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  Javier Taborga
School: Univ. of Notre Dame
Year: Senior
Home Town: La Paz, Bolivia
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High School: German School
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birth Date: Sunday, April 15, 1979
Dominant Hand: Left
Major: Finance & Computer Applications
Singles Record: 51-24
Doubles Record: 52-25
Stepped into the No. 1 singles role and fluorished in 2002, while also excelling in his third year at No. 1 doubles … possesses rifle forehand which is hit with both power and accuracy to all corners of the court ... has a big lefthanded serve and forehand ... natural serve and volleyer ... moved on to professional tennis scene after graduation.

AS A SENIOR: Established himself as one of top singles and doubles players in the nation in 2002 ... became second Notre Dame player in three years to be named Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Senior Player of the Year ... joined Irish legend David DiLucia as the only Notre Dame players to earn singles and doubles All-America honors in same season ... ranked 18th nationally in singles and eighth in doubles with Casey Smith ... was the only player in the country to have defeated both the nation’s final No. 1 singles player and No. 1 doubles team … posted 28-12 singles record, including 21-6 in dual matches … along with Casey Smith, turned in one of the best doubles seasons in Notre Dame tennis history … was 32-13 overall and 17-8 in dual matches with all but one victory coming with Smith … listed as high as fourth nationally in doubles, becoming just the second Irish doubles team in history to be ranked that high (also Chuck Coleman/ David DiLucia) … was ranked as high as No. 11 in singles, just the third player in school history to be as highly ranked ... moved into No. 1 singles spot early in the season for the first time in his career and responded by winning 15 of his first 16 matches and posting a 19-5 mark in that position, including an 11-match winning streak ... doubles victory total marks the highest by a doubles team in a season in the Bob Bayliss era … notched 10 wins over ranked teams, including eight over top-30 squads and three over teams finishing the season in the national top five (#1 Matkowski/Rojer of UCLA and two against #4 Calkins/Delic of Illinois) … became the ninth player in the program’s history to earn a berth in the NCAA singles Championships and earned All-America honors after garnering a No. 9-16 seed ... lost to UCLA’s Marcin Matkowski in first-round action … joined Chuck Coleman (’93) as the only players in Notre Dame history to earn three invitations to the NCAA Doubles Championship … lost to Rice team in opening round ... posted 16 victories over players who finished the season with national rankings, including eight over top-31 foes ... won 6-4, 6-2 against 2001 and 2002 NCAA singles champion Matias Boeker of Georgia … also notched wins over #12 Amer Delic of Illinois (three times), #22 Todd Widom of Miami, #28 Alex Hartman of Mississippi, #29 Danny Westerman of Wisconsin, #31 Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State, #41 Michael Yani of Duke and #52 Krystian Pfeiffer of SMU … provided lone Irish victory in 4-1 loss to Illinois in NCAA round of 16, defeating All-American Delic for the third time ... lost just eight times in his final 32 matches, dating back to October, and all of those defeats came to players finishing in the national rankings … named the Most Outstanding Player at the Blue-Gray National Classic after winning all four of his matches, including an upset of ninth-ranked Delic and a win over Harvard’s David Lingman in the last match on-court to earn the Irish a spot in the championship match … had seven-match winning streak against top-40 opponents … led Irish with six match-clinching victories … registered clinching win in NCAA first-round match against Michigan with a straight-set win over #72 Henry Beam, avenging a regular-season loss … out of his 12 losses, 10 were to players finishing in the top 85 and three were decided in match tiebreakers … was 22-0 when winning the first set and 8-0 in three-set matches … turned in wins to help the Irish claim the doubles point in 4-3 wins over Pepperdine and Illinois … also defeated #11 Graeff/Suter (Pepperdine), #12 Levant/Magallan (Florida), #23 Mayer/Swan (Purdue), #26 Cameron/Chesworth (Furman), #26 Choo/Chu (Harvard), and #35 McGregor/Sudhakara (Tulsa) … put together five-match winning streak against ranked opponents … paired with Matthew Scott for victory in BIG EAST semifinals vs. Rutgers … holds 41-21 career record at No. 1 doubles … along with Smith, had a strong fall season that vaulted them from their No. 34 preseason ranking into the national top 10, where they remained all spring … advanced through qualifying and posted a 6-1 mark (losing only to top-seeded Lipsky/Martin of Stanford) at the ITA All-American Championships en route to capturing the consolation title … seeded third, reached the semifinals in the Omni Hotels Region IV Championships before losing to Calkins/Delic, which helped them earn an at-large bid to the National Indoor Championships … toppled top-seeded and eventual national No. 1 Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer in quarterfinals of Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, giving the UCLA pair their only loss in 14 fall matches ... advanced to the semifinals of the National Indoors before losing in a tiebreaker to Brunstrom/Cohn from SMU … was 7-5 in fall singles play, losing three times in match tiebreakers … seeded 13th, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the Omni Hotels Region IV Championships before losing to eventual national No. 1 Mankad … helped Irish defeat eventual national champion USC 5-2 in exhibition play with a victory over #91 Prakash Armitraj, who went on to be named MVP of the NCAA Team Championship … registered wins over two players who earned spots in the singles main draw of the 2002 U.S. Open (Armitraj and Boeker) ... was the fourth player under Bob Bayliss to register 75 wins in both singles and doubles … tied for fourth in career doubles wins (77) among players in the Bayliss era … listed 13th in career singles wins (77) and ninth in combined career wins (154) in that span … his 17 doubles dual-match wins are tied for sixth during Bayliss’ tenure, while he is ninth in career doubles dual-match victories … recorded fifth 60-plus combined victory season under Bayliss … named Region IV ITA/Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year … also the Region IV nominee for the ITA John Van Nostrand Memorial Award, which is a cash stipend for a graduating player intending to pursue tennis professionally … was a Verizon Academic All-America nominee … named team MVP.

