Awards & Honors ITA All-American (2005-06)
Team MVP (2004-05, 2005-06)
BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
(Singles: 2007; Doubles: 2007)
Impact player who was outstanding over his first three seasons, being named team MVP and co-MVP as both a freshman and sophomore ... in 2006, became the first Irish men's tennis player to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship since 1959 ... was the 16th different Notre Dame player to earn All-American status ... one of the nation's top players ... reached the NCAA Singles Championship each of the past two years ... big forehand and serve and tremendous quickness are among his biggest weapons ... great athlete who is very coachable ... has made several improvements to his game since his rookie season, shoring up his transition skills and ability to finish points ... also has learned how to construct points and has improved his second serve ... two-time Nebraska state champion before joining the Irish ... three-year monogram winner ... entering 2007-08 season, owns career singles mark of 94-27 overall and 58-13 in dual matches ... career mark of 57-44 in doubles and 35-35 in dual matches ... ranks fourth all-time in match-clinching wins (12), ninth all-time in career singles winning percentage (.777), 10th all-time in singles victories and 12th all-time in combined victories (151).
AS A JUNIOR: Named to BIG EAST all-tournament team in both singles and doubles ... reached the NCAA singles tournament for the second straight season ... teamed with Ryan Keckley to participate in the NCAA doubles championship ... finished with a 29-12 record overall, including a 19-5 mark in dual action ... opened the year ranked 21st in the ITA national singles poll ... went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 17-5 at No. 2 singles ... tied for the second-most clinching victories on the team (6) ... went 11-10 against nationally ranked opponents ... upended the following ranked players #77 Andres Osorio (Minnesota), #52 Brady Crosby (Western Michigan), #64 Drew Eberly (Ohio State), #42 Devin Mullings (Ohio State), #26 Jakub Cech (Fresno State), #49 Alexandru Cojanu (William & Mary), #100 Joey Atlas (Duke), #100 Nolan Polley (Wisconsin), #96 Milan Mihailovic (Texas), #73 Robbert Lathouwers (Auburn) and #52 Dejan Cvetkovic (USC) ... all three matches (1-2) at the Polo All-Americans each went three sets ... reached the finals of the ITA Midwest Regional Championship for the second straight year ... fell short of the title losing to #1 Steven Moneke of Ohio State ... knocked off four ranked players en route to the finals ... two of three matches (1-2) went three sets at the ITA National Indoors ... pushed eventual national singles champion Somdev Devarrman to three sets, including a third-set tie-breaker, in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship ... went 22-16 in doubles, including a 9-15 mark in dual action (7-12 at No. 1 doubles with Ryan Keckley and 2-3 at No. 2 doubles with junior Brett Helgeson) ... teamed up with Keckley and opened the fall with 13 victories over their first 14 matches ... captured the ITA Midwest Regional title ... knocked off #24 Johnson/Radman of Louisville ... went 3-1 at the ITA National Indoors ... opened the preseason at #36 in the ITA poll and ascended as high as #7 ... ended the year with Keckley ranked #28 ... after dropping their first match of the event to #9 Dickhardt/Groh of San Diego State (8-5), upended a pair of ranked foes including #5 Cameron/Hensel of Tennessee and #30 O'Brien/Cojanu of William & Mary ... despite struggling through most of the spring season, still qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championship ... dropped first round at NCAA in tough, three-set affair against Cancado/Srugo of Old Dominion (1-6, 6-2, 5-7) ... defeated five nationally ranked opponents in doubles (all with Keckley) ... dominated the Midwest region in both singles and doubles (17-6 in singles and 17-7 in doubles).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Participated with the 2006 USTA Summer Collegiate Team ... one of six male players on the squad ... second Irish men's player to participate with the group, following three-year team member Ryan Sachire (1998-2000) ... named a singles All-American by the ITA, the 16th different Notre Dame player to be tabbed an All-American in the history of the program and first since Javier Taborga (singles and doubles) and Casey Smith (doubles) in 2001-02 ... the second Nebraska native ever to be an All-American for the Irish in any sport, coincidentally joining another men's tennis player from Omaha, Bill Brown, who was a first-team selection (under the previous format) in 1967 ... finished with a 33-8 record and was 28th in the final ITA national singles rankings after being the first Notre Dame men's player since 1959 to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship ... led the Irish in singles victories, registering the most since current assistant coach Ryan Sachire was 37-9 in 1998-99 ... went 14-3 in tournament action and shared the team lead in singles victories in dual matches with a 19-5 record ... played most of the season at No. 2 ... went 18-4 at No. 2 and 1-1 at No. 1 ... tied for the team lead in match-clinching victories ... posted one of the biggest victories of the season, a three-set triumph against Ohio State's Bryan Koniecko that handed a 5-2 defeat to the Buckeyes (their lone loss of the regular season) ... recorded an 11-4 record against nationally-ranked players, including 5-3 vs. higher-ranked foes ... opened season with 10 consecutive victories, was the runner-up in the ITA Midwest Championships (having his 17-match winning streak ended by a teammate in the final) and reached the round of 16 in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships to soar to a career high of 14th in the rankings on Jan. 10 ... was ranked among the top 35 all spring ... defeated the following top-20 players: #19 Devin Mullings of Ohio State (6-1, 1-6, 7-5), #20 Jonathan Stokke of Duke (4-6, 6-4, 6-1) and #8 Scott Doemer of Pepperdine (7-5, 6-0) ... went 19-5 indoors, 11-2 in tie breakers, 32-14 in close sets, 26-0 when winning the first set, 16-3 outdoors, 18-5 in close matches, 12-0 at home and 16-3 against the Midwest Region ... went 15-14 in doubles, including a 12-11 mark in dual action ... teamed up with five different Irish players ... at No. 1 doubles, went 2-4 with Ryan Keckley and 1-0 with Eric Langenkamp ... at No. 2 doubles, went 0-1 with Stephen Bass, 2-4 with Brett Helgeson, 4-1 with Barry King and 3-1 with Langenkamp ... knocked off #60 Johnny Berrido and Damar Johnson of Louisville, 8-5.
