May 21, 2013
URBANA, Ill. - The California men's tennis season continues this week when juniors Ben McLachlan and Campbell Johnson open play in the NCAA Singles Championship and the team of Johnson and senior Christoffer Konigsfeldt - the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year - takes part in the NCAA Doubles Championship at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. The 64-player singles tournament starts on Wednesday, May 22, while the 32-team doubles tournament begins on Thursday, May 23; both tournaments end on May 27.
All three of the Bears claimed All-Pac-12 second-team selection this season.
McLachlan - ranked 38th by the ITA - brings a 19-17 record into his first-round match with Ohio State's 12th-ranked Blaz Rola slated for 8 a.m. PT on Wednesday. This is a rematch of the two players' meeting in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 15, when the Cal junior retired with an injury in the second set. In the Golden Bears' recent run in the NCAA team tournament, McLachlan's only completed singles result was a 7-5, 6-3, loss to Florida State's No. 92 Dominic Cotrone.
Johnson - ranked 60th in singles - takes on Oklahoma's 58th-ranked Guillermo Alcorta at 9:30 a.m. PT in Wednesday's first round. The Bear (28-12 record) has won his last two matches coming into the singles tournament, beating Florida State's Jordan Kelly-Houston, 6-0, 6-4, and Denver's Max Krammer, 6-3, 6-2, in the NCAA team tournament. Along with the conference doubles award he shares with Konigsfeldt, Johnson earned the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year award this season.
In the doubles championship, the 26th-ranked duo of Johnson and Konigsfeldt (11-10) will play Auburn's sixth-ranked Daniel Cochran and Andreas Mies in the first round on Thursday at a time TBA. The Bears earned the Pac-12's automatic bid to NCAA doubles. They hope to end a three-match skid, as Johnson/Konigsfeldt lost to Florida State's 14th-ranked Cotrone/Blake Davis, 8-4, Denver's Enej Bonin/Jens Vorkefeld, 8-6, and Virginia's fourth-ranked Jarmere Jenkins/Mac Styslinger, 8-4, in the NCAA team tournament.