Newcomer Julian Childers won two matches on Thursday to advance to the final qualifying round of the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional.
Oct. 18, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Fighting Illini freshman Julian Childers advanced to the third qualifying round of the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Thursday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility with a pair of straight-set wins on day one of the five-day tournament.
Childers started off with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Notre Dame's Ken Sabacinski in opening-round action. The Orange and Blue newcomer continued his success in round two with another 6-4, 6-4 decision to take down Niklas Jonsson of Cleveland State.
Meanwhile, fellow freshman Alex Jesse fell short in a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 battle with Matt Ford (CSU).
Childers will return to the court tomorrow morning for the final round of qualifying play, which begins at 7 a.m. CT. His teammates will join him in mid-day doubles action, which will feature duos Stephen Hoh and Brian Page, Jared Hiltzik and Jesse, Bruno Abdelnour and Ross Guignon and Farris Gosea and Tim Kopinski.
Julian Childers (ILL) def. Ken Sabacinski (ND) 6-4, 6-4
Julian Childers (ILL) def. Niklas Jonsson (CSU) 6-4, 6-4
Matt Ford (CSU) def. Alex Jesse (ILL) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Optional Consolation Match: Alex Jesse (ILL) def. Gary Notken (WGB) 6-2, 6-1