Jones Scores Big Win In Singles
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/22/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics
LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- University of New Mexico men's tennis team earned a birth into the indoor playoffs (Jan. 19) after having the second best showing of 17 participating teams at the ITA Mountain Regional (Oct. 17-21). The Lobos came in a very close second to Boise State, which they will meet head-to-head as the first official home event (Jan. 25).

The tournament hosted 128 players in singles and the Lobos were well represented with eight players, six of which were of the 32 seeded players. This is only the second time in the Lobos history that they have had six players seeded at Regionals and the last time they had six, they won the conference.

Three of the six seeded Lobos were in the top 10, Max Jones (7), Johnny Parkes (8) and Graeme Kassautzki (9). Chris Parkes went in with a No. 13 seed, while Miles Bugby came in at 18. Kamil Pajkowski rounds out the list at No. 29. Junior Derek Lynch and freshman Joe Wood joined their teammates in the competition.

In singles, all six seeded Lobos advanced to the round of 32 in the main round. Jones went all the way to the semifinal round after knocking off the 12th ranked player in the nation, Denver's Adam Holmstrom in the quarterfinals. Holmstrom met up with Jones after playing Chris Parkes and Parkes retired from the match. Kassautzki was also knocked out in the round of 16 after a long first set against Kean Feeder, the No. 6 seed.

In doubles, the Lobos played four pairs, including two seeded teams. Jones and Pajkowski was seeded 3rd of 16 pairs, while the Parkes brothers (Chris and Johnny) went in at No. 7. Bugby and Lynch made another team while Kassautzki and Wood teamed up.

The team of Jones and Pajkowski wet to defend last year's title and won nine straight matches at Regionals before being knocked off in the championship match. They lost the No. 1 seeded team from Denver of Holmstrom and Nik Persson in the final. The Parkes brothers' team advanced to the round of 16 before Chris had to retire from play.

The Lobos will try to carry this success to the spring competitions. First they have to finish up spring play when they travel to Eugene, Ore., for the Oregon Fall Invitational (Nov. 9-11). Next year gets started where the Lobos hoped they would at the Indoor Playoffs thanks to all the success they have had during this fall season.