Men’s Tennis Closes Out Successful Penn Fall Invitational

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team hosted the three-day Penn Invitational this weekend at the Hamlin/Hecht Tennis Center, competing against six other Division I programs. The Quakers took on William and Mary on Friday, the joint team of Dartmouth and Drexel on Saturday, and finished off with Liberty on Sunday. Temple and Princeton were the two teams at the event Penn did not face this weekend.

Penn highlights for the weekend included Kevin Zhu spirit Kian Vakili both finishing the weekend 3-0 in singles play, with Baylor Sai going 2-1; for the freshman Vakili, this was his first event as a Quaker. In doubles action, the team of Sai and Zach Smith won the two matches they played together, as did the team of Edoardo Graziani and Zhu.

Next up on the calendar for first-year head coach David DiLucia is the Princeton Fall Invite, starting this Thursday, September 22 and scheduled to end Sunday, September 25.

Penn vs. William and Mary (FRIDAY)
Aditya Gupta/Kevin Zhu (Penn) def. Andres Silva/Joe Barilovsky 8-5
Baylor Sai/Zach Smith (Penn) def. George Davis/Albert Hansen 8-6
Bill Duo/Daniel Pellerito def. Sameer Gangoli/Tell Goodman (Penn) 8-5
Sean Joseph/Alex Karman def. Matthew Rutter/Kian Vakili (Penn) 8-4

Gupta (Penn) def. Silva 6-3, 7-5
Zhu (Penn) def. Brailovsky 6-2, 6-3
Joseph def. Sai (Penn) 6-4, 3-0 (Rt.)
Vakili (Penn) def. Duo 6-4, 6-3
Karman def. Goodman (Penn) 6-4, 6-4
Cohen def. Smith (Penn) 6-3, 6-4
Gangoli (Penn) def. Pellerito 6-3, 4-6 1-0 (10-5)
Rutter (Penn) def. Hansen 6-1, 7-6 (4)

Penn vs. Dartmouth/Drexel (SATURDAY)
Edoardo Graziani/Zhu (Penn) def. Alex Knox-Jones/Waleed Qadir (Darts) 8-5
Gupta/Zachary Lim (Penn) def. Alan Jesudason/Alex Desousa (Drex) 8-1
Sai/Smith (Penn) def. Logan Chang/Henry Ren (Darts) 8-4
Gangoli/Goodman (Penn) def. Daniel Dudockin/Matvey Radionov (Drex) 8-7 (5)
Vakili/Rutter (Penn) def. Carlos Guerrero/Miles Groom (Darts) 8-7 (4)

Guerrero (Darts) def. E. Graziani (Penn) 7-4, 6-3
Jesudason (Drex) def. Gupta (Penn) 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
Zhu (Penn) def. Henry Ren (Darts) 6-4, 6-2
Vakili (Penn) def. Dudockin (Drex) 6-3, 6-0
Lim (Penn) def. Knox-Jones (Darts) 7-6 (7), 6-7 (8), 7-5
Sai (Penn) def. Desousa (Drex) 6-3, 6-1
Qadir (Darts) def. Goodman (Penn) 6-3, 6-0
Smith (Penn) def. Radionov (Drex) 6-2, 6-4
Groom (Darts) def. Gangoli (Penn) 6-3, 7-5
Rutter (Penn) def. Hugo Brungs (Drex) 2-6, 7-6 (5), 10-7
— Logan Chang (Darts) def. Kael Shah (Drex) 7-6 (6), 6-1
— Juan Sanchez (Drex) def. Daniel Webb (Darts) 7-5, 6-1

Penn vs. Liberty (SUNDAY)
Graziani/Zhu (Penn) def. Josh Wilson/Christian Worst 8-6
Beau Pelletier/Zion Heaven def. Lim/Sai (Penn) 8-5
Smith/Vakili (Penn) def. Deji Thomas-Smith/Rafael Marques da Silva 8-6

E. Graziani (Penn) def. Wilson 6-1, 6-3
Zhu (Penn) def. Marques da Silva 6-3, 6-2
Vakili (Penn) def. Worst 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3
Sai (Penn) def. Pelletier 6-3, 6-2
Heaven def. Lim (Penn) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
M. Graziani (Penn) def. Thomas-Smith 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Langwe-Smit def. Rutter (Penn) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5

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