KALAMAZOO, Michigan – The 2019 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Tournament run of Sean Wei '21 came to a close on Saturday afternoon as Wei was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Grant Urken of Bowdoin College at Stowe Stadium.
Urken, the defending national champion and the #1 player in the Northeast according to the latest ITA rankings, got the better of Wei in the rubber match after the two had split their meetings earlier this year.
Wei was never able to find his footing against the big senior from Bowdoin, as Urken took a 2-0 lead in the first set, then held to reclaim the lead after Wei had evened up the match at two.
After Wei held again for 3-3, Urken rattled off three straight games to claim the opening set.
Wei held to start the second set but Urken held as well and then broke and took a 3-1 lead. Down 15-40 in the fifth game, Wei came back to force deuce but was unable to capitalize and fell behind 4-1 on the way to a 6-2 second set win for the Polar Bears.
In his two collegiate years, Wei (20-11 this season) has a 5-2 record in NCAA Individual Singles play with a semifinals and a quarterfinals appearance to his name.