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  Stephen Bass
School: Univ. of Notre Dame
Year: Senior
Home Town: Bronxville, NY
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High School: Iona Preparatory School
Height: 5-11
Weight: 165 lbs.
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Dominant Hand: Right
Major: Business
Singles Record: 109-46
Doubles Record: 56-40
Awards & Honors
  • Two-time BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (Singles: 2004, 2005)
  • Team MVP (2003-04)
  • Carlton M. Harris Award (2003-04, 2004-05)
  • Rafael Osuna Award (2005-06)
  • Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic Sportsmanship Award (2006)

    Proven winner who had his first taste of playing at the top of the lineup in 2004-05 ... ferocious competitor and extremely difficult to beat ... thrives on pressure situations ... main challenge is to put opponents away when he is up in matches ... great backhand and overall consistency are his primary weapons ... very quick ... has worked hard to improve his forehand and second serve and to be more aggressive with his volleys ... won Carlton M. Harris Award as Notre Dame player with best backhand in both of first two seasons ... had successful junior career prior to coming to Notre Dame, including being the runner-up in the USTA Super National Clay Court Championships in 2003 ... a three-year monogram winner.

    AS A JUNIOR: Spent most of the season atop the Irish singles lineup ... went 27-14 in singes, including 14-12 in dual action ... was 13-11 at No. 1 and 1-1 at No. 2 ... went 7-10 in doubles, including 4-8 in dual action ... teamed with six different players at No. 3 doubles for all but one match ... second on the Irish in singles victories ... finished the season ranked 29th nationally in singles ... climbed as high as 8th in singles ... became the third Notre Dame player ever to crack the top 10 in the ITA national singles rankings ... was 3rd-ranked in the Midwest Region ... captured the Rafael Osuna Award, a national honor presented by the ITA to a player who displays sportsmanship, character, excellent academics, and has had outstanding tennis accomplishments ... first Irish player ever to win the Osuna Award ... also received the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic Sportsmanship Award after helping the Irish reach the title match of the prestigious event ... knocked off a total of 15 ranked players ... went 19-5 indoors, 3-3 in tie breakers, 27-19-1 in close sets, 24-5-1 when winning the first set, 8-9-2 outdoors, 15-11 in close matches, 13-0 at home and 18-2 against the Midwest Region ... tied junior Sheeva Parbhu for the team-lead in match-clinching victories (5) ... had an outstanding fall season, beginning with 13 consecutive victories (eight over ranked players), becoming the first Irish player since 1993 to win the singles crown in the ITA Midwest Championships ... also matched the top result in program history by reaching the quarterfinals of the season's second grand slam, the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships ... the 13-match winning streak came to an end against #4 John Isner of Georgia, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) ... dropped three straight hard-fought, three-set matches to top-10 players, including #10 Somdev Devvarman of Virginia (6-3, 5-7, 6-4), #5 Raian Luchici of North Carolina (4-6, 6-3, 6-4) and #9 Ludovic Walter of Duke (6-4, 2-6, 6-3) ... followed that with a seven-match winning streak, highlighted by straight-set victories over #78 Nick Rinks of Michigan State and #42 Devin Mullings of Ohio State ... added two more victories over top-75 players, #75 Jakub Cech of Fresno State (6-3, 4-6, 6-2) and #23 Luke Shields of Boise State (6-3, 2-6, 7-6 [4]) ... dropped final five matches of the season, but all came against ranked players, including three in the top 12.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Moved to the top of the singles lineup in 2004-05 ... posted 24-14 mark in singles, including 14-11 in dual action ... was 7-8 at No. 1 and 7-3 at No. 2 ... named to BIG EAST all-tournament team in singles ... also earned a regular position in the doubles lineup, going 14-13 overall and 9-9 in dual matches (all at No. 3) ... finished season ranked 120th nationally in singles ... was 15th in the Midwest Region ... lost 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 to #38 Rylan Rizza in final match on court in 4-3 loss to #2 Virginia ... that was his only defeat in a nine-match span that included wins against Northwestern, Michigan State (4-3 ND win), William & Mary (4-3 ND win), Boise State (4-3 ND loss), and Rice (4-3 ND win) ... also had three-set win against #81 Matko Maravic of Michigan ... had 10-3 record during the fall, highlighted by a trip to the semifinals (first for an ND player since 1999) of the ITA Midwest Championships, where he lost 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to Michigan's Brian Hung ... started season with six consecutive victories, including match-tiebreaker win against #56 Paul Rose from Purdue, his highest-ranked collegiate victory in his first two seasons ... lost 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to #49 Andy Formanczyk of Michigan State for his first collegiate defeat in a three-set match ... went 20-1 when winning the opening set ... was 6-0 at the Courtney Tennis Center ... paired with five different players in doubles ... finished season with Sheeva Parbhu, going 4-3 at No. 3 ... clinched the doubles point in both matches in the BIG EAST tournament ... their first win together came against SMU ... played most of the spring with Barry King, going 6-7 overall and 4-6 in dual matches ... lost 9-7 in final match on court against #9 Duke ... clinched doubles point against #18 North Carolina ... received Carlton M. Harris Award as the player with the best backhand on the team for second straight year.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Clutch player who was a huge factor in Notre Dame's fortunes ... was the most consistent Irish player in singles action, leading team in both overall victories (22-7 record) and wins in dual matches (16-5 at Nos. 3 and 4) ... tabbed one of the team's co-MVPs ... the top Notre Dame player in close matches going 10-0 in three-set affairs, including seven wins when the team outcome was still undetermined ... his crowning performance came in the final of the BIG EAST Championship against Virginia Tech's Arvid Puranen of Sweden - who had beaten him in straight sets during the regular season - at No. 3 ... with the Irish up 3-2 but down a break in the final set in the only other remaining match, he stood just three points away from defeat before proceeding to win 12 consecutive points to win that match and clinch the title for Notre Dame ... rallied from down a service break twice in the final set en route to that 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 triumph ... named to BIG EAST all-tournament team in singles ... also had key three-set victories in helping Irish post wins against Indiana, Illinois State, SMU and Michigan ... beat Khaled El Dorry of #9 Texas A&M in a third-set tiebreaker, as well as Chris Klingemann of #12 Ohio State and Florida State's Jeff Groslimand in three sets ... actually held a winning record (7-6) when losing the opening set ... his straight-set victories included against Josh Hoyes of Miami, Charles Irie of Fresno State and Max Fomine of Mississippi State ... played mostly No. 4 for majority of the season, going 9-2, before making the permanent switch to No. 3 in late March (7-3 total record in that spot) ... was 6-2 in fall action ... won B flight championship in the season-opening Rice Crowne Plaza Invitational ... took two of three matches in the Tom Fallon Invitational ... defeated Ruben Torres in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 3 in exhibition match against USC ... fell in opening round of ITA Midwest Championships ... was 11-2 in home matches and 8-3 against Midwest Region foes ... went 15-1 when winning the opening set ... posted 11-12 record (6-11 dual) in doubles with six different partners ... played mostly with Eric Langenkamp, splitting eight dual matches (after winning four of first five) at No. 3 in middle of season and going 6-4 overall together ... won against Miami, Fresno State and Mississippi State ... duo split up after losing a tiebreaker in the final match on court against Virginia Tech ... the pair also was 2-0 in the Tom Fallon Invitational ... due to injuries, he was pressed into service in the BIG EAST Championship, teaming with Ryan Keckley for two key wins at No. 3 ... won at No. 3 with Paul Hidaka in exhibition match against USC in the fall ... also played in the ITA Midwest Championships with Hidaka, as well as in the spring opener (at No. 3) ... went 2-0 with Bobby McNally to win the B flight championship in the Crowne Plaza Invitational ... lost to #18 Calkins/Martin of Illinois at No. 2 in only match with Matthew Scott ... played five times with classmate Barry King in dual action, but did not register a victory ... received Carlton M. Harris Award as the player with the best backhand on the team.

    IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Earned first Association of Tennis Professionals points in singles (two) and doubles (four) in futures event in Tampa, Fla., in summer of '03 ... defeated player ranked 180th in the world in advancing to quarterfinals in singles ... reached semifinals in doubles ... played in Auburn, Calif., futures in summer of 2005 and then received a wild card into qualifying for the GHI Bronx Tennis Classic Challenger ... upset Toshiaki Sakai of Japan, ranked 521st in the world at the time, in three sets before falling in three to Australian Nathan Healey (ranked 255th).

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Listed 11th in the USTA national boys' 18-and-under rankings and was the fifth-ranked player entering college in fall `03 ... was singles finalist in 2003 Super National 18s Clay Court Championships ... participated in U.S. Open boys' singles and doubles draws in 2001 and `02 ... won Super National 14s Clay Courts in doubles in '99 ... went undefeated in four years on Iona Preparatory School tennis team ... four-time conference and regional champion ... was undefeated at No. 2 playing for Bronxville High School as a seventh- and eighth-grader ... played No. 2 singles behind his brother in first two seasons ... won Florida Gator Bowl and ITF Canadian Open in summer of '03 ... had a number of other impressive senior results ... also won a number of sportsmanship awards ... his brother Jimmy (`05) also played for the Irish tennis team ... father Jim played tennis at Pace University ... born April 13, 1985, in Bangkok, Thailand ... named to Dean's List in 2004 spring semester ... tabbed a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.