The Notre Dame Men's Tennis team squeaked past previously unbeaten Northwestern, 4-3, on February 19, 2009 at home.
AWARDS & HONORS
NCAA Singles Championship Participant (2008 &
All-BIG EAST (2009)
BIG EAST All-Tournament Singles Team (2006 &
BIG EAST All-Tournament Doubles Team (2007 &
Team MVP (2007-08, 2008-09)
BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2006, 2008 & 2009)
NCAA Team Championship Participant (2006-2009)
CAREER NOTES: A four-year monogram
winner ... finished with an overall record of
104-41 in singles play, including a 68-33 dual season
mark ... his 104 singles wins rank as the
eighth-most in program history ... his 68 dual
singles win rank as the 11th-most ... his 163
combined singles and doubles wins rank 11thbest
in program history as well ... he also
amassed 27 wins at No. 1 singles, the fifth best
total in the Irish record book.
AS A SENIOR: An all-BIG EAST selection
... participated in the singles draw of the NCAA
Championships for the second consecutive
season ... climbed to as high as 18th in singles
and 13th in doubles (teamed with Tyler Davis)
during the week of Feb. 19... posted a 13-10
mark at No. 1 singles during the spring season,
including a 7-9 record versus ranked opponents
... advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA
Championships with a three-set victory over
12th-ranked Nate Schnugg from Georgia (2-6,
6-2, 7-5) at the D'Novo/ITA All-American
Championships ... moved into the quarterfinals
of the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regionals with a
straight-sets decision over Roy Kalmanovich of
Illinois (6-2, 6-1) ... knocked off #30 Jean-Yves
Aubone of 11th-ranked Florida State (6-4, 4-6,
6-2) in a hard-fought 4-3 Irish loss ... defeated
25th-ranked Reid Carleton of Duke, helping
the Irish to a 5-2 victory ... knocked off #14
Conor Pollock of 13th-ranked Texas A&M in
three sets (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) to help secure the 4-3
Notre Dame win ... helped Irish to a 4-2 win
over 48th-ranked Mississippi State, defeating
#108 Ryan Farlow (6-4, 6-0) ... recorded backto-
back victories over ranked foes, defeating
#70 Lucas Jovita of USF (7-6, 6-2) and then
holding off 63rd-ranked Marc Spicijaric of
Illinois in three sets (6-2, 6-7, 6-1) ... completed
the season by defeating #93 Jason Jung of
Michigan in the first round of the NCAA team
tournament, 6-3, 7-6 ... went 14-10 at No. 1
doubles with Tyler Davis in the spring,
including 8-8 record against ranked foes ...
defeated highest-ranked opponent of the dual
season when Helgeson and Davis knocked off
the 18th-ranked team of Moritz Baumann and
Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin (8-6) ...
recorded three doubles clinching wins during
the dual season.
AS A JUNIOR: Named to the BIG EAST
All-Tournament team in both singles and doubles for the second consecutive year ...
named the Most Outstanding Performer in the
BIG EAST tournament ... earned a spot in the
NCAA Singles Championship with BIG EAST's
automatic bid ... advanced out of the round of
64 in the NCAA singles finals with a win over
Harvard's Chris Clayton (6-3, 6-1) ... fell to
#3-ranked Oleksandr Nedovyesov of
Oklahoma State in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) in the
NCAA Singles Championship round of 32 ...
ranked as high as #11 in the ITA singles
rankings during the dual season (Jan. 8) ... went
31-10 in singles play, including a 15-1 mark in
open competition and a 16-9 mark in dual play
... his 31 wins led the Irish, as did his 15 openseason
victories ... closed out the dual season
on a 5-match winning streak (prior to NCAA's)
... played the majority of the season at No. 1
singles, posting a 14-9 mark ... also went 2-0 at
No. 2 singles ... had one clinching win and
posted a 4-1 record in three-set contests ...
posted a combined open and dual season mark
of 12-7 against opponents ranked in the ITA
top-100 ... began the dual season with two
consecutive straight-set wins before falling to
#1 Somdev Devvarman of Virginia (6-4, 6-3) ...
rebounded to win his next two matches versus
Alex Forger (6-1, 6-4) of Michigan State and
Marc Dwyer (6-3, 6-2) of Northwestern ...
