December 2018 TIB Newsletter
Ilana Tetruashvili, Louisiana Tech University
Ilana Tetruashvili to Tennis Roster
Louisiana Tech tennis head coach Amanda Stone added some depth to the roster on
Thursday by announcing the addition of Ilana Tetruashvili.
5-foot-9-inch Israeli tennis player will arrive in time for spring quarter at
LA Tech and be able to compete as soon as Feb. 23.
is a proven player in both singles and doubles," Stone said. "We are looking forward to her
immediately making an impact in our lineup.
We are excited to get her in Ruston and on the court."
has consistently ranked among the top three juniors in her age group in Israel
since the age of 10. In 2014, she was
part of the Israeli team that competed at the European Championships.
chose Louisiana Tech because of the combination of a great education with a
very good athletic program and tennis team," Tetruashvili said.
She has reached No. 1 in the national rankings and
as high as No. 52 in Europe, collecting WTA points in singles and doubles.
Yannai Barkai, NC State
Signs Yannai Barkai
Barkai to join NC State in January for the 2019 dual match season.
RALEIGH – The NC State men's tennis team has added Yannai Barkai to its roster,
as announced by head coach Kyle Spencer. The Israel native signed a National Letter of Intent and is set to join
the Wolfpack in January for the start of the 2019 spring season.
"We are very excited to have Yannai join NC
State and our tennis program," said Spencer. "Yannai has shown that
he can compete at a high level on the international stage, and we look forward
to helping him achieve his personal tennis goals. During the recruiting
process, it was apparent that Yannai is a person of great character, and he
also brings a stellar academic record that will serve him well here at NC
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Dor Saar, University of Maine
Maine Matches School-Record with 16 Three-Point Field Goals in
Win at UNC
pick-up their third-straight victory
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Five Black Bears posted double-digit
scoring totals and Maine matched a school-record with 16 three-point field
goals in an 85-73 road win at North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. The victory
extended Maine's win streak to three and improved the Black Bears to 5-2 on the
Maine's 85 point total marked its most against a Division-I
opponent since tallying 87 against New Hampshire on Jan. 29, 2015.
Blanca Millan posted her 18th, 20-plus scoring performance
with a team-high 21 points, going 8-for-17 from the field, to go along with a
season-high seven steals. Tanesha Sutton added 17 points, eight boards and four
steals while Dor Saar (Ma'anit, ISRAEL) chipped in 15 points and matched a career-best with nine
assists. Parise Rossignol added 14 points and Kelly Fogarty hit four
three-pointers for 12. Maeve Carroll was a force inside, totaling a career-high
11 boards in the win.
Maine's offense was on fire from start to finish as the
Black Bears went 30-for-61 from the floor including an impressive 16-of-33 from
three-point range. Maine assisted on 24 of its 30 field goals, its highest
assist total of the season and most since a 25 assist effort last February
against New Hampshire.
The Black Bears started quick, racing out to a 7-0 lead on a
triple from Saar just 2:16 into the first period. North Carolina, forced to
call an early timeout to stop the Maine momentum, settled in following the
break and fought back to tie the game at 18-all entering the second quarter.
The Tar Heels kept charging, taking a three point lead with
7:57 left in the half. However, a triple from Fogarty knotted the score as
Maine would began a 22-7 sprint to close the half. Three-point field goals from
Millan, Sutton and Saar would come as part of an 11-0 Maine run, extending the
Black Bears' lead to nine. The lead reached double-digits (11) on a three from
Rossignol before Fogarty closed out the half with another triple.
Maine would lead, 44-32, entering the half.
North Carolina cut the lead to eight but Maine would answer,
ending the third period on a 7-0 run when Carroll's buzzer-beater extended the
lead to 17 after three.
Maine continued to roll, building its largest lead of the
afternoon when a three from Saar made it 68-47.
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DAVIS, Calif. -- Senior utility Ido Goldschmidt became the
first UC Davis men's water polo player to garner All-America honors for four
straight years, as the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches announced
its year-end honors Monday afternoon. The cognitive science major from
Herzliya, Israel, captured second-team distinction from the ACWPC, marking the
highest status ever bestowed upon an Aggie player.
Goldschmidt previously earned third-team distinction in 2016
and 2017, plus honorable mention as a freshman in 2015.
The 2016 and 2018 Western Water Polo Association Player of
the Year scored a team-high 51 goals with 29 assists for 80 total points in his
final season. He tallied 11 hat tricks for the year and had another five games
with at least three assists, including a career-high five dimes against
California on September 6. Goldschmidt also became just the third player in the
program's modern era (1993 to present) to amass 200 career goals, finishing
with 211 overall, and wrapped up as the school's assist leader at 153.
No other player in program history had ever won All-America
honors for more than two years. The list of Aggie multiple All-Americans
consists of Goldschmidt, Aaron Salit (2010, 2011), Nick Arrigo (2006, 2007),
Mike McGee (2006, 2007), Patrick Jacobson (2004, 2005), Lance Campbell (1999,
2000), and Kevin Loscotoff (1999, 2000).
Furthermore, no Aggie male had earned higher than ACWPC
third-team status. Goldschmidt won it as a sophomore and junior, while Salit
(2011), Arrigo (2007) and McGee (2007) each achieved the feat once. (Note: the
ACWPC began honoring a separate Division II All-America team in 1996, although
D-III and D-II players remain eligible for the main All-America teams.) In
fact, between the UC Davis men's and women's programs, the only other player to
garner higher than third-team accolades was Christi Raycraft, who picked up
second-team acclaim in 2008. UC Davis went 18-8 in 2018, finished second in the WWPA and ranked 10th in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 20 Coaches' Poll.
Daniel Cukierman, University of Southern California
College Kids Impress at Israeli National Tennis Championships
December 2018 - A total of four Israeli
tennis players that play college tennis or are bound for college tennis ended
up making their marks at the recent Israeli Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Championships held at the Jerusalem Tennis Center December 15-21. Daniel Cukierman (above), current #8 ranked
in NCAA singles, won the Israeli Men’s title, while Maayan Sela
and Shiran Arol
Wiegand won the women's
doubles tournament at the Israeli Championships. Maayan plays for the
University of Hawaii and Shiran will start school next September at UMass
Amherst. Yannai Barkai, who is
headed for NC State next month, lost in the men’s semis. Congratulations to all
Arad Mishkal, Mercer Country Community College Oz Daniel, University of San Francisco
Israeli athletes Arad Mishkal (basketball) and Oz Daniel (tennis)
will start school in January 2019, joining Ilana Tetruashvili (Louisiana Tech),
Yannai Barkai (NC State) and Gal Rubanenko (Arizona State and profiled in the November
2018 TIB newsletter). Arad will join the
team mid-season at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey, while Oz
starts school at the University of San Francisco. Best of luck and have a great semester!
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