Oct. 17, 2008
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
The University of Louisville men's tennis team won four of five doubles matches at the 2008 Wilson/ITA Regional Championships Friday at Ohio State University.
"This region is known to be one of the top doubles regions, boasting five of the top 26 teams in the country," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "To have two teams in the round of 16 is impressive."
The 26th-ranked team of sophomores Austen Childs and Simon Childs remained undefeated at 5-0 on the year, edging Michigan's Aarts/DePiertro 9-7 in their first round match. Childs and Childs went to top Western Michigan's Olivares and Noel 8-3 in the second round.
Sophomore Viktor Maksimcuk and freshman Sumit-Prakash Gupta teamed to beat Lesinski and Frisch of Western Illinois 8-4 and then posted an 8-6 win over Wisconsin's Rassow and Muskievicz.
Freshman Adam Donaldson and senior Tim Barnoud were outlasted by Detroit's Necajevs and Goldenbert 9-8 in their first round match.
"Austen Childs and Simon Childs continue their hot streak by winning their fifth match in a row," said Ecarma. "They are the fifth seed in this tournament and are doing their job and playing extremely well. Viktor Maksimcuk and Sumit Gupta are starting to heat up as well - this is a team with potential and we're starting to see that. Their Wisconsin win was definitely a hard-fought one. Sumit Gupta is relaxing and playing doubles with a lot of confidence. I have confidence about our doubles play, especially considering we have strong doubles team like Robert Rotaru and Alejandro Calligari who are not even on this trip. It shows we will have much improved doubles play this season."
The Wilson/ITA Regional Championhips will continue all day Saturday.
2008 Wilson/ITA Regional Championships
#26 Austen Childs/Simon Childs (UL) d. Aarts/DePietro (Michigan) 9-7
Childs/Childs (UL) d. Olivares/Noel (WMU) 8-3
Viktor Maksimcuk/Sumit-Prakash Gupta (UL) d. Lesinski/Frisch (W. Ill.) 8-4
Maksimcuk/Gupta (UL) d. Rassow/Muskievicz (Wisconsin) 8-6
Necajevs/Goldenberg (Detroit) d. Adam Donaldson/Tim Barnoud (UL) 9-8