Chan And Dy Named ITA All-Americans
June 7, 2010
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Husky women's tennis standouts Venise Chan and Denise Dy were both named All-Americans today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, putting a cap on two of the best individual seasons in UW history.
Chan and Dy both earned the honor in singles play. Players can also earn doubles All-America awards. Washington was one of just six programs with two singles All-Americans along with California, Baylor, Florida, UCLA, and Miami. Even NCAA Champion Stanford had just one singles All-American.
The awards are a poorly kept secret for many of the winners, as there are three possible criteria and Chan and Dy met one of them a month ago when the NCAA individual participants were announced. Criteria includes being one of the top 16 seeds in the NCAA Singles Championships, reaching the Round of 16 in the singles tourney, or finishing the year ranked in the Top-20 by the ITA.
Chan met all three requirements, while Dy checked off two of the three. In the final singles rankings, also released today, Dy came in at No. 13 and Chan came in at No. 15. Those are the third- and fourth-highest year-end rankings in school history. Kristina Kraszewski finished sixth in 2000 and ninth in 2001.
Chan and Dy are the fifth and sixth All-Americans in Husky history. They join Kraszewski (1998, 2000-01), Claire Carter (2001-04), Darija Klaic (2002-03), and Dea Sumantri (2003-04). This marks the first time UW has ever had two singles All-Americans in one season.
Chan finished her junior season with a 23-11 record, but it was the quality of her wins that set her apart. She defeated 12 ranked opponents, nine of whom were in the Top-40 at the time of the match. She advanced at least to the Round of 16 in all three of the year's majors, starting with a semifinal run at the ITA All-American Championships, followed with a quarterfinal appearance at the ITA National Indoor Championships, and then a Round of 16 trip at the recently concluded NCAA Championships. In all three tourneys, Chan was ousted by year-end No. 1-ranked Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech. Chan was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team for the second straight season.
Dy concluded her breakout sophomore season with a 26-5 record, good for a winning percentage of .839 that ranks third in school history. She had five wins over women that finished the year in the Top-25, including a win over second-ranked Jana Juricova of California and two against third-ranked Hilary Barte of Stanford. Dy beat both those women en route to the ITA Northwest Regional title in the fall, becoming the first Husky to win that tournament. She then made a run to the semifinals at the ITA National Indoor Championships, and earned her first NCAA Championships bid in both singles and doubles.
Chan and Dy will return to lead the Huskies again in 2010-11. This year's team finished 12-7, reaching the NCAA second round where they lost to Florida; the Gators going on to make the NCAA final. Washington ended the year ranked 23rd, its first time back in the Top-25 to end the season since 2005.
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