MEDFORD – The Tufts University men's tennis team placed multiple players on the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference teams for the first time since 2015 as the international connection of sophomores Boris Sorkin and Carl-Herman Grant were honored when the 2019 teams were announced Thursday.
Sorkin, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, is on the first team for singles. He and Grant, who comes from Oslo, Norway, made the second team for doubles play.
An All-NESCAC second team selection last year, Sorkin moves up to the first team this year. For the full 2018-19 season, including the fall, he posted a 23-5 mark overall including 12-3 against NESCAC opponents. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Cup singles national champion in the fall, he won his first 17 matches of the year. In the fall he had wins over All-NESCAC first teamer Jerry Jiang from Bowdoin in the ITA New England final (7-5, 2-6, 10-5) and against Middlebury second-team selection Noah Farrell (6-3, 7-5) earlier in the ITA New England tournaments. This spring at #1 singles, Sorkin has defeated Amherst's Sean Wei (6-3, 6-4) and Wesleyan's Andrew Finkelman (7-6 (4), 6-2), who are All-Conference first teamers along with him. The Jumbo also has victories against NESCAC second-team honorees Scott Altmeyer from Colby (7-5, 6-4) and Josh Quijano of Bates (6-0, 6-0).
In doubles play, Sorkin and Grant had a season-best win of 8-7 (3) against Bowdoin's Jiang and Grant Urken on April 26. A few weeks earlier they dispatched of the Middlebury tandem of Lubomir Cuba and Nate Eazor, who were ranked ninth nationally at the end of the fall season. The Jumbo pair had a 5-4 record overall together including 4-3 in NESCASC.
Head coach Karl Gregor's team was one of the six to qualify for the NESCAC Tournament for the first time since 2016 this season.