Weber Grows into Leadership Role for Pack
April 2, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - Sean Weber of the NC State men’s tennis team is embarking on the last few remaining matches as a member of the Wolfpack. He will be honored as part of the Senior Day festivities against No. 12 Notre Dame on Sunday, April 6, where he will compete in his final home match at State.
“I realize we only have a month left in the season and then the NCAA Tournament,” Weber said. “I’m just trying to make the most out of it, and add a few more good memories that I’ll have when I’m done.
“It’s exciting to be toward the end of my college career and graduating from school, but it’s also bittersweet. I’m going to miss all the guys when I’m done.”
This season, Weber has posted an 18-10 record in singles, and a team best 29-9 in doubles, the event in which he has excelled most during his collegiate career.
Weber ranks fourth all-time in the program in career doubles victories with 69. He’s also been a mainstay as part of two doubles pairs in the ITA doubles rankings, as he is currently ranked along with Robbie Mudge (No. 32) and Nick Horton (No. 36).
Paired with Mudge throughout the fall, the duo claimed the doubles title at the UVa Ranked 1 tournament and also advanced to the doubles final of the ITA Carolina Regional and the Duke Fab Four Invite.
Last season, Weber teamed with former Wolfpacker Dave Thomson to earn a national ranking as high as No. 10 en route to clinching a bid in the NCAA Doubles Championships.
In singles competition, Weber has tallied 46 career victories over the course of his four-year career. After recording eight victories combined his first two seasons, he claimed 20 victories in his junior campaign last season. This year, he is on pace to secure the most wins of his Wolfpack career, as he is currently third on the squad with 18.
In addition to his on-court accolades, Weber has also thrived in the classroom. In 2013, he was named to the All-ACC Academic Team, and he will graduate in May with a degree in biological sciences and a minor in psychology.
Weber credits not only his coaches for his success on and off the court, but said former NC State tennis alum Christian Welte has been someone who made a significant impact on his collegiate career.
“He helped teach me, as well as mentor me, and he was a great role model,” Weber said.
As team captain this season, Weber has been looked upon to take more responsibility both on and off the court. Through his tireless work ethic, something that did not go unrecognized by head coach Jon Choboy, he gained the respect of both his teammates and coaches.
“A lot of guys have learned a lot from him,” Choboy said. “With him, I think the quality of leadership that he’s had and example he’s left behind has positively impacted our program. He’s ferociously competitive but he also composes himself in a very calm and mature matter.”
Horton, a freshman on this year’s squad and doubles teammate throughout the spring, said he’s gained experience from not only playing, but watching Weber compose himself on the court.
“I definitely find that he’s the leader on the court,” Horton said. “He’s the team captain, so he has a lot of experience. If I’m ever in a pressure situation he’s always there to calm me down if I’m getting a bit nervous. He’s always there to talk to, and he’s a big help.”
Weber said he plans to continue playing tennis over the summer, training at the facilities on campus, and possibly take a stab at professional doubles competition.
However, he said his long-term goal is to apply to medical school and pursue a career in orthopedics.
“I can’t say it’ll be fun without him next year because I’ve enjoyed coaching him and watching him help the rest of the guys,” Choboy said. “I really do ask him to be a guidance for the rest of the team, sometimes speak to them one-on-one; we’re going to miss that for sure.”