Wei, Fung Named ITA All-Americans

Wei, Fung Named ITA All-Americans

TEMPE, Ariz. – Amherst College men's tennis players Sean Wei '21 and Jayson Fung '20 have been selected as All-Americans for the 2019 season by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

Wei was named All-American at singles for the second consecutive season and he and Fung were also selected as an All-American doubles team. Fung returns to the ITA's national list of honorees for the first time since 2017, when he was a doubles All-American along with Zach Bessette '19.

Wei was the top singles players for the Mammoths, who posted an 18-5 record and reached the finals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament and the quarterfinals of the NCAA championships. During the season, Wei posted a record of 18-10, including nine wins at first singles in dual matches and an 8-3 singles tournament record.

At the NCAA individual singles championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the unseeded sophomore defeated Matthew Chen (Case Western) and #5 Jack Katzman (CMS) in straight sets before falling to #2 Grant Urken of Bowdoin in the quarterfinals.

Wei now has reached the second day of play at the NCAA singles tournament in two straight years and has a 5-2 record in the national championships.

In the fall, he was seeded second in the ITA New England Regional Championships and reached the semifinals of the tournament, bowing out to Boris Sorkin of Tufts in three sets.

Fung paired up with Wei at the first doubles position on March 22nd, when the two earned a point in Amherst's win over previously undefeated Claremont Mudd-Scripps. The tandem stayed together to go 9-4 at first doubles, earning them All-NESCAC Second Team honors and a selection as alternates for the NCAA Doubles tournament.

In the ITA's final rankings of the year, Wei was ranked the #8 singles player in the country and the third best in New England. Fung and Wei were also the eighth ranked nationally and third ranked regionally doubles tandem, while Fung was #21 in the region in singles for an Amherst team that was fifth in the nation and second behind only Middlebury in New England.

The selection criteria for Division III All-Americans is the following: top 8 seed in the NCAA singles tournament, win one round at the NCAA singles tournament, finish in the Top 20 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. All-American honors are awarded to doubles teams that are a top 4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament, win one round at the NCAA doubles tournament, finish in the Top 10 in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, win the USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament, or win a first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships.

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