Notre Dame edged #9 Illinois, 4-3, in the final home match of the season for the Irish.
Notre Dame downs South Florida, 6-1, at the Eck Tennis Pavilion on March 28.
Notre Dame rode strong singles play to a 5-2 victory over Michigan on March 4 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
#25 Notre Dame comes back from a 3-0 deficit to upset #13 Texas A&M, 4-3, at the Eck Tennis Pavilion on March 27.
The Notre Dame Men's Tennis team squeaked past previously unbeaten Northwestern, 4-3, on February 19, 2009 at home.
NCAA Singles Championship Participant (2008 & 2009)
All-BIG EAST (2009)
BIG EAST All-Tournament Singles Team (2006 & 2008;
BIG EAST All-Tournament Doubles Team (2007 & 2008)
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.