April 8, 2014
Julia Fellerhoff is looking to end her collegiate career as one of the most accomplished in the University of Louisville women's tennis program's history as the Cardinals' regular season.
She started her freshman season at No. 1 singles and for four year, U ofL's opponents' best player had to get by her. Every match, she had to handle the best the other team could offer and yet still, she ranks in the record books as one of the best singles players. She has been named to the All-Conference team all three years so far and was the Big East Freshman of the Year.
The highlight of her career came last year when she and her doubles partner, Rebecca Shine, stormed through the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championships Doubles competition to reach a milestone for the University as they finished National Runners-up. The pair have continued their dominance into this season, as they have been ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation.
"My experience at the University of Louisville has been the best four years of my life. Not only have I developed as a tennis player, but I am also leaving here with a work ethic and values that will continue to help me be successful in the future. I feel truly blessed to have had the experience, coaches, trainers, and teammates that I did and to have been part of such a supportive athletic community. I will forever be a Louisville Cardinal inside and out," Fellerhoff said.
The communication major hails from Deerfield, Ill. and has been just as impressive in the classroom. She has cemented herself on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and as a Red & Black scholar each semester. The BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2011 has been a member of the 20-win club throughout her time here. She was also named to the BIG EAST All-Conference team each year in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Among her other career highlights include her three-time participation in the ITA All-American Championships, ITA Ohio Valley Region Singles semifinalist, and ITA Region Doubles winner.
Fellerhoff goes into the final dual match of the season with a 13-4 singles record and a team-best 14-4 doubles record.
"I chose the University of Louisville because out of all the schools I was looking at, it seemed like the best fit for me both as a player and a student. I got along well with the coaches and the team consists of the best group of girls I have come across. The facilities are also extremely nice which shows the University cares about their athletics," Fellerhoff explained.
In her junior campaign, Fellerhoff was named to the ITA All-Academic team, as well as an ITA Scholar Athlete. Individually, she won the Ohio State Invitational and was a Western Michigan University Super Challenge Finalist. Fellerhoff finished as the #84-ranked singles player in the nation. She was an Ohio State Invitational Ohio Valley Region Doubles quarterfinalist.
Her sophomore season brought her a title at the Ohio State Invitational in singles. She was the eighth-seed at the ITA Regional and defeated the #39-ranked player nationally, while finishing the season as the #15-ranked player in the region. Fellerhoff was ranked #60 in the nation by the end of the season in doubles after being a semifinalist at the Ohio State Invitational and the three-seed at the ITA Regional.
Fellerhoff was a force even as a freshman. Along with being named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, she was a BIG EAST Player of the Week, and was named to the BIG EAST Commissioners Honor Roll. In singles, she won the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational, Purdue Invitational, and Hokie Invitational. She was also a finalist in the Spartan Invitational, defeated the #73- and #82-ranked players in the nation, while finishing the season ranked #12 in the region. Doubles saw her win the Hokie Invitational and Spartan Invitational. She was a quarterfinalist at the ITA Regional, and ended the season ranked #29 in the nation.