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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday Cardinal Couple -- Tennis continues to shine


( Jenny O'Bryan with the "hump day" 'shines' on, Cards getting into 'the swim' of things and volleyball raids the Blue Raiders!)


Women’s tennis is the newest U of L Athletic program to take a step in to elite status.  On Tuesday morning the doubles team of Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine took the championship in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Tennis Tournament in Memphis.   

The duo dispatched of the second Memphis team in as many days to win.  Fellerhoff and Shine defeated Alyssa Hibberd and Caroline Wegner 8-5 to earn a spot in the ITA National Indoor Tourney at Flushing Meadows, NY November 7-9.

Coach Mark Beckham had this to say about the accomplishment of the duo:

"Wow, what an amazing accomplishment! Winning an event like this puts Louisville Women's Tennis on an elite level.  Julia and Becca will be competing with the best of the best at the National Indoor. I couldn't have scripted it any better. These two girls have raised Louisville tennis to where it is respected throughout the college tennis world. They have worked very hard to get to this level and are very deserving of this championship! They played absolutely amazing and now it's time to see if they can make some noise at the National Indoor. Our Louisville tennis fans should be very proud of them."

What an outstanding accomplishment for Shine and Fellerhoff.  We look forward to their debut in the tournament and wish them continued success. 

(thanks to Nancy Worley, Assistant Director, Sports information for the quote from Coach Beckham.)

Tanja Kylliainen (junior) won the first American Athletic Conference swimming and diving award handed out by the conference being named female Swimmer of the Week. 

Kylliainen won 5 individual events and a relay event in the first two meets of the season.   She won the 200 Butterfly and took the 200IM in the opening meet as well as a relay win in the butterfly leg 200 medley relay.   The following meet she was named Swimmer of the meet after winning 3 events and setting 2 meet records. 

Congratulations to Kylliainen on the award and a great start to the season. 


Janelle Jenkins led a balanced UofL Volleyball effort Tuesday night in Murfreesboro, TN...Louisville sweeping the Blue Raiders 25-21, 25-17, 25-20. The game was available on-line at the MTSU website and was an entertaining production by their student staff. WE now have three head coaches of the Cards Volleyball squad..."Annie, Anna and Anne" Kordes. Jenkins wasn't concerned who was carrying the clipboard on the Cardinal sidelines....delivering 10 kills and two blocks in the win.

Coach Kordes:

"Brooke Mattingly was huge! She personified senior leadership out there on the block and then hitting around a double block all night. Emily Juhl's serving let us go on runs that bought us some breathing room and the passing of Caitlin Welch and Haley Pouliezos got our hitters going."

The Cards led early in the first set until a MTSU rally tied the game 13-13. MTSU held a 17-16 advantage until UofL went on a 7-2 final run that saw two Maya McClendon kills. She had six total kills in the first game. 25-21 Cards win!

In set two...the Cards volleyed to an opening 6-0 start and were never seriously challenged by the Blue Raiders. A .154 hitting % by MTSU proved costly in the 25-17 defeat.

After the break, Louisville controlled for most the match until a spirited run by Middle Tennessee cut the Cardinal advantage to 23-20. A Louisville timeout got the Cards back in focus and they captured the final two plays for a 25-20 victory,

Louisville returns to action against Rutgers in Piscataway for a 7 p.m. Friday tilt and then to Storrs, CT to face the Huskies on ESPNU at 1 p.m. Sunday.

-Jenny O Bryan




  1. good to see women's tennis get a little love. mark beckham has turned it around there. also good to see volleyball win on the road. after north dakota, uk and witchta was wondering if they could.

    curtis franklin

    1. Indeed. I've never followed tennis closely, but they are definitely making some impressions of late. Good to see.

      I, too, am of course glad to see Volleyball pick up some on the road. MTSU is always a good team...never a national powerhouse...but alway dangerous. Not only was it good to see the final score in our favor, but the stats showed that we played a good solid game as well. I've been harping on consistency of play all year, and I think maybe its all starting to come together a bit. Hoping we can continue to run the conference slate to control our own destiny on getting into the NCAA tournament (again, no conference tournament for us this year) and make a good run.


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