March 17, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- The 32nd-ranked University of New Mexico men's tennis team play host to Northern Arizona and Purdue this week, wrapping up their regular season home schedule. New Mexico and Northern Arizona will duel on Wednesday, March 18, at noon while Purdue comes to town on Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be at the UNM Tennis Complex. UNM is 20-0 all-time against Northern Arizona. Saturday will be the first meeting between the Lobos and the Boilermakers.
New Mexico is 11-2 for their best start since 1995 when the Lobos opened their spring campaign with 11 straight wins. The 1995 team also went 11-2 in their first 13 matches. Their only losses of the season have come against then-ranked No. 25 Virginia Tech at the ITA Team Indoor Tournament and No. 52 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the HEB Tournament.
RECENT RANKINGS:UNM jumped four spots to No. 32 as of the ITA poll released on Tuesday, March 17. The Lobos have not been ranked lower than 44 this season. Senior Graeme Kassautzki made the singles list at the No. 123.
LAST TIME OUT:The Lobos are coming off a 2-0 weekend. UNM picked up a 6-1 win over Wichita State on Friday, sweeping the doubles point and winning all but one singles match. The Lobos came from behind to defeat in-state rival New Mexico State on Sunday. After narrowly losing the doubles point, the Lobos were paced by seniors Johnny Parkes and Graeme Kassautzki who came out with two quick singles wins. Lobo freshmen Phil Anderson and Elliot Chang dropped the first set at the No. 4 and No. 6 position before getting wins in the next two to secure the victory.
CHASING HISTORY:Seniors Johnny Parkes and Graeme Kassautzki are climbing the UNM all-time singles and doubles lists. Kassautzki holds the No. 6 singles spot with an all-time record of 87-42. Parkes is close behind at the No. 7 slot with a singles record of 85-40. 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 is tied for 13th with a 68-43 record while Kassautzki is tied for 17th with a record of 59-44. The all-time doubles leader is David Kowlaski who played from 2001-05 finishing his career with a 100-40 record.
No.1 FOR A REASON:Senior Johnny Parkes has lost only one singles match at the No. 1 position. Parkes is 12-1, including winning six straight matches and six straight sets. Parkes has only lost a combined three sets in all 13 matches.
CONFERENCE COMPETITION:Four other Mountain West Conference teams are ranked in the top 70 - No. 38 San Diego State, No. 50 TCU, No. 60 Utah, No. 65 UNLV and No. 65 UNLV. The Lobos begin conference play on March 27 and host the Mountain West Conference Championships.
DYNAMIC DOUBLES:The Lobos are 10-2 in doubles as a team. Seniors Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby are 9-2 at the No. 1 position while senior Graeme Kassautzki and sophomore Joe Wood are 8-3 at the No. 2 slot this spring. The Lobos are 24-10 in spring doubles, good for a 0.706 winning percentage.
PARKES NAMED MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - TWICE:Senior Johnny Parkes has earned two Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors this season, Feb. 11 and Jan. 28. Parkes began the season 12-0, going undefeated in singles and doubles.
FANTASTIC FRESHMAN:Freshman Phil Anderson and Elliot Chang are a combined 15-3 in singles. Chang is 7-1 while Anderson is 8-2. In doubles, the freshman duo of Chang and Ben Dunbar are 6-3 in the No.3 position.
MWC 10TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM:Three former Lobos were named to the Mountain West Conference Men's Tennis 10th Anniversary Team on Feb. 12. Gracing the singles list is Divan Coetzee, while Max Jones and Kamil Pajkowski represent UNM in doubles. Coetzee played for the Lobos from 2001-04 and holds the all-time singles record at UNM with a mark of 96-30. Jones and Pajkowski compiled a 77-34 record over four years of competition together from 2006-08.
ITA INDOOR SPLIT:The Lobos competed in the ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship qualifier on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. UNM narrowly lost to No. 30 Virginia Tech, 4-3, and secured a 4-0 win over No. 64 Stetson. Seniors Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby picked up two doubles wins on the weekend, including over the No. 20-ranked doubles pair in the nations, Virginia Tech's Nicolas Delagdo and Luka Somen.
WEEKEND SWEEP FOR 2-0 START:The Lobos opened their spring campaign with a weekend sweep of two nationally-ranked teams, defeating No. 44 Indiana, 4-3, and No. 75 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 4-2. The Lobos were paced by seniors Johnny Parkes, Graeme Kassautzki and Miles Bugby in the No. 1-3 positions of singles play against the Hoosiers. While the seniors all picked up wins, freshmen doubles duo Ben Dunbar and Elliot Chang clinched the doubles point with a tiebreaker win.
The Lobos defeated the Islanders with another dominant win from Parkes in singles and Parkes and Bugby in doubles. Lobo freshman Carl Ho and Phil Anderson picked up their first collegiate wins of the spring to seal the victory.
2009 OUTLOOK:UNM is led by seniors Johnny Parkes, Graeme Kassautzki and Miles Bugby. Kassautzki, who was ranked 86th in the nation, in 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 began the spring with the No. 6 singles ranking in the ITA Mountain Region.
Parkes ranks second in the Mountain Region after posting a 6-2 singles 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 began the spring with 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. Elliot Chang joined the Lobos at semester break.