Sept. 23, 2012
ST. HELENA, Calif. - Three Golden Bears reached the singles quarterfinals of the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic on Sunday at the Meadowood Napa Resort, but despite posting an unbeaten singles record on the first two days of the invitational, no Bears reached the semifinals of the three-day tournament. California head coach Peter Wright and Meadowood's Doug King were the co-hosts of the 12th annual event.
Georgia's Nathan Pasha survived a field of 32 players - 24 collegians and eight members of the USTA Junior National Team - to win the singles title.
Not including the playoff rounds of the shootout, Cal produced a 10-1 singles record at Meadowood.
"That's our best showing we've ever had there," Wright said. "The singles matches were incredible. It's a very high quality of tennis we're playing right now, and a lot of that is testament to the experience that Riki and Chris bring as seniors and that Ben brings as a junior. And Mads Engsted has been a pleasant surprise.
"Having three group winners out of four says a lot, but of course we don't pay close attention to results this time of year. We're trying to get guys better and get valuable data to craft a pathway to future development."
Cal senior and 124th-ranked Christoffer Konigsfeldt, senior Riki McLachlan and freshman Mads Engsted reached the PlayBrave Shootout Quarterfinals with singles wins Sunday morning. Konigsfeldt beat the USTA's Gage Brymer, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, to win Group 3; McLachlan won in a walkover against the injured Casey McMaster of Harvard to take Group 8; and Engsted defeated Georgia's Eric Diaz, 6-2, 6-1, to capture Group 6.
Each group winner reached the quarterfinals.
Cal junior and No. 16 Ben McLachlan - who was the runner-up in the 2011 competition at Meadowood - fell to eventual 2012 runner-up Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas, 6-4, 6-3, to allow the Longhorn to advance with the Group 1 title.
In the quarters, Riki McLachlan dropped his match to Hess-Olesen, 10-4; Engsted lost to Wagland, 10-4; and Konigsfeldt fell to DiGiulio, 10-7.
Pasha eventually beat Hess-Olesen, 16-14, in the PlayBrave Shootout Final and will receive a USTA-sponsored wild card into a USTA Pro Circuit event that is yet to be determined.
"It was our best year ever; it went incredibly smooth," Wright said of the event. "The USTA Juniors were a high quality group of young men. Our hosts, the visiting teams and everything has come together so well. The Napa Valley is an incredible place, and Meadowood and the efforts of Doug King and the USTA produced an outstanding tournament and something that continues to grow every year."
Cal returns to action in the ITA Men's All-American Championships from Oct. 1-7 in Tulsa, Okla.
Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic
In St. Helena, Calif.
Sunday, Day 3 - Cal Results
Sunday's Singles Scores
Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas) def. No. 16 Ben McLachlan (Cal), 6-4, 6-3 Olesen wins Group 1 with 2-1 record advancing with best percentage sets won.
No. 124 Christoffer Konigsfeldt (Cal) def. Gage Brymer (USTA), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Konigsfeldt wins Group 3 with 3-0 record
Mads Engsted (Cal) def. Eric Diaz (Georgia), 6-2, 6-1
Engsted wins Group 6 with 3-0 record Riki McLachlan (Cal) def. Casey MacMaster (Harvard), walkover (inj.)
McLachlan wins Group 8 with 3-0 record
PlayBrave Shootout Quarterfinals
Hess-Olesen (Texas) def. R. McLachlan (Cal), 10-4
Wagland (Georgia) def. Engstedt (Cal), 10-4
DiGiulio (USTA) def. No. 124 Konigsfeldt (Cal), 10-7
Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic Event Format: Each school was represented by four players selected to compete alongside the eight juniors, and the 32-man field was split into eight pools featuring three collegians and a junior. Following three matches in pool play, the eight pool winners competed in a single-elimination, 10-point tiebreak tournament. The winner of the tournament receives a USTA-sponsored wild card into a USTA Pro Circuit event that is yet to be determined.
The juniors were selected by USTA Player Development based on ATP rankings (if applicable), national rankings and results, and a selection of younger players for developmental purposes.