MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – In action that wasn't completed until Sunday night at 8:30 pm, sophomore Boris Sorkin of the Tufts University men's tennis team won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Region singles title at Middlebury College.
Sorkin – the sixth seed in the bracket - defeated Bowdoin College's 9-16 seed Jerry Jiang 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Up 4-3 in the final set, he broke Jiang's serve and then held serve to win the title.
By virtue of winning the tournament, Sorkin advances to the 2018 ITA Cup to be held at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Georgia October 11-14. There he will compete against the other regional champions from around the nation.
Earlier in the day, Sorkin won his semi-final match against #2 seed Sean Wei from Amherst College. Down a set, he rallied to win the next two and take the match 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.
In all, Sorkin was 6-0 over the weekend. He defeated Western New England's Hippolyte Bonnet 6-1, 6-0 in his opening match Friday. He then advanced past Wesleyan's Adrian Roji 7-5, 2-6, 10-5 in the round of 32. Sorkin defeated two players from the host Panthers to move to the semis. In the round of 16, he topped Stanley Morris 6-3, 6-2. Facing Noah Farrell, the #3 seed in the singles draw, in the quarterfinals later in the day, Sorkin moved on in two sets 6-3, 7-5.
This is the Jumbo sophomore's second singles tournament victory of the fall. He won the A singles title at the Middlebury Invitational two weeks ago.
Next for the Tufts team, they will head to Bates College and the Wallach Invitational next weekend (Oct. 6-7).