May 12, 2011
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The 24th ranked University of Louisville men's tennis team will travel to Lexington, Ky., to face Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday at noon. Kentucky and Cleveland State will meet in the other first round match. The winners will advance to the second round match Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Deal on the Cards
Louisville is making its third straight, and eighth overall NCAA appearance
Last season, the Cardinals reached the round of 16 for the first time in program history
Austen Childs, the 2010 NCAA singles runner-up, was selected to compete in the NCAA singles tournament for the fourth straight season and will team with Viktor Maksimcuk to compete in the doubles championship. It will be Childs' third time and Maksimcuk's first time competing in doubles.
The Cardinals have an 8-10 record against teams in the 2011 NCAA tournament. Louisville has wins over East Tennessee State, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and VCU and their only losses have come to Baylor, Georgia, Ohio State, Southern California, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Cards Against the Field
Series Record: The teams have never met
Team Ranking: No. 42
Player Rankings: N/A
Scouting the Big Red: Cornell earned a spot in their first ever NCAA tournament by winning the Ivy League Championship. They compiled a 26-4 season record while going 7-0 in league play.
The Big Red are led by Andy Gauthier, a two-time Ivy League first team selection. The senior notched a 13-10 dual record while playing as the first and second seed singles player.
Also leading the way for Cornell is senior Jonathan Jaklitsch who posted a 16-7 dual record. Jaklitsch was selected to the Ivy League first team for both singles and doubles. He teamed with senior Evan Bernstein (Ivy League first team doubles selection) for a 16-7 record.
Series Record: UK leads 25-0
Last Meeting: Feb. 9, 2005 - UK won 6-1 in Lexington
Last Meeting: The Cards fell 6-1 to the Wildcats on February 9, 2005 in Lexington.
Team Ranking: No. 10
Player Rankings: Singles: Eric Quigley- No. 6, Alex Musialek- No. 53, Alberto Gonzalez- No. 90 Doubles: Brad Cox/Eric Quigley- No. 19,
Scouting the Wildcats: The University of Kentucky has posted a 26-8 record this season and earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Championship after falling to Florida in the SEC Title match.
UK is led by junior Eric Quigley, a two-time SEC first team selection. Quigley has earned a berth in the NCAA individual championships for the second straight year and will be competing in both singles and doubles. He has compiled a 21-7 dual match record as the Wildcats' top seeded player. Quigley teamed with senior Brad Cox to earn a doubles NCAA berth with an 18-17 season record.
Also competing in the NCAA singles competition for the Wildcats is senior Alex Musialek who has built a 18-10 record this season.
Series Record: The teams have never met
Team Ranking: N/A
Player Rankings: N/A
Scouting the Vikings: Cleveland State has produced a 16-7 overall record and earned their fourth straight Horizon League Championship.
The Vikings are led by Yannick Goossens who posted a 19-12 record as the team's top seeded player. The junior is a two-time Horizon League first team selection.
Senior Rob Fox also leads the Vikings, going 21-13 at the No. 2 singles spot. Fox is also a Horizon League first team member. Freshman Matt Kuelker went a perfect 7-0 in league play and was chosen as the league's Newcomer of the Year.
Cards in the NCAA (Team)
May 15, #15 Louisville 4 - Eastern Kentucky 1 (at Louisville, Ky.)
Second Round: May 16, #15 Louisville 4 - #23 Virginia Tech 4-1
Round of 16: May 21, #2 Tennessee 4 - #15 Louisville 0
May 8, #21 Louisville 4 - #32 Wisconsin 3 (Champaign, Ill.)
Second Round: May 9, #13 Illinois 4 - #21 Louisville 1
May 12, #27 Louisville 4, #37 SMU 0 (at Louisville, Ky.)
Second Round: - May 13, #8 Illinois 4 - #27 Louisville 0
May 14, #33 Louisville 4 - #32 Notre Dame 1 (at Champaign, Ill.)
Second round: - May 15, #6 Illinois 4 - #33 Louisville 1
May 15, #34 Arizona State 4 - #36 Louisville 3 (at Champaign, Ill.)
May 13, #24 Mississippi State 4 - #39 Louisville 3 (at Waco, Texas)
May 15, Northwestern 4 - Louisville 3 (at South Bend, Ind.)
Austen Childs Name BIG EAST Player of the Year
The BIG EAST Conference announced Wednesday that University of Louisville senior Austen Childs and USF senior Lucas Jovita have been chosen as the 2011 BIG EAST Men's Tennis Players of the Year. Cardinals Simon Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk joined Austen on the All-BIG EAST list.
Childs becomes a three-time winner of the BIG EAST Player of the Year honor after he went 30-10 overall and 21-5 in dual matches at the No. 1 singles spot in the 2010-11 season. He was 26-10 overall and 20-5 in dual matches in doubles play. Childs was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 BIG EAST Championship after helping the Cardinals to their second straight BIG EAST title and a spot in the NCAA Championship. Childs is ranked No. 16 nationally in singles play and No. 18 in doubles in the final ITA rankings of the regular season. In addition to competing with the Cardinals in the NCAA team championship, Childs is an automatic qualifier to both the NCAA singles and doubles brackets as well.
