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.
“This is a great accomplishment for Becca and Julia. They have brought Louisville tennis to an elite level and have shown that they are good enough to bring a National Championship to the University of Louisville in tennis. They were a couple of points short of doing that at the National Indoors, so I want them thinking that they can win the Outdoor Championship in May, it should be a very realistic goal for them,” said U of L head coach Mark Beckham. “Coaches always talk about it’s not where you start but where you finish. I do agree with that but this is a monumental accomplishment for Becca and Julia and for our program. So this needs to be acknowledged as a historic achievement. There has never been a University of Louisville tennis team or individual, Women’s or Men’s, ranked as high as #2 in the nation in anything. This is something that most players don’t accomplish in their careers. This is truly an incredible achievement! They have been very good leaders and have done an excellent job of representing Louisville Athletics, so I couldn’t be happier for Julia and Becca.”