Fellerhoff and Shine were runners-up in the National Indoor Championship.
April 30, 2014
University of Louisville women's tennis seniors Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine became the first Cardinals ever to advance to the NCAA National Championship. The No. 20-ranked pair will compete as a doubles team.
The NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Subcommittee selected the 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams that will compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships. The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 15-20. The University of Georgia will serve as host.
"This is a great accomplishment for Louisville Women's Tennis and obviously for Julia and Becca," said U of L coach Mark Beckham. "They have done a lot of `first-evers' in their time here at Louisville but the two biggest accomplishments have now happened this year. Julia and Becca qualifying for the National Indoor and now making it into the NCAA National Championships is as big as it gets in college tennis! Becca and Julia are the definition of student athlete, they both are carrying right around a 3.5 GPA overall and are the two best players to ever play at Louisville. I am extremely proud and happy for these two, it couldn't have happened to two better people. I know both Becca and Julia are extremely happy and honored to represent Louisville in the biggest event in our sport and are very excited about competing in the tournament."
Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams must have a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches, with five matches in the spring, in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection. All matches shall be the best-of-three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six- games-all will be used for all matches.
"Since they did make it to the finals of the National Indoor," said Beckham. "it is realistic that they could win the tournament and I want them confident but my job will be to get them focused on playing as well as they can in the first match. There is no need to look any further than their first round opponent. This is the best of the best! Hopefully they can play well and that will be good enough to get them through five matches. They feel like they have some unfinished business but this will be a major mountain to climb. No matter what happens, this is a great way to cap off an unbelievable career for the both of them."