Lobos Open Four-Match Homestand on Friday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/11/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 11, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--- The 36th-ranked University of New Mexico men's tennis team begins a four-match homestand with matches this weekend against Wichita State and Rio Grande rival New Mexico State. The Lobos will host the Shockers on Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m., while the duel with No. 75 NMSU will be on Sunday, March 15, at 12 p.m. Both matches will be at the UNM Tennis Complex. New Mexico last met up with Wichita State in 1995, winning 5-2. The two teams are even at 5-5 all-time. The Lobos defeated NMSU, 5-2, in 2008 and hold an 86-9 all-time advantage.

New Mexico is 9-2 for their best start since 1995 when the Lobos opened their spring campaign with 11 straight wins.

UNM dropped three spots to No. 36 as of the ITA poll released on Tuesday, March 10. The Lobos have not been ranked lower than 44 this season. Senior Johnny Parkes holds the 103rd ranking in the country with a spring record of 10-1 and an overall record of 16-3. Parkes and doubles partner Miles Bugby hold the No. 71 ranking with a spring record of 7-2 and an overall record of 12-4.

The Lobos return home after a 2-1 record in the HEB Tournament of Champions Team Tennis Classic. The Lobos defeated No. 73 Western Michigan, 4-1, before dropping their second match of the day, a 4-1 affair to host No. 52 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Despite losing the doubles point against Western Michigan, the Lobos won four singles matches. It was the first time this season UNM has not captured the doubles point. New Mexico was handed its second loss of the season from the Islanders, ending a six-match win streak. Their only other loss is to No. 25 Virginia Tech. UNM defeated South Alabama, 4-0, to wrap up the tournament.

After this weekend, the Lobos will host two more home matches over the next week - Northern Arizona on Tuesday, March 18 and Purdue on Saturday, March 21.

Seniors Johnny Parkes and Graeme Kassautzki are climbing the UNM all-time singles and doubles lists. Kassautzki holds the No. 6 singles spot with an all-time record of 85-42. Parkes is close behind at the No. 7 slot with a singles record of 83-40. The all-time singles leader is Divan Coetzee, who played for the Lobos from 2001-04, with a record of 96-30.

In doubles, Parkes currently is tied for 15th with a 66-43 record while Kassautzki is tied for 18th with a record of 58-43. The all-time doubles leader is David Kowlaski who played from 2001-05 finishing his career with a 100-40 record.

The Lobos are 9-1 in doubles as a team. Seniors Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby and senior Graeme Kassautzki and sophomore Joe Wood are 7-2 as duos on the season. The Lobos are 20-8 in spring doubles, good for a 0.714 winning percentage.

Senior Johnny Parkes has earned two Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors this season, Feb. 11 and Jan. 28. Parkes began the season 12-0, going undefeated in singles and doubles.

Freshman Phil Anderson and Elliot Chang are a combined 11-3 in singles. Chang is 5-1 while Anderson is 6-2. In doubles, the freshman duo of Chang and Ben Dunbar are 5-2 in the No.3 position.