May 1, 2013
BERKELEY - Three members of the California men's tennis team earned selection to the NCAA Championships for the singles and doubles tournaments, the NCAA announced on Wednesday, with junior Ben McLachlan claiming an at-large spot in the 64-player singles championship and the duo of senior Christoffer Konigsfeldt and junior Campbell Johnson earning an automatic berth in the 32-team doubles tournament. Johnson is also an alternate for the singles tournament, which along with doubles will take place in Urbana, Ill., from May 22-27 after the end of the NCAA team championship.
McLachlan - ranked 33rd 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, 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. 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.
Automatic qualification into the DI singles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for eligible/entered singles players. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125 eligible/entered singles players, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All singles players must have a minimum of 13 completed singles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Automatic qualification into the DI doubles championships is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for eligible/entered doubles teams. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60 eligible/entered doubles teams, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences. All doubles teams must have a minimum of 10 completed doubles matches in order to be selected as an automatic qualifier or an at-large selection.
Cal will open the NCAA team championships against Florida State on May 10 in the first round in Gainesville, Fla. The Bears needs to win two rounds to advance to the remainder of the team tournament, which runs from May 16-21 in Urbana.