April 20, 2012
The University of Louisville women's tennis team pulled off a 4-2 upset victory as the No. 6 seed over the No. 3 seed Syracuse Friday at the 2012 BIG EAST Tennis Championship in Tampa, Fla. The Cards advance to play USF Saturday at 9 a.m.
"What an incredible win," said UofL head coach Mark Beckham. "This team has worked so hard and they were rewarded today for that work. There was never a time where we felt comfortable we were going to win until we won that match point to win the overall team match. This win is great for us now and for the future. This was a great college tennis match and we are not satisfied. We are gonna compete like crazy again tomorrow and see if we can get another upset!"
The Cardinals started out the match strongly with a win of the doubles point. Rebecca Shine and Manuela Velasquez combined for a gritty 8-6 win at No. 2. The senior pairing of Sarah Miller and Amelia Harris clinched the point at No. 3 with an 8-6 win over Amanda Rodgers and Jimena Wu. Julia Fellerhoff and Mandy Brown did not finish their match at No. 1 after the clinch, according to BIG EAST tournament format.
USF was able to tie the score at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 win by Amanda Rodgers over Mandy Brown at No. 3. Sophomore Rebecca Shine put the Cards back on top with a three-set 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win at No. 2 against Maddie Kobelt. Jimena Wu tied things back up at 2-2 with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Amelia Harris at No.6.
Freshman Manuela Velasquez
willed her way to a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 4, putting the Cards up 3-2. Despite losing the first set, senior Sarah Miller
clinched the upset victory at No.5 defeating Komal Sadfar 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Cards will return to action, tomorrow as they take on the No. 2 seed USF at the Varsity Courts at 9 a.m.
1.Julia Fellerhoff/Mandy Brown (UofL) vs. Emily Harman/Alessondra Parra (SU) 8-7 DNF
2.Rebecca Shine/Manuela Velasquez (UofL) def. Maddie Kobelt/Komal Safdar (SU) 8-6
3.Sarah Miller/Amelia Harris (UofL) def. Amanda Rodgers/Jimena Wu (SU) 8-6*
Order of Finish: 2, 3*
1. Julia Fellerhoff (UofL) vs. Emily Harman (SU) 5-7, 7-6 DNF
2. Rebecca Shine (UofL) def. Maddie Kobelt (SU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
3. Amanda Rodgers (SU) def. Mandy Brown (UofL) 6-1, 6-4
4. Manuela Velasquez (UofL) def. Alessondra Parra (SU) 6-4, 7-5
5. Sarah Miller (UofL) def. Komal Sadfar (SU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4*
6. Jimena Wu (SU) def. Amelia Harris (UofL) 7-5, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 6, 4, 5*