No. 54 New Mexico Hosts No. 22 Boise State
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/23/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 23, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico men's tennis team will get a chance to tie the season series when the Broncos of Boise State ride into town on Friday. Boise State handed UNM (1-1) its only loss of the season and the Lobos look to return the favor to the 4-0 Broncos. Boise State leads the series 10-5 in the history of the two programs.

The match gets started with doubles at 6 p.m. followed immediately by singles. The matches will take place in the bubbles at the Lobo Tennis Club. Admission is Free.

The two teams met head on for a wild match in the championship match of the Mountain Regional Indoor Finals in Boise, last Saturday. The Broncos squeezed out the 4-3 victory after a match that lasted five hours.

The Lobos, ranked No. 54, bring an experienced, talented lineup to their home opener. Senior Max Jones is No. 35 in singles and No. 48 in doubles with senior Kamil Pajkowski where the duo holds a 7-2 record this season. Junior Johnny Parkes upset Boise State's Clancy Shields, No. 19 in the country, during the match last weekend to improve to 7-2 overall.

Senior Chris Parkes is undefeated (2-0) in dual matches this season playing the No. 4 spot. In the Boise State match, he beat Kean Feeder, a former top 600 ATP player 6-1, 6-3. Junior Graeme Kassautzki comes in with a 5-3 record in singles after a 1-1 weekend. Junior Miles Bugby fell to 9-7 overall after dropping two matches in the No. 5 spot on Saturday.

The Broncos, ranked No. 22, come to town with four ranked players, juniors Clancy Shields (19) and Brent Werbeck (69) and seniors Luke Shields (47) and Eric Roberson (65). Luke Shields and Werbeck each earned wins over their Lobo opponent in Boise. Shields upset Jones 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 1 spot. Werbeck beat Bugby 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5. Roberson did not play singles.

The Lobos won the doubles point on Saturday after taking two of the three matches. Jones and Pajkowski teamed up to beat Feeder and Luke Shields 9-8. The Parkes brothers, Chris and Johnny, paired up for an 8-3 victory over Steve Robertson and Clancy Shields. The Broncos lone ranked doubles team, Roberson and Paul Koenke at No. 41, earned a 9-7 win over Kassautzki and freshman Joe Wood.

For more information on Lobo men's tennis visit: golobos.cstv.com