Venise Chan Voted To All-Pac-10 First Team
May 4, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Husky sophomore Venise Chan was selected to the All-Pac-10 Women's Tennis First Team today, the conference office announced, in a vote of the Pac-10 coaches. Freshman Denise Dy also earned honorable mention.
Chan, a native of Hong Kong, China, has been dominant during her sophomore season, compiling a 27-5 singles record that includes a 20-3 mark at No. 1 singles. Chan has risen all the way up to No. 19 in the ITA singles rankings, and qualified for her second-straight NCAA Singles Championships while leading the Huskies to the NCAA team tourney for the second year in a row.
In women's tennis, the Pac-10 Conference is the most dominant conference year-in, year-out, and Chan's inclusion on the six-member first team speaks volumes about her season. Chan has defeated three of the other First Team members, including Pac-10 Player of the Year Hilary Barte of Stanford, and Freshman of the Year Jana Juricova of California.
Chan is the first Husky named to the First Team since Dea Sumantri in 2004. The only other Husky to earn First Team acclaim since the awards began in 1998 was Kristina Kraszewski, who was a three-time first teamer (1999-2001). Last year as a freshman Chan was voted to the Second Team.
Dy, hailing from San Jose, Calif., has been UW's No. 2 player all season and their top doubles player. The freshman has gone 24-10 in singles and earned national rankings in both singles and doubles. Her season-best singles ranking was 59th. Five of the six honorable mentions are ranked in the Top-100 by the ITA, a testament to the depth of skill level in the conference.
Washington will rely on Chan and Dy as the NCAA Championships kick off this Saturday, May 9, when the Huskies face San Diego State in a Regional match hosted by USC in Los Angeles. Match time is 9 a.m. Pacific.
2009 Pac-10 Women's Tennis All-ConferenceFirst TeamHilary Barte, So., STANVenise Chan, So., WASHAmanda Fink, Sr., USCJana Juricova, Fr., CALKelcy McKenna, So., ASUYasmin Schnack, Jr., UCLA
Second TeamNadia Abdala, Jr., ASUMari Andersson, So., CALBojana Bobusic, Sr., CALMarina Cossou, So., CALNatasha Marks, Fr., ARIZAndrea Remynse, So., UCLAMaria Sanchez, So., USCDanielle Steinberg, Sr., ARIZ
Honorable MentionLindsay Burdette, Jr., STANDenise Dy, Fr., WASHSarah Fansler, Jr., USCClaire Ilcinkas, Sr., CALSarah Landsman, Fr., ARIZJessica Nguyen, Sr., STAN