Bowdoin Sweeps Singles to Upend Men's Tennis 7-2 in NESCAC Match

Zach Shaff was part of a #2 doubles victory by the Jumbos.

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The eighth-ranked Bowdoin College men's tennis team swept singles to take a 7-2 NESCAC victory over Tufts University on Friday afternoon at Maine Pines.

The visiting Jumbos (8-8, 4-5 NESCAC) led 2-1 after doubles before the Polar Bears (14-3, 6-2 NESCAC) won all of the singles matches in straight sets.

The highlight of doubles action was the #1 match where Jumbo sophomores Boris Sorkin and Carl-Herman Grant defeated seniors Grant Urken and Jerry Jiang in a tie-breaker 8-7 (5). Tufts also had a victory in the second match where junior Zach Shaff and freshman Paris Pentousis combined on a 8-6 final. Bowdoin's doubles win came at #3 by junior Justin Patel and freshman Oscar Yang (8-6).

Early wins at the top of the singles order by Urken at #1 over Sorkin (6-3, 6-3) and Jiang at #2 against Pentousis (6-0, 6-4) gave the Polar Bears the lead (3-2). Patel won 6-3, 6-1 in fifth singles and then senior Luke Carstens sealed the victory for the hosts with a 6-4, 6-1 final at #6.

The fourth singles match was the most competitive as Bowodoin freshman Evan Fortier won a pair of tie-breakers against Grant 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4). Yang in the third singles match won 6-3, 6-2 for Bowdoin.

Today's match was the regular-season finale for Tufts. They will await word on whether they receive one of the six NESCAC Tournament berths. The Polar Bears finish up their regular-season on Saturday at Williams.