PALO ALTO, Calif. – Two BIG EAST doubles teams and three singles players wrapped up the 2011 campaign over the long Memorial Day weekend at the NCAA Tennis Championships at Stanford. Notre Dame junior Shannon Mathews and USF senior Irene Rehberger lost in the second round of the singles tournament, while Louisville senior Austen Childs advanced to the Round of 16 before bowing out. In doubles action, Mathews and ND junior Kristy Frilling reached the Round of 16, while Childs and UofL senior Viktor Maksimcuk advanced to the quarterfinals.
Ranked No. 16 in the ITA singles rankings, Childs defeated Kentucky’s 53rd-ranked Alex Musialek 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the second round of the NCAAs May 26. The three-time BIG EAST Player of the Year advanced to the Round of 16, squaring off with Virginia’s fifth-ranked Michael Shabaz, the third seeded player in the tournament, May 27. Against Shabaz, Childs dropped a 7-5, 7-6 decision, snapping his 14th-match winning streak. 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, including a runner-up finish in 2010. Childs finished his singles career as UofL’s only two-time All-American.
On the women’s side, ND’s Mathews, ranked 56th by the ITA, dropped a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) decision in the second round to Washington’s No. 16 Venise Chan May 26. USF’s No. 35 Rehberger also lost in second round singles action, surrendering to Northwestern’s No. 10 Maria Mosolova 6-4, 6-3.
The No. 15 Irish duo of Frilling and Mathews opened NCAA doubles play with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 36 Rachael Dillon and Alex Leatu of Vanderbilt May 26, marking the second time this season the Irish have beaten the Commodores’ No. 1 tandem. Frilling and Mathews advanced to the Round of 16, where they dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to USC’s fourth-ranked and third-seeded Maria Sanchez and Kaitlyn Christian May 27.
In the men’s doubles bracket, UofL’s No. 18 team of Childs and Maksimcuk upset Georgia’s sixth-ranked and fourth-seeded pair of Hernus Pieters and Javier Garrapiz 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round May 26. The Cardinals advanced to the Round of 16, where they downed Ohio State’s No. 11 duo of Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 May 27. In the quarterfinals, Childs and Maksimcuk dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Florida’s No. 17 tandem of Sekou Bangoura and Alexandre Lacroix 6-3, 6-2 May 28. Childs and Maksimcuk wrapped up their senior season with a 19-10 overall record and became the first Louisville players to reach the NCAA doubles quarterfinals and earn doubles All-American status.