Chan Marches On Into NCAA Round of 16
May 27, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - A day after finally earning her first NCAA victory in dramatic fashion, junior Venise Chan decided to stick around a while longer, as she knocked off USC's Alison Ramos to move into the Round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championships at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Center. In doubles, Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy hung in against the nation's No. 1 team but fell in straight sets.
Chan, seeded No. 9-16, had a much better start to her match this afternoon than she did on Wednesday when she lost the first set, 6-1. Today she put 31st-ranked Ramos in the hole by taking the first set, 6-2. The second set would be a battle, however, as the two went into a tiebreak. The tiebreak stretched out to 9-9 before Chan finally grabbed the last two points for the 11-9 win to stay clear of a third set.
The Hong Kong, China native and two-time All-Pac-10 First Teamer had already secured All-America honors by being seeded in the tourney, however making the Round of 16 takes care of another qualification just for good measure. Chan improves to 23-10 now on the season and with the two wins this week is up to 12 victories over ranked opponents and nine wins over women in the Top-40.
On Friday, Chan will now be tasked with upsetting the tourney's No. 1 seed, Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech. In the two previous national tourneys this year, Chan reached the semifinals at the ITA All-American Championships, and the quarterfinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships, but on both occasions was knocked out by Falconi, thus Chan could take some revenge in the biggest tournament of the year. The time for Friday's match will be 12 noon Eastern.
Later in the evening, Ardies and Dy opened up their NCAA Doubles run against the tourney's No. 1-seeds, Natalie Pluskota and Caitlin Whoriskey of Tennessee. For the first time all year, the match was a standard best of three sets, rather than the usual pro-set. Ardies and Dy took the first set to 5-5 against the top-seeds, but the Lady Vol duo pulled out the last two games of the set, and then were too tough in the second set, as they finished up a 7-5, 6-1 win.
Ardies and Dy finish up the season with a 22-10 record together, while Ardies earned five additional wins in the fall with different partners to give her 27 doubles wins for the season, which stands as the new program record. It was the final match for the senior Ardies, who has been a four-year starter and captain and winds up ranked in UW's top-10 list in both career singles and doubles wins, while helping the Huskies to three-straight NCAA tournament appearances and a Sweet-16 run in 2009.
Washington Women's Tennis
NCAA Singles Championships
Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia
Dan Magill Tennis Complex
(9-16) Venise Chan (UW) def. Alison Ramos (USC), 6-2, 7-6 (9)
(1) Pluskota/Whoriskey (Tenn) def. Ardies/Dy (UW), 7-5, 6-1