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Men's Tennis Ranked No. 12 In First Set Of Collegiate Tennis Rankings
Brett Helgeson.
 
Brett Helgeson.

Jan. 9, 2008

Notre Dame, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame men's tennis team was ranked No. 12 in the first Collegiate Tennis Rankings of the 2008 season, announced the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Tuesday. In addition to a No. 12 team ranking, junior Brett Helgeson was #11 in the singles poll.

"I am not a big believer in rankings that are not backed up by results, so while it is rewarding to see us ranked relatively high in the preseason it really means very little," said Irish head coach Bob Bayliss. "A great amount of our preseason ranking was based on last year's performance. We graduated three of our six starters, but that being said our returning players and current crop of freshmen are capable of doing some great things for us this season."

Helgeson (Overland Park, Kan.), whose previous best national ranking was 60th, registered an impressive fall season with 13 victories in his 14 matches. He opened the year with 12 consecutive wins, including a triumph over Steven Moneke of Ohio State -- the nation's second-ranked player. Helgeson reached the semifinals of the ITA Midwest Championship and upended two nationally ranked foes along the way.

"Brett's ranking is a result of an outstanding fall, highlighted by the victory over Steven Moneke (the nation's second-ranked player)," said Bayliss. "He was extremely consistent and I am excited to see his game grow as opposed to protecting what he has gained to this point."

He owns a career singles mark of 54-18 overall and 39-14 in dual matches. Helgeson is tied for fourth in team single-season doubles-point clinching wins (5, Barry King) and is tied for seventh all-time in team doubles-point clinching wins (5, Barry King). He was named to the BIG EAST Conference all-tournament team in both singles and doubles in 2007. He finished last season with a 31-7 overall record, including 23-4 in dual matches. His 23 dual-match victories ranked second-best on the team and 31 overall wins were third best. Helgeson went 19-4 at No. 3 singles and 4-0 at No. 4 singles a year ago.

 

 

It is the 17th consecutive season that Notre Dame was listed in the preseason ITA rankings and highest for the Irish since opening the 2002 campaign at No. 7. It is also the 13th time in the last 17 seasons that Notre Dame will begin a season in the national top 30.

In all, 13 of Notre Dame's 17 regular-season opponents - not including the teams the Irish will face in the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic or the ITA National Team Indoors, which each traditionally provide several ranked tests for Notre Dame - were listed in the preseason rankings, with six ranking in the top 25: No. 1 Virginia (which Notre Dame plays on Jan. 27 in South Bend), No. 3 Ohio State (March 28, Eck Tennis Pavilion), No. 8 Illinois (March 1, Champaign, Ill.), No. 16 Duke (Feb. 3, Durham, N.C.), No. 18 Florida State (Apr. 26, Tallahassee, Fla.) and No. 21 Michigan (Apr. 12, Ann Arbor, Mich.).

The Irish are third among teams from the ITA's Midwest Region, behind the Buckeyes and Illini.

Notre Dame will open their dual-match season on Jan. 20 against Penn State inside the Eck Tennis Pavilion. First-serve is scheduled for noon.

Men's Team Rankings
Administered by the ITA
1.	Virginia (27)
2.	Georgia (10)
3.	Ohio State
4.	Baylor
5.	Mississippi
6.	Southern California
7.	Texas at Austin
8.	Illinois
9.	UCLA
10.	North Carolina
11.	Oklahoma State
12.	Notre Dame 
13.	Alabama
14.	Florida
15.	Wake Forest
16.	Duke
17.	Pepperdine
18.	Florida State
19.	Louisiana State
20.	North Carolina State
21.	Michigan
22.	Boise State
23.	Tulsa
24.	Tennessee
25.	Texas A&M
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Chowder Fest
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Chowder Fest
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September 22
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 23
All Day
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September 24
All Day
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September 25
All Day
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September 26
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All Day
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September 28
All Day
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September 29
All Day
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September 30
All Day
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Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
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All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 2
All Day
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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
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