NCAA Mens Tennis

Men’s Tennis Defeats Pennsylvania 5-2


LOS ANGELES – The No. 34 UCLA men’s tennis overcame an early deficit to defeat No. 49 Pennsylvania 5-2 in a non-conference clash Wednesday afternoon at Los Angeles Tennis Center.

The Bruins (6-2) bounced back from losing the doubles point to take a 3-1 lead on straight-set victories by Giacomo Revelli, Aadarsh Tripathi and Azuma Visaya. Clincher Gianluca Ballotta and Patrick Zahraj later added to the total. Manfredi Graziani of the Quakers (5-6) logged two wins on the day, prevailing on the singles courts after contributing to the doubles point.

Playing together for just the second time this season, Revelli and Tripathi turned in a 6-1 win against Harsh Parikh and Baylor Sai on Court 3 for the early doubles edge. Penn answered on Court 2, where Manfredi Graziani and Aditya Gupta posted a 6-2 result over Jeffrey Fradkin and Timothy Li. Then, the Quakers’ fifth-ranked tandem of Edoardo Graziani and Kevin Zhu bounced back from a 1-5 deficit to defeat Zahraj and Alexander Hoogmartens 7-6(1), sealing the doubles point.

UCLA made a statement out of the gate in singles play, collecting five first sets. Quickly, three of those sets turned into straight-set victories. First off his court was Tripathi, who stayed undefeated on Court 3 (3-0) with a 7-5, 6-4 performance versus Zhu.

Next to finish was Court 4, where Tripathi’s classmate, Visaya, dispatched of Parikh 7-5, 6-4 to improve his dual-match singles record to 5-0. Revelli then completed the trifecta on Court 2, getting past Gupta by a 7-5, 6-2 margin.

Manfredi Graziani helped Penn momentarily cut its deficit in half when he outlasted Li 7-6(6), 7-5 on Court…

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