Knute Rockne Student-Athlete Award (2005-06)
Local product - the 2002 Indiana state singles champion - who is extremely gifted physically and one of the best doubles players on the Irish ... very fast player who has been a regular in the Notre Dame doubles lineup throughout his career, mostly at No. 1 ... also has made contributions in singles at the bottom of the lineup ... has the potential to be a big factor in singles ... athletic player who has increased his training during the offseason and could be poised for a breakthrough season ... backhand and speed are his greatest assets ... also has good serve and great hands at the net ... has outstanding sense of when to attack balls and rush the net ... smart player who knows how to set up a point ... great team player ... underwent hernia surgery in the summer of 2004 ... three-year monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR: Continued as one of the team's top doubles players ... posted a 13-17 overall record in doubles, including 10-14 in dual action ... teamed with four different Irish players, most often with classmate Barry King ... all but one of his dual doubles' matches came at No. 1 ... went 5-5 with King, 2-5 with Eric Langenkamp and 2-4 with Sheeva Parbhu ... picked up one victory with Santiago Montoya at No. 2 doubles ... led Irish with five clinching doubles' victories ... tabbed to BIG EAST all-tournament team with Langenkamp ... voted by their teammates as co-MVP with Parbhu ... given the Knute Rockne Student-Athlete Award, presented by the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley to the squad's top academic performer ... only Notre Dame player ever to be listed in the ITA national doubles rankings with five different partners, having earned a top-20 listing with each ... ranked as high as #20 with King and as high as #12 with Langenkamp ... Keckley and King posted an 8-4 victory over then #1-ranked Raian Luchi and Brad Pomeroy of North Carolina on Feb. 4 ... that was the first time an Irish doubles team had knocked off the nation's top-ranked squad since Feb. 18, 1993, when Chuck Coleman and Will Forsyth prevailed 8-3 against Anders Eriksson and Trey Phillips of Texas ... part of five victories over top-ranked doubles teams ... qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championship with Langenkamp ... finished the season 21-7 in singles and 19-6 in dual action ... the 19 dual action victories were tied for the team-high ... spent entire season between No. 4 and No. 5 singles ... went 11-5 at No. 4 and 8-1 at No. 5 ... climbed into the national rankings at #115 following his victory over #125 Georges-Alexandre Israel of VCU, 6-4, 6-4 ... opened the season with 16 victories over his first 18 matches, highlighted by a pair of victories over ranked opponents ... knocked off #62 Ryan Heller of Michigan, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, and #109 Maciek Sykut of Florida State, 6-2, 6-2 ... clinched Notre Dame's berth into the NCAA Tournament round of 16 with a victory over Brett Joelson of Texas A&M (7-6 , 6-4) ... went 13-2 indoors, 3-4 in tie breakers, 16-14 in close sets, 16-0 when winning the first set, 8-5 outdoors, 11-3 in close matches, 8-1 at home and 9-3 against the Midwest Region.
AS A SOPHOMORE: One of team's top doubles players once again in 2004-05, boasting the team's best record in partnered play (20-13) ... in dual action, went 16-9: 10-8 at No. 1 with Brent D'Amico and 6-1 at No. 2 with Barry King ... led Irish with seven clinching victories, including 4-1 record as the last match on court with the doubles point still undecided ... tabbed to BIG EAST all-tournament team with King ... went 10-10 overall with D'Amico and they were ranked 15th in Midwest Region ... won in final match on court to give Irish the doubles point against Indiana and #2 Virginia ... also clinched doubles point in 4-3 win over William & Mary ... other big victories came against Florida State and Northwestern ... finished spring with King, making No. 2 a strength for the Irish ... they won in final match on court to clinch doubles point against SMU and Ball State ... also won in tiebreaker against Michigan and provided team's lone doubles victory in the NCAA tournament against Louisville ... only defeat came in 9-7 match against Ohio State ... went 4-4 during the fall, playing with four different partners ... withdrew from ITA Midwest Championships due to injury ... was 8-6 in singles, including 4-3 in dual action ... was 1-0 at No. 3, 2-1 at No. 5, and 1-2 at No. 6 ... had victory at No. 6 in Notre Dame's 4-3 win over eventual NCAA quarterfinalist Florida State ... dropped three-set matches in close Irish defeats against Boise State and SMU ... won against Toledo in first career appearance at No. 3 ... posted 4-3 mark in fall action ... dropped first two matches of season in match tiebreakers ... was 6-2 indoors and 2-4 outside ... posted 4-1 mark vs. the Midwest Region and 11-4 in close sets (6-4, 7-5, 7-6).
AS A FRESHMAN: Earned a spot in both Irish lineups, playing mostly No. 1 doubles and No. 6 singles ... despite struggling with recurring injuries, finished 13-7 in singles, including 7-5 in dual play ... in doubles, was 18-14 overall with four different partners, as well as 10-11 in dual matches, and 7-9 at No. 1 ... was ranked as high as 14th nationally in doubles, becoming just the second Notre Dame rookie (also five-time All-American David DiLucia in 1989) to do so ... paired with Luis Haddock to reach the title match of the ITA Midwest Championships before losing to Illinois' Michael Calkins and Chris Martin ... upset #42 Scott Green/Ross Wilson of Ohio State in the semifinals ... split two matches in the season-opening Rice Crowne Plaza Invitational and lost 8-6 at No. 2 in the final match on court in an exhibition match against USC ... 6-3 fall record allowed the pair to vault into the national rankings at 18th ... beat Indiana at No. 1 in the spring opener before losing close matches to the top two doubles teams in the country and then being split up ... teamed with D'Amico and went 7-3 before losing five straight ... top victory was an 8-6 upset of #26 Joey Atas and Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State in the last match on court to give Irish a 1-0 lead in the match ... that started a four-match winning streak that included two more clinching victories and vaulted them into the national rankings at 44th ... dropped decision in final contest on court in three straight matches ... in early April, began pairing with Paul Hidaka, after that duo had been victorious against Illinois State at No. 1 earlier in the spring ... won at No. 3 against Florida State, but then had to team with Stephen Bass for both matches in the BIG EAST Championship due to team illness, registering a pair of key victories ... lost with Hidaka in the first round of the NCAA tournament ... started spring at No. 6 in singles lineup, but injuries kept him out of action at various times and hurt him on the court, as he lost four of his first five in dual-match play ... in only match at No. 4, won against Saint Joseph's ... in final two months of the regular season, won six of seven matches ... was struck by illness which prevented him from playing singles in the BIG EAST tournament.
IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Advanced to doubles semifinals in 2005 ITA National Summer Championships, playing with Ashwin Kumar of Harvard ... won a match in singles before losing a match tiebreaker to the tournament's third seed, Robert Cameron of Tennessee ... played in summer circuit event at Notre Dame in `03, winning the doubles title with Matthew Scott and reaching singles semifinals.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Won Indiana state singles title in fall of 2002 ... won 6-0, 6-0 in final over player who eliminated him in '01 to finish 26-0 and become first state champ from South Bend since 1993 ... played No. 4 on the Midwest team that won the '02 National Junior Davis Cup Championship ... ranked 46th in USTA 18-and-under listing, including 18th among players who entered college in '03 ... was ranked as high as 30th ... won Winter Super National doubles title in 16s ... lost only five times in high school ... three-time regional champion and all-state honoree ... earned All-America honors as a senior ... brother Jeff played tennis at Dayton and sister Carrie was a diver at Indiana ... continues long tradition of Irish varsity athletes from St. Joseph's High School ... born Sept. 2, 1984, in South Bend, Ind. ... carries 3.488 cumulative grade-point average ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major.