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Men’s Tennis: Helgeson falls in second round

Kate Grabarek | Sunday, November 9, 2008

After winning his opening round match in three sets at the ITA National Indoors, senior Brett Helgeson fell to East Tennessee’s Enrique Olivares, 7-5, 7-5.

“The best thing about his appearance there is the opportunity to play some of the country’s best players,” coach Bobby Bayliss said, “Thus securing a strong national ranking and increasing his NCAA status.”

While Helgeson was at the ITA National Indoors, the rest of the team was participating in the William and Mary Invitational, rounding out the fall season.

Sophomores Stephen Havens and Dan Stahl flip-flopped, as each played at No. 1 and No. 2 singles over the weekend. The pair combined for 10 singles wins this weekend, and along with freshman Casey Watt, made the all-tournament team.

Sophomore Tyler Davis played at No. 3 singles, earning a singles win over William and Mary’s Sebastien Vidal 6-3, 6-2, but dropping a match to College of Charleston’s Mickael Boyer.

At No. 4 singles, David Anderson beat Joe Nicalazzi of the College of Charleston. Watt, also playing at No. 4 singles, earned a pair of wins as well.

Freshman Niall Fitzgerald earned a victory over Ilja Orre of William and Mary at No. 5 singles. Fitzgerald and sophomore Matt Johnson rounded out singles action of day one with victories in flight six.

At No. 1 doubles, Davis and Watt lost on day one to William and Mary 8-6. Anderson teamed with Sean Tan to lose their No. 2 doubles match while Havens and Johnson rounded out the doubles action for the day with an 8-2 victory.

Davis earned a victory over Maryland’s Boris Febroyt by a score of 6-3, 6-3. Anderson picked up a victory in flight four over another player from Maryland.

“I expect great things from this core group as they mature,” Bayliss said. “The key for this year is how fast that maturation takes place and how resilient they will be to a brutally difficult schedule. We are getting great young leadership from guys like Tyler Davis and Dan Stahl, who has come on very well so far. David Anderson has grown into a stronger role this year as he has learned to assume more responsibility.”

Watt picked up a victory in flight five over Alex Aksanov of Maryland. Fitzgerald rounded out singles action with a victory over Roshan Potarazau.

Davis also went 1-1 in flight one doubles on day two teaming up with Watt for the loss and Havens for the victory. The Irish earned two doubles victories in flight two with the teams of Tan and Anderson, and senior Santiago Montoya and Johnson.

The Irish earned two more victories in flight three with the teams of Johnson and Havens, and Fitzgerald and Tan.

Davis picked up another singles victory in flight three on day three of the Tribe Invitational. In flight six, both Fitzgerald and Tan earned victories.

Montoya and Johnson combined for a doubles victory. Watt and Fitzgerald combined for another doubles win, while Tan and Anderson rounded out the Irish’s fall action with a win.

The Irish finished with a record of 32-7 record at the Invitational. Next the Irish will host Pepperdine on Jan. 16.