July 24, 2012
University of Louisville tennis players Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine had an excellent showing at the ITA Summer Circuit Series held at Ohio State University. Both Cardinals made it to the semi-finals, with Fellerhoff winning the singles bracket.
"Cardinal Women's Tennis had an excellent tournament this past weekend. Both Becca and Julia made it to the semi finals of the Ohio State ITA tournament and Julia was able to win it," said U of L head coach Mark Beckham. "I'm pleased with how Becca and Julia are performing right now. It was much easier to have good results when there wasn't really that much expected of you, you can sneak up on people that way. There is no more sneaking with these two, they have established themselves as high level college players and they are now a target. So for them to have this kind of result when everybody now looks at them as a really good opportunity, shows how much they have develop in their first two years here. This is the kind of result we need if we are going to continue the momentum we built with this past season."
Fellerhoff, seeded third, defeated XU's Megan Morris 6-1, 6-2 before beating SLU's Madison Cooke of SLU 6-1, 6-0 and Taylor Washington of Pitt 6-1, 6-1. She beat Kara Jo Cecil of Ohio State 6-1, 6-3 in the semi-finals and made short work of Kelsey Dieters of Ohio State in the finals, winning 6-3, 6-2.
"Julia Fellerhoff adds another college tournament win to her resume. I have lost track but I think she is at 6 or 7 college tournament wins now," said Beckham. "She has two years left, so it wouldn't surprise me if she gets to double digit tournament wins before she is done. Julia is an incredible competitor and one of the stongest players mentally I have coached in my 18 or 19 years coaching here at Louisville. She is back completely healthy again after recovering from her broken foot and playing her dominant tennis again, so she is really setting herself up for another fantastic year this coming season."
Shine, who was seeded fourth, beat Alexandra Brinker of Xavier 6-2, 6-4 before beating BSU's Courtney Earnest 6-3, 6-2 and OSU's Noelle Malley 6-1, 6-0. She had a battle on her hands in the quarterfinals with a 4-6, 6-1, 10-7 win over Stephanie Fox of Kentucky. Shine fell 0-6, 6-4, 10-5 to Dieters in the semi-finals.
The circuit provides college (and junior and alumni) players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshmen and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events within the ITA Summer Circuit are categorized as "open"; therefore anyone is eligible to compete in these events as long as he/she is a current ITA member.