Dy Gives UW Second-Straight Player Of The Week Award
Feb. 2, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington made it two-for-two in Pac-10 Women's Tennis Player of the Week awards today as sophomore Denise Dy earned the first such honor of her career for the week of Jan. 25-31. Dy's win comes one week after junior Venise Chan garnered the first honor of the 2010 season.
Dy, the third-ranked player in the country, earns the first Player of the Week honor of her career. She was rock solid for the 23rd-ranked Huskies on the road last weekend as Washington split a pair of matches against Top-20 opposition. The Huskies dropped a 5-2 match at 18th-ranked Arkansas but then bounced back for a 4-3 upset of 16th-ranked South Carolina.
A native of San Jose, Calif., Dy did not drop a set in singles or doubles during the weekend. Against the Razorbacks, she dominated Stephanie Roy at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1. She and senior Joyce Ardies also scored an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles over Anouk Tigu and Claudine Paulson.
The next day against the Gamecocks, Dy's No. 2 singles match was the only one of the six not to go three sets. She dispatched Dijana Stojic 6-1, 6-3 to set Washington on its way to the 4-3 upset. She and Ardies also won again in the top doubles match, handling Stojic and Ana Marija Zubori, 8-2.
The win over South Carolina was particularly sweet as it was the Gamecocks that knocked Washington out of the NCAA tournament in the Round of 16 last May.
Dy is now 16-2 in singles play for the 2009-10 season and 11-3 overall in doubles. She is 4-0 in dual play in both singles and doubles thus far.
This is the fifth Pac-10 Player of the Week award all-time for Washington, dating back to 2006.
The two most recent Players of the Week will lead the Huskies back at home this weekend, starting with a dual match against the Portland Pilots on Friday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Washington then faces San Diego State on Sunday at 10 a.m.