June 8, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- University of New Mexico men's tennis player Johnny Parkes added to his collection of senior awards, collecting the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Mountain region 2009 ITA/Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year distinction. Fellow senior Graeme Kassautzki earned the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship for the Mountain region.
The two seniors were pivotal in leading the Lobos to a 20-6 record, a Mountain West Conference championship and their first NCAA appearance since 2004 with Parkes earning MWC Player of the Year honors and both were named to the All-MWC singles team.
As a team, the Lobos finished ranked 45th nationally and second in the 15-team mountain region with Boise State nabbing the top spot. Parkes ranked second in regional singles, Kassautzki seventh and Bugby 11th. In regional doubles, Parkes took the fourth rank while Kassautzki occupies the eighth slot.
The last and only other Lobo to nab the regional Senior Player of the Year honor was Divan Coetzee, who Parkes surpassed on the UNM all-time singles list for the top spot. Parkes also took home the ITA Freshman of the Year award in 2006. Current Lobo assistant coach Bart Scott received the Arthur Ashe award in 2003 while Takeshi Itoh claimed the honor in 2001.
Parkes finished ranked 75th in the nation, sporting a 24-3 record and advancing to the Round of 32 at the NCAA singles championship. Kassautzki racked up 20 wins for the fourth straight season. The Arthur Ashe Award goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.