Nov. 7, 2013
The University of Louisville doubles pair of Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine upset No .4 seeded Breaunna Addison and Pippa Horn of Texas 8-5 in their first round of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
"Excellent win and great way to start the tournament," said U of L head coach Mark Beckham. "Being able to knock off the No. 4 seed in our first match is going to help with their confidence throughout the rest of the tournament and throughout the rest of the year for that matter. It was a very close match and came down to a few points here and there. When you are playing with the elite of college tennis, every match here is going to be that way. So it was good tot get through it and hopefully they can find a way through it again tomorrow."
Fellerhoff and Shine will face Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan tomorrow as play resumes.
The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships serve as the culmination of the fall college tennis season. Hosted by Columbia University, this prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.
Gaining automatic entry into the tournament are the men's and women's champions from each of the 12 Division I USTA/ITA Regional Championship held across the country in October with Fellerhoff and Shine representing the Ohio Valley Regional
The doubles field features 15 different schools in the field of 20 teams, highlighted by two-time defending USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships doubles winners Kaitlyn Christian and Santamaria of USC. The second-seeded duo was also No. 1 in the ITA Preseason Rankings, but with Santamaria's injury forcing them out of the All-Americans, they've only competed in the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional.
The doubles top seeds are Jennifer Brady and Catherine Harrison of UCLA. The Bruin duo has gone 5-0 this fall, winning the USTA/ITA Division I Women's Southwest Regional Championship. USC's Brynn Boren/Zoe Katz are the third seeds, while Texas' Breaunna Addison/Pippa Horn are the fourth seeds.
This is the fourth consecutive year the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships will be held at the home of the US Open.