Jan. 22, 2008
BOISE, IDAHO --- The University of New Mexico men's tennis team won its semifinal match of the Mountain Regional Indoor Championships against Utah on Saturday. Then in the Finals were just edged out by No. 22 Boise State 4-3. The Lobos are 1-1 on the season while the Broncos improve to 4-0.
Junior Johnny Parkes tied the match at 3 all when he upset No. 19 Clancy Shields. He had to fight Shields off to win the first set in a tiebreaker and then took the second set for the 7-6, 6-3 victory. Johnny Parkes improved his record to 7-2 in singles with his 2-0 start to the new year.
With the score tied the final point was determined by the match between senior Kamil Pajkowski and Boise State's Piotr Dilaj. Piotr squeezed by Pajkowski 7-5 in the first set. The second set exemplified the match when it went into a tiebreaker to decide the winner. The point could have gone either way but Piotr came away victorious giving the Broncos the Mountain Region Indoor Championship. Boise State now advances to the National Indoor Playoffs in Seattle Washington.
Senior Chris Parkes gave the Lobos a point when he defeated Kean Feeder, a former top 600 ATP player, 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot. Chris Parkes improves to 6-4 in singles after winning his first two matches of the year. The rollercoaster match started when each team won a doubles match. The doubles point was decided on the No. 1 court where No. 48 Max Jones and Kamil Pajkowski battled Kean Feeder and Luke Shields. The Lobos pair needed a tiebreaker to start the new year 1-0 with the 9-8 victory to put UNM up 1-0 before the singles matches begun.
The Lobos will get a second shot at Boise State when the Broncos ride into Albuquerque this Friday. The match gets started at 6 p.m.