Rebecca Shine won at No. 2 singles.
April 18, 2014
The No. 4 seeded University of Louisville women's tennis team won the doubles point but could not hold off the No. 5 seed Rutgers in singles as the Cardinals fell 4-2 at the American Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Championship Friday at the Andros Courts in Tampa, Florida.
UofL started out strong by taking the doubles point from Rutgers, a team it had beaten 6-1 in regular season play. Julia Fellerhoff and Elle Stokes handled Lindsay Balsamo and Mariam Zein 8-3 at No. 2. Manuela Velasquez and Rebecca Shine handled Vanessa Petrini and Lindsey Kayati 8-4 at No. 1 to clinch the point.
The singles matches proved to be a different story as the Cards were only able to score on a 6-1, 6-0 win by Rebecca Shine over Gina Li at No. 2. The clinching point for the Scarlet Knights came against Manuela Velasquez who fell 7-6 (4), 6-2 at No. 3.
All four quarterfinal matches are complete in the American Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Championship, with the top three seeds along with No. 5 seed Rutgers advancing to the third day of competition. In other action, top-seeded Houston and No. 3 seed USF each earned 4-0 sweeps, while No. 2 seed Memphis earned a 4-1 win over UCF.
No. 5 seed Rutgers 4, No. 4 seed Louisville 2 Match 5 April 18, 2014 Andros Courts, Tampa, Fla. - 8 a.m. ET Doubles: 1. Velasquez/Shine (LOU) def. Petrini/Kayati (RU): 8-4* 2. Fellerhoff/Stokes (LOU) def. Balsamo/Zein (RU): 8-3 3. Boesing/Bodine (LOU) did not finish vs. Li/Cunningham (RU)
Singles: 1. Petrini (RU) def. Fellerhoff (LOU): 6-3, 6-0 2. Shine (LOU) def. Li (RU): 6-1, 6-0 3. Kayati (RU) def. Velasquez (LOU): 7-6 (4), 6-2* 4. Balasa (RU) def. Stokes (LOU): 6-4, 6-4 5. Balsamo (RU) def. Pough (LOU): 6-3, 6-2 6. Boesing (LOU) did not finish vs. Zein (RU)