Dy's Clutch Weekend Earns Player Of The Week Honors
Jan. 31, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - One of the most memorable weekends in recent Husky tennis history was more than enough to earn junior Denise Dy Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, as the conference office announced the weekly award this afternoon.
Dy's play lifted the No. 24 Huskies to back-to-back upsets over a pair of Top-20 opponents over the weekend, helping Washington qualify for the ITA Team Indoor Championships for the first time since 2005. In both matches, the score was tied at 3-3, with only Dy's No. 1 singles match remaining and both days the All-American came back from the brink of defeat to pull out the wins.
On Saturday, the Huskies upended No. 16 Texas with Dy coming back from 5-2 down in the third set to win the final five games and defeat eighth-ranked Aeriel Ellis, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5. Against No. 14 Florida State on Sunday, Dy once again clinched the win on the road, this time saving match points in a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 win against 42nd-ranked Katie Rybakova. Dy and teammate Venise Chan won their No. 1 doubles match to clinch the doubles point against the Seminoles as well.
The San Jose, Calif., native is ranked sixth nationally and is 4-0 on the season. This weekend's stellar play marks the first time the Huskies have defeated Top-20 opponents on consecutive days since the 2003 season. The Huskies are now 4-0 on the season and will head to play San Diego State and San Diego this weekend.
This is the second Pac-10 Player of the Week award for Dy, and the second in a row for Washington, as Venise Chan earned the honor a week ago. Washington now has eight all-time honors.