barte of Stanford. Next Dy beat Mallory Burdette, ranked 16th in the latest rankings, in a third set tiebreak. In the championship match, She took down fourth-ranked Jana Juricova of Cal, the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, in straight sets to become the first Husky ever to win the Regional title. That earned Dy a spot in the ITA National Indoor Championships, where she joined Chan. At the Indoors, Dy beat three more Top-25 players, including Barte again, to reach the semifinals. She had a three-set win over Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State, who moved up to No. 4 in January. In the semis, Dy was unable to get past Juricova a second time, and the Cal sophomore then took the title. Chan's National Indoor run was also special, as she joined Dy in the quarterfinals, highlighted by a win over 20th-ranked Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame. Chan started her fall off with a semifinal run of her own, as she reached the final four at the ITA All-American Championships. Her run included wins over No. 23 Lenka Broosova of Baylor, and rival Pac-10 First Teamers Kelcy McKenna of ASU and Marina Cossou of Cal, both ranked in the Top-20. Chan's run was halted in the semis by Georgia Tech's Irina Falconi in a 7-5, 7-6 heartbreaker. Falconi would win the tournament and assume the No. 1 ranking after the fall. It was Falconi again that topped Chan at National Indoors.

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