Parkes Picks Up More Honors, Bid to Individual NCAAs
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/29/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 29, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- University of New Mexico men's tennis senior Johnny Parkes continues to have a phenomenal year. Parkes was announced Mountain West Conference Player of the Week today in addition to earning a spot in the 2009 NCAA Individual Singles competition.

Parkes is among 64 individuals selected to participate on the singles side and one of 16 to earn an automatic bid. The automatic bid is based on his ranking in the ITA singles poll (77th as of Tuesday, April 28). He is the 19th Lobo and first since Divan Coetzee in 2004 to represent UNM. Action begins on May 20 and runs through May 25, and will be at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas. Match-ups and times are to be determined.

The MWC weekly honor is Parkes' fifth this season and sixth overall. He also garnered men's tennis Player of the Year, All-MWC singles and All-MWC doubles.

A senior from Southport, Merseyside, England, Parkes went 3-0 in singles play and 2-1 in doubles play as No. 41 New Mexico captured the 2009 Mountain West Conference Men's Championship crown with victories over Air Force (4-0), UNLV (4-2) and No. 38 TCU (4-3).

At No. 1 singles, Parkes defeated Air Force's Cody Hall (6-2, 6-1) in the quarterfinals, UNLV's Elliot Wronski (6-2, 6-2) in the semifinals and TCU's 84th-ranked Slah Mbarek (5-7, 6-4, 6-0) in the championship match. His victory over Mbarek tied the team score at three apiece as the Lobos secured the win and tournament title with a win at the No. 3 position. At No. 1 doubles, Parkes teamed with Miles Bugby to defeat Air Force's Brett Rodgers and Taylor Soster (8-2) and UNLV's 75th-ranked duo of Elliot Wronski and Luca Barlocchi (8-3), before falling to TCU's 40th-ranked tandem of Slah Mbarek and Kriegler Brink (9-7) in the finals.

The 41st-ranked Lobos (20-5) will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Team Tournament. UNM will face No. 33 Minnesota (18-7) on Friday, May 8. If the Lobos advance they will meet either USC or UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 9.