Nov. 20, 2009
Julia Fellerhoff of Deerfield, Ill. and Becca Shine of Augusta, Ga. have signed National Letter-of-Intent to continue their tennis careers at the University of Louisville.
"Both of these girls come in with a lot of Junior experience but not just a lot of matches played, they also have multiple wins against elite level players," said U of L head coach Mark Beckham. "Both of these girls bring 3 things that I love in recruits. They are FEARLESS, they could really care less who is across from them, they both feel like they can beat anybody. They both have a something to prove, they feel like their best tennis is in the future and they can't wait to show how good they are. Lastly, they are both really good people. I have got to have a good group of people around me that will represent me and the University of Louisville well. Both of these girls will be good representatives of Louisville Athletics."
Becca was the Georgia GISA AAA High School State Singles Champion as both a sophomore and junior and a Georgia GISA AAA High School State Singles Finalist as a freshman. She was her High School's Most Valuable Player Award in freshman, sophomore, and junior years and won USTA Sportsmanship awards at Georgia and Southern Section levels. Becca was named Greater Augusta Sports Council's Outstanding Female Athlete for 2009.
She was the 2008 Augusta Tournament Mixed Doubles Adult Open Division winner as well as the 2008 Georgia-Florida Open 18 Division singles winner. In 2008, she finished fourth in both the Southern Open, North Carolina, National Level 3 - 18 Division singles and the 2008 Southern Section, South Carolina, Southern Level 3, 18 Division singles. Becca finished in fourth at the 2008 Southern Section, Alabama, Southern Level 3, 18 Division singles. In the 2007 Southern Section Indoor Closed, Kentucky, National Level 4 - 18 Division singles, Becca finished sixth and won the Southern Section Level 3 - 16 Division, singles . She also won the 2007 Southern Section, Olympic Stadium Complex, Atlanta, Southern Level 3 - 16 Division doubles and was a 2007 Georgia State Qualifying - 16 Division doubles finalist.
"Shine won her second consecutive Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA singles title on last spring in Tifton, Ga.," said Beckham. "In the final, Shine defeated Liza Klyachkin, of Stratford Academy (Macon), 6-2, 6-0. Shine lost just three games in the entire state tournament. Becca is an aggressive baseliner that will come in and help us in singles right away. I think her game will translate to college tennis very well. She was tucked away down in Augusta, GA and she didn't get out as much as some of the other players that are considered to be rated higher than her but she is a very, very good player."
Julia, the 2008-2009 IHSA state doubles champion with partner Misia Krasowski, was also the 2008-2009 IHSA state singles runner-up. She was the 2008 G18 National Open doubles champion in Latham, N.Y. and the 2008 G18 National Open doubles runner-up in El Paso, Texas. The 2009 G18 Interscholastic West doubles champion in Fresno, Calif., Julia was the 2009 G18 National Open doubles runner-up in El Paso, Texas, all with partner Gabbie Clark. The year previous, Julia placed third in the 2008 G18 National Open singles and was the consolation winner in the 2008 G18 National Open singles. She also finished fourth in the 2009 G18 National Open in El Paso, Texas. She placed fourth in the 2009 G18 St. Louis Gateway singles tournament.
"Julia will be another player who helps right away. She will be an asset in singles and doubles from day one. Julia just finished her state high school tournament, where she finished runner-up in the state of Illinois. During her run to the finals she beat Northwestern's top recruit and Northwestern has been the No.1 ranked team in the coutry off and on for the past 4 years. So that shows what level a player will be joining the team next year. There are a few things she needs to improve in her game but her ceiling is very high," said Beckham.