Austen Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk Selected for NCAA Individual Championships
Senior Austen Childs was selected as the No. 16 seed in the NCAA singles championship and will team with senior Viktor Maksimcuk to compete in the doubles championship May 25-30 at Stanford 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.
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.
Cards in the NCAA (Individual)
2010 - Austen Childs
First Round: #19 Austen Childs (UL) d. #1 John-Patrick Smith (UT) 6-1, 6-1
Second Round: Childs d. #46 Drew Courtney (UVA) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(7)
Round of 16: Childs d. #15 Denes Lukacs (Baylor) 6-4, 6-4
Quarterfinals: Childs d. #10 Dimitar Kutrovsky (Texas) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Semifinals: Childs d. #16 Tim Puetz (Auburn) 7-6(2), 6-0
Finals: Bradley Klahn (Stanford) d. Childs 6-1, 6-2
2009 - Austen Childs
First round fell to LSU's Michael Venus 6-2, 6-4, finished season with a 28-13 overall record (19-4 dual at No. 1)
2008 - Austen Childs
First round - fell to UCLA's Harel Srugo 6-2, 6-4; Finished season with a 25-14, 15-8 (dual at No. 1)
2006 - Slavko Radman
First round - lost to Virginia's Rylan Rizza 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; Finished season with 18-12 record, went 13-9 as Cards' No. 1 player
1998 - Michael Mather
Advanced to round of sixteen, became U of L's first All-American; finished season with a 33-6 overall record and was a perfect 22-0 in dual matches
2010 Simon Childs/Alejandro Calligari
First Round: Lost to #16 Amit Inbar-Nick Meister (UCLA) 6-4, 6-2
2009 Austen Childs/Simon Childs
First round, lost to Middle Tennessee's Robert McKenzie/John Peers (MT) 7-6 (3), 6-4; Finished season at 26-9 and 13-5 in dual matches, reached program's highest ranking of sixth in the nation
2008 Austen Childs/Simon Childs
First round - lost to Maryland's Boris Fetbroyt and Andy Orbran 3-6, 7-6, 6-2; Finished season with 10-5 record
2007 Slavko Radman/Damar Johnson
First round - lost to Florida State's Sam Chang and Jonathas Sucupira 6-3, 7-6; Finished season with 19-8, (9-5 dual)
2006 Jeremy Clark/Jakob Gustafsson
First round - lost to Georgia's Strahinja Bobusic and Colin Purcell 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Finished 22-12; (13-8 dual)
Louisville Captures Second Straight BIG EAST Conference Title
The 24th ranked and top-seeded University of Louisville men's tennis team defeated second-seeded host Notre Dame 4-2 in the BIG EAST Conference Championship finals on Sunday May 1. This marks the second consecutive and third overall league title for the Cardinals (17-11). The Cardinals earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
En route to the title matchup against Notre Dame, the Cards defeated St. John's 4-0 in the semifinals and Connecticut 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
Austen Childs Named U of L's Ed Kallay Senior of the Year
Austen Childs was named the University of Louisville Athletic Department's Ed Kallay Senior of Year at the All-Sport Award Banquet on April 25. The Ed Kallay is awarded annually to a senior female and a senior male student-athlete. Seniors are nominated for exemplifying the characteristics of leadership, exuberance for sport, devotion to U of L, commitment to community service, and dedication to excellence in their sport.
Austen Childs takes over first place on All-Time Doubles Victories List
On April 2 senior Austen Childs set a new school record for the most All-Time Doubles victories with an 8-6 win over Virginia Commonwealth's team of Alejandro Argente and Jordan Dyke. Childs teamed with junior Adam Donaldson for his 96th career doubles victory. The win puts him at the top of the record books, followed by Brendan Burke (1984-1987) with 95 All-time doubles wins.
Throughout his career, Childs has posted a 97-48 overall doubles record. On the season he has teamed with Donaldson and senior Viktor Maksimcuk for a 21-9 overall record and a 13-4 dual record.
Childs also sits at second in the record books for singles victories. He has amassed 111 singles wins in his four year career, eight wins under Andy Schrecker (1988-1992) who holds the record with 119 career victories.
Cardinals Perfect at Home
The Louisville men's tennis team compiled an 11-0 record when playing at the Bass Rudd Tennis Center this season. The Cardinals were also perfect at the BRTC during the 2010 season, going 12-0. Combined, the team has put together a streak of 29 unbeaten matches at home, dating back to a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame on April 11, 2009.
During the streak, Louisville has hosted 15 ranked opponents including six teams ranked in the top 25 of the ITA national polls. Among the ranked teams to have visited the Bass Rudd Tennis Center were Notre Dame (2009 and 2011), Virginia Tech (twice) in 2010, and Mississippi, Oklahoma, Maryland and Indiana so far this season.
On top of regular season match play, the BRTC has also served as a host site for several national tournaments. In 2010, the Cardinals were selected to host the 1st and 2nd rounds of the NCAA championship where they defeated Eastern Kentucky and Virginia Tech. Earlier in the 2011 season, Louisville hosted the ITA National Kick-off Weekend which they won by beating Columbia and Oklahoma.