AMHERST, Mass. – The #4 ranked Amherst College men's tennis team is heading to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship, which will take place May 20-22 at the Stowe Courts on the campus of Kalamazoo College.
Amherst (18-4) earned an At-Large bid into the tournament, and were selected as regional hosts, along with receiving a first round bye. They defeated Wilkes College 5-0 in the second round, then topped University of Mary Washington 5-1 in the regional final.
It will be the first national quarterfinals trip for Amherst since 2015, and their opponent at this stage in the tournament will be identical to that year. Amherst faces #2 ranked University of Chicago on Monday at 2:00 PM. The winners will move on to Tuesday's team semifinals, with the national championship matches scheduled for Wednesday, May 22nd.
Following the team competition, Kalamazoo will also play host to the singles and doubles tournaments. Sean Wei '21, who finished as a semifinalist in last year's singles draw, will once again be a part of the championship. Wei and doubles partner Jayson Fung '20 were selected as alternates for the doubles tournament.
2019 NCAA DIVISION III MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Matches will be played at both Stowe Stadium at Kalamazoo College and Sorensen Courts at Western Michigan University.
There is no charge for admission to any matches at the 2019 NCAA Division III tennis championships.
Monday, May 20
Not Before 2:00 PM – CMS vs Bowdoin (Stowe Stadium) / Amherst vs Chicago (Sorensen Courts)
Not Before 4:30 PM – Emory vs Wash U (Stowe Stadium) / Wesleyan vs Middlebury (Sorensen Courts)
Tuesday, May 21
Not Before 2:00 PM – Men's Semi-Final (CMS/Bowdoin vs Amherst/Chicago), Stowe Stadium
Not Before 4:30 PM – Men's Semi-Final (Emory/Wash U vs Wesleyan/Middlebury), Stowe Stadium
Wednesday, May 22
3:00 PM – Men's Championship Match, Stowe Stadium
Friday, May 24
Not Before 11:00 AM – Men's Round of 32 Singles
Not Before 2:30 PM – Men's Round of 16 Singles
Not Before 4:00 PM – Men's Round of 16 Doubles
Saturday, May 25 (All Matches at Stowe Stadium)
10:30 AM – Men's Singles Quarterfinals
Not Before 2:30 PM – Men's Singles Semifinals
Not Before 4:30 PM – Men's Doubles Quarterfinals
Sunday, May 26
12:00 PM – Men's Singles Finals
Not Before 1:30 PM – Men's Doubles Semifinals
Not Before 3:00 PM – Men's Doubles Finals
There will be live stats for all of the team and individual matches, available at the following link: https://hornets.kzoo.edu/tournaments/tennis/2018-19/index
Live Video will be available for select courts here: https://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2019/05/16
Amherst is making their 20th appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament, with their first appearance in 1994. They have an NCAA tournament record of 39-17 and are into the national quarterfinals for the tenth time and first since 2015. Amherst is looking to get back to the semifinals for the sixth time. They were national semifinalists in five of six years between 2009 and 2014, and four of those years reached the national championship match, including winning the crown in 2011 and 2014.
(18-4, 7-1 NESCAC) - Schedule * Roster
The Amherst doubles tandems feature the top team of Wei and Fung, who have posted a 9-3 record at the first doubles position, contributing greatly to Amherst's 17-5 overall record at that flight.
The senior/first-year tandem of Zach Bessette '19 and Harris Foulkes '22 has been a revelation for Amherst, as they have put together an 11-1 record together, including 9-1 in their primary spot at the #2 doubles position.
Foulkes is part of a class of first years that have shined in their rookie campaigns. Along with Damien Ruparel '22 and Willie Turchetta '22, the class is a combined 34-9 in dual meet singles play.
Turchetta has seized the #6 singles spot, where he has posted an 8-1 record, while Ruparel went 7-2 at the fifth singles spot. Foulkes, who has a 13-5 record on the year in singles pay, has featured at five different positions and has a .500 or better record at all of the spots he has slotted into.
The top of the lineup will see Wei at #1 singles, where he is 9-7 on the season, Kevin Ma' 21 at second singles (7-7) and Fung filling the third singles spot. Fung is 6-3 at that position and 12-4 in dual match singles play this season.
Bessette has been equally effective in singles as he has in doubles, winning 11 matches, including a 4-1 mark at third singles and a 6-3 record at #4, where he has played during the postseason.
The quarterfinals opponent for Amherst, University of Chicago, marks a rematch of the 2015 tournament, where the Maroons eliminated Amherst with a 5-4 victory at the same round. Chicago is the #2 team in the country and enters the national championship site with a 19-2 record. They were the #3 team in the University Athletic Association (UAA) and have three wins over Washington St. Louis and victories over #4 Emory and #6 Williams. Chicago defeated #16 Gustavus Adolphus 5-2 in their regional final after beating Augustana 5-0 in the Second Round.
Amherst is one of four teams from the NESCAC that make up the eight-team quarterfinals field. Joining the Mammoths is Bowdoin College, Middlebury College and Wesleyan University.
Wesleyan (16-4), the only team to defeat Amherst during the 2019 NESCAC season, was an At-Large selection to the NCAA tournament after falling 5-3 to Middlebury in the conference semifinals. The Cardinals headed to Johns Hopkins and knocked off John Carroll and No. 11 Kenyon College to book their ticket to Kalamazoo, where they will face a rematch against Middlebury.
The #6 ranked Panthers (18-6) are the reigning NESCAC champions and the defending national championship, back in the NCAA tournament after defeating Amherst 5-1 in the NESCAC title game. As hosts for the regional round, Middlebury did not drop a point with 5-0 wins over Goucher and MIT. Despite their loss in the NESCAC championship. Amherst did defeat Middlebury 6-3 in the final regular season match of the year, their first win over Middlebury since 2015.
Amherst also collected their first win over Bowdoin since 2015 this year, then defeated the Polar Bears (18-4) for a second time in the semifinals of the NESCAC tournament. Despite relinquishing their 2018 conference title, Bowdoin received an At-Large berth and hosting duties for the regionals and knocked off Eastern Nazarene 5-0 and Skidmore 5-1 to set up a showdown with Claremont-M-S in the quarterfinals round.
The top team in the country throughout the year, Claremont Mudd-Scripps has won 18 straight matches and is 31-1 on the year entering the national championship site. That one defeat came at the hands of the Mammoths, who topped the Stags 5-4 on March 22nd at Bay Road Tennis Center. Since then, Claremont has rolled to their 14th consecutive SCIAC championship and an automatic berth to the championship. They had little trouble in the regionals at home either, with 5-0 wins over Texas- Dallas and Trinity (TX) in advancing to their tenth straight Elite 8.
The #7 team in the country is Washington (Mo.), who are making their 13th straight trip to the NCAA quarterfinals after a 5-0 win over #27 Kalamazoo in the regional finals. An at-large selection from the UAA, Washington is 19-7 on the season and has signature wins over #10 Carnegie Mellon, #12 Pomona-Pitzer and a 5-4 victory over the Mammoths on March 14th in Haines City, Florida.
The UAA features three teams in the quarterfinals, with #3 Emory joining Chicago and Washington U. The Eagles have won 15 straight matches and are 19-2 this year, defeating Brandeis 5-1 in the UAA championship match after topping Wash U 5-3 in the semifinals. Since then, Emory defeated Washington & Lee 5-0 and N.C. Wesleyan 5-1 in Atlanta and are into the NCAA championship site for the 22nd consecutive season.