Husky Trio Victorious In All-American Main Draw
Oct. 8, 2009
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - Three UW women's tennis players moved on into the latter stages of the prestigious ITA All-American Championships today at the Riviera Tennis Club. Junior Venise Chan, ranked 16th nationally in singles, won her 2009-10 season-debut, and 17th-ranked doubles tandem Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy continued their exceptional play, moving into the quarterfinals of the main draw.
For Dy and Ardies, it was their fourth match in the past three days, as they needed to win three qualifying matches, including an upset of the 10th-ranked duo from Florida, just to reach the main draw. But they showed they were not content with just reaching the main draw, as this morning they posted a dominant 8-2 win over Clemson's Bek and Hadziselimovic, the nation's No. 14 team. Ardies and Dy will now face North Carolina's Grabinski and Marand, ranked fifth nationally, in the quarterfinals Friday at 9 a.m.
Chan, a returning First Team All-Pac-10 selection, received an automatic bid into the main singles draw which features 32 of the nation's top players. She faced a tough match right out of the gate in 23rd-ranked Lenka Broosova of Baylor, but Chan pulled through in two tight sets, 7-5, 7-6. Chan will now take on defending ITA All-American champion Kelcy McKenna of Arizona State, the tourney's No. 7 seed. That match is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.
The All-American Championships are one of three individual national championships on the college tennis schedule, the others being the ITA National Indoor Championships and the NCAA Championships. The All-American attracts the largest field of the three, as hundreds of players compete in qualifying rounds to try and reach the main draw.
Washington Women's Tennis
Riviera/ITA All-American Championships
10/8/09 - Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Riviera Tennis Club
Main Draw Singles
(16) Venise Chan (UW) def. (23) Lenka Broosova (Baylor), 7-5, 7-6
Main Draw Doubles
Round of 16
(17) Ardies/Dy (UW) def. (14) Bek/Hadziselimovic (Clemson), 8-2