Sept. 19, 2008
IRVINE, Calif. - The University of New Mexico men's tennis team kicked off the fall season with two separate events on Friday.
All three Lobo seniors advanced in singles play at the USTA Futures in California.
"The qualifying draw for this tournament is deep and difficult," head coach Alan Dils said. "They beat good players today. Johnny beat Tommy Garrison who was a top 50 NCAA player out of Oklahoma in college. Overall they are playing solid."
The event features pro and former college players competing with current college athletes as a testing ground for tennis players that have a future at the professional level. With the wins. Parkes, Bugby, and Kassautzi, will advance their stay and enter the 64 draw, beginning tomorrow at 1 p.m. MST.
In Tucson, Ariz., six Lobos competed in the first annual Arizona Invitational. Sophomore Joe Wood advanced to the singles quarterfinals after a first round bye and a second round win, 6-4, 6-1. Senior Chandler Brass (2-6, 7-6, 6-1), and newcomer and Carl Ho (6-1, 4-6, 6-4), saw first round wins in singles action, also advancing to the quarterfinals.
After a first round win (6-3, 6-4), Andrew Archer went on to lose in the second round, 6-0, 6-1. Phil Anderson (4-6, 7-5, 7-6) and Matt Neeld (6-4, 2-6, 6-2) were the lone Lobos defeated in the first round.
Wood and Anderson will compete in the doubles quarterfinals tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 20, as the Arizona Invitational rolls on.