March 26, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-The 34th-ranked University of New Mexico men's tennis team opens Mountain West Conference play with a three matches against conference foes this weekend. The Lobos will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to meet Air Force on Friday. On Saturday, UNM will face No. 37 San Diego State and on Sunday, No. 65 UNLV. The Lobos are 29-3 all-time against Air Force, 25-18 against San Diego State and 15-9 against UNLV. New Mexico has a three-match win streak over the Falcons.
The Lobos are 13-2 for their best start since 1987 when New Mexico held the same record through 15 matches. The 1995 team also went 11-2 in their first 13 matches. The only losses of the 2009 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 fell just two spots to No. 34 as of the ITA poll released on Tuesday, March 24. The Lobos have not been ranked lower than 44 this season with their highest ranking coming at the No. 32 spot. Senior Graeme Kassautzki made the singles list at No. 123, as of March 17.
LAST TIME OUT:The Lobos are coming off a 2-0 week with a 7-0 win over Northern Arizona and a 6-1 win over Purdue. UNM lost only two sets over the weekend, both against Purdue, and swept all the matches in the win over Northern Arizona.
Senior Johnny Parkes improved to 14-1 at the No. 1 singles position. Graeme Kassautzki moved into double digits for singles wins with an 11-3 record on the spring season. Freshman Phil Anderson continued singles domination, picking up two wins to improve to 10-2.
CHASING HISTORY: Seniors Johnny Parkes and Graeme Kassautzki are climbing the UNM all-time singles and doubles lists. Kassautzki holds the No. 5 singles spot with an all-time record of 89-42. Parkes is close behind at the No. 6 slot with a singles record of 87-40. 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 12th with a 70-43 record while Kassautzki is tied for 16th with a record of 61-45. Miles Bugby has also cracked the list, tied for 25th with a record of 51-33. 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 14-1, including winning eight straight matches and sixteen straight sets. Parkes has only lost a combined three sets in all 15 matches. His overall singles record on the year is 20-3, which is eight wins away from cracking the most wins in a single season list.
CONFERENCE COMPETITION:Four other Mountain West Conference teams are ranked in the top 70 - No. 37 San Diego State, No. 48 TCU, No. 62 Utah, No. 63 BYU and No. 65 UNLV. The Lobos begin conference play on March 27 and host the Mountain West Conference Tournament April 23-25.
DYNAMIC DOUBLES:The Lobos are 12-2 in doubles as a team. Seniors Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby are 11-2 at the No. 1 position while senior Graeme Kassautzki and sophomore Joe Wood are 9-4 at the No. 2 slot this spring. The Lobos are 29-11 in spring doubles, good for a 0.725 winning percentage.
PARKES NAMED MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - FOUR TIMES IN 2009:Senior Johnny Parkes has earned four Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors this season, Feb. 11, Jan. 28, March 18 and on March 25. Parkes began the season 12-0, going undefeated in singles and doubles.
FANTASTIC FRESHMAN:Freshman Phil Anderson and Elliot Chang are a combined 17-4 in singles. Anderson is 10-2 while Chang is 7-2. In doubles, the freshman duo of Chang and Ben Dunbar are 7-3 in the No.3 position.