April 11, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville women's tennis team celebrated senior day with a 4-2 victory over Marshall at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center Friday afternoon.
"As always with Marshall it was a tough match," said UofL head coach Mark Beckham. "We never seem to play anything that's easy when we get together and play. Obviously it's good to get the win, especially on senior day with a lot of emotions entering the match. The players really fought through. Marshall kept fighting wouldn't give up, but our girls, at the right time stepped up. We haven't done that all the time this year, but today we definitely did. I'm proud of them. This was definitely a good win which we needed going into our conference championship next week."
Seniors Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine each achieved milestones in their final home matches. Shine registered her 103rd win in singles to take over the school record and she also notched her 101st victory in doubles placing her second on the all-time doubles list. Fellerhoff went undefeated at home in singles over the past two season with a perfect 16-0 record at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
The Cardinals fell behind early when Marshall took the doubles point to start the match. The Thundering Herd jumped to an early advantage at No. 3 when Kai Broomfield and Rachael Morales defeated Olivia Boesing and Rebecca Bodine 8-3. Louisville evened things up at the top seed, where Manuela Velasquez and Rebecca Shine posted an 8-4 win over Dana Oppinger and Derya Turhan. The first point of the match came down to court two where the Cards' Julia Fellerhoff and Elle Stokes battled Marshall's Karli Timko and Anna Pomyatinskaya, but the Herd prevailed with an 8-7 decision after winning the tiebreaker 7-4.
In singles action, Marshall took a 2-0 lead when Pomyatinskaya defeated Stokes 6-2, 6-2 at the four-spot. The Cards quickly answered at No. 3 where Velasquez beat Broomfield 6-3, 6-1 to bring the score to 2-1. Senior Julia Fellerhoff's 6-0, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Dana Oppinger at No. 1 evened the score at 2-2. Olivia Boesing pulled the Cards ahead 3-2 when she defeated Morales 6-4, 6-2 at the six-spot. Rebecca Shine clinched the victory on court two where she beat Turhan 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
The Cardinals (12-4) will prepare for the American Athletic Conference Championship which will be held April 17-20 in Tampa, Fla.
#55 Louisville 4, #72 Marshall 2
Apr 11, 2014 at Louisville, Ky.
(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
1. Julia Fellerhoff (LOU) def. Dana Oppinger (MAR) 6-0, 1-6, 6-4
2. Rebecca Shine (LOU) def. Derya Turhan (MAR) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Manuela Velasquez (LOU) def. Kai Broomfield (MAR) 6-3, 6-1
4. Anna Pomyatinskaya (MAR) def. Elle Stokes (LOU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Rebecca Bodine (LOU) vs. Karli Timko (MAR) 6-7 (3-7), 0-3, unfinished
6. Olivia Boesing (LOU) def. Rachael Morales (MAR) 6-4, 6-3
1. Manuela Velasquez/Rebecca Shine (LOU) def. Dana Oppinger/Derya Turhan (MAR) 8-4
2. Karli Timko/Anna Pomyatinskaya (MAR) def. Julia Fellerhoff/Elle Stokes (LOU) 8-7 (7-4)
3. Kai Broomfield/Rachael Morales (MAR) def. Olivia Boesing/Becky Bodine (LOU) 8-3
Marshall 13-7; National ranking #71
Louisville 12-4; National ranking #55
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,1,6,2)