Parkes Named MWC men's tennis Player of the Year
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/22/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 22, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico senior Johnny Parkes was named the 2009 Mountain West Conference men's tennis Player of the Year after compiling a 20-2 spring singles record and a 14-6 doubles record, both at the No. 1 position. He was named MWC Player of the Week four times this season, and a total of five in his career.

Parkes, along with fellow senior Graeme Kassautzki, represent the Lobos on the men's tennis All-MWC singles team. Parkes and doubles partner Miles Bugby grace the All-MWC doubles team.

Parkes was nearly unstoppable in singles action, posting an overall 26-4 record on the 2009 season, including a streak of 14 straight wins in the spring. He started the season 12-0, going undefeated in singles and doubles play. Parkes, from Southport Merseyside, England, lost only a total of seven sets in all 22 matches this spring and is currently ranked 79th in the ITA singles poll as of April 21.

Parkes holds the No. 4 singles spot on the all-time UNM list with a career record of 93-41, six wins away from tying the top spot held by Divan Coetzee. He is also tied for ninth on the doubles list with a 73-45 all-time mark.

Parkes has racked up 20 or more wins in all four seasons at UNM, collecting All-MWC singles honors all four years. As a freshman in 2006, Parkes went 22-13 and took home MWC Freshman of the Year and Region VII Freshman of the Year accolades. His 22 wins were the most by any freshman in the Mountain West. He followed 2006 up with a 24-13 record as a sophomore in 2007 and a 21-11 record as a junior in 2008. He also landed on the All-MWC doubles team in 2008 with an 18-8 overall record.

In addition to his on the court recognition, Parkes was named to the MWC All-Academic team from 2006-2008.

Parkes is the third Lobo to win the award and the first since 2004 when Coetzee took home the honors. He joins Max Jones (2005-08) and Steve Bickham (1984-87) as the only Lobos to be named All-MWC for all four years.

Kassautzki, a Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, product, earns his second consecutive All-MWC singles honor. Like Parkes, he has produced 20-plus wins all four years, going 20-15 in 2006, 30-11 in 2007, 21-10 in 2008 and 21-12 so far in 2009. Kasautzki sits at No. 5 on the all-time UNM singles list and is tied for 14th in career doubles. Kassautzki and doubles partner Joe Wood are a perfect 6-0 in MWC doubles at the No. 2 slot and 19-8 overall. Kassautzki is a three-time MWC All-Academic honoree.

Parkes and Bugby have combined for a 14-6 spring doubles record and a 19-7 overall mark. Bugby went 2-2 in spring doubles in 2008 and 6-5 overall. The pair advanced to the finals of the ITA Fall Regional, winning four straight matches. Twice this spring they have strung together six-match win streaks, with their first coming at the start of the dual season. Bugby, from West Chilington, England, has also anchored down the No. 3 singles postion for the Lobos this spring, holding a 14-4 record.

The Lobos finished the 2009 regular season 17-5, winning 15 of their first 17 matches, and tied for second in the MWC with a 4-2 record.