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Irish Men's Tennis Downs Michigan State, 6-1.
Tyler Davis teamed with Brett Helgeson for a win at first singles.
 
Tyler Davis teamed with Brett Helgeson for a win at first singles.

Feb. 14, 2009

Box Score

EAST LANSING, Mich.- - The Irish men's tennis team defeated Michigan State by a score of 6-1 on Saturday afternoon en route to their fourth consecutive win. Notre Dame broke the Spartans' eight match winning streak to improve to 5-4 on the season.

Notre Dame won the doubles point behind victories at first and third doubles, and earned singles wins from Brett Helgeson (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West), Stephen Havens (Cincinnati, Ohio/Hill Christian School), Daniel Stahl (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman), Casey Watt (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) and Niall Fitzgerald (Wicklow, Ireland/Blackrock College).

At first doubles, Notre Dame's 37th-ranked tandem of Helgeson (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West) and Tyler Davis (Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan HS) rolled over Austin Brooks and John Stratton, 8-2, to get Notre Dame off to an early 1-0 lead in doubles play.

The Spartans then evened up the score with a win at second doubles, as John Allare and Jason Norville defeated Havens and Watt, 8-4.

Fitzgerald and Matt Johnson (Portage, Mich./Portage Central HS) once again paired up at third doubles. The tandem came through with the doubles-clinching win as they knocked off the Spartan duo of Clark Richardson and Alex Forger by the score of 8-4 to give Notre Dame a 1-0 lead.

Notre Dame took a 2-0 lead when 20th-ranked Helgeson took down Allare at first singles, 6-2, 6-2.

Watt then disposed of Scott Rasmussen in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. The win improves Watt's dual singles record to 6-3, including four straight wins at fourth singles.

At third singles, 108th-ranked Stahl clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Brooks.

 

 

At sixth singles, Fitzgerald defeated Norville 6-3, 6-4.

With the Irish leading 5-0 overall, freshman Sam Keeton (Kansas City, Mo./The Pembroke Hill School) played at fifth singles versus Ronnie Hulewicz. Hulewicz proved victorious with a 7-5, 6-3 win. The loss marked Keeton's first of the season, snapping his personal six-match win streak to begin his Irish career.

Havens closed the match with a win at second singles versus Forger in the only three-set match of the day. Havens won the first set, 6-4, before dropping the second set, 7-5. In the third set tiebreaker, Havens earned the win, 10-5.

The victory pushes Notre Dame's record to 5-4 on the season and marks their fourth consecutive win since getting off to a 1-4 start. It is the first time the Irish have pushed above the .500 mark in the 2009 season.

The Irish are back in action on Thursday, February 19 when they return home to face Northwestern. The match will take place inside the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Doubles play is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

#25 Notre Dame 6, Michigan State 1

Singles competition 1. No. 20 Brett Helgeson (ND) def. John Allare (MSU) - 6-2, 6-2 2. Stephen Havens (ND) def. Alex Forger (MSU) - 6-4, 5-7, 10-5 3. Dan Stahl (ND) def. Austin Brooks (MSU) - 6-2, 6-3 4. Casey Watt (ND) def. Scott Rasmussen (MSU) - 6-3, 6-1 5. Ronnie Hulewicz (MSU) def. Sam Keeton (ND) - 7-5, 6-3 6. Niall Fitzgerald (ND) def. Jason Norville (MSU) - 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition: 1. No. 37 Helgeson/Davis (ND) def. Brooks/Stratton (MSU) - 8-2 2. Allare/Norville (MSU) def. Havens/Watt - 8-4 3. Fitzgerald/Johnson (ND) def. Richardson/Forger (MSU) - 8-4

Match Notes: Michigan State 8-1 Notre Dame 5-4; National ranking #25 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,3,6,5,2)

Event Calendar

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September 17
All Day
Chowder Fest
Cambridge, Mass. (Beren Tennis Center)
RECAP
September 18
All Day
Chowder Fest
Cambridge, Mass. (Beren Tennis Center)
RECAP
September 22
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 23
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 24
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 25
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 26
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 27
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 2
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 2
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 3
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 4
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 6
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 7
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 7
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 8
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 8
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 9
All Day
Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
October 9
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 10
All Day
ITA All-American Championships
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 20
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 21
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 22
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 23
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 24
All Day
ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
October 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
October 31
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 2
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 3
All Day
ITF Futures
Birmingham, Ala.
November 3
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
November 4
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 4
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
November 5
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 5
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Gopher Invitational
Minneapolis, Minn. (Baseline Tennis Center)
November 6
All Day
Cleveland State Invitational
Cleveland, Ohio (Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion)
January 20
3:30 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
January 22
12:00 PM
Kentucky
Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center)
January 27
1:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Complex)
January 28
3:00 PM
TBA
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Complex)
February 4
10:00 AM
Monmouth N.J.
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 4
3:00 PM
William & Mary
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 11
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
12:00 PM
Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 12
5:00 PM
Detroit
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 19
12:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
February 24
6:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
March 3
6:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Center)
March 11
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
March 18
2:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
March 24
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
March 31
3:30 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 2
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 7
3:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Speicher Tennis Center)
April 9
12:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
April 14
3:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Center)
April 16
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
April 21
3:30 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 23
12:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)
April 26
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 27
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 28
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 29
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
April 30
TBA
ACC Championships
TBD
May 12
All Day
NCAA Championships
TBD

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