CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Amherst College first year Sean Wei put the college tennis world on notice this week at the NCAA Division III championships at Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
The rookie from Yorktown Heights, N.Y. came just two games away from playing for the Men's Individual Singles Championship, reaching the national semifinals on Friday before bowing out of the tournament in three sets.
Wei won his third straight match of the week on Friday morning, topping Jonathan Jemison of Emory College in straight sets (7-5, 6-2) to reach the national semifinals.
There he faced off with Jack Katzman of host Claremont Mudd-Scripps, and while Wei took the first set 7-6 (5) in a tiebreaker, Katzman came back to take the second and third sets by 6-3 and 6-4 scorelines.
Wei, the 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year, concludes his first collegiate season with a 16-6 singles record.