Huskies Wrap Home Season Hosting Stanford And Cal

April 7, 2010

Q & A With Senior Lauren Summers

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Friday, April 9, 12 p.m., Quillian Stadium
#11 Stanford at #25 Washington

Saturday, April 10, 12 p.m., Quillian Stadium
#12 California at #25 Washington

THIS WEEK: It's time to celebrate the seniors on the Washington women's tennis team, as the Huskies wrap up their regular season home schedule this weekend with duals against Pac-10 powers Stanford and California. The Huskies, ranked 25th this week, will host their Senior Day on Saturday, April 10, against the 12th-ranked Bears. Seniors Joyce Ardies, Aleksandra Malovic, and Lauren Summers will be honored during the match, scheduled for a 12 noon start. But first up will be Friday's 12 noon dual against the 11th-ranked Cardinal. Both matches will be played either outside at the Bill Quillian Stadium or indoors at the Nordstrom Tennis Center depending on the weather. The matches will certainly be more excellent preparation for the Huskies with the NCAA Championships just a month away, as Stanford is 14-1 on the year and is the only Pac-10 team without a conference loss at 3-0, while California is 14-4 on the year and 2-1 in Pac-10 play.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: In the new rankings on April 7, the women slipped two spots to No. 25, despite winning their only match last week. They have been as high as 16th this season and ranked in the Top-25 all year long. 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 and sophomore Denise Dy moved back up into the top-five in the country to No. 4 nationally in singles, down just a bit from her season-high of No. 3. Dy beat two more top-50 players over the Los Angeles trip to give her ranking a slight boost from her previous No. 6 spot. Junior Venise Chan also checks in at No. 17, just down from her season-high of No. 11. In the doubles rankings, Dy and senior Joyce Ardies remain in the top-15 nationally, coming in at No. 14 this week, and have been as high as No. 6.

SCOUTING STANFORD: After failing to win the Pac-10 title in 2009 for the first time in 21 years, the Cardinal are back atop the Pac-10 standings this season with a 3-0 mark and a 14-1 record overall. However, Stanford was deadlocked with USC in its most recent match at 3-3 when the dual was suspended due to rain. The teams had played singles before doubles, and would have to play the doubles point in Ojai at the Pac-10 Championships if the conference title remains up for grabs at that time. Factoring out the suspended dual with the Trojans, Stanford remains on a seven-match win streak, and recently avenged its only loss of the year at UCLA, by beating the Bruins in the Pac-10 counting match in Palo Alto, 5-2. Stanford is led by 8th-ranked junior Hilary Barte, the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year. However, Denise Dy defeated Barte twice in the fall, once at Northwest Regionals and once at the National Indoor Championships. Behind Barte is 36th-ranked freshman Mallory Burdette and her older sister, 61st-ranked Lindsay Burdette, as well as 69th-ranked freshman Stacey Tan, and 109th-ranked Carolyn McVeigh. Barte and Lindsay Burdette also comprise the nation's No. 2 doubles team, while Tan and Mallory Burdette rank 34th. Last season Stanford beat the Huskies, 6-1, with Venise Chan upsetting Barte in a third set super-tiebreak, while Lindsay Burdette topped Dy in another third set super-tiebreak. The Huskies have never beaten the Cardinal in twenty tries.

SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: The Bears fought through to the final match of the NCAA Championships last year, coming up one win short of the national title in a loss to Duke. Sophomore Jana Juricova was the 2009 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, and is the second-highest-ranked woman in the conference at No. 3. Juricova and Denise Dy split a pair of matches in the fall, with Dy winning in the finals of Northwest Regionals, and Juricova winning in the semis at the ITA National Indoor Championships, which she went on to win. Juricova is the current Pac-10 Player of the Week after she helped Cal defeat USC, 5-2, last weekend in Berkeley. Cal's one loss in conference play was a 4-3 upset at Arizona State. They also lost close matches with Stanford and UCLA that did not count towards the Pac-10 standings and are awaiting rematches. Joining Juricova in the rankings are 15th-ranked junior Marina Cossou, and 44th-ranked junior Mari Andersson. Baylor transfer Kasia Siwosz is Cal's only senior. In doubles, Juricova and Andersson rank seventh in the country, and Cossou and Siwosz are 73rd. Last season Cal beat the Huskies, 5-2, in the Bay Area, though Venise Chan defeated Juricova at No. 1, and Dy won at second singles. Cal holds a 23-3 series lead with UW's last win in 2005.

