2002 Irish captain led his team to one of the best seasons in the program's history ... very charismatic player who exudes leaderships and competitiveness ... added improved slice backhand and better volley to his arsenal last season ... has the flair to become a premier shotmaker ... moved on to professional tennis scene after graduation.
AS A SENIOR: Led Irish to NCAA round of 16 for first time since 1994, while being a key near the top of the singles lineup and also becoming part of one of the nation's top doubles teams ... earned All-America honors in doubles after being ranked eighth in the nation at the end of the season ... posted 19-16 singles record, including 14-11 in dual matches, playing mostly at No. 2 ... ranked 120th nationally in singles and 14th in Midwest Region ... along with Javier Taborga, turned in one of the best doubles seasons in Notre Dame tennis history ... was 32-13 overall and 17-8 in dual matches with all but one victory coming with Taborga ... listed as high as fourth nationally in doubles, becoming just the second Irish doubles team in history to be ranked that high (also Chuck Coleman/David DiLucia) ... lost in first round of NCAA Doubles Championship to Rice pair ... their victory total marks the highest by a doubles team in a season in the Bob Bayliss era ... notched 10 wins over ranked teams, including eight over top-30 squads and three over teams ending the year in the national top five (#1 Matkowski/Rojer of UCLA and two against #4 Calkins/Delic of Illinois) ... turned in wins to help the Irish claim the doubles point in 4-3 wins over Pepperdine, Illinois and Ball State ... also defeated #11 Graeff/Suter (Pepperdine), #12 Levant/Magallan (Florida), #23 Mayer/Swan (Purdue), #26 Cameron/Chesworth (Furman), #26 Choo/Chu (Harvard), and #35 McGregor/Sudhakara (Tulsa) ... put together five-match winning streak against ranked opponents ... had played only one match at No. 1 doubles prior to this season ... ranked second in Midwest Region in doubles ... was 10-6 at No. 2 singles ... notched six wins over ranked opponents ... delivered three-set victory over #54 Calle Hansen in the last match on-court to seal Notre Dame's 4-3 upset of #7 Pepperdine ... duplicated the feat against Illinois, breaking a 3-3 tie with a three-set triumph over #92 Brian Wilson ... lost close matches to #2 Harsh Mankad of Minnesota and #8 Brandon Wagner of Georgia ... missed BIG EAST semifinal to take Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) ... along with Taborga, had a strong fall season that vaulted them from their No. 34 preseason ranking into the national top 10, where they remained all spring ... advanced through qualifying and posted a 6-1 mark (losing only to top-seeded Lipsky/Martin of Stanford) at the ITA All-American Championships en route to capturing the consolation title ... seeded third, reached the semifinals in the Omni Hotels Region IV Championships before losing to Calkins/Delic ... toppled top-seeded and eventual national No. 1 Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer in quarterfinals of Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, giving the UCLA pair their only loss in 14 fall matches ... advanced to the semifinals of the National Indoors before losing in a tiebreaker to Brunstrom/Cohn from SMU ... was 5-5 in fall singles play, but earned the No. 5 seed in the Omni Hotels Region IV Championships ... lost in the second round of the ITA All-American Championships to eventual finalist Kosta Zinchanka of South Alabama ... was listed at career-high 38th in preseason singles rankings ... ranks sixth in career doubles wins (76) among players in the Bayliss era ... listed 17th in career singles wins (72) and 11th in combined career wins (148) in that span ... his 17 doubles dual-match wins are tied for sixth during Bayliss' tenure, while he is 11th in career doubles dual-match victories.
