KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Sophomore Boris Sorkin of the Tufts University men's tennis team won his opening match at the 2019 NCAA Division III Singles Championship before falling in the round of 16 on Friday.
Sorkin, playing in his first-ever NCAA Singles Tournament, defeated Jordan Pitts from Trinity University (Texas) 6-3, 7-5 in the round of 32. The match was played indoors at West Hills Athletic Club due to rain.
The Saint Petersburg, Russia native advanced to the round of 16 where he faced a familiar opponent in Bowdoin College senior Jerry Jiang. Back in the fall, Sorkin had defeated Jiang 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England singles title.
However, on Friday the Polar Bear earned a measure of revenge with a 7-6 (6), 6-3 NCAA win. The loss ends Sorkin's season with a 24-6 record in singles.
Sorkin was the first Jumbo to play in the NCAA singles tournament in 15 years, since Rifat Perahya in 2004. In the fall, Sorkin won the ITA Cup Division III singles national championship.