MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Tufts University men's tennis team opened its 2018-19 season with a very successful day at the Middlebury Invitational on Saturday. Five Jumbos in singles and two doubles tandems advanced to the semi-finals and will play tomorrow.
Head coach Karl Gregor's Jumbos posted an 18-7 record in all of their matches Saturday.
Junior Ben Biswas and sophomore Boris Sorkin were perfect for the Jumbos in the A singles flight. Biswas opened with a 6-0, 6-4 win against fourth-seed Nate Eazor from the host Panthers in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, Biswas won 6-1, 6-4 against Adam Tzeng from Brandeis to earn a spot in the semi-finals. He will play Pierre Wernick from Bates tomorrow at 1 pm. Sorkin meanwhile, seeded second in the A draw, won 6-2, 6-2 versus Sebastian Castillo-Sanchez from RPI to start. In the quarterfinal against Brandeis' Nikhil Das, Sorkin won easily again 6-1, 6-1. He plays Colby's Scott Altmeyer in the semi-finals on Sunday at 1 pm.
Sophomore Carl-Herman Grant is a semi-finalist in the B singles flight. He won his Saturday opener against Travis Leaf of Skidmore 6-2, 6-2. He then went extra to knock off top B seed David Vilys of Middlebury in the quarters, 6-3, 4-6, 18-16. Grant faces Anupreeth Coramutla from Brandeis in the semis Sunday at 1.
Freshman Isaac Gorelik will represent Tufts in the C semis on Sunday. Making his collegiate debut on Saturday, Gorelik was impressive with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Thorne Gregory from Middlebury and a 6-4, 6-2 triumph against #3 seed Brian Niguidula from RPI. Brandeis' Jackson Kogan, the #2 seed in the bracket, will be opposite Gorelik in the semi-finals. Sophomore Owen Bartok and freshman Jack Moldenhauer each won C singles matches before they were eliminated in the quarters.
D singles flight second seed Niko Hereford won twice to move into the semis. He went three sets to eliminate Eddie Wu from RPI 3-6, 6-2, 10-8. Hereford worked even harder in his quarterfinal match, winning 6-7 (5), 6-4, 10-4 over Brandeis' Ben Wolfe. Tyler Ng from Brandeis, seeded third in the flight, will be the Jumbo's opponent in the semi. Freshman Akash Verma, who earned the fourth seed in the bracket for his collegiate debut, won a match before losing in the quarters.
Sorkin and Grant teamed up to win twice in the A doubles flight. In the 16-team first round, they defeated Weston Barch and Andre Xiao from Middlebury 8-6. The Jumbo pair moved on to the semi-finals with a 9-7 win over Andrew Imrie and Dylan Payne of RPI. Tzeng and Kogan from Brandeis are up next for the Tufts duo on Sunday at 9.
Junior Zach Shaff and Moldenhauer are B doubles flight semi-finalists after a 2-0 Saturday. They knocked out Colby's Sam Hoenig and RPI's Victor Stoyanov, who joined together for B doubles, by an 8-1 score. Shaff and Moldenhauer then won 8-6 against Kevin Ha and Connor Biernan from Skidmore. The #3 seed in the bracket – Brandeis' Rajan Vohra and Das – await the Tufts tandem tomorrow at 9 am. Hereford and Gorelick won a first-round B doubles match before losing in the quarters.
Last fall at Middlebury, Biswas won the C singles flight and partnered with steammate Ethan Bershtein for a victory in the B doubles flight.