AWARDS & HONORS
NCAA Singles Championship Participant (2008 &2009)
All-BIG EAST (2009)
BIG EAST All-Tournament Singles Team (2006 &2008;
BIG EAST All-Tournament Doubles Team (2007 &2008)
Team MVP (2007-08, 2008-09)
BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2006, 2008 & 2009)
NCAA Team Championship Participant (2006-2009)
CAREER NOTES: A four-year monogramwinner … finished with an overall record of104-41 in singles play, including a 68-33 dual seasonmark … his 104 singles wins rank as theeighth-most in program history … his 68 dualsingles win rank as the 11th-most … his 163combined singles and doubles wins rank 11thbestin program history as well … he alsoamassed 27 wins at No. 1 singles, the fifth besttotal in the Irish record book.
AS A SENIOR: An all-BIG EAST selection… participated in the singles draw of the NCAAChampionships for the second consecutiveseason … climbed to as high as 18th in singlesand 13th in doubles (teamed with Tyler Davis)during the week of Feb. 19… posted a 13-10mark at No. 1 singles during the spring season,including a 7-9 record versus ranked opponents… advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAAChampionships with a three-set victory over12th-ranked Nate Schnugg from Georgia (2-6,6-2, 7-5) at the D[apos]Novo/ITA All-AmericanChampionships … moved into the quarterfinalsof the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regionals with astraight-sets decision over Roy Kalmanovich ofIllinois (6-2, 6-1) … knocked off #30 Jean-YvesAubone of 11th-ranked Florida State (6-4, 4-6,6-2) in a hard-fought 4-3 Irish loss … defeated25th-ranked Reid Carleton of Duke, helpingthe Irish to a 5-2 victory … knocked off #14Conor Pollock of 13th-ranked Texas A&M inthree sets (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) to help secure the 4-3Notre Dame win … helped Irish to a 4-2 winover 48th-ranked Mississippi State, defeating#108 Ryan Farlow (6-4, 6-0) … recorded backto-back victories over ranked foes, defeating#70 Lucas Jovita of USF (7-6, 6-2) and thenholding off 63rd-ranked Marc Spicijaric ofIllinois in three sets (6-2, 6-7, 6-1) … completedthe season by defeating #93 Jason Jung ofMichigan in the first round of the NCAA teamtournament, 6-3, 7-6 … went 14-10 at No. 1doubles with Tyler Davis in the spring,including 8-8 record against ranked foes …defeated highest-ranked opponent of the dualseason when Helgeson and Davis knocked offthe 18th-ranked team of Moritz Baumann andMarek Michalicka of Wisconsin (8-6) …recorded three doubles clinching wins duringthe dual season.
AS A JUNIOR: Named to the BIG EASTAll-Tournament team in both singles and doubles for the second consecutive year …named the Most Outstanding Performer in theBIG EAST tournament … earned a spot in theNCAA Singles Championship with BIG EAST[apos]sautomatic bid … advanced out of the round of64 in the NCAA singles finals with a win overHarvard[apos]s Chris Clayton (6-3, 6-1) … fell to#3-ranked Oleksandr Nedovyesov ofOklahoma State in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) in theNCAA Singles Championship round of 32 …ranked as high as #11 in the ITA singlesrankings during the dual season (Jan. 8) … went31-10 in singles play, including a 15-1 mark inopen competition and a 16-9 mark in dual play… his 31 wins led the Irish, as did his 15 openseasonvictories … closed out the dual seasonon a 5-match winning streak (prior to NCAA[apos]s)… played the majority of the season at No. 1singles, posting a 14-9 mark … also went 2-0 atNo. 2 singles … had one clinching win andposted a 4-1 record in three-set contests …posted a combined open and dual season markof 12-7 against opponents ranked in the ITAtop-100 … began the dual season with twoconsecutive straight-set wins before falling to#1 Somdev Devvarman of Virginia (6-4, 6-3) …rebounded to win his next two matches versusAlex Forger (6-1, 6-4) of Michigan State andMarc Dwyer (6-3, 6-2) of Northwestern …then had first dual match win versus a top-100opponent, Wisconsin[apos]s #39 Mortiz Baumann(3-6, 7-5, 6-3) … highest-ranked opponent hebeat was #2 Steven Moneke of Ohio State (6-2, 1-6, 6-4) during the ITA Midwest Regionals… in the fall season, posted a 13-1 record … fellin the semifinals of the ITA Midwest Regionals,losing in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) to ninth-rankedand third-seeded Ryan Rowe of Illinois … beatPhil Orno (6-2, 5-7, 6-1), Dara McLoughlin (6-3, 1-6, 6-2), Moenke and Raoul Schwark (6-3,6-4) to advance to the semifinals of the ITAMidwest Regionals … went 4-0 at the TomFallon Invitational on his way to earning MostOutstanding