This Week in Tufts Athletics: September 23 - 29

Golf hosting the NESCAC Qualifier

Saturday and Sunday at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, Mass.

What you need to know: The golf team will host the NESCAC Qualifier for the first time in program history this weekend at the Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, Mass.  The conference instituted the qualifier in 2007 and the top four finishers at the qualifier in the fall advance to the championship in the spring.  In 2017 the Jumbos finished third at the qualifier, advancing to the championship event for the first time in program history since the qualifier was instituted.  They finished fourth at the championship event in the spring.  Then, last year the Jumbos used an epic performance on Sunday to make the cut.  Going into Sunday the Jumbos were five strokes behind Williams for fourth place.  They ended up edging the Ephs by just a stroke to finish fourth and advance to the championship for the second straight year.  The Jumbos have three events under their belts this fall.  They finished 10th out of 25 teams at the Williams Invitational this past weekend.  Senior co-captain Brandon Karr finished 12th individually for the Jumbos.  At the Duke Nelson Invitational the weekend before the Jumbos were led by sophomore Mac Bredahl, who finished 13th individually to help the Jumbos finish 8th out of 16 total teams.  The Jumbos opened up this fall season with a fourth-place finish at the Detrick Invitational, where Karr finished 10th individually.  Bredahl finished fourth overall at the qualifier last fall, and juniors Henry Hughes and Harry Theodore both have experience playing in the qualifier and have golfed well this fall.  Trinity won their second straight NESCAC Championship last spring.

Volleyball vs. Johnson and Wales 

Saturday, September 28th at 5 pm 

What you need to know:  After playing on the road for most of the month of September, the volleyball team will be at home all weekend.  The Jumbos start the weekend by hosting Bowdoin on Friday at 7 pm.  Then on Saturday the Jumbos will take on Maine Maritime at 11 am before facing off with No. 4 Johnson and Wales on Saturday at 5 pm.  The Jumbos are coming off a 3-1 win over No. 15 Wesleyan this past weekend and will look to knock off another regional power-house on Saturday.  The Wildcats were 33-2 last year, falling to Wesleyan in the NCAA Regional Final.  They faced off with the Jumbos last season at an invitational they hosted at the end of September and the Wildcats won, 3-2.  The Wildcats have made four straight NCAA tournament appearances and won an NCAA Regional in 2017 to advance the NCAA quarterfinals. This year the Wildcats are 8-1 so far, the lone loss coming to No. 1 Emory at the end of August. The Jumbos are off to a 9-0 start this season, most recently topping No. 15 and previously unbeaten Wesleyan this past weekend.  The Jumbos are led by senior Maddie Stewart’s 3.03 kills per set.  Classmate Brigid Bell is helping with 2.39 kills per set and 2.67 digs per set while sophomore Cate Desler is turning in 2.94 kills per set and 2.33 digs per set.  Senior Christina Nwankpa is averaging 0.97 blocks per set and 2.18 kills per set. 

Boris Sorkin, Junior, Men’s Tennis 

The men’s tennis team is heading to Colby this weekend for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regionals.  Junior Boris Sorkin won the New England Regional last year and went on to win the ITA Cup Division III singles national championship last fall.  He was the first Jumbo to win this title.  Sorkin was the #4 seed going into the tournament last fall and had to beat the #1 seed from Emory in the semi-finals to advance to the finals.  Last spring Sorkin was a NESCAC All-Conference selection and an ITA All-American, becoming the men’s tennis team’s first All-American since 2002.  Sorkin will look to repeat as the New England Regional champion this weekend, earning the chance to be one of eight that advances to this year’s ITA Cup. 






The field hockey team picked up their second conference win of the season at home on Saturday.  The Jumbos jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over Colby with two first quarter goals.  The Mules tied things up with one goal in the third and one in the fourth.  But, with 19 seconds left in the game sophomore Claire Foley scored the game-winner to give the Jumbos the 3-2 win over the Mules.  Watch it here:


Joe Braun, Senior, Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team is off to a 6-0 start and have not lost in 27 games (either winning or playing to a draw during that streak).  Senior Joe Braun has been a vital part of the Jumbo offense all year and this week was no different.  He scored once and assisted another in the Jumbos 6-0 win over Wheaton early in the week.  Then on Saturday against Colby he again scored the Jumbos first goal, which ended up being the game-winner.   




Cate Desler, Sophomore, Volleyball 

The volleyball team opened up conference play this weekend and collected two wins.  Sophomore Cate Desler was a big part of both of those.  On Friday Desler turned in eight kills and seven digs to a 3-1 win over Connecticut College.  On Saturday, the Jumbos upset No. 15 Wesleyan, 3-1.  Desler finished with a team-high 15 kills, a team-high and career-high 18 digs and a career-high four blocks in the win.  Down a set, Desler was vital in a key second set win.  With the score locked at 25 Desler turned in two kills to give the Jumbos a 27-25 win in set two and start their come-from-behind win.