then had first dual match win versus a top-100
opponent, Wisconsin's #39 Mortiz Baumann
(3-6, 7-5, 6-3) ... highest-ranked opponent he
beat was #2 Steven Moneke of Ohio State (6-
2, 1-6, 6-4) during the ITA Midwest Regionals
... in the fall season, posted a 13-1 record ... fell
in the semifinals of the ITA Midwest Regionals,
losing in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) to ninth-ranked
and third-seeded Ryan Rowe of Illinois ... beat
Phil Orno (6-2, 5-7, 6-1), Dara McLoughlin (6-
3, 1-6, 6-2), Moenke and Raoul Schwark (6-3,
6-4) to advance to the semifinals of the ITA
Midwest Regionals ... went 4-0 at the Tom
Fallon Invitational on his way to earning Most
Outstanding Player honors at the tournament
... in doubles, went 21-16 for the year including
a 14-11 mark in dual action ... went 8-3 versus
Midwest region opponents ... posted a 14-11
mark at No. 1 doubles with senior Sheeva
Parbhu ... the duo had two clinching victories.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Named to the BIG
EAST All-Tournament team in for singles and
doubles ... finished the season with a 31-7
overall record, including 23-4 in dual matches ...
the 23 dual-match victories ranked second-best
on the team and his 31 overall wins were thirdbest
... went 19-4 at No. 3 singles and 4-0 at No.
4 singles ... opened the season with four
consecutive victories at the Tom Fallon
Invitational, including a pair of wins in which he
dropped the opening set ... in addition to the
four-match winning streak to open the year,
registered separate winning streaks of three,
seven, seven and nine ... posted a 4-2 record
against nationally-ranked opponents, including victories over #52 Bray Crosby of Western
Michigan, #54 Krirl Dimitrov of Duke, #122
Andy Kuharszky of Washington and #63 Kaes
Van't Hof of USC ... also battled #12 Ryan
Rowe of Illinois over three hard-fought sets
(losing 4-6, 6-4, 7-5) ... 26 of 31 victories came
in straight sets ... broke into the ITA national
rankings at #94 and remained ranked through
the end of the year (closed the season at #109)
... owned an impressive 18-4 record against the
Midwest Region in singles ... went 5-2 in threeset
matches ... perfect 5-0 record in tie-breakers
... closed the season riding a seven-match
winning streak (the third winning streak of at
least seven matches) ... ended the campaign with
four match-clinching wins ... went 22-13 overall
in doubles, including 14-9 in dual matches ...
was 2-3 with Sheeva Parbhu at No. 2 and 12-6 with Barry King at No. 2 ... registered five
doubles-point clinching victories (all came with
King as partner) ... dropped all three matches
against ranked opponents with King ... owned a
13-8 record against the Midwest Region in
doubles ... perfect 2-0 record in tie-breakers.
AS A FRESHMAN: Contributed
immediately for the Irish in the middle of their
lineup ... finished the season with a 23-11
overall record, including 16-10 in dual action ...
went 1-0 at No. 2, 11-8 at No. 3 and 4-2 at No.
4 ... named to the BIG EAST Conference alltournament
team in singles ... knocked off
Virginia sophomore Treat Huey 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 at
No. 4 singles in dual-match action on Jan. 27 ...
Huey was ranked #6 in the national singles
rankings, making him the highest-ranked player
(at the time) to fall victim to a Notre Dame
player since Javier Taborga beat then #3 K.J.
Hippensteel of Stanford on Oct. 12, 2000 ...
opened the season 10-1, including seven
straight victories ... second on the team with
four match-clinching victories ... reached the
round of 16 at the ITA Midwest Regional
Championships ... went 4-1 in the BIG EAST
and NCAA Tournament ... went 13-5 indoors,
2-5 in tie breakers, 15-14 in close sets, 17-1
when winning the first set, 10-6 outdoors, 10-
3 in close matches, 12-1 at home and 13-4
against the Midwest Region ... went 12-9 in
doubles, including a 7-8 mark in dual action ...
teamed up with three different Irish players ...
at No. 2 doubles, went 2-4 with Sheeva Parbhu
... at No. 3 doubles, went 1-1 with Stephen Bass
and 4-3 with Andrew Roth.
IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION:
Earned wild card into main draw of
professional futures event in Joplin, Mo., in
summer of 2005, prevailing in the opening
round before falling in three sets ... also played
in main doubles draw with his brother Travis.
HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL DATA:
Extremely successful player on the junior scene
... reached quarterfinals of the 2005 USTA
Super National Hardcourt Championships,
standing as the lone college-bound player in
that elite group ... entered ND ranked eighth in
USTA 18-and-under national singles rankings,
including third among incoming college
freshmen ... beat two of the top three players in
the country (#2 Conor Pollock and #3 Sasha
Ermakov) en route to winning the 2004 USTA
Winter National Open in St. Louis without
losing a set ... also won 2005 USTA Spring
National Open in Cincinnati ... went
undefeated (34-0) in senior season at Blue
Valley West High School and won the Kansas
state singles title, dropping just a single game in
the state tournament ... only losses of his junior
campaign came against his older brother, Travis,
who graduated from Georgia as a standout on
the men's tennis team ... born April 12, 1987,
in Overland Park, Kan. ... son of Kent and Patty
Helgeson ... has one older and one younger
brother ... graduated from the Mendoza
College of Business with a degree in finance.