Chan Selected First Team All-Pac-10 Once Again

April 29, 2010

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Junior Venise Chan today became just the second Husky women's tennis player ever to earn consecutive All-Pac-10 First Team honors, as the conference office announced the postseason awards. Chan was voted to the six-woman First Team and sophomore Denise Dy earned Second Team honors based on a vote of the league's head coaches.

Chan has been ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Top-20 throughout the season, as has every member of the Pac-10 First Team. The Pac-10 currently boasts seven women in the Top-20, compared to five for the SEC, and two each for the ACC, Big 10, and Big-12. Thus inclusion on the All-Pac-10 First Team is very exclusive, and Dy was forced to settle for Second Team honors despite being ranked 10th in the nation, ahead of two First Team members.

Currently ranked 15th, Chan has been as high as No. 11 this year. She has posted a 21-10 singles record including an 11-6 dual match record, mostly at No. 1 singles for the 29th-ranked Huskies. The Hong Kong native has defeated 10 ranked opponents including seven women ranked in the Top-40 at the time of their match. Chan started off on fire in the fall, reaching the ITA All-American Championship semifinals, and following that up with a quarterfinal run at the ITA National Indoor Championships in November. Her few dual setbacks were nearly all nailbiters, five going three sets. There's little doubt she will earn her third-straight NCAA Singles Championship bid next month.

Chan joins Kristina Kraszewski as the only Huskies to earn multiple All-Pac-10 First Team honors. Kraszewski was a three-time honoree from 1999-2001. The only other years that the Huskies had a Pac-10 First Team and Second Team selection in the same season were 2001 and 2004, and Washington went to the NCAA Quarterfinals each year.

Dy has enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history and improves to the Second Team from her honorable mention status as a freshman. Dy posted an 8-2 record against the women voted to this year's All-Pac-10 team, including a 3-2 record against First Teamers and a 5-0 mark against Second Team or honorable mentions. She currently owns a 25-4 record for the year, and is 13-2 in dual matches, primarily at the No. 2 spot. Dy became the first Husky woman ever to win the ITA Northwest Regional Championship in the fall, and then reached the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships. She shot up to No. 3 in the nation from No. 58 and has remained in the Top-10 all season since. Dy has also had a fantastic season in doubles, having been ranked as high as No. 6 with senior Joyce Ardies. The two are 21-8 on the year and made the Pac-10 semifinals last week.

Chan and Dy will lead the Huskies into the NCAA Championships, starting with the Regional rounds on May 14-15. Washington will learn its first round destination and opponents on May 4.

2010 Pac-10 Women's Tennis All-Conference

First Team
Yasmin Schnack, Sr., UCLA
Hilary Barte, Jr., STAN
Maria Sanchez, Jr., USC
Jana Juricova, So., CAL
Marina Cossou, Jr., CAL
Venise Chan, Jr., WASH

Second Team
Mari Andersson, Jr., CAL
Elisabeth Fournier, So., WSU
Denise Dy, So., WASH
Andrea Remynse, Jr., UCLA
Micaela Hein, Jr., ASU
Mallory Burdette, Fr., STAN

Honorable Mention
Noelle Hickey, Jr., UCLA
Sarah Landsman, So., ARIZ
Danielle Lao, Fr., USC
Natasha Marks, So., ARIZ
Kelcy McKenna, Jr., ASU
Alison Ramos, So., USC
Luidmila Vasilieva, Fr., WSU

Pac-10 Singles Player of the Year
Yasmin Schnack, Sr., UCLA

Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year
Yasmin Schanck, Sr./Andrea Remynse, Jr., UCLA

Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
Mallory Burdette, STAN

Pac-10 Coach of the Year
Lele Forood, STAN

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