Jan. 11, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico men's tennis athlete, senior Max Jones hit 35th in singles on the NCAA collegiate preseason rankings. This is the fourth time that Jones has been listed on the top 100 collegiate players in the country. He was ranked No. 73 in last year's preseason poll, at 90th in 2006 and his first ranking was 97th in 2005, his freshman season.
Jones has collected a 61-40 record in singles in his three seasons as a Lobo. He went 5-2 this fall with his only two losses coming from #2 Alex Clayton from Stanford and #19 Clancy Shields from Boise State. One thing that aided his ranking was defeating university of Denver's #17 Adam Holmstrom at the ITA Mountain Regional tournament.
Jones is also ranked in doubles with partner Kamil Pajkowski. The pair comes in at No. 48 after finishing 6-2 just missing a chance to repeat as fall Regional Champions, falling 8-3 in the final. Making both the singles and doubles list makes Jones one of only a few Mountain West Conference players ranked in both. He was rewarded by taking part in a show on The Mtn. Network called Mountain Peak Performances that aired on Thursday.
As a team the Lobos are ranked at No. 54 making them the second highest of five Mountain West Conference ranked schools. UNM is just behind San Diego State, which starts the season at 50th. The Lobos will begin their spring season at home against #22 Boise State (Jan. 25). First the Lobos will travel to Boise for the Mountain Regional Championship where they will take on #67 Utah in semifinal action (Jan. 19).