AS A JUNIOR: Moved up to No. 2 singles and went 11-8 with wins against Kentucky, Baylor, Fresno State and Minnesota ... went 5-3 against ranked opponents ... came through the qualifying to reach third round at ITA All-American Championships ... beat Auburn’s No. 1 and 31st-ranked George Matijasevic in first round ... eliminated defending champion, top-seed and third-ranked K.J. Hippensteel in second round ... advanced to quarterfinals of ITA Region IV Singles Championship for second straight year ... was ranked as high as 75th nationally ... was 13th in final regional singles rankings ... teamed with Aaron Talarico at No. 1 doubles spot for second consecutive year ... reached semifinals at ITA All-American Championships in fall ... won 21 of 23 matches when winning the first set ... first Irish doubles semifinalists at a grand slam event since 1994 ... defeated two teams from Mississippi State and Duke en route to semifinals before losing to eventual champions from Florida ... made second straight NCAA doubles appearance ... dropped first-round match to Stanford’s 14th-ranked Scott Lipsky and David Martin ... ninth in preseason ITA rankings before finishing 20th ... was third in final regional doubles rankings ... went 12-6 at No. 1 singles with wins against Duke, Baylor, Miami, Ohio State, Minnesota and Harvard ... went 3-1 with James Malhame in two fall events.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Made his first NCAA doubles appearance with Talarico in 2000 ... lost in first round to SMU’s No. 5-8 seeded team of Toby Hansson and Jon Wallmark ... earned one of two Region IV automatic selections into 32-team NCAA doubles field ... second youngest duo in NCAA doubles draw with just four combined seasons of collegiate tennis experience ... teamed with Talarico for a 17-9 record, including 12-6 at No. 1 doubles ... eight of 17 wins came against ranked teams ... entered Intercollegiate Tennis Association ratings in first ranking in January at No. 48 ... were ranked as high as 27 with final ranking of 35 ... was third in final regional doubles rankings ... eight of 12 wins in dual matches have clinched doubles point for the Irish ... posted dual-match wins at No. 1 doubles against New Mexico, Illinois, UAB, North Carolina and Miami ... won Tom Fallon Invitational to open fall season ... went 9-4 in fall in singles before injuries limited his play in the spring ... reached quarterfinals of ITA Region IV Singles Championship before losing to teammate Ryan Sachire ... beat Northwestern’s No. 2 Joost Hol in second round, Indiana’s No. 2 Ian Arons in third round and Minnesota’s 90th-ranked Tyson Parry in fourth round before falling to Sachire ... had 9-11 record in dual matches at mostly No. 4 singles ... was 29th in final regional singles rankings ... posted dual-match singles wins against New Mexico, Indiana, Virginia, New Mexico State and two against Illinois’ Jamal Parker ... his win against New Mexico State clinched the NCAA first-round win for the Irish.

AS A FRESHMAN: Posted 4-0 singles record in ’99 dual matches in reserve role ... played in lineup at No. 6 singles at BIG EAST Championship in Brian Patterson’s absence and went 2-0 ... won championship-clinching match at 3-3 with 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win over Miami’s Joel Berman ... also beat Berman in March dual match ... finished with 4-3 record in fall ... teamed with Trent Miller for 4-6 record at No. 2 doubles with wins against North Carolina, Texas A&M, Michigan and Boston College ... also paired with Aaron Talarico for a 2-1 record in dual matches with wins against Iowa and Miami (Fla.) ... that duo beat Baylor’s 11th-ranked David Hodge and Johann Jooste at Thunderbird Invitational in fall.

IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Has extensive international experience ... three-time member of Bolivia’s Davis Cup team, initially earning a spot while only 18 years old ... played in Group III Davis Cup qualifying matches in ’98 against Antigua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Puerto Rico, defeating current Irish teammate Luis Haddock-Morales in doubles in match against Puerto Rico ... also participated in ’99 Davis Cup qualifying matches against Panama, Jamaica, Honduras and Guatemala ... went undefeated for Bolivia in 2002 Davis Cup qualifying action ... won ’99 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Summer Circuit singles tournament at Notre Dame and teamed with Trent Miller to win doubles ... successfully defended doubles title in ’00 with Aaron Talarico but did not compete in singles.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Top-ranked player in Bolivia in four age groups: 10, 12, 14 and 18-year olds ... most of his experience was on clay at altitude of 12,000 feet ... won silver medals in men’s doubles and mixed doubles at Bolivarianos, the South American Olympic Games ... also a standout soccer forward ... was selected for Bolivia’s national soccer team at 15, but turned it down to concentrate on tennis ... from same hometown as former Irish tennis players Juan Inchauste (1974) and Ronald Inchauste (1976) ... full name is Paulo Javier Taborga ... born April 15, 1979, in La Paz, Bolivia ... named to dean’s list on five occasions ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a double major in finance and computer applications.

Head Coach Bob Bayliss on . . . Javier Taborga
"Javier grew from a freshman who was No. 8 on our team and was not a starter in singles to a senior who finished the year in the national top 20 – and got as high as No. 11 in singles – and was the National Senior Player of the Year. I think that is something to feel great about. I am proud of what he achieved."