The 61st-ranked New Mexico men's tennis team knocked off the 18th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers Friday afternoon at the UNM Tennis Complex. The 5-2 victory keeps the Lobos undefeated at home (7-0) and gives them their first win over Minnesota since 1999.
After falling at No. 2 and 3 doubles yesterday, head coach Alan Dils switched up the tandems and got better results. Junior Chris Parkes and sophomore Graeme Kassautzki ran away with an 8-2 win at No. 3 while sophomores Miles Bugby and Johnny Parkes completed the sweep with an 8-6 win at No. 2.
Kassautzki increased UNM's lead to 2-0, dominating D.J. Geatz at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-0. The Gophers wouldn't go away easily, tying the match with wins at No. 1 and 2.
Chris Parkes grabbed his seventh straight singles win and put the Lobos within a point of the upset with his 6-3, 7-6 victory over Mikey Kantar at No. 5. Bubgy sealed the win, his seventh straight, with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Nich Edlefsen at No. 4.
Junior Kamil Pajkowski, who won at No. 1 doubles with junior Max Jones, remained unbeaten for the day with a come-from-behind win at No. 6. He lost the first set, 4-6, to Brian Lipinski, but rallied 6-4, 6-2.
#18 Minnesota at #61 New Mexico
March 16, 2007
1. Andres Osorio (UM) def. Max Jones (UNM) 6-3, 6-4
2. #61 Raoul Schward (UM) def. Johnny Parkes (UNM) 6-1, 6-2
3. Graeme Kassautzki (UNM) def. D.J. Geatz (UM) 6-2, 6-0
4. Miles Bugby (UNM) def. Nich Edlefsen (UM) 6-4, 6-3
5. Chris Parkes (UNM) def. Mikey Kantar (UM) 6-3, 7-6
6. Kamil Pajkowski (UNM) def. Brian Lipinski (UM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish: 3,1,2,5,4,6
1. Jones/Pajkowksi (UNM) def. Edlefsen/Geatz (UM) 8-3
2. Bugby/J. Parkes (UNM) def. Schwark/Kantar (UM) 8-6
3. C. Parkes/Kassautzki (UNM) def. Chi Pham/Osorio (UM) 8-2
Order of finish: 3,1,2
#61 New Mexico def. #18 Minnesota, 5-2