Following a regular season that saw them win a program-record 19 matches, the men’s tennis team has advanced to the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship tournament for the first time in school history.
The 36th-ranked Quakers, who finished the regular season with a 19-5 record—including a 6-1 conference mark and an unblemished 11-0 record at home—earned an at-large bid to the 64-team tournament. On Friday, May 6, at 1 p.m., the Red & Blue will battle No. 31-ranked Virginia Commonwealth University, the champions of the Atlantic 10. The winner will face either No. 7-ranked Virginia, the champions of the ACC, or Fairleigh Dickinson, champions of the Northeast Conference.
Playing in the No. 1 spot, Graziani, the 41st-ranked player in the country, had a 15-5 record during the regular season and a 5-1 mark in conference play. Notable wins included defeats of No. 22-ranked Alex Kotzen of Columbia on April 22 (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) and No. 44-ranked Alafia Ayeni of Cornell on April 24 (6-2, 6-4).
Gupta, playing in the No. 3 position, had a 13-3 regular season mark, including a 5-1 record in the Ivy League. On March 3, he defeated USC’s Peter Makk, the 56th-ranked player in the country, 6-2, 4-6 (1-0).
Parikh, playing in the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, had a perfect 6-0 record in conference play and an 18-3 record overall. His 18 wins were tops on the team.
Thirty conferences received automatic invitations to the Division I Men’s Tennis Championship. No. 14-ranked Harvard earned the Ivy League’s automatic bid.
First- and second-round competition takes place May 6-7 and features four teams playing in a single-elimination format. The winner of each site advances to super-regional competition May 13 or 14.