AS A FRESHMAN: Impact player who led Notre Dame in combined victories (52) and was voted team MVP ... was nearly unbeatable in singles, going 32-7, including 20-3 in dual action (3-0 at No. 3, 17-3 at No. 4) ... posted 5-2 mark in three-set matches, including 2-1 when the dual-match outcome was still undetermined ... finished 20-14 in doubles, 14-9 in dual matches (10-6 at No. 2, 4-3 at No. 3) ... went 7-3 in close matches (8-6, 9-7, 9-8) ... entered national doubles rankings with Langenkamp, at 60th on Feb. 22 ... finished ranked 22nd in the Midwest Region in singles ... was nearly an automatic point during the spring for Notre Dame ... clinched 4-3 win over eventual NCAA quarterfinalist Florida State with 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Chris Westerhof ... one of his rare defeats came 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 against Ikaika Jobe with the score tied 3-3 against Boise State in the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic ... only other spring losses came against top-10 teams, losing to Peter Rodrigues of #9 Duke and Monte Tucker from #3 Illinois ... the Tucker loss (on March 17) was Parbhu's final of season, as he ended the campaign on seven-match winning streak ... defeated another freshman phenom, Treat Huey of #2 Virginia, 7-5, 7-5 ... has notable victories were wins against #18 North Carolina, Texas, Northwestern, Michigan State, William & Mary, Rice, Michigan, SMU, Ohio State and Louisville in the NCAA tournament ... was 12-4 during the fall ... one of just two rookies to reach the round of 16 in the ITA Midwest Championships ... also advanced to semifinals in both the Midland Invitational and the A flight of the Crimson Tide Fall Championships ... his run in the latter tournament saw him knock off #31 Derrick Spice of Wake Forest in straight sets ... was 13-2 against the Midwest Region ... had 10-2 mark in close matches and 19-6 record in close sets (6-4, 7-5, 7-6) ... most common doubles partner was Langenkamp, with whom he was 13-7, playing mostly No. 2 ... beat #32 Jeff Groslimond/Chris Westerhof of Florida State in final match remaining to clinch doubles point in 4-3 win over Seminoles ... knocked off #23 Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey from Virginia ... had six-match winning streak in early spring that included wins against #18 North Carolina, Texas (tiebreaker) and #9 Duke ... also had a win vs. William & Mary ... paired to win the consolation title in the A flight of the Crimson Tide Fall Championships ... finished season with Stephen Bass, going 4-3 at No. 3 ... clinched the doubles point in both matches in the BIG EAST tournament ... their first win together came against SMU ... went 2-3 with King during the fall, including taking part in the ITA Midwest Championships ... also went 1-0 with Keckley in the fall and 0-1 with Brent D'Amico.
HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL DATA: Won Nebraska state championships as a sophomore and senior ... four-year letterwinner as the No. 1 player at Millard North High School ... finished with a record of 23-0 in his senior campaign ... 2003 Nebraska Junior Player of the Year ... three-time conference champion, regional champion and all-state performer ... ranked 13th in USTA 18-and-under national rankings in 2004 after being ninth in the 16s in both '02 and '03 ... top-ranked 18-and-under player in the Missouri Valley section in 2004 after being second in '03 ... captained his team as a junior and senior ... took fifth place at the 2003 Easter Bowl ... member of the National Honor Society ... born July 30, 1986, in Iowa City, Iowa ... son of Rekha and Kaiushik Patel ... older of two children ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a preprofessional studies major.