May 4, 2011
Senior Austen Childs was selected as one of the top 16 seeded players in the NCAA singles championship and will team with senior Viktor Maksimcuk to compete in the doubles championship May 25-30 in Stanford, California following the conclusion of the team championship (May 19-24).
The marks the fourth time Childs, who finished runner-up in the 2010 NCAA championship, has been selected to participate the national singles tournament. The All-American and two-time BIG EAST Player of the Year leads the team with a 30-10 overall record and a 21-5 mark in as their top-seeded player. Childs is currently 16th in the ITA singles rankings - he reached a career-high 8th this season and has remained in the top 20 in every ranking period this year.
"Austen Childs is not only the first U of L player to qualify for four straight NCAA Singles Championships, he is the first player to be seeded in the NCAA's," said U of L head coach Rex Ecarma. "The top 16 players of close to 3000 Division 1 players are seeded and he is a 9-16 seed. He also is the second player in U of L history, joining teammate Simon Childs, to qualify for three NCAA Doubles Championship. Austen has been consistently improving every season because of his work ethic and openness to instruction. He is primed to make another post-season run primarily due to the momentum he is experiencing. He has won all of his singles matches since March 14th."
Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk are No. 18 in the May 2 ITA rankings. The duo compiled a 17-9 overall record and went 11-4 at No. 1 for the Cardinals. They also teamed to win the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship in the fall.
"I am also happy for Viktor Maksimcuk
who is teaming up with Austen in doubles," said Ecarma. "This will be Viktor's first trip to the NCAA Championships and am happy he gets a chance to be an All-American. My goal for Viktor was to end his great U of L career at the NCAA Individual Championships and he has achieved that. This news follows his clinching our win versus Notre Dame to repeat as Big East Conference Team Champions. He is having a great week."