May 16, 2010

Courtesy of Louisville Sports Information

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - - The 15th ranked University of Louisville men's tennis team beat No.23 Virginia Tech 4-1 Sunday afternoon to advance to its first appearance in the NCAA Championships Round of 16. The Cards (23-5) set a new school record for victories in a season. Virginia Tech concludes its season with a 15-8 mark.

"This is the big show," said Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma. "We got a preview of it when we went to the Sweet 16 of the National Indoor Championship and this is going to be many of the same teams. But this time it will be outdoors and the NCAA tournament. This is bigger and more significant."

Louisville started off the match in strong fashion by capturing the doubles point. The No. 23 ranked pair of juniors Simon Childs and Alejandro Calligari beat Will Beck and Patrick Daciek 8-4 with fellow juniors Austen Childs and Viktor Maksimcuk defeating Sebastian Jacques and Yoann Re 8-6 to secure the first point for the Cardinals.

Singles play featured a hotly contested battle between two well-matched teams, with all but one match being decided in three sets. Andrew Carter notched the first singles point with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Will Beck. No. 19 Austen Childs played through several tie-breaks and match-point opportunities to beat No. 55 Yoann Re 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

With only one additional point needed to end the match, Simon Childs pulled off a come-from-behind victory to give the Cards the win. Down 4-1 in the second set, Childs pulled out all of the stops to down Luka Somen 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 to take the Cards to their first ever round of 16 appearance.

"On the clinch court, Simon kept looking at the door to the other courts thinking that someone on the other side would have the clinching match" said Ecarma. "But I told him `Simon, you are at 1-0 in the third set and I think it is going to be you'. He could have folded a couple of times but the band of brothers strikes again. This group fights hard for each other and they love each other. I am so happy for them to experience this."

The Cardinals are back in action on Friday May 21 at 3:00 when they take on No. 2 Tennessee in the NCAA Championship round of 16.

#15 Louisville 4, #23 Virginia Tech 1

No. 1 - #19 Austen Childs (UL) vs. #55 Yoann Re (VT) 6-4, 7-6
No. 2 - #73 Luka Somen (VT) vs. Viktor Maksimcuk (UL) DNF
No. 3 - #92 Simon Childs (UL) def. Corrado Degl' Incertin Tocci (VT) 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 - Patrick Daciek (VT) def. Alejandro Calligari (UL) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
No. 5 - Andrew Carter (UL) def. Will Beck (VT) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 - Sebastien Jacques (VT) vs. Robert Hall (UL) DNF
Order of finish: 5, 1, 4, 3*

No. 1 - #26 Calligari/Simon Childs (UL) def. Beck/Daciek (VT) 8-4
No. 2 - Austen Childs/Maksimcuk (UL) def. Jacques/Re (VT) 8-6
No. 3 - Somen/Tocci (VT) vs. Gabriel/Hall (UL) 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*

*Clinching point
Records: Virginia Tech 16-8; Louisville 23-5