Sorkin Heads Successful High School Class

By John Packett, RTA Contributing Writer

Sorkin Heads Successful High School Class

The Richmond area continues to dominate the high school tennis scene, reeling in many of the individual and team state championships as the 2017 season came to an end the second weekend in June.

No fewer than four players won singles titles, while an equal number of doubles teams claimed state crowns. Three full teams also captured titles.

The most remarkable achievement was turned in by Nina Sorkin of Deep Run. The soon-to-be freshman at Virginia Tech capped her high-school career by defeating Reilly Tran of George Marshall 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 to capture her fourth straight 5A singles championship.

Although she dropped her first set in scholastic play, Sorkin recovered to win her 89th consecutive singles match. In other words, she never lost a singles match to a high school player – and only one set in the process.

Sorkin kept that scenario going in doubles, teaming with Audrey Butterworth to beat Tran and her partner Ashley Fitz-Patrick 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) for her fourth 5A crown in a row at Huntington Park in Newport News.

Unfortunately for Sorkin, her winning streak came to an end in the team competition when Tran defeated her the following day in the No. 1 singles match, leading George Marshall to a 5-3 victory over Deep Run. It was the Wildcats only loss in the past two seasons.

“I knew coming into it that it wasn’t going to be easy beating her three times in a row in three days,” said Sorkin. “It was so hard, being mentally prepared for that. It was just a lot of hard, competitive tennis for those three days.”

Meanwhile, two players made it three straight state titles in the 2A division, as Anna Soffin of the Maggie Walker Governors’ School and Chase Bernstine from Goochland picked up singles trophies in Radford.

Bernstine, a senior who didn’t play as a freshman, beat his younger brother, Ryan, in the final 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6), while Soffin edged her teammate Narmeen Rashid 6-3, 6-4.

In the girls’ 4A division, senior Stephanie Broussard of Hanover defeated McKinley Smith of Eastern View 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) for the title in Salem. It was Broussard’s first year of high-school competition.

The Bernstines combined to take the boys’ 2A doubles championship, while Soffin and Rashid claimed the girls’ title. Broussard and Madison Moore were victorious in the girls’ 4A state final.

In team results, Broussard and Moore supplied three of the points to lead Hanover past Sherando 5-1 for the 4A girls’ crown, each winning their singles matches and then teaming for the clinching doubles point.

MWGS captured both the girls and boys 2A championships, the girls knocking off Central-Wise 5-2, and the boys handling Goochland 5-2 despite a pair of wins by the Bernstines in singles.

There were no local teams in the 6A classification finals, the highest level of the Virginia High School League.

Congratulations to all of the winners this spring on the tennis courts, and there promises to be more again in 2018.