Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The 2019 Amherst College men's tennis season came to an end on Monday afternoon when the Mammoths were defeated 5-0 by the University of Chicago in the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals at Sorensen Courts at Western Michigan University.
Amherst closes out the year with a record of 18-5 and its first trip to the national championship site since 2015, when they were also eliminated by the Maroons. The University of Chicago (20-2) advances to face Claremont Mudd-Scripps in Tuesday's semifinals.
Chicago boasts three of the top nine ranked doubles teams in the region, and it showed by winning all three doubles matchups to take a 3-0 lead in the match.
Sean Wei and Jayson Fung fell to Ninan Kumar and Erik Kerrigan 8-2, while the pairs of Zach Bessette/Harris Foulkes and Damien Ruparel/Willie Turchetta fell by 8-3 scores.
Wei at first singles and Turchetta at #6 were the only Mammoths to win the first sets of their singles matches. Wei led Kerrigan 6-4, 4-3 when the match ended, while Turchetta took his first set 6-1 over Alex Guzhva.
The path to victory disappeared when Alejandro Rodriguez topped Foulkes 6-0, 6-2 at #5 and Charlie Pei clinched the win for Chicago with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Fung at third singles. Bessette and Kevin Ma were each fighting to stay in their second sets.
Sophomore Wei will stay in Kalamazoo and compete in the NCAA Individual Singles Championship, where he hopes to replicate a run to the final day of play last year, when he finished as a national semifinalist.
Individual play begins on Friday at Kalamazoo College.