May 10, 2013
BERKELEY - Three California men's tennis players - senior Christoffer Konigsfeldt and juniors Ben McLachlan and Campbell Johnson - claimed All-Pac-12 second-team selection, the conference announced on Thursday. On Friday, the 18th-ranked Golden Bears will open the NCAA Championships when they play No. 33 Florida State at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT in Gainesville, Fla. After the end of the NCAA team championship, McLachlan and Johnson will compete in the NCAA singles championship, while Konigsfeldt and Johnson play in the NCAA doubles championship; both tournaments take place from May 22-27 in Urbana, Ill.
McLachlan - ranked 38th in the most recent ITA poll - has compiled a 19-16 singles record through the recent Pac-12 Championships, and Johnson and Konigsfeldt have posted an 11-7 doubles record. Highlights of McLachlan's singles season include winning the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional singles championship in October, upsetting the then-11th-ranked Sebastian Fanselow of Pepperdine on March 16, 6-2, 6-3, and upsetting the then-14th-ranked Marcos Giron of UCLA, 6-2, 7-6(5) on March 29. McLachlan - a product of Queenstown, New Zealand - brings a three-match winning streak into NCAAs, capped by a 6-2, 6-4, victory over Stanford's 42nd-ranked John Morrissey, 6-2, 6-4, on April 20. As a sophomore, McLachlan fell in the first round of the NCAA singles championship.
In singles, the 60th-ranked Johnson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) has a 26-12 record. His singles résumé includes victories over No. 20 Jonas Lutjen of Mississippi, 7-5, 6-2, No. 24 Adrien Puget (UCLA), 7-5, 6-1, and No. 56 Stephane Piro (Florida), 6-2, 6-0.
Konigsfeldt (Rungsted Kyst, Denmark) - a Cal team captain and a Davis Cup player for Denmark- and Johnson have played at No. 1 doubles most of the spring after playing together three times in the fall. Now ranked 26th nationally, Johnson and Konigsfeldt won their last match in the team's last competition, upsetting USC's 40th-ranked Ray Sarmiento and Yannick Hanfmann, 9-8(7), in the Pac-12 semifinals. Konigsfeldt/Johnson also recorded big wins over Georgia's No. 5 Ben Wagland/Hernus Peters, 8-4, and Florida's current No. 31 Billy Federhofer/Gordon Watson, 8-6, this season.
In 2012, Konigsfeldt paired with former teammate Nick Andrews to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA doubles tournament.