LAST TIME OUT: Washington picked up its second Pac-10 win of the year last Friday in Eugene, escaping with a 5-2 victory over the Ducks that came down to a few pivotal moments. Leading 3-2, 17th-ranked Venise Chan clinched the win by fighting off Julia Metzger, 6-3, 7-6 (5) at No. 1 singles. Chan had trailed in the tiebreak, 5-3, before winning the last four points. Then Joyce Ardies saved match points against to win the final four games to beat Emmanuelle Cor, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 at No. 5 singles for the final Husky point. More routine wins were earned by Denise Dy, who trounced Trudie du Toit, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2, and Aleksandra Malovic, who beat Sabine Fuchs, 6-3, 6-3, at sixth singles. The doubles point also went UW's way by a hair, as Chan and Samantha Smith overcame match points to win the final four games to beat Cor and Skowronski, 9-7, to clinch the point. Ardies and Dy had earned an earlier 8-2 win over du Toit and Smatova.

DAWG BITES: Denise Dy and Venise Chan have been ranked in the Top-20 of the singles rankings throughout the dual season; currently only Washington, Florida, California, and Baylor have two players in the top-20 ... Dy is the third Husky woman to earn a top-five singles ranking, joining Kristina Kraszewski (career-high No. 1) and Dea Sumantri (career-high No. 5) ... with a winning percentage of .885 (23-3), Dy currently ranks second in Husky single season history behind Teri Agee's 21-1 mark (.955; 1980-81) ... with 23 doubles wins this season, Joyce Ardies is tied for eighth in single-season history, and she has moved up to sixth on the career list with 66 doubles wins; she also needs one more win in singles to tie for 10th in career singles wins ... over the past two seasons, and based on the March 30 singles rankings, Venise Chan has defeated every player ranked second through eighth at least once, with wins also against women ranked 15th, 18th, and 19th, giving her wins over half of the nation's Top-20 players ... Denise Dy has nine wins this season alone over women currently in the Top-50.

UP NEXT: Washington closes out the regular season with a trip to Pullman and the rivalry match-up with the Washington State Cougars. That final dual is set to take place on Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m.

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.

CHAN AND DY ON FIRE IN THE FALL: The 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.

HEAD COACH Jill Hultquist: Entering year five of her tenure, head coach Jill Hultquist has ushered in a rebirth of the women's tennis program. In just four years, Hultquist took a 3-17 team and restored stability, added depth and an influx of talent, and brought the Huskies back to national prominence. The turnaround was made official when the Huskies reached the NCAA Round of 16 in 2009 with a stunning upset of Pac-10 Champion USC. Hultquist was named the Northwest Region Head Coach of the Year for her efforts in 2009, as the Huskies went 18-8 and finished the season ranked 27th. Sophomore Venise Chan earned her first All-Pac-10 First Team honor and became the third Husky ever to end the year ranked in the Top-25, finishing 25th. One year prior, Hultquist guided the Huskies back to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2005, and the Huskies climbed back into the ITA Top-40 after nearly a two-year absence. Hultquist is the fourth head coach in program history, and succeeded Patty McCain, whom Hultquist worked with as an assistant for five seasons from 1997-2002. During her first tour of duty at UW, Hultquist helped lead the Huskies to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances including a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2001. Hultquist was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 2001. She was also selected as the ITA Northwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year in both 2000 and 2001. Before joining the coaching ranks at Washington, Hultquist played professionally on the WTA Tour from 1987-1997, winning more than 20 doubles titles. She ranked as high as sixth in the world in doubles and 64th in the world in singles. Hultquist teamed with McCain on the doubles circuit, and among their victories was a win over Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini in the semifinals of the 1988 U.S. Open. They also advanced to the finals of the 1989 Australian Open. Hultquist reached the mixed doubles finals of the French Open in 1995 and competed in the Olympic Games for Canada in 1984, 1988 and 1996. A native of Toronto, Canada, Hultquist and her husband Rich have two children, Jack (8) and Maggie (6).

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