First Round: Michigan (L, 1-4)
SCHOOL/RECORD: Notre Dame (13-13) - #29
CONFERENCE: Big East
HEAD COACH/RECORD: Bobby Bayliss/692-297-1 (career); 401-194 (Notre Dame)
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 37 (including 17 of last 18 years)
BEST NCAA FINISH: Champions (1944 & 1959)
2009 TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, including nine matches versus top-20 ranked opponents … The Irish recorded their best win of the season on March 27 when they (ranked 27th at the time) upset ninth-ranked Illinois, 4-3 in Notre Dame, Ind. it was Notre Dame’s first win over a top-10 opponent while not being ranked in the ITA top-20 since February 16, 1997 when 29th-ranked Notre Dame defeated eighth-ranked Duke, 4-3.
PLAYER/COACH HIGHLIGHTS: In Notre Dame’s regular season finale, the Irish beat Ball State, 7-0 on Monday, April 13. The win marked the 400th of Bobby Bayliss’ career as the head coach at Notre Dame … Senior Brett Helgeson, in his second year of playing No. 1 singles for the Irish, is 30th in the ITA singles rankings … freshman Casey Watt leads the team in singles wins with 18.