Daniel Skripnik Nets BIG EAST Men's Tennis Athlete of the
March 28, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - Following a perfect weekend in both singles
and doubles play to help lead the St. John’s men’s tennis team to a pair of
victories, Daniel Skripnik was named the BIG EAST Men’s Tennis Athlete of the
Week by the conference office on Wednesday.
The junior helped the Red Storm (11-4) to a pair of
thrilling victories over conference foe Marquette and Monmouth over the weekend
to garner his first individual award.
Skripnik returned to singles play against Marquette for the
first time in over year after the junior was sidelined due to surgeries on his
shoulder and knee.
“Daniel has been working so hard since my arrival to get
back on the court and help the team,” said St. John’s head coach Craig
Schwartz. “It’s not only amazing for him to get back in the singles lineup, but
for him to win the clinching point against Marquette in his first singles match
back. I am proud of the way he competed for himself and his teammates.”
In the first meeting between the Johnnies and Golden Eagles
since the thrilling 2016 BIG EAST Championship match, the programs failed to
disappoint again with the home team prevailing with a 4-3 victory.
With the match tied at three, all eyes turned to the No. 6
court as the victory came down to just one match. Skripnik dropped the opening
set, 6-4, but rallied to claim the second in convincing fashion, 6-2, to send
the final match into a fitting tiebreaker. In the final set, the junior held
off his opponent for a 7-5 win. VIDEO
Skripnik also captured a doubles victory against the Golden
Eagles with a 6-3 triumph on the No. 3 court.
In the finale, the junior delivered again with a 6-1, 6-2
win on the No. 6 court to cement the weekend sweep for the Johnnies with a 4-2
victory over Monmouth.
Dor Saar, University of Maine
Portland, Maine -- University of Maine women's basketball
head coach Amy Vachon was named the 2017-18 America East Coach of the Year
while Dor Saar (Ma'anit, ISRAEL) was awarded the league's Rookie of the Year honor to headline
Maine's six honorees who were recognized on March 2nd at the annual
America East awards banquet held at The Westin Portland Harborview hotel.
Saar, who was also named to the America East All-Rookie
team, was joined by four of her teammates as the Black Bears collected a total
of eight honors.
Dor was a four-time America East Rookie of the Week
recipient, becomes the seventh player in UMaine history to earn Rookie of the
Year honors. The freshman guard posted nine double-digit scoring performances,
seven of which coming against league opponents. Saar, who averaged 6.0 points
and 2.9 assists while shooting 36.5 percent from 3-point range, ranked in the
top five among rookies in points, assists and steals. UMaine's point guard, who
ranked seventh in the league in assist/turnover ratio (1.7), checked in second
among rookies in assists and ninth overall in the league.
Aviv Ben Shabat, Butler University
The Bulldogs picked up a conference win in their first BIG EAST contest of the season, downing Villanova, 6-1, March 23rd at the Butler Tennis Bubble in Indianapolis.
The win pushes Butler's overall record to 11-4 on the Spring. Villanova is now 5-9.
The Bulldogs got out to a strong start by taking the doubles point. Aviv Ben Shabat (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) and Mason Dragos combined for a 6-3 win on the first court, while Ari Gerstein and Adrian Mag won, 6-2, at the No. 3 spot.
Dragos picked up his second win of the day with a 7-5, 7-6 win over Stefan Suarez at No. 1 singles. Butler took the first five singles matches in straight sets as Michael Dickson, Spencer Lang, Ben Shabat, and Mag all followed suit.
This was the first meeting between the two programs since Butler pulled out a 4-3 win in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals en route to the 2017 BIG EAST title in Cayce, S.C.
Butler returns to action April 4, traveling to Ball State for a 3 p.m. match.
Gilad Berman, Georgia Gwinnett College
The NAIA top-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College men's tennis team has a strong hold in the first Oracle national singles and doubles rankings, announced Thursday, March 15, by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
GGC has five of the top 41 ranked singles players in the NAIA, including three within the top eight positions. Meanwhile, two teams stand among the top five in the doubles rankings.
Senior Kevin Konfederak affirms the top spot from his preseason ranking in singles with classmate Gilad Berman (Ramat Hasharon, ISRAEL) ranked second in the nation. Konfederak won his third NAIA singles national championship at the ITA Oracle Cup last October, and reached the quarterfinals at the ITA Fall National Championships. Berman has won all 16 of his matches this season. Junior Ayed Zatar is the eighth ranked singles player in the nation with a 12-2 record so far this spring.
In doubles, the Berman-Zatar tandem is the nation's top-ranked team. The duo has won all 12 of its matches this spring. Junior Rafael Coutinho has joined with Herrera Duran to have a 14-0 dual match record for fifth in the national rankings.
GGC has a 20-0 dual match record this season and has won 75 consecutive matches, the longest winning streak in collegiate sports.