AS A JUNIOR: Gave team solid results in '01 in his first year at No. 1 singles spot ... shared team MVP honors with Aaron Talarico ... entered ITA singles ranking for first time in his career at end of fall season at 95th before final ranking of 65th ... was fifth in final regional singles rankings ... posted dual-match wins against Baylor, Tulane, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio State ... also defeated Iowa's eventual top-ranked regional player Tyler Cleveland in dual match ... three of his 11 wins at No. 1 singles were match-clinching victories ... eight of his 11 losses came at the hands of ranked opponents, including a 6-4 third-set loss to Duke's 11th-ranked Ramsey Smith and a 7-5 third-set loss to SMU's sixth-ranked Genius Chidzikwe ... posted 4-0 record at Tom Fallon Invitational ... defeated Indiana State's 65th-ranked Jonas Piibor at Indiana State Invitational ... compiled 20-11 doubles record with both Luis Haddock-Morales and James Malhame ... played all fall and most of spring season with Haddock-Morales ... that pair posted 9-6 mark at No. 2 doubles and 1-0 at No. 1 doubles ... six of 10 dual-match wins clinched doubles point for the Irish ... seven straight wins to start the fall highlighted 9-2 fall season ... was 10th in final regional doubles rankings ... posted 1-3 record with Malhame, all at No. 2 doubles late in season with win over Indiana State.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Third on team in '00 dual-match singles wins with 12 ... won seven matches at No. 3 singles, four at No. 2 and one match at No. 1 singles ... posted wins over four ranked opponents ... defeated UCLA's Pacific-10 freshman-of-the-year Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4, 6-4 in NCAA second round in perhaps the best match of his Irish career, handing Rojer just his second loss of the season ... highest-ranked win came against Texas' 25th-ranked Michael Blue 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) ... defeated UAB's Kolie Van Zyl 6-4, 6-4 to clinch Notre Dame's win over the Blazers ... also posted dual-match wins against New Mexico, Kentucky, Purdue, Northwestern and Wisconsin ... reached the fourth round of Intercollegiate Tennis Association Region IV singles championship with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Illinois' 84th-ranked Jeff Laski ... was 19th in final regional singles rankings ... compiled 19-4 record when winning the first set ... beat Wisconsin's No. 1 singles player Danny Westerman and Northwestern's No. 1 Brad Erickson at Tom Fallon Invitational ... led team with 21 appearances in doubles dual matches ... teamed with James Malhame at No. 3 doubles for most of those matches ... went 3-0 with Malhame at Blue-Gray National Classic, beating teams from Illinois, Virginia and UAB ... had 4-4 record with Matt Daley and 3-1 mark in dual matches at No. 3 doubles ... played with Jake Cram at No. 2 doubles in fall dual match against Oklahoma and with Trent Miller in fall dual match against USC.
AS A FRESHMAN: Finished '99 season strongly with season-high, six-match winning streak ... last win came 6-4, 6-0 over Harvard's Scott Clark in NCAA first round ... biggest win came over Miami's Jose Lieberman by 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 score to tie match at 3-3 in BIG EAST Championship match after losing to Lieberman 6-3, 6-3 during regular season ... broke serve at 4-5 in second set after losing first set then won final nine points of match after trailing 0-40 on his serve at 5-5 in third set ... fought off match points several times to come back and win ... also posted dual-match wins against Texas, Northwestern, Iowa, Boise State and Michigan ... won first three matches of collegiate career to win Rice Invitational ... first loss came 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Stanford's K.J. Hippensteel ... five losses came 7-5 in third set and another 7-6 in third ... teamed with Matt Daly for 11-10 doubles record, including a 7-6 mark at No. 3 doubles ... duo posted dual-match wins against William & Mary, Wisconsin, Illinois and Harvard ... also teamed with Aaron Talarico for 2-0 record at No. 3 doubles, clinching doubles point against Michigan.
IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Reached third round of singles qualifying at Joplin, Mo., and St. Joseph, Mo. futures events in 2001 ... also reached quarterfinals of doubles main draw at St. Joseph ... played '99 and '00 United States Tennis Association professional satellite circuit ... played in main draw at Kansas City, Mo., event, losing in first round in singles ... advanced to doubles semifinals with David Martin, beating top-seeded team in first round ... beat Gabriel Montilla, Andres Pedroso and Andrew Reed to reach qualifying round at St. Joseph, Mo., event ... defeated Lars Nelson, James Nelson and Jonathan Medina in also advancing to qualifying round at Godfrey, Ill. event ... qualified for main draw at '99 Godfrey, Ill., futures event and reached second round before losing to eventual champion ... also played in main draw at '99 Kansas City, Mo., event ... posted wins over Yale's Jonathan Beardsley and Miami's Michael Lang during '99 summer ... qualified for main draw twice in '98 professional satellite circuit ... won '99 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Summer Circuit singles tournament at Georgia Tech with 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 win over Auburn's Tiago Ruffoni.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Finished fifth at the USTA 18-and-under National Clay Court Championships in summer of 1997 ... named 1997 USTA Missouri Valley section junior player of the year ... finished third in doubles with partner Jimmy Haney at 1997 USTA 18-and-under national indoor championships ... posted wins over Florida's Jeff Morrison and Nathan Overhoelser, Michigan State's Ivica Primorac, Illinois' Jeff Laski, Iowa's Tyler Cleveland ... four-year letterwinner at Rockhurst High School ... led team to state championship three times with an 85-2 record ... four-time all-city selection and two-time city outstanding player of the year ... captained high school team his senior year ... graduated high school with Notre Dame football player John Teasdale ... born Nov. 11, 1979, in Wichita, Kan. ... named to dean's list fall '01 and spring '01 semesters ...graduated from the College of Arts and Letters as a pre-professional studies/sociology major.
Head Coach Bob Bayliss on . . . Casey Smith
"Casey won some great matches for us in the clutch, beating Brian Wilson to clinch the Illinois match in probably his best effort and beating Calle Hansen of Pepperdine in the deciding match."
Casey Smith's Career Record