March 15, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- After losing the doubles point for only the second time this season, the 36th-ranked Univeristy of New Mexico men's tennis team charged back, winning five single matches to defeat No. 75 New Mexico State, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the Randy Briggs Indoor Tennis Bubble. UNM improves to 11-2, while the Aggies drop to 9-5.
New Mexico narrowly handed the Aggies the doubles point. No. 71 Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby put up an 8-5 win over Roman Stoisavlijevic and Eduardo Salas at the No. 1 spot. Freshmen Elliot Chang and Ben Dunbar fell 5-8 to Gustave Diep and Stefan McKinney at the No. 3 position leaving the doubles point up to the No. 2 spot. Lobo duo Graeme Kassautzki and Joe Wood held a 4-1 advantage before Arthur Surreaux and Jim Brouleau stormed back to knot the match at 6-6. The match would tie two more times before Surreaux and Brouleau came away with the 9-8 win in a 6-8 tiebreaker.
It was a singles showdown as UNM picked up the first two wins thanks to victories from their seniors. Parkes won 6-3, 6-2 over Brouleau at the No. 1 position. Kasautzki followed with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Diep in the No. 2 spot.
Lobo freshmen provided the final punch. Chang and Phil Anderson shook off first set losses to win the next two and give the Lobos the victory. After dropping the first set 4-6, Anderson prevailed 7-5 in set two and dominated in set three for a 6-2 finish over McKinney at No. 6. Chang put the win away for the Lobos winning 6-4 and 7-5 at the No. 4 spot after falling in the first set 3-6. Miles Bugby also picked up a come-from-behind win at the No. 3 position, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
"First of all, New Mexico State is a very good team," lobos head coach Alan Dils said. "They just need to believe it more. We were down or worse every match, but found a way to fight back and that is a mark of a good team. Some of our guys got tight, which will happen in a rivalry match, but I am proud of them for finding a way to come out on top."
New Mexico remains at home, hosting Northern Arizona on Wednesday, March 18, at 12 p.m. and Purdue on Sunday, March 21, at 12 p.m. Both matches will be at the UNM Tennis Complex.
#36 New Mexico 5, #75 New Mexico State 2
No. 1: #103 Johnny Parkes (NM) def. Jim Brouleau (NMSU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2: Graeme Kassautzki (NM) def. Gustave Diep (NMSU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 3: Miles Bugby (NM) def. Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
No. 4: Elliot Chang (NM) def. Roman Stoisavlijevic (NMSU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
No. 5: Matej Stakne (NMSU) def. Ben Dunbar (NM) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-5
No. 6: Phil Anderson (NM) def. Stefan McKinney (NMSU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
No. 1: Parkes/Bugby (NM) def. Stoisavlijevic/Salas (NMSU) 8-5
No. 2: Surreaux/Brouleau (NMSU) def. Kassautzki/Wood (NM) 9-8 (10-8)
No. 3: Diep/McKinney (NMSU) def. Chang/Dunbar (NM) 8-5