Sept. 26, 2013
The University of Louisville women's tennis team opens its fall season at the Miami Invitational this weekend. In addition to Miami, players from Bowling Green and Xavier will compete against each other in the tournament. Action kicks off Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and continues through Sunday.
"It's going to be fun to competing against people with a different school name on their t-shirt," said, U of L head coach Mark Beckham. "We have been practicing and playing within the team for about four weeks now, so we are going to be excited to compete against players from other schools. We are starting a little later than we normally do, so we are ready to get things going."
Coach Beckham will be taking players to the Miami of Ohio Invite where the Cards will face off against Xavier, Bowling Green and Miami of Ohio. He will have all the freshmen as they play their first matches as Cardinals. He has four freshmen this year and is predicting a few first-time jitters.
"We may have a lot of nerves this weekend but I think they all are going to do well," said Beckham. "They are all talented and each bring a little something different to the team but I think all of them will contribute this year and help us win matches. I will also have senior Rebecca Shine and junior Alex Tachovsky to bring a little experience.'
Meanwhile, nationally ranked Julia Fellerhoff, will head to the All-American Championships in Los Angeles, CA. She will have her first singles match on Saturday as well.
"She will be representing Louisville in the biggest ITA tournament of the fall. Only the best in college tennis are playing this tournament, so hopefully she can do well," said Beckham.
The Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, CA, will again serve as the host site for the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. The national championship is set to being on Saturday, Sept. 28 with pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches, which will once again be hosted by UCLA. Main draw action is slated for Thursday, Oct. 3-Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Riviera Tennis Club.
Pre-qualifying features a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Each player or doubles pair must win three rounds in order to advance to the qualifying draw; a total of eight singles players and four doubles duos move on to qualifying from pre-qualifying play. The qualifying rounds are also comprised of a singles draw of 64 and a doubles draw of 32. Just as with pre-qualifying, a singles player or doubles tandem must win three consecutive matches to stay alive and move into the main draw. Eight spots in the singles main draw are reserved for qualifiers, while the doubles main draw will feature four teams from qualifying.
Singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 7-10 in Flushing, NY.