NCAA Run Ends For Chan Against Nation's No. 1

May 28, 2010

ATHENS, Ga. - If it wasn't for Irina Falconi, there's no telling the kind of tournament season Husky junior Venise Chan might have enjoyed, as Falconi defeated Chan in the NCAA Singles Championships Round of 16 this afternoon at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex, bringing an end to another outstanding season for Chan. In the three major national tournaments on the college tennis calendar, Chan ran into Georgia Tech's Falconi, who stopped her run each time.

Falconi has a record of 40-2 this year, so she is ranked No. 1 for a reason. In the ITA All-American Championships in the fall, Chan battled her to a 7-5, 7-6 decision in the semifinals. The next meeting came in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships, where Falconi posted a 6-0, 6-2 win.

Today's NCAA match-up fell in-between the previous two. Falconi took a 3-0 lead in the first set before Chan got a game, and then the Yellow Jacket won three more to close out the set. Chan fought her way to a 4-1 lead in the second set, but Falconi got the break back and closed out strong again to complete a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

All told, in the three national singles tourneys, Chan was 7-0 against all opponents not from Georgia Tech. Chan's season ends at 25-11 overall this year, and she will earn her first career All-America honors, as will sophomore Denise Dy. She defeated 12 ranked opponents and nine that were in the Top-40The two will be UW's first All-Americans since Dea Sumantri in 2004. This was the best NCAA run for a Husky since Sumantri also made the Round of 16 in the 2003 season.

Washington Women's Tennis
NCAA Singles Championships
May 28, 2010
Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia
Dan Magill Tennis Complex

Round of 16
(1) Irina Falconi (GT) def. (9-16) Venise Chan (UW), 6-1, 6-4