Dy Named GoHuskies.com Student-Athlete Of The Week
Nov. 7, 2011
SEATTLE - Women's tennis senior Denise Dy has been named the GoHuskies.com Student-Athlete of the week for the week of Oct 31-Nov. 6. This is the first honor of the season for the women's tennis team.
Making her third appearance in a national semifinal, Dy fell just shy of reaching that coveted first final, as she lost a three setter to 10th-ranked Marta Lesniak of SMU at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Dy had lost a three set match to Lesniak earlier this fall at the ITA All-American Championships, and this match was even closer, but just as frustrating for the Husky standout. Dy held a 5-3 lead in the first set, but wound up losing it in a tiebreaker. She then rolled to a 6-1 second set victory to force a decisive third set. Lesniak went up a break at 3-2, but Dy broke right back and then held for a 4-3 lead. Dy served again at 4-all, and saved three break points before losing serve on a fourth chance, and Lesniak would then serve it out for the 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-4 victory.
Dy was given the tournament's Sportsmanship Award by the USTA/ITA after the match. Her weekend was highlighted by a three-set win over California's Jana Juricova, the top-seed and No. 1 ranked player in the country.
The San Jose, Calif. native is the first Husky ever to make three final fours in the three major national championships.
Other nominees include: Kate Deines (women's soccer), men's varsity 8 (men's crew), Cort Dennison (football), Chris Williams (men's golf), Emmett Egger (men's tennis), Sadena Parks (women's golf) and Bianca Rowland (volleyball).
2011-12 GoHuskies.com Student-Athletes Of The Week: