|Sophomore Paris Pentousis is one of three Jumbos to advance to the "Sweet 16" in singles.|
WATERVILLE, Maine – The Tufts University men's tennis team went 9-1 on the first day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Regionals Friday at Colby College.
Junior co-captain Boris Sorkin and sophomores Isaac Gorelik and Paris Pentousis all advanced to Saturday's round of 16 in the singles competition. The doubles pairing of senior co-captain Ethan Bershtein and junior Niko Hereford and Sorkin with freshman Josh Belandres both won their first-round matches.
Doubles was played first and the Bershtein-Hereford duo dominated in the round of 32 with an 8-1 victory over Trinity's Ross DeRose and Courtland Boyle. Sorkin with Belandres took an opposite route to the second round. They were down 2-1 and 4-3, but rallied to earn an 8-7 (3) victory against Peter Anker and Andrew Fleischman from Wesleyan. Both Jumbo pairs move on to the round of 16 on Saturday morning at 9 am.
In singles play Friday, Sorkins, Gorelik and Pentousis all won twice. Sorkin, the defending ITA New England champion and the #2 seed in this year's bracket, won 6-0, 6-1 in his opener versus Harris Foulkes from Amherst. Sorkin got into the round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-0 victory against Bowdoin's Justin Patel.
Gorelik, who was the A singles champion at the Middlebury Invitational two weeks ago, went three sets to win in the opening round 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 against Willie Turchetta from Amherst. He had an easier time with Leo Kupferman from Bates in round two 6-1, 6-2. Pentousis was barely challenged in getting to the round of 16. He won the first round 6-1, 6-1 versus Alexander Comerchere of UMass Boston. MIT's Michael Zhao then withdrew from his round of 16 match against Pentousis.
Jumbo freshman Rishahb Sharda, who along with Gorelik is a 9-16 seed this weekend, won easily against Jonathan Fink from Gordon (6-0, 6-1) before falling 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round versus Aidan Harris from Middlebury.
The three Jumbo singles matches in the round of 16 are on Saturday at noon.