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Cal Tennis Wins Team Academic Achievement Award
Wednesday, 09/26/2012

The California Tennis team was awarded a Kent and Pat Newmark Team Academic Achievement Award for having the highest cumulative grade point average among all men’s teams in the Cal Athletic Department. For the 2011-2012 academic year, men’s tennis gardened a 3.183 team GPA to win the award.

Other Kent and Pat Newmark Team Academic Achievement Awards include highest cumulative GPA for a women’s team and most improved GPA during a two-year span among all Cal Athletic teams.

Senior, Riki McLachlan
Three Bears Reach Quarters at Audi Napa Valley Classic

Three Golden Bears reached the singles quarterfinals of the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic on Sunday at the Meadowood Napa Resort, but despite posting an unbeaten singles record on the first two days of the invitational, no Bears reached the semifinals of the three-day tournament. California head coach Peter Wright and Meadowood's Doug King were the co-hosts of the 12th annual event.

Georgia's Nathan Pasha survived a field of 32 players - 24 collegians and eight members of the USTA Junior National Team - to win the singles title.

Not including the playoff rounds of the shootout, Cal produced a 10-1 singles record at Meadowood.

"That's our best showing we've ever had there," Wright said. "The singles matches were incredible. It's a very high quality of tennis we're playing right now, and a lot of that is testament to the experience that Riki and Chris bring as seniors and that Ben brings as a junior. And Mads Engsted has been a pleasant surprise.

"Having three group winners out of four says a lot, but of course we don't pay close attention to results this time of year. We're trying to get guys better and get valuable data to craft a pathway to future development."

Cal senior and 124th-ranked Christoffer Konigsfeldt, senior Riki McLachlan and freshman Mads Engsted reached the PlayBrave Shootout Quarterfinals with singles wins Sunday morning. Konigsfeldt beat the USTA's Gage Brymer, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, to win Group 3; McLachlan won in a walkover against the injured Casey McMaster of Harvard to take Group 8; and Engsted defeated Georgia's Eric Diaz, 6-2, 6-1, to capture Group 6.

Each group winner reached the quarterfinals.

Cal junior and No. 16 Ben McLachlan - who was the runner-up in the 2011 competition at Meadowood - fell to eventual 2012 runner-up Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas, 6-4, 6-3, to allow the Longhorn to advance with the Group 1 title.

In the quarters, Riki McLachlan dropped his match to Hess-Olesen, 10-4; Engsted lost to Wagland, 10-4; and Konigsfeldt fell to DiGiulio, 10-7.

Pasha eventually beat Hess-Olesen, 16-14, in the PlayBrave Shootout Final and will receive a USTA-sponsored wild card into a USTA Pro Circuit event that is yet to be determined.

"It was our best year ever; it went incredibly smooth," Wright said of the event. "The USTA Juniors were a high quality group of young men. Our hosts, the visiting teams and everything has come together so well. The Napa Valley is an incredible place, and Meadowood and the efforts of Doug King and the USTA produced an outstanding tournament and something that continues to grow every year."

Upcoming Events

October 5th-7th

Cal Men's Tennis at UC Davis Aggie Invitational (Davis, CA)

October 12th-14th

Cal Men's Tennis at Battle of the Bay (San Francisco, CA)

October 19th-23rd

Cal Men's Tennis at ITA Regional Championships (Moraga, CA)

November 2nd-4th

Cal Men's Tennis at Pacific Tiger Fall Invitational (Stockton, CA)