PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Two familiar names were called as 2010 BIG EAST Tennis Players of the Year, as Louisville junior Austen Childs earned his second straight annual recognition, while last season's Freshman of the Year, Notre Dame sophomore Kristy Frilling, also was honored. Frilling's teammate, Irish freshman Chrissie McGaffigan, was named women's Freshman of the Year, while Mike Lampa of St. John's earned the men's honor.
Childs earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors six times this season and was a unanimous pick as Player of the Year. Ranked 19th in the ITA singles ratings, the junior is the highest ranked men's player in the conference. He tallied a 20-4 record in dual match play, including 12 wins over ranked opponents. Each of his four losses came to opponents ranked in the top 23, including two in the top 10. Childs also is 36th in the ITA doubles rankings, alongside partner Simon Childs.
Frilling posted a 19-5 record in dual matches in 2010 and is ranked 16th in the ITA singles poll. She is not only the highest ranked singles player in the BIG EAST, but paired with Kali Krisik, ranks third in the ITA doubles rankings to stand as the conference's highest ranked doubles tandem. Frilling boasted a 12-4 record against ranked singles opponents in 2010.
Louisville, the 2010 BIG EAST men's champion, was strongly represented in the annual awards as three Cardinal players were unanimous All-BIG EAST selections and head coach Rex Ecarma was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year. Austen Childs, Viktor Maksimcuk and Simon Childs were unanimous selections to the All-BIG EAST team while Robert Hall also was named to the squad.
Marquette's Dusan Medan, Notre Dame's Daniel Stahl and USF's Wael Kilani were also unanimous All-BIG EAST selections. The BIG EAST Championship runners-up Irish also had Casey Watt and Stephen Havens recognized on the All-BIG EAST team.
In his 20th season with the Louisville program, Ecarma led the Cardinals to their second BIG EAST title and seventh NCAA Championship berth. At 22-5, Louisville stands at No. 13 in the ITA team rankings after peaking at No. 10 and remaining in the top 20 the entire season. Highlights from 2010 include a 4-2 win against then-No. 5 Baylor on Feb. 13, and ending the regular season with an eight-match winning streak.
Notre Dame, the 2010 BIG EAST women's champion, had five honorees named to the All-BIG EAST team. Along with Frilling, Krisik and McGaffigan, Shannon Mathews and Cosmina Ciobanu were also recognized. BIG EAST Championship runner-up DePaul had three selections in Anna Redecsi, Selma Salkovic and Katarina Milinkovic. Frilling, Redecsi and USF's Irene Rehberger were unanimous selections to the All-BIG EAST team.
Notre Dame's Jay Louderback was named BIG EAST Women's Tennis Coach of the Year after leading the Irish to their 10th BIG EAST title and 17th NCAA Championship berth. At 22-3, Notre Dame is No. 6 in the ITA team rankings. The Irish defeated 14 ranked opponents this season, including top-ranked Northwestern 5-2 on Feb. 21.
Men's All-BIG EAST Team
Austen Childs, Jr., Louisville *
Simon Childs, Jr., Louisville *
Vanja Grgec, Sr., DePaul
Robert Hall, So., Louisville
Milo Hauk, So., St. John's
Stephen Havens, Jr., Notre Dame
Wael Kilani, So., USF *
Mike Lampa, Fr., St. John's
Viktor Maksimcuk, Jr., Louisville *
Dusan Medan, Sr., Marquette *
Daniel Stahl, Jr., Notre Dame *
Casey Watt, So., Notre Dame