Ardies, Dy Win Qualifying Opener

Oct. 6, 2009

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - Washington's 17th-ranked doubles duo of senior Joyce Ardies and sophomore Denise Dy got the 2009 fall season started off in style today for the women's tennis team. The two posted an 8-1 win in their first round qualifying match at the ITA All-American Championships.

The pair is the fifth-seed in the 32-team qualifying draw, which feeds four teams into the All-American main doubles draw later in the week. Ardies and Dy opened up against Florida State's Katie Rybakova and Noemie Scharle, and picked up right where they left off in the spring with an 8-1 victory. Tomorrow the two will play Maria Sanchez and Valeria Pulido of USC.

Dy, an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection as a freshman, got a big win in her first singles qualifying match, again defeating Rybakova, the fifth-seed in the singles draw and the 28th-ranked player nationally. Dy breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 win. However Dy came up short in her afternoon match against Florida's Allie Will. The Gator took the first set, 6-2, before Dy came back with a 6-2 win of her own. The last set went back Will's direction, though, once again by a 6-2 score.

The All-American Championships are the first of three major individual tournaments on the college tennis calendar, and the one with the largest field. 16th-ranked junior Venise Chan earned an automatic bid into the main draw and will begin play on Thursday.

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