Wei Leads Mammoths Men’s Tennis with Major Award, NCAA Bid

Wei Leads Mammoths Men’s Tennis with Major Award, NCAA Bid

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HADLEY, Mass. – First year Sean Wei was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's tennis Rookie of the Year and has earned an invitation to the singles draw of the 2018 NCAA Division III men's tennis championships, scheduled for May 21-26 in Claremont, California.

Wei, who was also named to the First Team as a singles player, was joined on the All-NESCAC teams by first year Kevin Ma (2nd team singles), and his partner in doubles Jayson Fung '20, as the pair was named to the Second Team in that category.

Wei (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) is the second straight Mammoth to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors. Teammate Jayson Fung earned the honor last season, while former Mammoths Andrew Yaraghi (2013) and Aaron Chafetz (2009) were also honored. 

The No. 1 player for Amherst, Wei posted a 12-5 record in his first year, which included victories over both Jonathan Jemison of #1 ranked Emory University and the defending national champion Lubomir Cuba of Middlebury. 

Wei also collected top-25 wins against #13 Wesleyan University, both in the regular season and in the NESCAC tournament, and topped the first singles players of MIT, Whitman, Washington University, Kenyon College and Case Western Reserve. 

Playing at the #5 flight and going 4-0 to start the year before moving up to #2 singles, Ma (San Ramon, Calif.) posted a 12-5 record overall. He earned a point for the Mammoths against #4 Williams and #12 Wesleyan University in the NESCAC quarterfinals, and won in straight sets at #3 against both Case Western and Kenyon. 

The doubles pair of Fung (San Francisco, Calif.) and Wei were 6-6 at first singles together when they took over the top flight duties with an 8-6 win against Case. In NESCAC play, Wei and Fung earned victories over Hamilton, Connecticut College and #4 Williams while also pushing national #1 Middlebury in a 9-7 setback. 

The Mammoths have earned an at-large berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Tournament, and will travel to Williams this weekend for regional play Saturday at 1:30 pm. Amherst awaits the winner of Baruch and Nichols College, which will be played on Friday in Williamstown.