Season Ends For Chan In NCAA Opener
May 20, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The season ended abruptly for women's tennis sophomore Venise Chan, as she was taken out of the NCAA Singles Championships in the first round today by Denver's Mallory Voelker at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
Things started out well for Chan, as she broke serve early and led the first set 4-1. But Voelker, ranked 76th, played at a higher level from thereon. Voelker hit a number of winners and defended very well, rarely missing and forcing errors from Chan. She won seven straight games at one point to win the first set 6-4 and take a 2-0 lead in the second.
Chan, ranked 19th, righted herself in the second set and began holding serve, but she was unable to break through on Voelker's serve to get back even. With Voelker serving ahead 4-3, Chan forced a long deuce game that could have evened things up, but Voelker escaped with another hold. The letdown from losing that game led to Chan falling behind 0-40 in the next, and Voelker won on her second match point.
This is the second-straight year that Chan has lost in the first round of the singles tourney. Still, her season ranks among the best in UW history, as she finishes at 28-7 overall with multiple wins over top-25 players. It remains to be seen if she will be named an ITA All-American, as the Top-20 players in the final rankings pick up the award.
Washington Women's Tennis
NCAA Singles Championships
5/20/09 - Texas A&M
Mitchell Tennis Center
(76) Mallory Voelker (DU) def. (19) Venise Chan (UW), 6-4, 6-3