UW Factors Prominently In Year-End Rankings

June 4, 2009

SEATTLE - The final team and individual rankings were recently released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and the Husky women's tennis team impressively factored into the Top-30 in the singles, doubles, and team rankings.

As a team, the women wound up at 27th in the final ITA poll, up five spots from where they were going into the NCAA Championships. Washington reached the NCAA Round of 16 after upsetting No. 7 USC, before falling short against South Carolina, which ended the year ranked 17th. Washington's 18 wins was its most since 2004, the last time it made the Round of 16.

The Huskies were led in singles by sophomore Venise Chan, who finished the year ranked 25th in singles. She becomes just the third Husky ever to end the year in the Top-25, joining Kristina Kraszewski (four times) and Dea Sumantri (two times).

Chan's 28 singles wins this year tied for sixth-most on the UW single season list. Her .800 winning percentage also ties for fourth-best in a single year. She defeated five players that finished in the top-30.

Freshman Denise Dy also finished the season ranked, coming in at No. 81. Dy played No. 2 singles throughout her first year, going 24-12 and beat four players that finished among the top-100.

Dy was also UW's top doubles player during the season. Midway through the dual season, Dy teamed up with junior Joyce Ardies and the two went 12-1 at the No. 1 position. They won all three of their NCAA dual matches, and jumped 17 spots in the final rankings to finish at 30th.

Ardies and Dy are the first Husky duo to finish in the Top-30 since Sumantri and Claire Carter in 2004, and with a full season next year could certainly expect to climb higher. Dy and Chan also appeared in the final doubles rankings at No. 81.

The final Northwest Region rankings also came out, with UW placing four women in the Top-30 in a region that includes NCAA runner-up California, Stanford, Oregon, and Fresno State among others.

Chan finished fourth in the region, though she beat each of the top-two players. Dy finished 15th, freshman Samantha Smith was 24th, and Ardies came in at 26th. Back in January, Chan was only ranked 11th in the region, and Ardies was unranked.

In doubles, Ardies and Dy wound up fifth in the region, while Chan and Dy were ninth, and Chan and junior Aleksandra Malovic were 14th.

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