November 2017 TIB Newsletter
Spotlight on Lee Levy, Rutgers University
Tennis Finishes Fall Schedule at Buffalo Invite
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 5, 2017) – Rutgers tennis wrapped up the fall portion of the 2016-17 season this weekend at the Buffalo Invitational, picking up seven singles wins and four doubles victories during the four-day, hidden dual match format.
The Scarlet Knights topped Binghamton 9-1 on Friday before falling to the host Bulls 9-1 on Saturday. Rutgers closed out the invitational by dropping the hidden dual to St. John's 8-1.
"This was a tough weekend with a lot of tennis in a short amount of time, and against some tough competition," said head coach Hilary Ritchie. "We would have liked some more singles wins this weekend, but we didn't step up in the close situations. We're be working hard in the offseason to improve our consistency and pace."
RU rolled on Friday with six singles wins and sweeping the three doubles matches over Binghamton. Senior Mingxiu Du won 6-1, 6-3 at the top spot, followed by sophomore Kat Muzik's 6-2, 6-4 triumph at No. 2. Senior Chloe Lee followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win at third singles before sophomore Jaci Cochrane took care of business at No. 4 by a 6-2, 6-2 score. Freshman Isabelle Da Silva (6-2, 6-2) and senior Lee Levy (Haifa, ISRAEL) (6-4, 6-1) completed a successful singles day.
Sunday saw St. John's sweep singles play, highlighted by Da Silva's tight setback, 7-6(7-5), 6-3, in the No. 5 slot. Levy and Da Silva salvaged a doubles win, 6-3, over the Red Storm's No. 3 team.
Matan Segal, Eastern Michigan University
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - Behind a balance performance, the Eastern Michigan University men's swimming and diving team returned to the pool after a three-week hiatus to defeat Oakland University, 193-107, Saturday, Nov. 11.
After a second and third-place finish in the 200 medley relay, sophomore Tanner Olmos (Clovis, Calif.-Buchanan) posted a second-place finish in the 1000 freestyle after trading the lead with an OU swimmer with a time of 9:45.34.
Junior Jake Tyson (Ipswich, England-Northgate) provided the Eagles with their first win of the afternoon after a neck-and-neck battle in the 200 freestyle. Tyson nabbed the top-spot with a time of 1:40.46 while sophomore Matan Segal (Lehavim, Israel-Hof HaSharon) claimed third at 1:41.23. Eastern turned in a pair of top-two finishes in the 200 back and 200 breast to distance itself from the Golden Grizzlies. In the 200 back, Kawaguchi won the race, clocking in with a time of 1:47.08, while Segal was the runner-up after touching in with a time of 1:50.49. Eastern Michigan closed out the afternoon with a top finish in the 400 free relay behind the team of Swift, Burton, Segal, and Tyson. The first-place finish capped a 193-107 win for the Green and White.
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Ella Saada, Syracuse University
Ella Saada Might be a Freshman,
but She is One of Syracuse’s Most Experienced Players
Anthony Dabbundo, The Daily Orange
October 30, 2017
game-deciding points, few would expect a freshman to get the call to step to
the service line, get set up for a crucial kill or save a point with a critical
21-years-old, Ella Saada is not a regular freshman. In some pressure moments
this season, the Orange has turned to her to produce, and she has not
Tech on Oct. 8, she saved a set point with a deft tip over a double-block that
landed just out of reach of the diving backline. Against Pittsburgh just five
days later, Saada took a Trotter set and placed it into the back corner,
hitting the corner of both lines to save another set point.
(17-8, 9-3 Atlantic Coast) heads down the home stretch of its season, it has
relied on Saada to produce offensively. Her prior experience has made a
difference for her mentally and physically as she transitions to college
volleyball and student life in the United States. But on the court, it’s her
versatility that’s made her an invaluable all-around player for the Orange.
Offensively, her 25 aces led the team and Saada’s 166 kills rank third.
Defensively, only libero Belle Sand has more digs than Saada’s 167.
“She is not a
typical freshman,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said. “She’s 21, and she’s played
all over the world.”
As an Israeli
citizen raised in Kfar Masaryk, Israel, the government mandated Saada to
complete two years of military service starting at age 18. She participated in
boot camp and lived with fellow enlistees. She never saw battle, but Saada
learned time-management skills and accountability that still informs what she
does now on a court.
Israeli military, Saada played volleyball for the Israeli national team under
Arie Selinger, a two-time silver-medalist winning coach, and competed in
international tournaments. Then, Saada pursued her dream of living in the
United States and spent a year at St. John’s studying and practicing English
while living in New York City.
“I got a lot
from the program, we had a really good coach,” Saada said. “I learned a lot
When Yelin saw
his opportunity to add Saada to the team, he wasted no time. Despite never
intensely recruiting her, Yelin had done enough research to know that she would
be a good fit at Syracuse.
“I googled the
national team, and I watched a lot of matches that she played,” Yelin said.
“You could see skills, you could see experience. We did not know much about her
personality. Usually when you’re recruiting kids, you have at least a year to
get to know them.”
Prior to her
commitment, Yelin had never seen Saada play in person. While Saada had not balanced
both schoolwork and volleyball in multiple years, she had a goal in mind. After
a Skype video call, Yelin felt that Saada was the right fit both on and off the
“I wanted to
get an education, and play volleyball at a good level,” Saada said. “I didn’t
just want to get an education and not play volleyball a lot.”
at SU, Saada has made an immediate impact. Though a right shoulder injury kept
her from playing outside hitter for a stretch of games early in the season, she
contributed defensively by playing exclusively on the back line. Since Saada’s
shoulder has healed and teammate Kendra Lukacs injured her ankle, Saada has
returned to outside hitter and embraced a more active role in the SU offense.
