Oct. 25, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. - -
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Louisville's Austen Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk defeated Kentucky's eighth-ranked Eric Quigley and Bradley Cox 8-3 in the finals of the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ohio Valley Regional Indoor Championship Monday afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington.
Childs and Maksimcuk will advance to the 2010 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, taking place November 4-7, at the new indoor facilities at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing, New York.
"We got off to a good start and served well," said Childs. "We were all over the net and were aggressive with our returns. Once got started, we got our momentum going and stuck with our game plan, simple aggressive doubles."
Childs and Maksimcuk, No. 45 in the ITA preseason rankings, earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament and completed a 5-0 run in the title match. They defeated second-seeded J.P. Smith and Tennys Sandgren 9-8 in the semifinals to set up the title match against the top-seeded and eighth-ranked Quigley and Cox.
"We were aggressive from the first point," said Maksimcuk. "We never let them get into match got up two breaks in the beginning and held serve."
"We've been to the finals of the doubles regional at least three times now and the third time is the charm," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "It was gratifying to see Viktor and Austen perform so well from beginning to end, defeating a very good Kentucky team on their home courts."
"These guys executed a lot of our doubles principles together at one time," said Ecarma. "It was one of the most dominating doubles matches that I've seen in their careers. It was a tough place to play, but once the match started, our guys were locked in and so ready to go. They started off at a high level and there was no letdown."