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UCLA men’s tennis maintains all-time winning streak against Loyola Marymount

Azuma Visaya prepares to serve the ball. The sophomore notched his first victory of the season. (Jeremy Chen/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Men's Tennis

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By Lamar Tuker

Feb. 8, 2024 2:11 p.m.

The rain wasn’t enough to hinder the Bruins’ momentum Wednesday.

“It always makes me nervous when we have that type of situation happen,” coach Billy Martin said. “We were lucky to get the match in, … but I was still very happy with the way the guys came out.”

UCLA men’s tennis (3-2) hosted Loyola Marymount (2-1) on Wednesday afternoon as the former forced the latter’s first loss of the season with a 6-1 decision. The Bruins notched their third consecutive win of the season.

Redshirt junior Timothy Li and junior Giacomo Revelli swept their doubles match against Sebastian Nothhaft and Toky Ranaivo. Revelli was the sole Bruin to send his singles match to a third set after splitting the first and second set with his opponent. He ultimately emerged victorious 6-4, 4-6, 1(10)-0(7).

Redshirt junior Jeffrey Fradkin and redshirt senior Govind Nanda also clinched a win for UCLA.

Martin said the pair has filled the shoes of absent players like junior Alexander Hoogmartens.

“Jeff Fradkin stepped in and did a great job with Govan at number three doubles,” Martin said. “And then I really changed it up in singles.”

Martin also offered a player a chance to take the court for the first time this season. Sophomore Azuma Visaya triumphed in his season-opening singles match 6-2, 6-1.

The Hawaiian local said he leveraged lessons from practice to trump his opponent.

“I just want to execute the things I’ve been doing in practice,” Visaya said. “And also adjust the things that my opponent’s doing.”

With Wednesday’s win, the Bruins have extended their all-time winning record against the Lions to eight. The Bruins who competed in the squads’ most recent match in 2021 no longer feature on the team’s roster, but the new additions have similarly made marks in both the doubles and singles format.

Freshman Spencer Johnson partnered with redshirt freshman Emon van Loben Sels to snatch a 5-2 win in the first frame before the match was left unfinished. On the singles end, Johnson allowed his opponent just one point in the first frame and two in the second en route to back-to-back defeats.

Martin said Johnson’s performance has emerged in the limelight.

“He’s really stood out so far as how most of the guys are playing in my opinion,” Martin said.

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