MEDFORD – Sophomore Boris Sorkin of the Tufts University men's tennis team was selected to compete in the singles competition at the upcoming 2019 NCAA Division III Championships.
Sorkin was one of 32 players nationally in Division III invited to compete at the individual championships May 24-26 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo College will be the host institution.
Sorkin will play Jordan Pitts from Trinity University (Texas) in his round of 32 match on May 24. The match will be played at Western Michigan University's Sorensen Courts. The tournament continues through Sunday.
This will be Sorkin's first trip to the NCAA Division III Championships. He will be the first Jumbo to play in the NCAA singles tournament in 15 years, since Rifat Perahya in 2004.
Last fall, Sorkin won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Cup Division III singles national championship. During his run to the title, he defeated Jonathan Jemison from Emory and Chad Leduff from UC Santa Cruz who both also qualified for the NCAA singles play. Sorkin earned the ITA #1 national ranking in singles after the victory.
The Saint Petersburg, Russia native has faced many of the NCAA singles qualifiers during his 2018-19 season. In addition to his wins over Jemison and Leduff, he has victories against Sean Wei from Amherst, Jerry Jiang of Bowdoin, Varun Shanker of Caltech, Noah Farrell from Middlebury and Andrew Finkelman from Wesleyan. He was defeated by Grant Urken of Bowdoin, Lubomir Cuba from Middlebury, Jed Kronenberg of Pomona-Pitzer and Chase Lipscomb from Redlands. Sorkin also beat NCAA singles alternate Josh Quijano from Bates. Bowdoin's Urken is the defending NCAA singles champion.
In singles play for 2018-19, Sorkin has a 23-5 record overall.