Lobos Begin Spring Campaign
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/21/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 21, 2009

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The University of New Mexico men's tennis team will play its first two dual matches of the season this weekend, taking on Indiana on Friday, Jan. 23 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday, Jan. 25.

Indiana is off to a 3-0 start. The Hoosiers have lost only two singles matches and no doubles matches. This is only the third meeting between UNM and Indiana. The all-time series is tied at 1-1. UNM defeated the Hoosiers 8-1 in 1986, but lost in 1987, 5-3.

It is also the third meeting between UNM and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Lobos hold a 2-0 advantage with their most recent win on March 22, 2008. The Islanders will compete in two matches before meeting up with UNM on Sunday, playing Radford and Indiana.

The New Mexico men's tennis team is ranked 42nd in the nation according to the latest ITA rankings released on Tuesday, Jan. 6. The Lobos finished the 2008 season at the No. 41 spot.

What to Watch For

UNM is led by seniors Johnny Parkes, Graeme Kassautzki and Miles Bugby. Kassautzki, who is ranked 83rd in the nation, as of the Jan. 6 ITA pre-season poll, notched three consecutive wins at the ITA All-American in early October, but was eliminated from the event's main draw by Texas' Ed Corrie. Kassautzki holds the No.6 singles ranking in the ITA Mountain Region.

Parkes ranks second in the Mountain Region after posting a 5-2 record in the fall. Parkes was ranked 116 in the nation in the preseason polls. He came one win shy of entering the finals at the ITA Mountain Regional in October. After four consecutive victories, Parkes was one of four remaining players in the draw of 128.

Parkes and Bugby hold the No.2 doubles ranking in the ITA Mountain Region. The duo won four consecutive matches at the ITA Mountain Regional in October before falling to Denver's Andrew Landwerlen and Martin Zimmerman in the finals.

The Lobos are rounded out by sophomore Joe Wood and newcomers Phil Anderson, Ben Dunbar, Carl Ho and Matt Neeld. Ho shined in the fall, capturing the Balloon Fiesta Invite, with four singles wins.

Climbing Up

Seniors Johnny Parkes and Graeme Kassautzki are climbing the UNM all-time singles and doubles lists. Entering the 2009 season, Kassautzki ranks eighth on the list with a career record of 78-40. Parkes is at the No. 10 slot with a singles record of 73-40. The all-time singles leader is Divan Coetzee, who played for the Lobos from 2001-04, with a record of 96-30.

In doubles, Parkes currently ranks tied for 17th with a 59-41 record while Kassautzki claimed the 25th rank with a record of 52-41. The all-time doubles leader is David Kowlaski who played from 2001-05 finishing his career with a 100-40 record.

2008 Recap

• 20-8 finish, most victories in 20 years, finishing the season ranked 41st

• 5-1 MWC finish, earned a share of the 2008 MWC Championship (tied TCU and Utah)

• The Lobos narrowly lost to TCU in the Mountain West Conference Championship match, 4-3

• Senior Max Jones and juniors Johnny Parkes and Graeme Kassautzki made the all-MWC team as singles players

• Jones-Kamil Pajkowski and Chris Parkes-Johnny Parkes made the all-MWC team as doubles combinations

• Head coach Alan Dils was named the MWC Coach of the Year and ITA Mountain Regional Coach of the Year

• Dils became the winningest coach in UNM history (164-112)

• UNM won its most matches since 1995, including an 11-match winning streak