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Olwyn Ryan-Bovey
Olwyn Ryan-Bovey is a native of Ireland.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State’s Ryan-Bovey to Compete at Billie Jean King Cup

For the first time in her collegiate career, App State tennis junior Olwyn Ryan-Bovey has been selected to represent Ireland in the 2024 Billie Jean King Cup, set to be played in Chisinau, Moldova, from June 17-22.

“Ollie competing in the Billie Jean King Cup is a testament to her skill and determination,” App State tennis head coach Hannah Fetters said. “I am incredibly proud and excited to see her perform for her country while representing App State.”

Ryan-Bovey joins Sarah Hawkshaw, Celine Simunyu, Sinéad Lohan and Shauna Heffernan on the Irish National team. Ireland will compete against 11 teams at the tournament as they look to gain promotion to Europe Group II.

From Cork, Ireland, Ryan-Bovey won 12 matches this season between doubles and singles play for App State, which included a 6-3 mark in singles play against Sun Belt opponents. She provided a crucial win in the Black and Gold’s Sun Belt Tournament semifinal victory, which gave the Mountaineers a lead it would not relinquish against Troy.

Her appearance in the Billie Jean King Cup will mark the first time that Ryan-Bovey will compete in the prestigious tournament. In high school, she played for Ireland at the European Championships, the Winter Cup and the Four Nations Tournament.

Ryan-Bovey and Ireland are set to take the court for the first time in the tournament on Monday. The 11 teams will partake in a two-stage, round-robin format with one pool of three and two pools of four competing from June 17-19. The winners of the first stage will then compete in a round robin from June 20-22 with the winner being promoted to Europe Group II.

The Billie Jean King Cup, formerly known as the Federation Cup and the Fed Cup, launched in 1963 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It is the world’s largest annual women’s international team sports competition in terms of number of nations that compete.

{Information provided by Appalachian State Athletics}