|Tufts' Boris Sorkin won the ITA New England singles crown for the second straight year.|
WATERVILLE, Maine – Junior co-captain Boris Sorkin of the Tufts University men's tennis team won his second consecutive Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Regional singles title at Colby College on Sunday.
Seeded second in the singles bracket, Sorkin had won four matches on Friday and Saturday to reach the singles semifinals. There he saw his toughest competition of the weekend, going three sets and coming from behind to defeat 9-16 seed Noah Lilienthal from Wesleyan 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 early Sunday. Playing for the title later in the day, Sorkin faced 9-16 seed Stan Morris from Middlebury in the final and won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
"After not playing my best and losing in the first round in singles at the Middlebury Invite (September 14), I just wanted to rehabilitate and prove to myself that I can play better," Sorkin said. "So, my goal at ITAs was to show my best tennis. This really helped me play calm every match and, I guess, it paid off."
Today's victory defended the regional title that Sorkin won last year at Middlebury College.
"It feels great to win it two years in a row," Sorkin said. "I believe that having a strong support base made up of my coaches and teammates has been absolutely crucial to my success. They support and push me every day to play my best."
With the Regional victory, Sorkin will have the opportunity to defend his ITA singles national championship that he won as a sophomore a year ago. The ITA Cup, featuring all of the Divison III Regional winners, will be played again this year in Rome, Georgia at Berry College October 17-20.
In doubles today, Sorkin and freshman teammate Josh Belandres also advanced to the championship match. The pair won their third tie-breaker of the tournament 8-7 (2) over Oscar Yang and Tristan Bradley from Bowdoin in the semifinals. In the ITA Regional doubles final, the Jumbo duo lost to Alex Taylor and Peter Frelinghuysen from Williams College 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
"I am really happy with how Josh Belandres and I played doubles as well," said Sorkin, who's from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. "After losing in the first round of doubles two years in a row, making the finals this year was amazing."
Tufts will play at the Bates Invitational as its fall season continues next weekend.