April 2, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The 36th-ranked University of New Mexico men's tennis team faces its toughest opponent of the year on Sunday in 23rd-ranked Boise State University. The Broncos are 14-7 on the dual season and are 11-5 against UNM all-time. The last win for the Lobos came in 2005, a 4-3 win in Boise. Boise State has won nine of the last 11 meetings, including taking two matches in 2007 and 2008.
At 15-2, the Lobos hold their best record since the 1968 season. The 1968 Lobos finished 20-1, including 16-1 through their first 17 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.
The Broncos have two ranked singles players in senior Kean Feeder, No. 70, and freshman James Meredith, No. 71. Feeder and Meredith are ranked 50th as a doubles combination.
RECENT RANKINGS:UNM fell just two spots to No. 36 as of the ITA poll released on Tuesday, March 31. The Lobos have not been ranked lower than 44 this season with their highest ranking coming at the No. 32 spot.
LAST TIME OUT:The Lobos opened Mountain West Conference play with a bang, extending their win streak to seven matches with a 6-1 win over Air Force on Friday, March 27, and a 5-2 win over No. 65 UNLV on Sunday, March 29. Seniors Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby both won two singles matches. At the No. 1 spot, Parkes continued dominating with a 6-0, 7-6 win over Air Force's Austin Francis and a 6-3, 7-6 win over UNLV's Elliot Wronski to improve to 16-1 this spring. Bugby jumped to 11-2 at the No. 3 singles spot for the spring with two three-set wins. The two also teamed up for two doubles victories in the No. 1 slot, including an 8-5 win over No. 65 Wronski and Luca Barlocchi from UNLV.
The Lobos swept the doubles matches on both days and are 15-2 in doubles as a team.
Freshmen Ben Dunbar stepped up in singles action for two wins at the No. 4 spot. Dunbar is now 7-6 in spring singles, winning his past four matches. Carl Ho appeared in the lineup at the No. 6 position and also secured two wins.
The Lobos were scheduled to play No. 37 San Diego State this past Saturday but the match was postponed due to travel difficulties caused by weather for the Aztecs to Colorado.
CHASING HISTORY:Seniors Johnny Parkes and Graeme Kassautzki are climbing the UNM all-time singles and doubles lists. Parkes holds the No. 5 singles spot with an all-time record of 89-40. Kassautzki is close behind at the No. 6 slot with a singles record of 89-42. 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 10th with a 72-43 record while Kassautzki is 17th with a record of 63-45. 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 16-1, including winning 10 straight matches and 20 straight sets. Parkes has only lost a combined three sets in all 17 matches. His overall singles record on the year is 22-3, which is seven wins away from holding 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. 50 TCU, No. 54 Utah, and No. 65 UNLV.
DYNAMIC DOUBLES:The Lobos are 15-2 in doubles as a team and have swept the doubles point matches six times this season. Seniors Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby are 13-2 at the No. 1 position while senior Graeme Kassautzki and sophomore Joe Wood are 11-4 at the No. 2 slot this spring. The Lobos are 35-11 in spring doubles, good for a 0.750 winning percentage.
MWC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - FIVE TIMES IN 2009: Miles Bugby picked up the most recent Mountain West Confernece men's tennis player of the week honor on April 1. The Lobos have garnered five this season and three straight. 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 18-5 in singles. Anderson is 11-3 while Chang is 7-2. In doubles, the freshman duo of Chang and Ben Dunbar are 9-3 in the No.3 position.