Player honors at the tournament… in doubles, went 21-16 for the year includinga 14-11 mark in dual action … went 8-3 versusMidwest region opponents … posted a 14-11mark at No. 1 doubles with senior SheevaParbhu … the duo had two clinching victories.AS A SOPHOMORE: Named to the BIGEAST All-Tournament team in for singles anddoubles … finished the season with a 31-7overall record, including 23-4 in dual matches …the 23 dual-match victories ranked second-beston the team and his 31 overall wins were thirdbest… went 19-4 at No. 3 singles and 4-0 at No.4 singles … opened the season with fourconsecutive victories at the Tom FallonInvitational, including a pair of wins in which hedropped the opening set … in addition to thefour-match winning streak to open the year,registered separate winning streaks of three,seven, seven and nine … posted a 4-2 recordagainst nationally-ranked opponents, including victories over #52 Bray Crosby of WesternMichigan, #54 Krirl Dimitrov of Duke, #122Andy Kuharszky of Washington and #63 KaesVan[apos]t Hof of USC … also battled #12 RyanRowe of Illinois over three hard-fought sets(losing 4-6, 6-4, 7-5) … 26 of 31 victories camein straight sets … broke into the ITA nationalrankings at #94 and remained ranked throughthe end of the year (closed the season at #109)… owned an impressive 18-4 record against theMidwest Region in singles … went 5-2 in threesetmatches … perfect 5-0 record in tie-breakers… closed the season riding a seven-matchwinning streak (the third winning streak of atleast seven matches) … ended the campaign withfour match-clinching wins … went 22-13 overallin doubles, including 14-9 in dual matches …was 2-3 with Sheeva Parbhu at No. 2 and 12-6 with Barry King at No. 2 … registered fivedoubles-point clinching victories (all came withKing as partner) … dropped all three matchesagainst ranked opponents with King … owned a13-8 record against the Midwest Region indoubles … perfect 2-0 record in tie-breakers.
AS A FRESHMAN: Contributedimmediately for the Irish in the middle of theirlineup … finished the season with a 23-11overall record, including 16-10 in dual action …went 1-0 at No. 2, 11-8 at No. 3 and 4-2 at No.4 … named to the BIG EAST Conference alltournamentteam in singles … knocked offVirginia sophomore Treat Huey 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 atNo. 4 singles in dual-match action on Jan. 27 …Huey was ranked #6 in the national singlesrankings, making him the highest-ranked player(at the time) to fall victim to a Notre Dameplayer since Javier Taborga beat then #3 K.J.Hippensteel of Stanford on Oct. 12, 2000 …opened the season 10-1, including sevenstraight victories … second on the team withfour match-clinching victories … reached theround of 16 at the ITA Midwest RegionalChampionships … went 4-1 in the BIG EASTand NCAA Tournament … went 13-5 indoors,2-5 in tie breakers, 15-14 in close sets, 17-1when winning the first set, 10-6 outdoors, 10-3 in close matches, 12-1 at home and 13-4against the Midwest Region … went 12-9 indoubles, including a 7-8 mark in dual action …teamed up with three different Irish players …at No. 2 doubles, went 2-4 with Sheeva Parbhu… at No. 3 doubles, went 1-1 with Stephen Bassand 4-3 with Andrew Roth.
IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION:Earned wild card into main draw ofprofessional futures event in Joplin, Mo., insummer of 2005, prevailing in the openinground before falling in three sets … also playedin main doubles draw with his brother Travis.
HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL DATA:Extremely successful player on the junior scene… reached quarterfinals of the 2005 USTASuper National Hardcourt Championships,standing as the lone college-bound player inthat elite group … entered ND ranked eighth inUSTA 18-and-under national singles rankings,including third among incoming collegefreshmen … beat two of the top three players inthe country (#2 Conor Pollock and #3 SashaErmakov) en route to winning the 2004 USTAWinter National Open in St. Louis withoutlosing a set … also won 2005 USTA SpringNational Open in Cincinnati … wentundefeated (34-0) in senior season at BlueValley West High School and won the Kansasstate singles title, dropping just a single game inthe state tournament … only losses of his juniorcampaign came against his older brother, Travis,who graduated from Georgia as a standout onthe men[apos]s tennis team … born April 12, 1987,in Overland Park, Kan. … son of Kent and PattyHelgeson … has one older and one youngerbrother … graduated from the MendozaCollege of Business with a degree in finance.