In the last 10
games, Saada has tallied nine kills per match and has developed into a mainstay
in the starting lineup. Whether it’s serving, attacking, or defending, Saada’s
all-around performance has paced SU this season.
“When we have
nervous moments, I feel the younger players are more stressed,” Saada said.
“But I’m more calm.”
Once playing on
the world’s biggest stages, ACC volleyball is not quite as intimidating, even
for a freshman.
Zandberg to Join Arizona in Spring
Talya Zandberg, University of Arizona
By: Hayden Brown, Communication Services
TUCSON, Ariz. – Talya Zandberg has signed a financial aid agreement and is cleared to play tennis for the University of Arizona in January.
"We are very excited to add Talya to our spring roster," said head coach Vicky Maes. "She was wonderful throughout the entire recruiting process and we couldn't be happier to bring her into our Wildcat family. Not only are we adding a high level tennis player, but we are also gaining a quality individual. Talya is a tough competitor and will make an immediate impact on the team. Her extensive experience on the court as well as her training in the Israeli army will bring extra maturity to the group, something we can all value going through the season."
Zandberg, who is from Tiberias, Israel, will be eligible to compete for the Wildcats starting in January of 2018. She is currently ranked No. 1212 in WTA Singles, and No. 795 in WTA Doubles, both of which are career highs. She has been ranked as high as No. 186 in the ITF rankings. In Akko, Israel in 2014, she won a $10k doubles contest.
"I chose the University of Arizona because during my visit I felt at home and had a great connection with the team," said Zandberg. "I believe that this program can help me in becoming a better player and a better person."
Adva Cohen, Iowa Central College
Cross Country Post Season Award Winners
The 2017 Iowa Central Cross Country season was one for the record books and the Triton runners were rewarded with post season awards for their efforts. Runners who finished in the top 6 earn NJCAA All-American honors and runners who finish in the top 20 earn Coaches Association All-American honors for the Half Marathon. For the NJCAA Cross Country Championships, runners who place in the top 15 receive NJCAA All-American honors while the top 40 runners take home Coaches Association All-American status.
Adva Cohen, a freshman from Israel, was the 2017 NJCAA Cross Country individual champion and the 2017 Half Marathon individual champion. Cohen was named the National Women's Athlete of the Year, as well as the Midwest Region Athlete of the Year. Cohen, whose Half Marathon time of 1:20:25 was a new Israeli National Record, was also named an NJCAA and a Coaches Association All-American in both the NJCAA Cross Country Championships and the Half Marathon.
Dor Saar, University of Maine
Bangor, Maine -- Blanca Millan posted her first career double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds as the University of Maine women's basketball team (2-1) outlasted Bryant (0-3) by a 70-68 final in overtime on Tuesday evening (November 14) at the Cross Insurance Center.
Millan, who has now recorded 20+ points in back-to-back games, finished 12-for-24 from the floor with five steals, three assists and a career-best three blocks. Dor Saar (12) (Ma'anit, ISRAEL) and Tanesha Sutton (10) each added double-digit scoring efforts while Maeve Carroll provided terrific minutes off the bench, finishing with four points, nine rebounds and four assists.
The game, which featured 11 ties and eight lead changes, featured back and forth action for much of the duration.
Bryant raced out to a six-point edge early when Sydney Holloway, who finished with a team-high 19 points, converted a free throw with 4:28 to play in the first quarter.
The Black Bears closed the quarter on a 12-6 run as Carroll's jumper tied the score at 16-all moving into the second quarter.
Millan's 3-pointer early in the second period gave the Black Bears a 20-18 lead and jump started a 12-2 run which saw Maine take its largest lead of the game, 29-20, with five minutes left in the half.
Much like the Black Bears did in the first quarter, Bryant was able to fight back, closing out the half with nine unanswered points to tie the game at 29-29 at the half.
The Bulldogs clung to a four-point lead early in the third before Maine's offense sparked. Six points from Millan came as part of a 17-7 Maine run as the tides were turned and the Black Bears lead grew to six, 48-42, with 1:10 left in the third.
Bryant fought back early in the fourth, putting together an extended 15-2 run to take a seven point lead with 5:11 to play.
Back-to-back buckets from Sutton brought Maine back within three before a steal from Millan led to a game-tying three from Parise Rossignol.
Bryant's Kierra Palmer gave the Bulldogs a two-point lead just seconds later.
Maine came up empty on four-straight shot attempts before finally tying the game on a layup by Millan with 1:27 to play in regulation.
Failed attempts by both teams, including a pair of 3-point changes from Palmer, down the stretch sent the game to overtime, knotted at 63-63.
The Black Bears never trailed in the overtime period. A jumper by Saar broke a 66-66 tie with 1:30 remaining. After a Bryant free throw, Saar was able to draw a foul. The freshman knocked down both attempts to give Maine a 70-67 lead.
Bryant's Kathleen Everson drove the lane, drawing a foul of her own. Everson made the first free throw and missed the second before Ashley was able to track down the offensive rebound. However, Carroll would steal the pass off the inbound to seal the 70-67 victory.