Dawgs Wrap Non-Conference Season In California

Feb. 25, 2010

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THIS WEEK: The 18th-ranked Husky women's tennis team finishes up the non-conference portion of its schedule this weekend with a swing through southern California, adding two more ranked teams to its ledger. Saturday, Feb. 27, the Huskies will visit No. 56 UC Irvine for an 11 a.m. match, and twenty-four hours later the Dawgs will head to 43rd-ranked Long Beach State for another 11 a.m. challenge. Washington (7-1) owns a five-match win streak and is at its highest national ranking since the 2005 season. Following this weekend, the Huskies will close the season with eight consecutive Pac-10 matches so Washington certainly wants to carry as much momentum into conference play as possible.

CHAN A PLAYER FOR ALL WEEKS: 14th-ranked junior Venise Chan pocketed her second Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week of the season and the fourth of her career, it was announced this week. Chan was 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles over the week of Feb. 15-21 to help the Huskies to a pair of wins. Chan helped Washington take out No. 49 Sacramento State 4-3 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Maria Meliuk at No. 2 singles. The next day Chan moved up to No. 1 singles and quickly dispatched Alessandra Ferrazzi of Minnesota, 6-1, 6-2, as the Huskies went on to beat the 52nd-ranked Gophers, 6-1. Her 9-7 win with Smith at No. 2 doubles also clinched the doubles point for the Dawgs. Chan also captured the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor of the season on January 25. 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, including a 6-4, 6-4 win over 54th-ranked McCall Jones of BYU. Chan now owns four of Washington's six all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, an award which started in 2006.

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 to start the season 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.

LAST TIME OUT: Washington picked up a pair of wins over ranked opponents last weekend to stretch its win streak to five. After three straight 4-3 defeats at the hands of Sacramento State, Washington was finally able to turn the tables on Saturday, and earned a 4-3 win over the 49th-ranked Hornets. The Huskies swept the doubles point, and then had a quick win from Venise Chan at No. 2 singles, followed by hard-fought wins by Samantha Smith at No. 5 and Joyce Ardies at No. 4 to dig out of a 3-2 hole. Smith beat Clarisse Baca, 7-5, 6-4, and Ardies defeated Rebeca Delgado, 7-5, 7-5. The next day the UW rolled over 52nd-ranked Minnesota, 6-1. Chan and Ardies had dominant singles wins, as did Denise Dy at No. 2 and Aleksandra Malovic at No. 6. Smith closed it out with a comeback 4-6, 6-2, (10-2) win over Doron Muravnik at fourth singles. The Huskies were 6-0 in doubles matches over the weekend to help the cause.

SCOUTING UC IRVINE: The Anteaters head into the weekend ranked 56th and own a 3-3 record including a 1-1 mark in Big West Conference play. UC Irvine just had a 4-3 setback to UW's Sunday opponent, Long Beach State. Becka Kwan and Kristina Smith earned singles wins for UCI at fifth and sixth singles, respectively. Smith is a team-best 5-1 in singles play. Stephanie Hammel has played No. 1 singles in every match for the Anteaters, and had a big win over San Diego State's Julia Trunk in a 5-2 win for Irvine. Washington also beat the Aztecs by a 5-2 score. Irvine also lost to Pac-10 powers USC (6-1) and UCLA (7-0). Mike Edles is in his 13th season coaching UC Irvine and led them to their first NCAA Tourney in 2007. The all-time series is tied at 2-2.

SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE: The 49ers of Long Beach State have won five straight matches after a 6-1 opening match loss to the USC Trojans. Since starting the year ranked 50th they have moved up to 43rd. In the USC match, sophomore Anais Dallara upset Sarah Fansler at No. 2 singles for the 49ers only point. They have also knocked off common UW foe San Diego State, 4-3, and defeated UW's Saturday opponent, UC Irvine, by a 4-3 score last week. Dallara has moved up to No. 1 singles and won her first two matches there. She's a perfect 6-0 in dual play thus far. Washington trails the all-time series, 4-8, but defeated Long Beach State in the 2005 NCAA First Round.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: For the second week in a row, the Huskies took one step forward in the ITA national rankings, moving up to a new season-high of 18th. This is the first year since 2005 that the Huskies have been in the rare air of the Top-20. New individual rankings were released last week for the first time since early January. Sophomore Denise Dy did not lose a match since between the two sets of rankings, yet she moved down one spot from third to fourth in the country. Junior Venise Chan also comes in at No. 14, just down from her season-high of No. 11. The best news of the new set of rankings came in doubles, where Dy and senior Joyce Ardies continued to rise to a new career-best of No. 6 nationally. Dy is now one of just four players in the country ranked in the Top-10 in both singles and doubles.

UP NEXT: Pac-10 play is already upon us as the Huskies return home next week to open up their conference season against the Arizona schools. On Friday, March 5, the Huskies host the Arizona Wildcats at 12 p.m., then prep for another 12 noon match on Saturday, March 6, against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

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