May 19, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - University of New Mexico senior Johnny Parkes wants to be an All-American. He is two wins away from that reality.
"My first goal is to win two matches and make All-American," said Parkes. "That's the first concern and then it's to go as far as I can."
Parkes' quest for All-American status begins at the 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships on Wednesday at Texas A&M's George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The 77th-ranked Parkes, who is among 16 players to earn an automatic bid to the event, faces 89th-ranked Robert McKenzie of Middle Tennessee State in the Round of 64 at 11 a.m. MDT.
McKenzie, a junior, carries a 21-1 spring singles record while Parkes counters with a 23-2 mark.
A win will move Parkes on top of UNM's career singles win list and will push him into the Round of 32 on Thursday. Parkes needs to make the Round of 16 to be named a 2009 All-American.
UNM NCAA Singles Notes:
Parkes is the first Lobo since Divan Coetzee in 2004 to appear in NCAA singles
Parkes' bid marks the 20th overall appearance by UNM in the NCAA singles and he is the 16th Lobo individual to qualify
The last time a Lobo won a match in the singles competition was in 2000 (Matt Amgwerd)
All-time Lobo record is 10-19
Parkes' 2009 Season Highlights:
Holds a 23-2 spring singles record, 29-4 overall
Mountain West Conference men's tennis Player of the Year
Five-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Week (Jan. 28, Feb. 11, March 18, March 25 and April 29)
16-7 in spring doubles action, 21-9 overall
Went a combined 12-0 in singles and doubles to start the season
Lost only a total of seven sets in all 26 matches
14-match win streak from Feb. 22 to April 11
Defeated three ranked singles opponents
Paired up with Miles Bugby to win four consecutive matches at the ITA Fall Regional, advancing to the finals...notched four singles wins to advance to the semifinals at the event
Qualified for the USTA Futures main draw in September
Parkes' Career Highlights:
Tied for the most singles wins on the all-time UNM career list with a record of 96-41
Ranks 9th on the all-time doubles list at a 75-46 mark
20-plus wins in all four seasons at UNM
2006 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and Region VII Freshman of the Year...22 wins were the most by any freshman in the conference
Four-time All-MWC singles team (2006-09)
Two-time All-MWC doubles team (2008, 2009)
Named to All-MWC academic team three straight years (2006, 2007, 2008)