Nov. 10, 2013
The University of Louisville doubles pair of Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine fell in the finals of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The Louisville fell to Megan Kure and Kendal Woodard of Georgia Tech 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the doubles national championship match.
"We lost a really hard fought loss," said U of L head coach Mark Beckham. "We didn't play as well as we did in the previous matches but Georgia Tech had a lot to do with that. Julia and Becca had a magical run here in New York and they were very close to bringing another National Championship to Louisville. This is a great way to end our fall season and will give us lots of momentum going into the spring. Louisville tennis fans should be very proud of Becca and Julia because this is a major accomplishment for Louisville women's tennis."
In the first set, neither team was able to break serve until the Cardinals broke Woodard at 5-4 to capture the first set. But the Yellow Jackets grabbed an early lead in the second and held on to level the match and they built a 3-0 lead in the third set.
But with Woodard serving at 3-1 up, the Cardinals showed they were not about to fold and they broke back then held to level the set at 3-3. Georgia Tech broke Fellerhoff's serve for a 5-3 lead, but they could not close out the win and the Cardinals broke then held for 5-5. With Shine serving, Georgia Tech dug deep and on their third match point of the game they were able to close out the victory.
The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships served as the culmination of the fall college tennis season. Hosted by Columbia University, this prestigious event featured a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.
Gaining automatic entry into the tournament are the men's and women's champions from each of the 12 Division I USTA/ITA Regional Championship held across the country in October with Fellerhoff and Shine represented the Ohio Valley Regional