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  Aaron Talarico
School: Univ. of Notre Dame
Year: Senior
Home Town: Laguna Beach, CA
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High School: Laguna Beach H.S.
Height: 5-9
Weight: 150 lbs.
Birth Date: Friday, August 08, 1980
Dominant Hand: Right
Major: Finance
Singles Record: 42-24
Doubles Record: 33-26
Was an integral part of Notre Dame’s success over the past few seasons … one of the team’s most improved players and hardest workers ... great fighter who utilizes his speed and quickness ... has good power and shotmaking ability ... entered season with added punch to already better-than-average serve ... quickness at net makes him an asset in doubles ... moved on to professional tennis scene after graduation.

AS A SENIOR: One of the important cogs in the upper part of Notre Dame’s lineup in 2002 … posted 19-13 singles record, including 14-8 in dual matches, playing mostly at No. 3 … was 16-13 (13-10 in dual matches) in doubles, playing with five different partners … played No. 5 singles in opening match of the season, but had played his way to the No. 2 spot three matches later … moved to No. 3 on February 16 and stayed there until the end of the season, posting a 9-3 mark … was 12-3 at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 combined … opened the spring 6-0, including a win over Duke’s Joel Spicher in Notre Dame’s 4-3 victory … defeated #16 Phil Metz of Ohio State in that span 6-2, 6-1, marking the highest-ranked opponent he defeated in his career … lost close three-setter (6-4, 4-6, 7-5) to #51 Kristofer Stahlberg in the deciding match against Mississippi, outlasting all the other matches by nearly an hour … missed final of Blue/Gray Classic after being hospitalized for heat exhaustion following the semifinal win over Harvard … provided clinching victory in Notre Dame’s NCAA second-round win over Purdue, sending the Irish to the round of 16 for the first time since 1994 … earned first career singles ranking (121st) on March 6 … was 17-1 when winning the first set … was forced to abandon five of his last seven singles matches … delivered 9-8 (7-4) win with partner Brent D’Amico to clinch the doubles point in Notre Dame’s 4-3 upset of #7 Pepperdine … had six-match winning streak in February with D’Amico, including wins over Pepperdine, Georgia and Mississippi … delivered doubles point (with Matthew Scott) against Ohio State with 9-7 win at No. 3 as the last match on-court … posted 5-5 singles mark in fall action … defeated Daniel Langre in three sets in Notre Dame’s 5-2 exhibition win over eventual national champion USC … garnered No. 6 seed in doubles with Haddock-Morales at Omni Hotels Region IV Championships and advanced to the round of 16 … the pair was listed 30th in the preseason rankings.

AS A JUNIOR: Major part of team’s success in ’01 with 16-4 dual-match singles record ... shared team MVP honors with Casey Smith ... along with Brian Farrell, led team in dual-match singles victories ... team-high five of his 16 wins clinched dual-match victories for the Irish ... won final match at 3-3 against Indiana State and Baylor ... lost first set and trailed 1-4 in second set before rallying against Baylor ... posted 15-2 record at No. 4 singles ... was 18th in final regional singles rankings ... lost just two sets during 12-match winning streak in March, April and May ... posted dual-match wins against SMU, Miami, Illinois, Fresno State, Auburn and Harvard during that streak ... rebounded from 4-5 fall season for successful spring ... began fall with win over William & Mary’s 90th-ranked Trevor Spracklin ... reached third round of ITA Midwest Singles Championship ... won 16 of 18 matches after winning the first set ... teamed with Javier Taborga at No. 1 doubles spot for second consecutive year ... reached semifinals at ITA All-American Championships in fall ... 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.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Made his first NCAA doubles appearance with Taborga 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 expereince ... teamed with Taborga for a 17-9 record, including 12-6 at No. 1 doubles ... eight of 17 wins came against ranked teams ... entered Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings in first ranking in Janaury 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 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 ... also has teamed with Matt Daly for a 2-1 record in dual matches ... wins with Daly at No. 2 doubles clinched the point for the Irish against Michigan and Ball State ... began spring season with dual-match wins in seven of his first nine singles matches ... then struggled with a foot injury in March before finishing season by winning three of last four matches for an 11-8 mark in dual matches at mostly Nos. 4 and 5 singles ... won singles matches against Washington, New Mexico, Kentucky, Purdue and New Mexico State ... had a 7-2 record in the fall ... reached final of Tom Fallon Invitational, beating Purdue’s No. 2 singles player Carl McCaffery in quarterfinals ... went 3-0 at William & Mary Invitational, defeated Virginia Tech’s No. 2 singles player Gerard Baynham ... won 14 of 16 matches after winning the first set.

AS A FRESHMAN: Went 7-3 in singles and gave team solid doubles results as dual-match substitute in ’99 ... finished perfect 5-0 in singles at Thunderbird Invitational ... reached final of Rice Invitational ... played in two dual singles matches against Miami (Ohio) and Kentucky ... played doubles with five different partners ... filled in for Brian Patterson at No. 1 doubles at BIG EAST championship, teaming with Ryan Sachire for 1-0 record ... teamed with Javier Taborga for 3-3 record ... that duo beat Baylor’s 11th-ranked David Hodge and Johann Jooste at Thunderbird Invitational in fall and posted dual-match wins over Iowa and Miami (Fla.) ... went 2-0 at No. 3 doubles with Casey Smith against Ball State and Michigan.

IN NON-COLLEGIATE ACTION: Has played International Tennis Federation tournaments in Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama ... spent ’99 summer playing United States Tennis Association professional satellite circuit ... qualified for main draw at ’99 Berkeley futures events with three-set win over teammate Andrew Laflin in second round ... also qualified for Berkeley futures in ’00 ... beat 12th-seeded Jesse Walter in first round of main draw at Berkeley ... won ’00 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Summer Circuit doubles tournament at Notre Dame with Javier Taborga

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Advanced to final of California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section singles championship ... won six matches in consolation tournament at ’98 United States Tennis Association 18-and-under National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., including wins over Brian Farrell and Fabio Campos ... ranked in top 10 in Southern California Tennis Association ... voted ’97 SCTA most improved player ... finished fourth in singles at ’98 Copper Bowl national tournament ... won doubles at ’97 Western Open national tournament at Ball State ... named Orange County Register 1998 player of the year ... four-year letterwinner at Laguna Beach High School ... captained team as a senior ... was four-year team MVP, three-time all-county and two-time all-conference ... born Aug. 8, 1980, in Laguna Beach, Calif. ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a major in finance.

Head Coach Bob Bayliss on . . . Aaron Talarico
"Aaron’s experience, despite a pretty painful elbow injury, gave him the ability to win some big matches for us."