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Huskies Edged By Penn In San Diego

Mar 10, 2022

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Washington men's tennis was in the lead throughout, but could never quite slam the door and 47th-ranked Pennsylvania crept back and won a pair of third sets to defeat the Dawgs, 4-3, in a neutral site match played at San Diego's Hogan Center. The Huskies (10-4, 1-0 Pac-12) won the doubles point and got singles wins from Clement Chidekh and Jack Davis but the Quakers (9-3) had four singles wins thanks in part to going 3-1 in tiebreaks, including the decisive one to clinch the victory.
No. 45 Washington will now face No. 71 New Mexico on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Hogan Center.
The Huskies had the early lead after taking the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. 34th-ranked Clement Chidekh and Nedim Suko had a 6-2 win over Penn's Zhu/Parikh at the two spot, then the point was quickly clinched with a 6-3 win at No. 3 from Cesar Bouchelaghem and Ewen Lumsden over Smith/Gupta. Brandon Wong and Jack Davis were at 4-5 in their match at No. 1 when it was suspended.
Chidekh, ranked third nationally this week, improved to 8-0 in dual matches with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Edoardo Graziani at No. 1 singles to make it 2-0 Dawgs. Penn got its first point at No. 6 singles, where Bouchelaghem fell, 6-2, 7-6, despite coming back from 0-4 down in the second set to force the tiebreak.
Jack Davis had one tiebreak win for UW and it finished a victory as he beat Aditya Gupta, 7-5, 7-6, at No. 3 singles to make it 3-1. But moments later Penn countered with a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles, Jason Hildebrandt beating Ewen Lumsden.
At No. 5 singles, Nedim Suko lost a first set tiebreak to Harsh Parikh but then came right back with a 6-0 second set to even it up. But he fell behind early in set three and couldn't bounce back, falling 6-1, as the dual evened at 3-3.
Han-Chih Lin won his first set, 6-4, but lost the second by the same score, against Kevin Zhu at fourth singles. Lin served for the match at 5-4 in the third set and saved a couple break points to reach a deciding point and match point, but Zhu hit a return winner to stay in the match. The two went to a tiebreak, but Zhu jumped ahead quickly and won it, clinching the 4-3 win.
Washington Men's Tennis
March 10, 2022
Hogan Center | San Diego, Calif.
#45 Washington – 3
#47 Pennsylvania – 4
1. (#3) Clement Chidekh (UW) def. Edoardo Graziani (Penn) – 6-4, 6-3
2. Jason Hildebrandt (Penn) def. (#87) Ewen Lumsden (UW) – 7-5, 6-4
3. Jack Davis (UW) def. Aditya Gupta (Penn) – 7-5, 7-6 (5)
4. Kevin Zhu (Penn) def. Han-Chih Lin (UW) – 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (0)
5. Harsh Parikh (Penn) def. Nedim Suko (UW) 7-6 (5), 0-6, 6-1
6. Baylor Sai (Penn) def. Cesar Bouchelaghem (UW) – 6-2, 7-6 (2)
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 3, 2, 5, 4
1. (#75) Davis/Wong (UW) vs. Graziani/Hildebrandt (Penn) – 4-5, DNF
2. (#34) Chidekh/Suko (UW) def. Zhu/Parikh (Penn) – 6-2
3. Bouchelaghem/Lumsden (UW) def. Smith/Gupta (Penn) – 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3