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  Andrew Laflin
School: Univ. of Notre Dame
Year: Senior
Home Town: Tampa, FL
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High School: Jesuit H.S.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birth Date: Saturday, March 01, 1980
Dominant Hand: Left
Major: Accounting
Singles Record: 33-6
Doubles Record: 2-2
Was virtually unbeatable at the bottom of the lineup for Irish … lefthanded player who combines unique talent of taking the ball on the rise and playing consistently ... added ability to finish points at net ... very mentally tough.

AS A SENIOR: Put together one of the most dominating seasons in Notre Dame tennis history, playing mostly at No. 6 singles … posted a 24-2 overall singles record, including 18-2 in dual matches … won 38 of his final 42 singles contests in his career … was 16-1 at No. 6 singles in ‘02 and 31-5 at that spot in his career … his .923 singles winning percentage was easily the best in a season by any player under head coach Bob Bayliss … moved into No. 6 position for good on February 17 and played in every match afterward … won 20 matches in straight sets … his .905 winning percentage in dual matches ranks second in the Bayliss era behind only five-time All-American David DiLucia’s .955 (21-1) in 1992 … finished his career with a 22-match winning streak at home and a 38-6 overall home singles record … started season 14-0 and had 10-match winning streak snapped in NCAA round of 16 … surrendered five games or fewer on 14 occasions, including each of his last six wins of the season … was 22-0 when winning the first set and undefeated in his last 35 matches in which he won the first set … his only losses came against Illinois players: #71 Michael Calkins at No. 5 in the Blue/Gray final and Nathan Zeder at No. 6 in NCAA round of 16 … notched victory over #67 Zeder, marking the highest-ranked opponent he defeated in his career, in 4-3 Irish road win over the Illini in the regular season … delivered victories in 4-3 Notre Dame wins over Harvard and Ball State … provided only Irish point in 4-1 loss to Kentucky … ranks 13th in career singles victories among players in the Bayliss era … listed 10th in career singles winning percentage (.733) in that span … earned first career ranking (136th) on February 22 and rose to 126th on March 20 … posted 6-0 mark in Tom Fallon Invitational, running his personal winning streak in the event to 10 matches … went 1-1 with Matthew Scott in the tournament, marking his only doubles action of the season.

AS A JUNIOR: Won first nine matches en route to 10-2 fall season in ’00 ... posted 4-0 records at both Tom Fallon Invitational and Kentucky Invitational ... went 2-1 at Indiana State Invitational ... played in pair of dual matches at No. 6 singles, notching straight-set wins over Iowa and Michigan St. ... teamed with Brian Farrell for doubles win at Indiana State Invitational and against Wisconsin at No. 3 doubles ... won with Ashok Raju in only match at Kentucky Invitational.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Led team with six singles wins to clinch Irish team victories, nearly half of their 13 wins in 2000 ... second behind Ryan Sachire in dual-match singles wins with 16 ... went 1-0 at No. 4 singles, 8-7 at No. 5 and 7-3 at No. 6 ... won decisive matches against Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue to clinch wins ... beat UAB’s Andre Van Der Werwa 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (11-9) after trailing 2-5 in second set and 3-8 in match tiebreaker ... went 2-0 in NCAA play with straight-set wins over New Mexico State and Chris Sands of UCLA ... beat Miami’s Mark Arrowsmith 6-0, 6-0 during regular-season dual match ... reached third round of Region IV Singles Championship, beating Wisconsin’s No. 1 player Danny Westerman in the second round ... defeated USC’s 79th-ranked Nicholas Rainey at No. 5 singles in fall dual match ... finished 2-1 at William & Mary Invitational ... went 1-1 with Ashok Raju at Tom Fallon Invitational in only doubles action of season.

AS A FRESHMAN: Was major part of team’s ’98-’99 success with a 14-5 dual-match record ... opened ’99 with 11 consecutive wins ... did not drop a set in five wins at No. 6 singles before moving up to No. 4 ... won his first six matches at No. 4 before injury forced him to miss matches against Miami and North Carolina ... went 6-1 at No. 6 singles, 1-0 at No. 5 singles before moving up to No. 4 ... also posted dual-match wins against Texas, Northwestern, Minnesota, Boise State, Indiana and Michigan ... played No. 3 singles at ’99 BIG EAST championship ... three of his wins clinched matches for Irish, including 4-3 win at Michigan State ... reached third round of ITA Region IV Singles Championship before losing to Minnesota’s No. 2 player Jon Svensson ... beat Ball State’s No. 1 Juan Fernandez in second round ... had 17-0 singles record when winning the first set and 11-2 record at home ... played in one doubles match in fall, teaming with Andy Warford in first-round loss at Rice Invitational.

IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Reached singles semifinals at 2000 ITA summer circuit event at Notre Dame ... advanced to doubles semifinals with Ashok Raju ... spent ’99 summer playing USTA professional satellite tour and futures events in Spain.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Won Florida state high school singles title as a senior at Tampa Jesuit High School ... four-time letterwinner, four-time team MVP and three-time team captain at Jesuit ... finished in top eight at both USTA 18-and-under National Clay Court Championships and 18-and-under National Championships in Kalamazoo ... sister Melanie is a ’96 Notre Dame graduate and currently in law school at Notre Dame ... father Pat is a ’71 Notre Dame graduate ... father was a member of the Irish swimming team ... born March 1, 1980, in Tampa, Fla. ...named to dean’s list on four occasions ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a major in accounting.

Head Coach Bob Bayliss on . . . Andrew Laflin
"After being relegated to a backup role as a junior following two years of starting, it was rewarding to see Andrew come in and assume the position of team anchor, where he won so many big matches for us. He only lost two matches all year, which was great to see."