#25 Illinois Fighting Illini men's tennis team vs #15 Tennessee
Sophomore 2013-14 Posted a 11-11 overall record ... Earned his first dual match action of his career, recording a 7-5 mark and 4-3 record in Big Ten play ... Ended the season strong, going 5-2 in his last 10 matches ... Went 8-7 overall in doubles ... Tallied a 4-4 dual record in doubles with a 2-2 mark in conference competition ... Recorded his first dual match victory against Detroit Mercy when he defeated Tanguy Crosnier in straight sets ... Defeated Pepperdine's Tom Hill in straight sets on College MatchDay ... Was on the verge of being the lone Illini victory against No. 5 Baylor in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Freshman 2012-13 Playing only in the fall, Childers went 12-9 overall in singles and 4-3 in doubles... Finished 2-3 in singles and 1-1 in doubles against Big Ten opponents.
Juniors / High School Graduated from Marian Catholic High School ... Won four varsity letters in tennis ... Won the conference tournament four years in a row, marking a first-time school record ... All-State tennis player three years ... Competed in state all four years ... Placed ninth through 12th in state as a sophomore, seventh through eighth as a junior and was a finalist his senior year ... Was coached by Scott Bodnar. Personal Born on April 27, 1994 ... Son of Michael and Jena Childers ... Has three siblings, Staci, Kelly and Chris ... Enjoys playing basketball and Ping-Pong ... Lists Derrick Rose as his favorite athlete because of his work ethic, athleticism and determination ... His biggest thrill in sports is winning ... Plans on becoming a physical trainer or therapist upon graduation.