Cal Starts Perfect in Singles at Meadowood
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/21/2012

Sept. 21, 2012

ST. HELENA, Calif. - The California men's tennis team produced a perfect 4-0 record in singles on the first day of the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic on Friday at the Meadowood Napa Resort. The field of 32 players includes 24 college players - including four from Cal - and eight members of the USTA Junior National Team.

Cal junior and 16th-ranked Ben McLachlan, senior Riki McLachlan and freshman Mads Engsted all defeated members of the USTA Juniors, just two days after the junior national team won six of eight singles matches against the Bears in Berkeley. Meanwhile, senior/No. 124 Christoffer Konigsfeldt beat a fellow collegian in Stanford's 112th-ranked John Morrissey, 6-4, 7-6(6), at Meadowood.

Ben McLachlan - who lost in last year's final to former teammate Nick Andrews - topped Deiton Baughman (USTA), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, while his brother, Riki, beat Jack Murray (USTA), 6-0, 6-2.

"He played great and hit a really hard ball," Ben McLachlan said of Baughman, the youngest player in the field at 16. "We definitely don't want to lose many matches to the juniors. I think the pressure is on us and not much on them."

Engsted rounded out Cal's Day One singles sweep of the USTA Juniors with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, win over T.J. Pura.

Cal split two doubles matches on Friday. The 23rd-ranked pair of Konigsfeldt and Ben McLachlan beat the Texas duo of Sudanwa Sitaram and Daniel Whitehead, 8-4, while Engsted and Riki McLachlan fell to the Illinois pair of Stephen Hoh and Brian Page, 8-2.

The first Cal match on Saturday, the second day of the event, pits Konigsfeldt against Whitehead at 10:30 a.m.

Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic
In St. Helena, Calif.

Day 1

Friday's Singles Results for Cal
No. 16 Ben McLachlan (Cal) def. Deiton Baughman (USTA), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
No. 124 Christoffer Konigsfeldt (Cal) def. No. 112 John Morrissey (Stanford), 6-4, 7-6(6)
Riki McLachlan (Cal) def. Jack Murray (USTA), 6-0, 6-2
Mads Engsted (Cal) def. T.J. Pura (USTA), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Friday's Team Tally
USTA Juniors: 2-6
Cal: 4-0
Georgia: 3-1
Harvard: 0-4
Illinois: 2-2
Stanford: 1-3
Texas: 4-0

Friday's Doubles Results for Cal
No. 23 Konigsfeldt-B.McLachlan (Cal) def. Sitaram-Whitehead (Texas), 8-4
Hoh-Page (Ill) def. Engstad-R.McLachlan (Cal), 8-2

Day 2 - Saturday's Schedule for Cal

10:30 a.m.
Christoffer Konigsfeldt (Cal) v. Daniel Whitehead (Texas)

1 p.m.
Robert Stineman (Stanford) v. Mads Engsted (Cal) Ben McLachlan (Cal) v. Denis Nguyen (Harvard)

2 p.m.
Riki McLachlan (Cal) v. Brian Page (Illinois)

3 p.m. (or After Suitable Rest)
Gosea-Kopinski (Illinois) v. Konigsfeldt-B.McLachlan (Cal)

5 p.m.
DiGuilio-Murray (USTA) v. Engsted-R.McLachlan (Cal)