May 2016 TIB Newsletter
SPOTLIGHT on Maor Seged, Western Kentucky University
Fla. -- For the fourth year in a row, WKU Track and Field has qualified at
least eight athletes for the NCAA Championships as a total of eight Hilltoppers
advanced to compete against the nation's best in Eugene, Oregon, due to superb
efforts at the NCAA East Preliminaries. The 4x400 relay team ended the NCAA East Preliminaries for WKU on a high
note as the group of Redwine, Sears, Maor Seged (Beersheva, ISRAEL) and King qualified for the NCAA
Championships after placing 9th with a season-best time of 3:06.05.
Omer Almog, Iowa Central CC
New Orleans, LA – Iowa Central’s men’s and women’s track and field programs raked in the post season awards as the Tritons earned All-American status in 53 events. The awards were released Monday by the USTFCCCA. Several of Iowa Central’s track and field athletes earned All-American status in more than one event. Honorees must finish in the top three at the NJCAA National Championships to earn All-American status. List of
honorees and events below.
Iowa Central Men
Omer Almog Iowa Central CC FR 1500 Meters
Omer Almog Iowa Central CC FR 4×800 Relay
Lebedyev Named to CoSIDA Academic
All-District First Team
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senior Dmitri Lebedyev,
of the men's tennis team, was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-District
Men's At-Large team, on Thursday afternoon. Lebedyev earned this honor thanks
to his achievements on the tennis court and in the classroom.
Lebedyev (Holon, Israel) went 12-3 in
singles matches and 13-3 in doubles competition this season. He finished the
year tied for first in the Skyline Conference in both total singles wins and #2
singles victories. The Holon resident led Yeshiva to three straight Skyline
Conference championships. Last season, Lebedyev won at #2 singles and #3
doubles to help Yeshiva clinch the first NCAA postseason tournament win in
The senior has been named to the Skyline
All-Conference First Team three times and earned Skyline Conference Player of
the Week accolades just as many times during his illustrious career. This
season, the mathematical economics major won at #2 singles against Division I
Lebedyev has had a lot of success
academically as well. He was named the Skyline Conference Men's Tennis
Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015, and earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors in
2014 and 2015. The graduating senior has been inducted into the Skyline
Academic Honor Roll on two separate occasions and has a cumulative GPA of 3.88.
Lebedyev led the Maccabees to another
successful season in 2016, helping the team win its third straight conference
title and automatic bid into the NCAA postseason tournament.
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Tamir Hershko receives Outstanding Student Athlete Honor at University of California, Irvine
from Tamir Hershko upon receiving the Lauds & Laurels Award for Outstanding
Student Athlete at University of California, Irvine. The junior is an Electrical Engineering major at the school.
‘I chose UCI because
of the volleyball program, the family sense that I got in my visits,
and the high academics. Also, after I found out that we can live on the beach,
I was not going to give up on that.
What surprised once I got on campus was the culture
and the special connection between alumni and current students. This is the
kind of family sense that my culture was built on. Also, UCI is very welcoming
to international students.
The international student office has helped me many times, plus
there are some awesome engineering professors who have helped me a lot.
This year I have been selected as the Lauds & Laurels Outstanding Student-Athlete, which is a
great honor. I am proud of what I am and where I came from, and this honor is a
great reminder of my hard work in both academics and athletics.
My goal is that this achievement is inspiring to
other international student-athletes and people in my home country of
—- Tamir Hershko, First Team
All-American, 2016 Lauds & Laurels Outstanding Student-Athlete
Alon Leishman, University of California, San Diego
Interview with Alon Leishman (Kibbutz Gezer, ISRAEL), UCSD senior
baseball player, after his final home game on Senior Day. Alon pitched a
complete game win. He explains what it meant for him to play college baseball in the US.
Gilad Berman Helps Georgia Gwinnett Win NAIA Championship
The Georgia Gwinnett men's tennis team captured its third straight NAIA National Title on Saturday, defeating No. 3 Xavier (La.) 5-2 at the Mobile Tennis Complex.
"Achieving a three-peat has been the goal since day one of the season," stated GGC head coach Chase Hodges. "We wanted to accept nothing but that and each match we were tested. Coming back from a 2-1 deficit in doubles was tough, but our guys showed guts and grit and picked up four straight wins in singles to clinch the match. I can't be more thankful as a coach to see these young men reach their best potential and pull off what is the making of a dynasty."
Georgia Gwinnett caps off the 2016 season with a perfect 26-0 record, maintaining the No. 1 ranking from beginning to end. The 26-0 mark is a program-best that surpasses the 2014 season's 21-0 record and is the second undefeated season in GGC men's tennis history.
The Grizzlies fell behind 2-1 in doubles play Saturday as the lone GGC win came with the pair of Kevin Konfederak and Jordan Cox defeating Xavier's Thomas Setodji and Kevin Chaouat 9-8.
Faced with the 2-1 deficit at the break, the Grizzlies went back to battle and captured four consecutive singles matches to secure the 2016 National Title.
Junior Gilad Berman (Ramat Hasharon, Israel) tied the match at 2-2, winning the first singles match. Berman defeated XU's Chaouat 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.
OR-RAM HAREL REACHES 2nd ROUND OF NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
TULSA, Okla. –
Thursday afternoon, The University of Tulsa's men's tennis 48th-ranked
player, Or Ram-Harel, dropped a 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 decision
to Virginia Tech's 14th-ranked Joao Monteiro in the second round of
the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championship at the Michael D.
Case Tennis Center.
Ram-Harel finished the 2015-16 season with an overall 11-14 singles record. He
helped lead TU to a runner-up finish in the American Athletic Conference for
the second consecutive season, and he was named to the 2016 American Athletic
All-Conference Singles Team for the second time in his career. The talented
junior improved his overall record to 1-2 in the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis
"When I look back, I had a lot of ups and downs," Ram-Harel said.
"When I started the year, I wasn't very good. I think my tennis through the
year got better and better. In the middle of the semester, I kind of lost my
way of fighting and the way I compete on the courts. But in the past month, I
was able to find it again. To get back my tennis and the mentality, I think,
allowed me to take the next step, but it just didn't happen today."
Or-Ram Harel was the highest ranking Israeli in NCAA college tennis this year, and made his second NCAA Championships in three years. The best performance ever by an Israeli in NCAA tennis was by Michael Kogan of Tulane, who reached the finals in 2004.