|Freshman Boris Sorkin won a singles and doubles title in Maine|
LEWISTON, ME - The Tufts University men's tennis team won two singles titles and a doubles crown at the 2017 Wallach Invitational hosted by Bates College on Saturday and Sunday. Freshmen Boris Sorkin and Carl-Herman Grant won singles titles while Sorkin and sophomore Ethan Bershtein teamed up to win a doubles bracket. Six flights were played overall, with Jumbos winning half of them.
Sorkin won four matches to earn the B singles crown. He dominated the bracket, not losing a set. In his opener against Ethan Hillis from Amherst, Sorkin won 6-4 and 6-2. That put him in the quarterfinals where he took a 6-2, 6-0 final against Garrett Rieter from Colby. Into the semi-finals, Sorkin defeated Bowdoin's Larry Zhao 6-2, 6-2 for a spot in the final. Facing David Aizenberg from Brandeis for the B title, Sorkin had his most challenging match but still won in straight sets 6-4 and 6-4.
Grant was equally effective in winning the Wallach D singles flight, except that he had to notch five victories to get there. All were in straight sets. He was one of just four players who had to play an opening round match and he defeated Dylan Davis from Bates 6-3, 6-1. He then lost just two games (6-0, 6-2) in the round of 16 against Colby's Peter Messenger. Grant defeated Trinity's Chris Bilicic in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-4, and then moved on to the finals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Tristan Young from Bowdoin. He finished off the weekend with a 6-2, 6-4 victory in the final against Bowdoin's Alan Delman.
Sorkin and Bershtein had to work hardest in their B doubles opener en route to their win. They went extra and defeated Luke Carstens and Justin Patel from Bowdoin 9-8 (2) in the round of 16. The Jumbo pair cruised to an 8-2 quarterfinal round win over host Bates College's Owen Greenwood and Andrew Berghuis. Against Colby's Reiter and Jonathan Hallal in the semi-finals, Sorkin and Bershtein outlasted the Mule pair 8-6. The Jumbos then won the B doubles bracket by the same 8-6 score against Gil Roddy and Justin Wang from Bowdoin.
Jumbo senior Rohan Gupte played into the semi-finals of A singles. He opened with a 6-4, 6-0 win against Jorge Martinez from Wheaton College. Gupte then won a tightly-contested quarterfinal match over Amherst's Zach Besette 7-6 (6), 7-5. Gupte played three sets again in the semis, losing 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 to Bowdoin's Kyle Wolfe. Bershtein also represented himself well in the D bracket. He advanced to the semi-finals with victories over Bates' Greenwood (6-2, 6-2) and Colby's Jeremy Mendoza (6-2, 3-6, 10-8) before losing to Delman from Bowdoin 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Tufts senior Zain Ali also won an A singles match. Senior tri-captain Ben Battle and sophomore Ben Biswas both won opening matches in B singles before losing. Junior Ross Kamin won a C singles match. In A doubles the Tufts pair of Battle and sophomore Zach Shaff did not lose a game in winning their first match.
This was the final fall competition for head coach Karl Gregor's Jumbos. They will begin their team schedule in March.