May 13, 2010
The 15th ranked University of Louisville men's tennis team will host
the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Championship May 15-16 at
the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Cardinals (22-5) earned the No. 15 seed
and will face Eastern Kentucky Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m., while
Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt will meet in Saturday's 11 a.m. match.
The winners of those matches will play Sunday at 2 p.m.
U of L head coach Rex Ecarma announced that he will foot the bill for the first 50 U of L students to help increase the home court advantage. Interested students should report to the ticket tent at the entrance to the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
The 15th ranked Cardinals earned their seventh NCAA appearance
by winning the 2010 BIG EAST championship by defeating Notre Dame 4-0 in
finals on April 25 and enter the NCAA post season on an eight match
winning streak. At 22-5, the Cardinals have tied a program high for
wins and set a record for fewest losses. Additionally, U of L the
reached program's highest ranking (No. 10) twice this year and have
spent entire season ranked in top 20.
The Cardinals are led by junior Austen Childs, the 2010 BIG EAST
Player of the Year. Childs, who also earned the honor in 2009, is
currently No. 19 in the ITA Singles rankings and has posted a 26-10
overall record while going 20-4 as Louisville's No. 1 player. Fellow
juniors Simon Childs and Alejandro Calligari combine to lead U of L in
doubles as the No. 26 ranked duo in the nation. Calligari and Simon
Childs have tallied an 11-3 mark at No. 1 doubles.
Scouting Eastern Kentucky
EKU (18-8) won the Ohio Valley Conference to notch their first NCAA
tournament appearance. Junior Alex Das, the OVC Player of the Year leads
the Colonels with a 24-6 overall record and a 10-2 mark in dual matches
as their No. 1 player. Dax is no stranger to the Bass-Rudd Tennis
Center, having won the Louisville Winter Invitational `A' Flight in
October. Hugo Klientovsky and Niklas Schroeder and Carles Pons are also
Series Record: Louisville leads the series with a 20-2 record
Last Meeting: Feb. 17, 2009 - U of L won 7-0 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis
Scouting Virginia Tech
The 23rd-ranked Hokies (15-7) are making their fourth consecutive and
tenth overall NCAA tournament appearance. Virginia Tech is led by
two-time All-ACC selection and 55th ranked Yoann Re who carries an 18-18
record and an 8-12 mark at No. 1.
Series Record: Louisville holds an 8-7 edge in the series.
Last Meeting: March 10, 2010 -No. 14 Louisville defeated No. 21
Virginia Tech 5-2 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
No. 38 Vanderbilt (13-10) is making its ninth NCAA appearance and its
third in four years. The Commodores are led by SEC Co-Freshman of the
Year 34th ranked Ryan Lipman who carries a 22-13 overall record and a
12-10 mark in dual matches. Vijay Paul the No. 122.ranked singles player
in the nation is 17-17 and 11-11 in dual matches playing mostly at No.
Series Record: Vanderbilt leads the series by a 12-5 margin
Last Meeting: Feb. 19, 2010 - No. 11 Louisville defeated No. 42
Vanderbilt 5-2 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
Ticket prices for the first and second round matches at the
Bass-Rudd Tennis Center will be $10 for a single session and $15 for an
all-session pass. For senior citizens and students with ID, tickets
prices are $7 for a single session and $12 for all-sessions. Please call
502-852-5151 for more ticket information.
Cards in the NCAA Tournament
Louisville is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA
tournament and has advanced to the second roun in its last three trips,
falling to Illinois each time. The following is a breakdown of their
May 15, Northwestern 4 - Louisville 3 (at South Bend, Ind.)
May 13, #24 Mississippi State 4 - #39 Louisville 3 (at Waco, Texas)
May 15, #34 Arizona State 4 - #36 Louisville 3 (at Champaign, Ill.)
May 14, #33 Louisville 4 - #32 Notre Dame 1 (at Champaign, Ill.)
Second round: - May 15, #6 Illinois 4 - #33 Louisville 1
May 12, #27 Louisville 4, #37 SMU 0 (at Louisville, Ky.)
Second Round: - May
13, #8 Illinois 4 - #27 Louisville 0
May 8, #21 Louisville 4 - #32 Wisconsin 3 (Champaign, Ill.)
Second Round: May 9, #13 Illinois 4 - #21 Louisville 1
Childs, Childs and Calligari Selected for NCAA Individual
Austen Childs has been selected to compete in the NCAA singles
championship while Simon Childs and Alejandro Calligari will team to
represent the Cardinals in doubles. All three players received the BIG
EAST Conference's automatic bid as the highest ranked individuals in
Austen Childs, the 2010 BIG EAST Player of the Year, is making
his third appearance in the NCAA singles championship. The junior from
Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand is currently No. 19 in the ITA Singles
rankings and has posted a 26-10 overall record while going 20-4 as
Louisville's No. 1 player. He is a three-time all-conference selection
and two-time Player of the Year.
Fellow juniors Simon Childs (Hillington, England)and Alejandro
Calligari (Bradenton, Fla.) combine to lead U of L in doubles as the No.
26 ranked duo in the nation. Calligari and Simon Childs have tallied an
11-3 mark this spring. This will be the first NCAA doubles appearance
for Childs and Calligari.
Simon Childs and Austen Childs have been named as an alternate
doubles team. Childs and Childs have posted an 8-5 overall record and
are No. 36 in the ITA doubles rankings.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 26-31
at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the
conclusion of the team championship (May 21-25). The University of
Georgia will serve as host.