April 7, 2014
One of the most decorated women's tennis players in the University of Louisville's women's tennis team history, Rebecca Shine reached the century mark in doubles wins Sunday and tied the all-time singles victories at 102.
Along with fellow senior, Julia Fellerhoff, the pair dominated the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Doubles circuit last year to finish as the National Runners-up. The two were ranked No. 1 in the Region last year, and have been ranked as high as No. 2 nationally.
"My time at the University of Louisville has been truly amazing. Going through this program has really shaped me as a person, and prepared me for what comes after I'm done. I've learned so many lessons that will stick with me the rest of my life. I can honestly say that my game has improved every single year thanks to Coach Beckham and Coach Naughton. I'm so thankful that I got a chance to play for the University of Louisville, but more importantly, I'm thankful for the people I met along the way. The friendships I've developed here will last a lifetime," Shine said.
The Augusta, Ga. native is a two-time BIG EAST All-Conference member, being named to the team in 2012 and 2013. A member of the 20-win club each year, Shine continues to improve and establish why she is so valuable to this team. Not only does she contribute on the court, the finance major has been a mainstay on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and a Red & Black Scholar throughout her career.
With an individual overall 13-3 singles record and 13-5 doubles record in dual matches this season, Shine and the team look forward to their final dual match and the American Athletic Conference Championships next week.
"Around the eleventh grade, I was in Louisville for a tournament and my dad took me to one of the basketball games at U of L. I started thinking this was a really nice place, and a couple months later I watched the women's tennis team play in one of their dual matches. I met Coach Beckham and started liking Louisville even more. I knew a couple people that already lived here, and they all said they loved it. The summer between my junior and senior year of high school I started to gain a lot of interest and talked to Coach often. When I visited a third time I absolutely loved campus and the facilities, and all the people associated with the team were extremely nice. Louisville was just the place for me," Shine reflects.
As a junior, Shine finished #63 in the nation in singles and #4 in the region. She won the Ohio State Invitational, and was a quarterfinalist at the ITA Ohio Valley Region competition. In doubles, she won the Western Michigan University Super Challenge, along with being the consolation winner at the Ohio State Invitational. Shine was named to the ITA All-Academic Team.
In her sophomore year, Shine posted the team's best singles record, going 24-8. She was the winner of the Spartan Invitational and a semifinalist at the Ohio State Invitational, finishing the season ranked #13 in the region. She finished ranked #60 in the nation in doubles while capturing the Spartan Invitational title, and a semifinalist at the Ohio Invitational.
Shine's first year saw her defeat the #122-ranked player as a freshman, make it to the Round of 16 at the ITA Regional, and become a semifinalist at the Hokie Invitational. In doubles, she finished ranked #9 in the region, as well as winning the Spartan Invitational, the consolation winner of the Hokie Invitational, and a quarterfinalist at the ITA Regional.