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TIB Newsletter November 2016

Dan Aronovic - Friday, December 02, 2016
                Athlete Spotlight  



          Daniel Skripnik

      St. Johns University

Class:  Sophomore

Major:  Undecided

Spring 2016: Posted a singles record of 7-10 and a doubles record of 14-7… played the majority of matches at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions… defeated opponent from No. 51 Harvard in straight-sets… played the majority of his doubles matches with Roberto Livi.   

     Katya Tour, Maryland

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Caroline Williams and Ekaterina Tour (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) teamed up to win the doubles bracket at the Kitty Harrison Invitational hosted by the University of North Carolina.

Williams and Tour won all three of their matches, which were against pairs from UNC-Charlotte, Davidson and Elon. This was the second doubles championship this fall for the duo. They had previously won at the Cissie Leary Invitational. Williams has won three doubles events this fall, as she paired up with fellow sophomore Arnelle Sullivan to win the doubles bracket at the Bedford Cup.


                  Bar Shem Tov 


NORTHRIDGE, CA --- November 17, 2016

The CSUN men's soccer team (9-7-5) lost 1-0 to Pacific Thursday evening at Matador Soccer Field in the First Round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Tariq Branche broke a scoreless tie in the 77th minute with his first career goal to lift the visiting Tigers over the Matadors and send Pacific to fifth-seeded Stanford on Sunday.  Kevin Marquez made four saves for the Matadors, including a penalty kick save with his feet, and Juan Fernando Samayoa had the Matadors' best chance on the evening, but the Big West South Division and Tournament Champions saw their season come to a close with the loss. 

With the teams scoreless and less than 15 minutes to play, Branche one-timed a pass from Tyson Fox just out of the reach of Marquez to break the deadlock. The Matadors pressed for an equalizer and nearly had one moments later, but Emmanuel Usen Jr.'s shot sailed just right of the post and out for a goal kick.

Bar Shem Tov (Haifa, ISRAEL)  also had a shot on goal for the Matadors and the team finished with eight in the contest plus four corner kicks. Pacific totaled 14 shots and five on frame while adding two corner kicks. CSUN committed 15 fouls and Patrick Hickman, Papi Diouf and Samayoa all saw a yellow card. Pacific committed 10 fouls and had three yellow cards as well. 

CSUN won the Big West South Division and then captured the Big West Tournament Championship in dramatic fashion, staging a comeback that culminated in a double-over time goal. In his 18th season in charge of CSUN, Terry Davila won his sixth Big West Conference Coach of the Year award. 




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Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US and assisting them while they live in the US. We have placed over 130 athletes in the US attending schools like Ohio State, UCLA, Maryland, Northwestern, UNLV, Arizona, Duke, Tulane, Temple, the University of San Francisco and many others.

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Ido Goldschmidt, University of California, Davis 

       DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis sophomore attacker Ido Goldschmidt captured Western Water Polo Association Player of the Year honors and joined fellow Aggie second-year Sasa Antunovic on the first team as the conference announced its year-end awards Tuesday morning.

                                Sophomore Marcus Anderson and junior Spencer Creed garnered second-team distinction, junior Cory Laidig won honorable mention, and Yurii Hanley made the WWPA All-Freshman Team.

                                Goldschmidt, a lefty attacker from Herzliya, Israel, leads the eighth-ranked Aggies with 43 goals, 37 assists and 80 total points, while adding 26 steals and 23 drawn exclusions to his offensive contributions. He becomes the fourth Aggie in program history to earn WWPA Player of the Year, along with Mike McGee (2007), Bernie Rogers (2013) and Sean Grab (2015). Goldschmidt has performed eight hat tricks in 26 games, including four straight from September 24 to October 1.  With 76 career assists, he has already tied Matt Vowell for fourth on the school career list.                


                        Tamir Hershko, University of California, Irvine


IRVINE, Calif. -- After an injury-plagued 2016 season, UC Irvine looks to get back to its traditional winning ways in 2017. In its final season as a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation member, UCI will play conventional opponents with a mix of non-conference foes.

"I like our schedule a lot," head coach David Kniffin said. "It's valuable to play early non-conference opponents to see where we are then we'll go on the road in the middle of the season to test that identity. I like that we were able to schedule in a break this year in March to gear up for the stretch run."

The Anteaters non-conference schedule begins at home against Fort Wayne (Jan. 3) and Grand Canyon (Jan. 6) to start the season.

After road matches to UC Santa Barbara, UCLA and UC San Diego in January, UCI will host Hawaii on Jan. 21 in its lone match in Irvine.

February will prove to be a challenge as UCI hosts USC (Feb.3), Long Beach State (Feb. 10), UCLA (Feb. 24) and UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 25).

The entire month of March will be spent on the road, including a trip to St. Francis on March 8. The Red Flash lost to George Mason in the EIVA championship match. The Anteaters will then visit the site of the 2017 national championship when they play in St. John's Arena. They face Ball State on Mar. 10 then battle defending national champion Ohio State on Mar. 11.

"A chance to play Midwest opponents is always an opportunity we embrace. The fact that we get to play the defending national champions on the court that is hosting the national championship is exciting."

The last time UCI played at St. John's Arena they captured the NCAA Championship in 2007.

UCI closes out the regular season hosting Stanford (Apr. 7) and Pepperdine (Apr. 8) at the Bren Events Center.

Bolstered by a senior-laden squad, Kniffin feels the experience and maturity of this team will carry them far.

"There is a sense of urgency when you have seniors. Other teams may also have talent and experience, but with potentially five seniors on the court, no one else will be operating with the same sense of urgency."

Topping the list of returners is outside hitter Tamir Hershko (Hod Hasharon, ISRAEL) who only played in 41 sets last season due to an injury. The first team All-American topped the team in kills per set with a 3.71 kill average and was named to the All-MPSF honorable mention squad in 2016.

"Tamir is hungry to get back in action this year," Kniffin commented. "He is one of the best outside hitters in the country. Since he is an opposite by trade he has a diversity of shot selection that other players don't have."

               Nir Barnea                               Dar Raz                                

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men's & Women's Swimming) – After showing out on Friday during the opening day of the Panther Invitational, Florida Tech's men's team continued the domination of the invitational on Saturday.


The day began with the 200 medley relay, in which Nir Barnea (Omer, ISRAEL), Nathan Hufnagel, Victor Furtado and Matt Gallene timed in at 1:29.77 for an NCAA B Cut qualifier and the event win. The time is nearly two full seconds faster than the nation's top time in the event, set by Nova Southeastern.


On the women's side, Dar Raz (Ramat Gan, ISRAEL), Carter Juskevich, Faryn Duff and Lauren Suarez took fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.75, while Duff also placed 15th in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.10.




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