ATHENS, Ga. — Louisville junior Austen Childs is headed to the NCAA semifinals in singles after a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win over Texas' Dimitar Kutrovsky Saturday at Georgia's campus.
"This was another pretty long match," said Childs, ranked No. 19 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. "He's very quick and gets to a lot of balls. He plays close to baseline and likes to dictate play with his forehand. Our game plan was to try and keep him off the baseline and get him outside of where he wanted to be."
On Sunday, Childs will face Auburn's 16th-ranked Tim Puetz, a straight-sets winner over No. 11 Michael Shabaz of Virginia.
For the fourth time in five NCAA singles championship matches, Childs will meet an opponent he has already played — and lost to — this past season. On Nov. 1, Puetz defeated Childs 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the South Carolina Fall Invitational.
"Austen showed a lot of determination to win this match," U of L Coach Rex Ecarma said. "I think we won some fans here in Athens, but it would be great to have some Cardinals fans to support him in tomorrow's final four match."
Childs improved to 32-11 on the season and has won 13 of his last 14 matches.
Cats lose in straight sets
The Kentucky men's tennis duo of sophomore Eric Quigley and junior Brad Cox lost 6-3, 6-1 to North Carolina's Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy Sunday in the NCAA quarterfinals at Georgia.
The 19th-ranked Tar Heels led from start to finish, breaking No. 22 UK's serve once in the first set and three times in the second set.
Kentucky's appearance in the quarterfinal round of the doubles tournament was its first since Richard Benson and Greg Van Emburgh reached the semifinals in 1987.
The Quigley-Cox duo earned All-America status on Friday, winning its Sweet 16 matchup with a 6-3, 6-4 upset of sixth-ranked Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala from Texas. Quigley and Cox are UK's first doubles All-Americans since Jesse Witten and Tigran Martirosyan in 2005.
Quigley, a South Oldham graduate, also earned All-America status in singles play, advancing to the Sweet 16 before losing to Marcel Thiemann of Mississippi, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-2 on Friday. Quigley is the youngest player in UK history to be named a singles and doubles All-American in the same year.