Jan. 23, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico men's tennis team defeated Indiana (3-1), 4-3, Friday night in its spring season opener.
The Lobos (1-0) started the match off strong capturing the doubles point with a 9-8 win at No. 3 doubles. Freshman Ben Dunbar and newcomer Elliot Chang surrendered a 7-3 lead to Peter Antons and Maxime Armengaud. The Indiana pair came back to tie the match up 8-all, forcing the tiebreaker. The Lobo freshmen came out on top with a 10-8 tiebreaker win to give the Lobos momentum heading into singles play. UNM Seniors Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby secured an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles over Lachlan Ferguson and Guy Kubi by winning four points in a row after three initial ties.
UNM's three seniors led the way in singles victories. Parkes, Bugby and Graeme Kassautzki all notched two-set wins at the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 positions. No. 2 Kassuatzki downed Ferguson, 6-2, 6-1, while Parkes defeated Santiago Grueter, 6-1, 6-4 at No.1. Bugby gave the Lobos the winning point with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kubi at No. 3.
"As a whole, we played good," head coach Alan Dils said. "Indiana is a good team and you have to play well to win. The doubles point was indicative of that. Our experience and maturity came through as all three of our seniors won, but our newcomers were able to watch and learn. I only expect them to get better."
No. 42 New Mexico looks for a weekend sweep, taking on No. 75 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at the UNM Tennis Complex.