Olen Parks Award (2004-05)
Former national junior champion of Ireland who returned to Notre Dame for the spring semester of 2006 after spending the fall studying at University College in Dublin ... has been an integral part to team's success over the past three seasons ... has flattened out his shots and become more aggressive ... will look to rush the net more in his fourth collegiate season ... size, terrific backhand, and great serve are biggest strengths of his game ... has tremendous potential to turn into a great player ... boasts outstanding groundstrokes ... needs to take advantage of the opportunities he creates ... just the second Ireland native to play for Notre Dame, joining County Kildare native Eoin Beirne (1993-94) ... three-year monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR: Provided experience in the middle of the Irish lineup ... recorded a 14-8 overall singles record, all coming in dual action ... was 5-2 at No. 3, 2-3 at No. 4 and 7-3 at No. 5 ... moved into the national rankings for the second time in his career on March 7 (106th) ... opened the dual season with three consecutive victories, including a three-set triumph over #54 Rylan Rizza of Virginia, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 ... put together a career-best five-match winning streak that was snapped in the Blue-Gray Classic final against Sergi Arumi of VCU ... led all three matches in the BIG EAST Championship, but each went undecided ... went 8-5 indoors, 2-4 in tie breakers, 8-13 in close sets, 14-3 when winning the first set, 6-3 outdoors, 5-6 in close matches, 6-2 at home and 6-3 against the Midwest Region ... went 11-10 in doubles action, all in dual format ... teamed up with six different Irish players, mostly with classmate Ryan Keckley ... went 5-5 at No. 1 doubles with Keckley ... went 4-1 with Sheeva Parbhu at No. 2 doubles ... he and Keckley were ranked as high as #20 ... ranked in seven of the 10 polls a year ago ... 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.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Broke through to be one of Notre Dame's most-consistent winners and top clutch players in 2004-05 ... posted 26-10 record, including 19-7 in dual action - the second-most wins on the Irish ... was 5-3 at No. 2 and 14-4 at No. 3 ... ranked for most of the spring, peaking at 100th ... slipped out of final rankings, but was listed 12th in the Midwest Region ... posted 5-2 record in three-set matches, including 4-2 with the dual-match outcome still undetermined ... was named to BIG EAST all-tournament team in both singles and doubles ... following first-year struggles, broke through in doubles to post 15-13 record ... was 10-9 in dual action (6-1 at No. 2, 4-8 at No. 3) ... notched five clinching victories in both singles (shared team lead) and doubles ... posted a pair of singles victories at No. 3 with the score tied 3-3 during the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic ... won 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 over Colin O'Brien of William & Mary in opening round and two days later beat Ben Harknett of Rice 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 ... also won three-setter against Matias Silva in ND's 4-3 defeat against Boise State in the quarterfinals ... lost 7-5, 7-5 to #52 Devin Mullings of Ohio State at No. 2 with 3-3 score in that match ... clinched Notre Dame's 1,000th all-time victory with 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) win over Geoff Boyd at No. 3 in 5-2 upset of #18 North Carolina ... came through in ND's only two-match losing streak, defeating #53 Roger Gubser of Texas and #106 Stephen Amritraj from #9 Duke, both in straight sets at No. 3 ... other notable victories came against Northwestern, Michigan State, and Michigan ... was only Irish player to post singles victories in both matches of BIG EAST tournament ... paired with four different partners in doubles ... finished spring with Keckley, 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 ND's lone doubles victory in the NCAA tournament against Louisville ... only defeat came in 9-7 match against Ohio State ... played most of the spring with Stephen Bass, going 6-7 overall and 4-6 in dual matches ... lost 9-7 in final match on court against Duke ... clinched doubles point against North Carolina ... played twice at No. 3 with Patrick Buchanan ... teamed with Parbhu in fall, going 2-3 (they played together in the ITA Midwest Championships) ... in doubles, posted 9-6 record outdoors, compared to 6-10 inside ... won Olen Parks Award for having the best personality on the Irish.
AS A FRESHMAN: Immediately stepped into the Irish singles lineup and provided a boost in the bottom half ... finished 17-11, including 13-8 in dual matches, mostly at No. 5 ... was 9-5 at No. 5, 3-3 at No. 4, and 1-0 at No. 3 ... won six of his first eight matches in the spring ... had key three-set wins against Indiana and Illinois State in helping Irish to victories ... also won in three against Adel Abbas of Virginia Tech in 4-3 Notre Dame defeat ... in only match at No. 3, won against Saint Joseph's ... clinched Irish upset of #30 Fresno State in the Blue-Gray National Classic ... entered NCAA tournament on a five-match winning streak ... had late start in the fall due to some injuries ... went 3-1 in the adidas Invitational and lost at No. 4 against USC in exhibition match ... won one match in the ITA Midwest Championships before losing to #62 Michael Calkins of Illinois ... went 5-2 in three-set matches and was 14-2 when taking the opening set ... struggled in doubles action, losing in all seven of his matches (all dual) ... played five times with classmate Stephen Bass, but could do no better than a tiebreaker defeat against SMU ... played twice with Paul Hidaka.
IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Had outstanding summer of 2004 ... paired with Colin O'Brien of William & Mary to win the Irish Close doubles championship, defeating Tom Hamilton, formerly a national top-five doubles player at Arkansas, in the final ... reached semifinals of Irish Close singles tournament, falling to eventual champion Peter Clarke, who was ranked among the top 400 in the world ... defeated Conor Taylor, formerly North Carolina State's No. 1 player who was ranked as high as 36th in the nation, twice in the semifinals of tournaments in Ireland ... played his way into a wild card while qualifying at the Peoria, Ill., futures in 2005, but could not participate due to summer school.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: National 18-and-under champion of Ireland and undefeated in junior action in his home country from January '01 until he enrolled at Notre Dame in August '03 ... captured second consecutive national junior title in summer of '03 ... won national indoor titles, in every age category ... at 16, won matches at No. 1 singles for Ireland against Scotland and Wales in the 18-and-under Four Nations tournament ... at 14 and 15, played No. 1 for Gonzaga College to help it win the All-Ireland schools tennis titles in 1999 and 2000 ... in 2001, finished as top-ranked player in Ireland in both 16s and 18s ... reached semifinals of Senior Irish Open in summer of '03 ... had a number of other impressive junior results ... four-year letterwinner in soccer in high school as a forward ... also played No. 3 singles on the table tennis team in his first two prep years ... born Jan. 22, 1985, in Dublin, Ireland ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.