Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine had formidable opponents in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship but just walking on McWhorter Court in Athens, Georgia at the national championship was a historical moment for the Cardinals.
Louisville’s most successful doubles pair in school history drew the No. 3 ranked singles player in the country, Kristie Ahn, who partnered with the No. 21-ranked singles player, Carol Zhou from Stanford. Fellerhoff and Shine, who made the finals in the ITA Indoor National Championship, took the first set 6-4 before falling 6-3, 6-2 in the next two. Ahn and Zhao improved to 29-5 with the win and advanced in the bracket.
“This was a high level match. The points were being won and not given away. Stanford is a very good team obviously and they executed a little more than Julia and Becca. We definitely had opportunities to win it, so the only disappointment is in the loss! These two have elevated Louisville tennis to a national level. We will continue building on what they have started. These two should be recognized as the two best to ever play at Louisville. They have had amazing careers,” said UofL head coach Mark Beckham.
Not only did Shine and Fellerhoff reach the final match of the National Indoor Tournament but entered the season ranked No. 2 in the nation as a doubles team, the highest-ever ranking for a Cardinal duo. They each achieved milestones this season. Shine registered her 104th win in singles to take over the school record and she also notched her 102st victory in doubles placing her second on the all-time doubles list. Fellerhoff went undefeated at home in singles over the past two seasons with a perfect 16-0 record at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
University of Louisville women’s tennis seniors Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine will make school history when they take the court and begin play in the NCAA singles and doubles championships Wednesday and Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The pair will be the first Cardinals from women’s tennis to advance to the NCAA Doubles Championship. They will face the No. 10-ranked pair of Kristie Ahn and Carol Zhao of the No. 11 ranked Stanford Cardinal team at approximately 1 p.m. Stanford, the 2013 team champion, was beaten in the semi-finals by the University of North Carolina. The pair is 15-1 in dual match play. If they advance, they will play the winner of the Georgia State vs. Miami (Florida) match between Masa Grgan and Abigail Tere-Apisah and the Hurricane’s 5-8 seeded pair of Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno.
The doubles pair of Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine will enter the season ranked No. 2 in the nation in doubles according to the ITA Division I Team Rankings, as released today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Fellerhoff and Shine stepped into the national spotlight when they made a run to the finals of the ITA National Indoor Championship. The pair started the tournament with an upset of No. 4 seeded Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn in an 8-5 victory. They then easily dispatched of Michigan’s Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky 8-1 to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals the duo beat Georgia’s Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 for the right to play in the championship, ultimately falling in a three-set battle 6-4, 3-6, 5-7 in the finals against Georgia Tech’s Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey.
Here is what happened the weekend of Friday November 8th through Sunday November 10th around CardNation:
Friday November 8th
Women’s Volleyball: Senior outside hitter Emily Juhl had 17 kills to help the University of Louisville remain unbeaten at 12-0 in the American Athletic Conference as they held off a determined University of Houston in five sets, 25-17, 25-18, 13-25, 23-25, 15-6. Brooke Mattingly added 10 kills and Janelle Jenkins pitching in 11 kills. Maya McClendon and Katie George each had double-doubles for Louisville with 10 kills and 20 digs and 34 assists and 18 digs, respectively. Caitlin Welch led the Cards with 25 digs, including her 2,000th career dig, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish that feat.
The run that Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine are on is no less than amazing. They are playing for the doubles National Championship in the morning at 10:00 in Flushing Meadows. After defeating #4 Texas 8-5, they go on to defeat Michigan and Georgia and will face future ACC foe Georgia Tech for the title. They were in an unwinnable bracket with the 2 time defending National Champs from USC on their side. They had hoped to play them in the Semi-finals but a funny little thing happened on the way to the game. USC was upset by Georgia. Louisville dismantled School rival Michigan 8-1 to set up match with Georgia which they defeated 7-6 (6) 6-3. Georgia Tech defeated 2 of the 3 teams from USC including the #3 seed and also Virginia.
They will play for the schools’ first National Championship in Women’s Tennis…….may The Year Of The Card Continue…….
The Women’s Tennis team had a tough match yesterday against #4 Texas but came out with a close victory. That victory set up an elite eight matchup today vs rival Michigan. The Cards come out and destroy Michigan 8-1 and Fellerhoff And Shine Advance to the Final Four in the National Indoor Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York. The team will face Georgia in the Final Four tomorrow. It will be Ga Tech vs USC in the other bracket. These four teams each eliminated a top 4 seed. You can keep up with the action at http://www.itatennis.com/Events/USTA-ITA-Championships-Events/NationalIndoors.htm Go Cards!
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center * Flushing, NY
November 7-10, 2013
The Louisville pair of Fellerhoff and Shine were honored as they qualified for the ITA National Indoor Championship by riding big wins and big upsets. Playing at the Ohio Valley Regional, the duo rolled off five straight wins, including an upset of the No. 1 seeded pair of Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt from Purdue in the semifinals. With an 8-5 victory over Memphis’ Alyssa Hibberd and Caroline Wegner in the finals, the pair qualified for the ITA Indoor Championships. In singles play, Fellerhoff was 3-1, while Shine was 5-1.
To keep up with the Cardinal duo today go to http://www.itatennis.com/Events/USTA-ITA-Championships-Events/NationalIndoors.htm then click on live scoring. They receive a first round bye and will face the #4 overall seed Texas Longhorns in the Sweet 16 at 10.00 a.m. Texas’ Breaunna Addison was Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year in the Spring & Pippa Horn is her partner whom is a fall freshman. Talented duo the Cards are up against. Good luck & Go Cards!
Release from Associate Director, Sports Information, Nancy Worley
After upset the No.1 seeded pair from Purdue to advance to the finals in doubles, Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine beat the Memphis pair of Alyssa Hibberd and Caroline Wegner 8-5 in the championship of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Tennis Tournament Tuesday morning in Memphis. The pair earned a doubles slot in the ITA National Indoor Tournament which will be held in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. November 7-9. “Wow, what an amazing accomplishment! Winning an event like this puts Louisville Women’s Tennis on an elite level,” said U of L head coach Mark Beckham. “Julia and Becca will be competing with the best of the best at the National Indoor. I couldn’t have scripted it any better.
These two girls have raised Louisville tennis to where it is respected throughout the college tennis world. They have worked very hard to get to this level and are very deserving of this championship! They played absolutely amazing and now it’s time to see if they can make some noise at the National Indoor. Our Louisville tennis fans should be very proud of them.” Fellerhoff and Shine beat Memphis’ Marta Morga and Skylar Kuykendall 8-3 on Sunday and then made quick work of Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt of Purdue on Monday with an 8-3 win to gain the finals.