Lobos Return Home to Host Montana State
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/19/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 19, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --The Lobos return home after five road matches to face Montana State. This is the third meeting between the Lobos and the Bobcats. UNM holds a 2-0 advantage, with its most recent win in 2006. MSU plays four matches in four days and three before meeting up with the Lobos. The Bobcats play New Mexico State, Texas-Pan American and Idaho prior to Sunday's match.

UNM improved to 6-1 with a 5-2 win over #48 Denver on Feb. 13. The Lobos remain ranked 44th in the ITA standings released on Feb. 19. Senior Graeme Kassautzki is ranked 101st in the singles polls. The 6-1 start is the best for UNM since 1995 when the Lobos opened their spring campaign with 11 straight wins.

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 82-42. Parkes is close behind at the No. 9 slot with a singles record of 79-40. 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 16th with a 65-42 record while Kassautzki is tied for 19th with a record of 57-42. The all-time doubles leader is David Kowlaski who played from 2001-05 finishing his career with a 100-40 record.

DYNAMIC DOUBLES: The Lobos are 7-0 on the season when capturing the doubles point. Seniors Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby and senior Graeme Kassautzki and sophomore Joe Wood are 6-1 as duos on the season.

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.

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 compeition 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.