Sorkin, Bernstine Earn RVA Tennis Community Scholarships

By John Packett, RTA Contributing Writer

Sorkin, Bernstine Earn RVA Tennis Community Scholarships

Nina Sorkin and Chase Bernstine have ruled the high school realms in which they played for the past several years and will be heading to Virginia Tech soon for their first taste of collegiate tennis.

Based on a variety of accomplishments and community service, both of them have been awarded $1,000 scholarships to help with their college costs, courtesy of Perkins Law and the Richmond Tennis Association.

Photo by Joe Mahoney for the Times Dispatch

Sorkin went unbeaten in her high school career at Deep Run until her final match, when she lost to Reilly Tran of George Marshall (Fairfax) in the team portion of the 5A state tournament in Newport News.

Sorkin had beaten Tran in the individual competition of singles and doubles, however, and finished with an 89-1 record in singles. Not to mention four state singles and doubles titles and one team championship in her career.

Sorkin is a former city women’s champion (2014) and has taken part in such community activities as volunteering to help during the MAC Wheelchair Open at Midlothian Athletic Club by retrieving balls and helping the players during the tournament.

Meanwhile, Bernstine won his third straight 2A singles title, beating his younger brother, Ryan, in a highly competitive final. He finished his high school career for Goochland with a 50-0 record in singles during three seasons.

Photo by Dave Lawrence for Mechanicsville Local

Chase teamed with Ryan to claim their second consecutive state doubles championship. The brothers led Goochland to the 2A state team final, only to come up short against the Maggie Walker Governors’ School.

Bernstine listed among his community activities serving as a court monitor for the 10-and-under city junior tournament at Byrd Park and helping his father, Mark Bernstine, run the one-day junior tournament for beginners at Hermitage Country Club.

Both Sorkin and Bernstine were also named All-Metro players of the year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It was the fourth straight year Sorkin had received the honor, and the third in a row for Bernstine.

These scholarships are awarded to the male and female graduating seniors who best (and most creatively) exemplify all the great things tennis has to offer for people living in RVA, according to the application form.

Each applicant had to create a video telling the selection committee why the game of tennis is so good for everyone in RVA.

To qualify for these scholarships, the applicants had to be a graduating senior from a public high school in the metropolitan area this year and have a minimum grade-point- average of 3.0.

The players had to be a member of his or her high school team for at least two seasons

Other reference points given strong consideration were: 1, experience and accomplishments in a competitive environment, 2, tennis-related community service and activities, 3, extracurricular activities and awards, and 4, those who plan to play varsity or club-level tennis in college.

Congratulations to Sorkin and Bernstine on all of their hard work during their high-school careers that led to receiving these scholarships and good luck with their collegiate careers.