This past weekend, the Amherst men’s tennis team traveled to Williamstown, Massachusetts to face competition from around the northeast at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s New England Regional Championships. Amherst had several players seeded in both the singles and doubles tournaments.
In the singles bracket, Sean Wei ’21 was seeded second, while classmate Kevin Ma was seeded fifth in the 64-man field. In the doubles bracket, Wei and Harris Foulkes ’22 were seeded fifth, while Zach Bessette ’19 and Jayson Fung ’20 were seeded first.
Wei and Foulkes fell out of the doubles bracket, while unseeded Fung lost after two matches in the singles on Friday.
All other Mammoth competitors, however, advancedto the second day of play. On Saturday, Ma fell in the semifinals to a Jerry Jiang of Bowdoin, and top-seeded Fung and Bessette fell in the quarterfinals to a rival Williams tandem.
Wei, however, battled past Oscar Yang of Bowdoin, 7-5, 6-3, and took down Tyler Barr of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 6-1,7-5, move into the semifinals on Sunday.
On Sunday, Wei faced Boris Sorkin of Tufts in the semifinals. Wei easily took the first set, 6-1, but Sorkin nabbed the next set, 6-2.
The momentum Sorkin gained in the second set continued into the third, as the Jumbo won 6-1. With the loss, Wei ended the Mammoths’ run in the tournament.
Amherst will look to improve on its results at the tournament going into the Wallach Invite on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Bates College.