March 2020 TIB Newsletter
Every sport, Every University
The worst nightmare of any sports participant/fan was realized when COVID-19 cancelled not only the Spring sports season for basketball, tennis, track & field, baseball, men’s volleyball and women’s rowing, but the rest of the school academic year as well. Even though the pictured virus looks like a ball that might be fun to play with though would bounce in a funny way, it seriously disrupted life throughout the entire world. At this point in time, we are still waiting to see how this bad dream will end. We realize that sport is an important part of life, but health is even more important and we hope that by following social distancing and “flattening the curve” we will get past this unfortunate period of time in our lives. Credit goes to the athletes that had great seasons but couldn’t finish and see what their final standings could be.
Lobos Close Out the Mountain West Conference Championships with Titles
Adva Cohen, University of New Mexico
February 29 - Adva Cohen (Jerusalem, ISRAEL) added to her MW meet titles in the women's mile, taking the championship in 4:46.65 (4:40.41 converted), and winning by just .09 seconds over Mahala Norris of Air Force. Cohen was also a member of the distance medley relay that won on Thursday night (Feb. 27) to start the championship meet.
Bar Botzer, Wake Forest University
TEMPE, ARIZ. – Wake Forest extended its men’s tennis winning streak to four matches with a 4-1 win over Arizona State on Sunday March 8th. The Deacons improved to 12-3 overall in dual match play
"It was nice to get the road win and get another outdoor match under our belts," head coach Tony Bresky said. "Arizona State is an excellent program and we are fortunate to get the win. We are very much looking forward to travelling to Los Angeles to play USC."
The Demon Deacons took an early 1-0 lead after capturing the doubles point. Thirty eighth-ranked Bar Botzer (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) clinched the win on court one, cruising past Nathan Ponwith 6-2, 6-4.
An anticipated match with #1 ranked USC was cancelled because of rain on March 10th. That match might have seen 38th ranked Botzer vs. #1 ranked Daniel Cukierman, a match of Israeli college titans.
Shahar Biran, Old Dominion University
No. 32 Old Dominion Too Much for VCU in Richmond, 6-1
RICHMOND, Va. – The No. 32 nationally ranked Old Dominion women's tennis team defeated VCU (6-6) by a 6-1 score on Sunday, March 8th at the University of Richmond. The Tennis Monarchs improved to 11-2 on the year. ODU has claimed victory in seven of its last eight matches, outscoring its opponents 40-13 during that stretch.
"ODU versus VCU is always important and isn't hard to get motivated for," ODU head coach Dominic Manilla stated. "Today, we looked very athletic and precise. I'm pleased how we were able to keep the focus and get across the finish line in such strong fashion. We will take our lessons from this match and continue to work hard to keep it going."
Israeli Shahar Biran (Hod Hasharon, ISRAEL) won both her singles and doubles matches in the team's victory.
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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
Bears Make Sixth Consecutive America East Semifinal with Victory over Vermont
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.
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
Finish 3rd at Pacific Valley Tennis Championships
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.
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."
Dons started the tournament with a 4-2 match win against Hawaii.
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.
same day, the Dons played against a tough Wichita State team losing 4-0.
VS. WICHITA STATE
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.