TIB Newsletter - March 2016
Netanel Alcabas - Southeastern Oklahoma State University
| Netanel, a sophomore from Ashkelon, Israel is playing number 2 for the 3rd ranked "Savage Storm". Alcabas piled up a 5-1 mark in singles play on the season, winning his first five matches of the year all at the number two position, including wins over regionally ranked foes from Southwest Baptist and St. Mary's. With his partner, Maksim Fils, the number one player, they are 4-2 in doubles play and ranked 3rd in the region.
Gal Hakak- University of Washington
Huskies Upset No.
8 USC 4-3 To Open Pac-12 Season
SEATTLE – The No. 39 Washington
men’s tennis team began Pac-12 play today with a statement win, putting up a
strong performance and upsetting No. 8 USC in a 4-3 victory at Bill Quillian
“No question it was a super win
today,” said head coach Matt Anger. “We know how good their players
are as well as their team, which is why we’re so happy with pulling out the
The Huskies were able to open
the match by grabbing the doubles point, beginning with a big performance from Kawika Lam and Enzo Sommer on court two with a 6-4 victory
over Max de Vroome and Jake DeVine. After owning the lead for most of the
match, Piers Foley and Wendell Watanabe were unable to pull off the
upset on court one, falling to No. 38 Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven 7-5.
With the match on court three set to decide the point, Jake Douglas and Gal Hakak (Raanana, ISRAEL) closed a back and forth match, to
win 6-4 and secure the 1-0 lead over USC.
In singles the Huskies carried
the momentum from the doubles win by grabbing the first sets on courts one
through four. The Trojans took a point back on court five however, with Sebastian Hawken falling to Thibault Forget
6-2, 6-1. On court four, Hakak grabbed a big win over 58th ranked Logan Smith
by a score of 6-3, 6-4, with Jake Douglas following suit, defeating No. 109
Jake DeVine to put the Dawgs up 3-1.
Needing just one more match to
clinch the upset, freshman Piers Foley stepped up big for the Dawgs on
court six. After dropping his first set 6-2, Foley forced a third set and never
looked back, with a 6-0 sweep in the third to give Washington the clinching
“I know a lot of people that are saying we
have more wins now than we did last year and the year before that, but there’s
a lot out there that we want to keep climbing for,” said Anger. “There’s more
out there for us.”
David Papis Elon - Yeshiva University
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Skyline Conference men's tennis head
coaches recently voted on the preseason team rankings, and defending two-time
conference champion Yeshiva University is projected to finish in first place in
The Maccabees (13-4, 6-0 in 2015) received seven first-place votes, for a total
of 49 voting points. Junior David Papis Elon (Herzeliya, ISRAEL) went undefeated, at 15-0, in
singles competition last season. That played a huge roll in Yeshiva earning its
second straight Skyline Conference Championship, and earning a win in the 2015
This season, the Maccabees are off to a great start, with a 1-0 record in
Skyline play, and 4-1 overall.
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Grand Canyon University sweeps Lindenwood in three sets
Shalev Saada (#8) - Grand Canyon University
. ST. CHARLES, MO – The GCU men's volleyball team pulled off their first two-game sweep of an MIVA opponent this season with a three-set victory over the Lindenwood Lions on Saturday evening. The Lopes won by scores of 25-18, 25-12, and 25-20 and improve their conference record to 7-7. Grand Canyon also boosts their overall record to 14-10 for the season.
"Tonight was very workmanlike," head coach Matt Werle commented. "Our starting crew did a nice job at setting the tone early. Their success led to allowing other guys to gain valuable match experience."
In Set 1, Grand Canyon started the match off strong by gaining a 12-6 advantage and forcing Lindenwood into an early timeout. A kill from Shalev Saada (Masaryk, ISRAEL) put the Lopes up 23-17 and the team was able to close out the set with a 25-18 win after two errors by the Lions.
Saada ended the match with 12 kills to lead the Lopes. Lipscombe tallied seven kills and three digs while Tanner Maxwell added five kills and six digs. Setter Michael Milstein (Jerusalem, ISRAEL) had 17 assists.
Alon Leichman, University of California, San Diego
LA JOLLA, Calif., March 4th 2016 – Alon Leichman (Kibbutz Gezer, ISRAEL), making his 17th
start for fifth-ranked UC San Diego, helped the team even its four-game
California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) series with Cal State LA by
virtue of a 7-3 victory Friday night at Triton Ballpark.
UCSD improved to 15-3 overall and 5-1 in the
CCAA. The Tritons moved back into sole possession of first place in the South
Division. CSULA fell to 5-12 overall and 4-2 in league play. The Golden Eagles
had won four straight on the heels of 11 consecutive losses. The string of
successes had included a 3-2 walk-off triumph in 11 innings over the Tritons in
the series opener in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Senior leftfielder Gradeigh
Sanchez and redshirt junior centerfielder Brandon
Shirley had the key hits of the night in the form of a two-run triple in
the fourth and a two-run single in the seventh, both to the opposite field.
(2-0) went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs, two of them earned, on eight
hits and a walk. He struck out three. Leichman threw a perfect first. With one
run already in and Golden Eagles at the corners in the fourth, he got Armett
Johnson looking to keep the game tied. UCSD took the lead for good in the home
Panthers Set for D2 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships
Fla. (Men’s Swimming) – After Dar
Raz (Ramat Gan, ISRAEL) and Nir Barnea (Omer, ISRAEL) became the first ever female and male in Florida
Tech history to compete at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships a year
ago, the Panthers will now be represented by seven individuals at the 2016
edition of the championship meet.
championships are set to kick at the IU Natatorium on the
campus of the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. The
championships will last four days.
will be joined by Filip Dujmic, Edward Ilako, Yagoh Kubagawa,
Victor Rocha Furtado, Emanuele Rossi and Thomas Steenberg.
Dujmic, Ilako and Rocha Furtado are seeded fourth in the 200-yard freestyle
relay. The quartet set their time of 1:20.23 at the Sunshine State Conference
Championships last month, earning silver.
Panthers are also seeded in the top 10 in another relay race, the 400 free,
registering a 2:57.92 for silver at the conference championships. That relay
team is made up of Barnea, Dujmic, Rocha Furtado and Steenberg.
set a blazing 19.98 in the 50 free en route to winning gold at the SSC
Championships. That time garners the Israeli native the sixth seed at
nationals. Barnea is also the 14th seed in the 100 fly with a
Amir Zari, Wingate University
Wingate, N.C.-----The 48th-ranked Wingate University Bulldogs rolled to a 9-0 victory over visiting Lenoir-Rhyne University in South Atlantic Conference men's tennis action Thursday afternoon. Wingate improves to 12-4 overall and 6-1 in the SAC, while the Bears fall to 4-11 overall and 1-7 in the conference.
Wingate swept through doubles play Thursday, with senior Sebastian Hall (Lorrach, Germany) and junior Connor Kudrick (Spring, Texas) prevailing 8-6 at number one doubles. Sophomore Amir Zari (Jerusalem, Israel) and freshman Duncan Addison (Halifax, Canada) rolled to an 8-1 win at two doubles, while juniors Filippo Pezzoli (Milan, Italy) and Tyler Schofer (Graham, N.C.) won 8-6 at number three doubles.
Hall won 6-0, 6-4 at number one singles, while Kudrick prevailed 7-5, 6-0 at two singles. Pezzoli rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 victory at three singles, while Zari prevailed 6-2, 6-2. Sophomore Josh DuToit (Charlotte, N.C.) picked up a 6-1, 6-4 win at five singles, while Schofer capped the day with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at six singles.