Nov. 6, 2012
BERKELEY - California's Ben and Riki McLachlan will compete in doubles - and No. 16 Ben McLachlan will play in singles - in the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships that run from Thursday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 11, at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Columbia is the host of the tournament, which features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.
The brothers McLachlan - Riki, a senior, and Ben, a junior - qualified for the doubles draw by winning the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional doubles championship on Oct. 23 in Moraga, Calif. The Bears beat Joakim Norstrom and Jesse Kiuru of host Saint Mary's, 8-6, in the final. Ben McLachlan qualified for the singles competition at the indoor championships by winning the singles title on Oct. 24 at the regional tournament, beating Santa Clara's John Lamble, 6-2, 6-1.
Cal last won the doubles title in the indoor intercollegiate championships in 1991, when Matt Lucena and Bent Pedersen defeated Harvard's Mike Shyjan/Mike Zimmerman, 6-2, 7-5. The Bears also won in 1990, when Lucena paired with Doug Eisenman to beat Mississippi State's Roy Moscattini/Juan Rios, 6-4, 6-4. Cal has not won the indoor intercollegiate singles title, though Bears competed in the final in 1987 (Steve DeVries) and 1981 (Michael Bauer).
This is the third year for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to be held at the home of the U.S. Open. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will be on site throughout the week starting Thursday, providing a live broadcast beginning at 7:15 a.m. PT/10:15 a.m. ET each day.
For complete coverage of the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, including access to draws, live scores and more, please visit the official ITA event page. Follow the ITA on Twitter - @ITAtennis - for updates and news from Flushing.
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