Chan, Dy Earn NCAA Bids And Cinch All-America Honors
May 6, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS - One day after the Husky women's tennis team earned its third consecutive NCAA Championships berth, its top two singles players were granted berths into the NCAA Singles Championships. Junior Venise Chan and sophomore Denise Dy will both be among the top 16 seeded players in the 64-player draw later this month, thus clinching their first All-America honors.
Dy and senior Joyce Ardies also earned a spot in the NCAA Doubles Championships, becoming the first Husky duo to make the NCAA tourney since 2004. The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 26-31 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 20-25). The University of Georgia will serve as host.
Dy (San Jose, Calif.) and Chan (Hong Kong, China) were each awarded a No. 9-16 seed for the singles tournament. A total of 16 women earn protected seeds based on their ITA rankings, with the top eight seeded one through eight and the next group each labeled simply 9-16 without differentiation.
Along with the obvious benefit of a protected draw, the most significant part of being seeded in the NCAA tournament is that it guarantees an All-America award from the ITA. Players can also earn the honor by reaching the NCAA Round of 16, or by finishing in the Top-20 in the ITA singles rankings. The official announcement won't come until the end of the season, but Chan and Dy will become the fifth and sixth All-Americans in Washington history, and the first since Dea Sumantri in 2004.
This will also be the first time since 2004 that the Huskies have had multiple entries in the individual NCAA Championships. That year, Sumantri, Claire Carter, and Erin Hoe all competed in the singles draw, while Sumantri and Carter reached the quarterfinals in doubles.
Chan will be making her third consecutive NCAA Singles Championship appearance, but will be looking to escape the first round for the first time and make a run similar to the ones she made at this season's two previous major tourneys. Chan made the semifinals of the All-American Championships and the quarterfinals of the National Indoor Championships in the fall.
Dy will be making her first NCAA appearance in both singles and doubles and it will be the first NCAA appearance for Ardies (São Paulo, Brazil) in her final season. Dy was a semifinalist at the National Indoor Championships, and made the quarterfinals in doubles with Ardies at the All-American Championships in the fall.
Draws will be announced closer to the start of the tournament.