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March 2020 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Sunday, April 05, 2020


USC Trojan Tennis Wraps 2020 On Top In Shortened Season

                    Daniel Cukierman, University of Southern California

The University of Southern California men's tennis team finished the D1 season ranked #1, with Israelis Daniel Cukierman (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) at #1 in the country and Mor Bulis at #9. This is the top US college achievement for Israeli men's tennis ever.  See the wrap up article here

                              Mika Misgav, Saint Louis University 

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – March 10 -  Saint Louis women's tennis collected a second consecutive victory Tuesday afternoon as the Billikens defeated South Carolina State 4-1.
SLU claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Mika Misgav (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) and Adriana Gonzalez toppled Andjela Mihajilovic and Ikram Rassif 6-2 at No. 1, while Mariluz Rojo and Alana Bourgeois defeated Lasya Patnaik and Izabel Nikolaeva 6-4 at No. 3.
The Billikens won three of the four completed singles contests. Misgav got past Mihajilovic 6-1, 7-5 at No. 1; Cassie McKenzie was a 6-0, 6-3 winner over Rassif at No. 2; and Ariana Rodriguez beat Zainab Bendahhou 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6.   

Eddie Winner (right), Illinois State University

Redbirds Win Five MVC Titles

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Illinois State track & field won five conference titles and saw one school record fall on day one of the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships inside the UNI Dome.

The senior trio of Charde Golliday (long jump), Grace Beattie (5,000m) and Ariana Cranston (pole vault) all won individual titles for the women's team, while sophomore Eddie Winner (pole vault) was the lone MVC champion for the men on day one.  Winner won the first Valley pole vault title of his career after joining the squad in the fall. With a clearance of 5.01 meters (16-05.25), Winner finished with fewer misses to beat teammate, Kellen Kravik, who also cleared 5.01 meters to place second. 
Ed. Note:  Truly a Winner:  After taking the conference title at his first school Manhattan College in his first semester, Eddie Winner (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) is two for two in conference titles after his sophomore year.

               Dor Saar, University of Maine

Black Bears Make Sixth Consecutive America East Semifinal with Victory over Vermont

BANGOR, Maine -- Maeve Carroll registered another monster performance against the Vermont, registering her third double-double against the Catamounts this season, to help guide No. 2 Maine to a 78-66 victory in the America East quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 4th at the Cross Insurance Center. With the win, Maine advanced to its sixth consecutive America East semifinal. The team would eventually make it to the finals where the Championship game was cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions.

Dor Saar (Ma’anit, ISRAEL) turned in a masterful effort with 21 points on 5-of-11 from 3-point range to go along with six assists. For Saar, it marked her third-straight game in double-digits and her ninth-consecutive performance of five assists or more.

 Ori Maior, University of San Francisco

Dons Finish 3rd at Pacific Valley Tennis Championships

FRESNO, Calif. - The Pacific Valley Tennis Championships came to an end today for the University of San Francisco men's tennis team. The Dons finished the tournament in third out of eight teams.

"This was a great weekend for the Dons," said assistant coach JT Sundling. "It is always tough bouncing back after a loss and we were able to do that today. We need to learn from our mistakes and take the positives away from the weekend in order to keep moving forward."


The Dons started the tournament with a 4-2 match win against Hawaii.

The match began with singles where the Dons secured wins from Ori Maior (Yokenam Illit, ISRAEL) 6-4, 6-2 and Phuc Huynh (6-2, 6-2) to give USF a 2-0 lead. On court No. 6, USF dropped a match, but Paul Giraud extended the lead to 3-1 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win.

That same day, the Dons played against a tough Wichita State team losing 4-0.


Maior won the first set but was down in the second in a tight match to fellow Israeli Orel Ovil (Petach Tikva, ISRAEL) when the match was left unfinished with the score 7-6, 4-5.


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