PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Four BIG EAST singles players and two doubles teams, representing three different schools, earned invitations to the NCAA Tennis Championships as announced Wednesday. The singles and doubles tournament is May 25-30 in Stanford, Calif., following the conclusion of the team championship.
In singles, Austen Childs, the BIG EAST automatic qualifier, was selected as one of the top 16 seeded players, becoming the first Louisville player to qualify for the four-straight NCAA Singles Championships. Childs is No. 16 in the ITA singles rankings and was the national runner-up in the 2010 tournament.
On the women’s side, Notre Dame’s Kristy Frilling was an automatic qualifier. The No. 5 ITA singles player picked up the No. 5 seed in the NCAA draw. This is the junior’s third straight trip to the NCAAs. She has advanced to the second round in her two previous appearances. Frilling’s teammate and doubles partner Shannon Mathews received an at-large bid to the singles tournament as did USF’s Irene Rehberger. Rehberger is No. 35 in the national rankings, while Mathews is No. 56. Rehberger advanced to the second round last year.
The BIG EAST automatic qualifying slots in doubles went to Childs and teammate Viktor Maksimcuk for the men and Frilling and Mathews for the women. The Cardinal duo is No. 18 in the ITA rankings, while the Irish pair comes in at No. 15. This is also Frilling’s third appearance at the NCAA Doubles Championship, each with a different partner. Her best doubles finish came last season, when Frilling and Kali Krisik advanced to the quarterfinals.
There are 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams completing for the men’s and women’s titles. All matches shall be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.