March 5, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.---The University of New Mexico men's tennis team took a big jump in the ITA standings, nabbing a No. 33 national ranking, as of Tuesday, March 3. The senior doubles pair of Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby are ranked No.71, while Parkes holds a 103 rank in singles.
New Mexico travels to Corpus Christi, Texas, for the HEB Tournament of Champions College Tennis Championships. The event features five opponents in the ITA Top 75: No. 35 Texas Tech, No. 50 DePaul, No. 52 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, No. 53 Middle Tennessee, No. 65 BYU and No. 73 Western Michigan.
The Lobos begin with an 8 a.m. (MST) match with Western Michigan, who UNM holds a 1-0 advantage over all-time. Regardless of win or loss, the Lobos will get in another match on Friday at 3 p.m. If they advance to the championship match or the consolation finals, they will play at 12 p.m. on Saturday.
UNM improved to 7-1 with a 7-0 win over Montana State on Feb. 22. UNM's only loss has come at the hands of No. 32 Virginia Tech, who was ranked 28th at the time. The Lobos have defeated five ranked opponents for a 7-1 start that is the best for UNM since 1995 when the Lobos opened their spring campaign with 11 straight wins.
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 83-42. Parkes is close behind, tied for the No. 8 slot with a singles record of 80-40. 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 66-42 record while Kassautzki is tied for 18th with a record of 58-42. The all-time doubles leader is David Kowlaski who played from 2001-05 finishing his career with a 100-40 record.