UND Roster

2011-12 Men's Tennis Roster

Niall Fitzgerald

Height 5'11''
Weight 155 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown Wicklow, Ireland
High School Blackrock College

AS A SENIOR: Turned in a strong senior campaign, finishing 24-11 overall including 17-7 during the spring season … played primarily four and five singles, finishing 6-1 at four and 8-4 at five … also was 1-0 at two and 2-2 at six … ended year with a five-match winning streak and went 8-1 in final 10 matches, with one match not finishing … also competed at No. 1 doubles, first with Spencer Talmadge and then with fellow senior Casey Watt … went 9-13 with Watt playing against a tough schedule that featured five ranked foes, including three duos in the top 10 … knocked off No. 28 Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen of Ohio State, 8-5, during regular season matchup … advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championships, with Watt, losing a thriller to No. 4 Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn of Stanford, 4-6, 6-7 … won singles matches against opponents from ranked teams No. 39 Wake Forest, No. 64 Northwestern, No. 28 Michigan, No. 56 Michigan State, No. 38 Louisville, No. 65 USF and No. 40 Vanderbilt … won 16 matches throughout year in straight sets … defeated No. 60 Nelson Vick of Ohio State, 6-4, 7-6 in the fall … advanced to the round of 16 in both singles and doubles at the ITA/USTA Midwest Singles and Doubles Championships … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star … was team’s 2011-12 Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award recipient … named a co-captain prior to the start of the 2011-12 season … participated in the 2011-12 Rosenthal Leadership Academy … earned a monogram.

AS A JUNIOR: Enjoyed most productive season as member of the Irish, posting a record of 17-8 in singles while going 23-16 in doubles matches … named member of BIG EAST Academic All-Star team … climbed as high as 51st on the season in doubles along with teammate Spencer Talmadge … posted three wins over ranked competition in doubles action with Talmadge … put together a streak of seven straight wins in singles action during the fall slate, going a perfect 3-0 at the 2010 Chowder Fest before reeling off four-straight wins to begin ITA Midwest Regional … reached the round of 32 at the Midwest Regional after playing through the qualifying bracket, recording a first round win in the main draw over Marquette’s Otavio Perim (6-2, 6-1) … competed primarily at No. 5 and No. 6 singles during the dual campaign, posting records of 4-3 and 1-0 at those courts, respectively … clinched two matches … won three straight dual singles matches against USF’s Juan arlos Acuna (6-2, 6-7, 1-0), Ball State’s Austin Sansone (6-2, 6-0) and #64 SMU’s Robert Sajovich (6-0, 6-7, 6-2) to conclude regular season … knocked off #48 Lawrence Formentera and John Warden of Oklahoma, 9-8 (7-5) for first win of season in doubles versus a ranked foe … also took down #44 Stefan Hardy and Zach Hunter of North Carolina (8-3) and #12 Matt Allare and Peter Kobelt of Ohio State (8-6) for other wins against ranked competition … the win against Allare and Kobelt marks highest ranked foe defeated by Fitzgerald in doubles … ended the season at No. 1 doubles after beginning campaign at No. 2 … posted records of 6-8 at the No. 1 court and 10-3 at No. 2 … earned a monogram.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Posted a 5-5 overall singles mark … downed #75 William & Mary’s Jamie Whiteford, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in third singles … defeated Bryant Dudzik of Toledo in a two- set match spent his sophomore season playing second doubles … had an 8-3 win over #2 Virginia’s Jarmere Jenkins and Houston Barrick, with partner Stephen Havens … defeated Mirko Zapletal and Taylor Leiby of #26 Fresno State with a 1-0 lead and an 8-2 win … topped Mark Schanerman and Joshua Graves, 8-6, to edge out #45 Northwestern … defeated Northwestern’s Will Lowell and David Tillem, by an 8-5 margin, to advance to BIG EAST semifinals … pulled out a close match against USF’s Wael Kilani and Yannick Yoshizaw to help the Irish advance to the BIG EAST finals … earned a monogram.

AS A FRESHMAN: Played a big role for the Irish in their singles lineup, registering a 6-9 record between No. 4 (1-1), 5 (2-5) and 6 (3-3) positions on the dual season … went 9-2 during the tour schedule, including a perfect 4-0 mark while competing at the Tribe Invitational … secured one match-clinching point, knocking off Eric Spector of Northwestern, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5, to lock up a 4-3 win for the Irish … opened the dual season with a victory over Ilja Orre of #64 William & Mary, 5-7, 6-0, 1-0 … defeated Ashley Watling of #12 Tulsa in a straight-sets victory, 6-1, 6-4 … earned his sixth win of the dual season with a straight-sets victory over Tanner Stump from #48 Mississippi State, 7-6, 6-1 … competed with Matt Johnson in doubles action during the dual season, posting a 6-9 mark at the No. 3 court … the duo also made one appearance at No. 2 doubles, dropping a decision to Bryan Koniecko and Shuhei Uzawa of #3 Ohio State, 6-8 … opened the dual season with a convincing victory over the tandem of Hugh Clarke and Jensen Turner of #14 Pepperdine, 8-3 … earned back-to-back doubles point-clinching wins against Michigan State and Northwestern, knocking off the Spartans duo of Clark Richardson and Alex Forger, 8-4, and following with a win over Alexander Thams and Andrew McCarthy of the Wildcats, 8-4 … earned a monogram.

HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL DATA: Four- time letter winner at Blackrock College (Ireland) … finished undefeated in both his junior and senior seasons … the #1-ranked junior in his class in Ireland … won back-to- back U18 national indoor titles in Ireland … son of Martin and Pamela Fitzgerald … born in Dublin, Ireland … oldest of three siblings … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in finance.