May 2019 TIB Newsletter
Lior Brik, Yeshiva University
Lior Brik (Zichron Yaakov, ISRAEL) was named to the Skyline All-Conference Men's Tennis First Team (May 6th)... went undefeated in Skyline singles matches, and was victorious in five out of six conference doubles contests, during the season... won every game at No. 3 doubles and at No. 3 singles, during the Skyline semifinal match against USMMA (May 3rd)... helped Yeshiva rally in the Skyline championship match against Farmingdale State by winning at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-0 (May 5th)... won at No. 2 doubles in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Eastern Nazarene College (May 9th)... earned the Coach's Award at the annual athletics banquet (May 13th).
Yuval Barak, Franklin Pierce University
Northeast-10 Men's Tennis All-Conference awards
RINDGE, N.H. (April 30, 2019) – An All-Northeast-10 Conference Second Team selection for sophomore Roberto Chong (Puigpunyent, Spain) highlighted four All-Conference selections for the Franklin Pierce University men’s tennis team, as announced on Tuesday afternoon by the Conference office. The Ravens also collected three All-NE10 Third Team accolades, as freshman Preston Gordon (Essex Junction, Vt.), junior Yuval Barak (Zicron Ya’akov, Israel) and the doubles team of seniors James Bisazza (West Barnstable, Mass.) and Andrew Schadt (Tolland, Conn.) were all honored. In addition, Gordon and sophomore Nkrumah Patrick (Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago) were both named to the NE10 All-Rookie Team. Gordon and Barak took home Third Team nods for their success at second and fourth singles, respectively. Gordon posted a 5-3 singles record, which included 2-2 at second singles and 3-1 at third singles. Meanwhile, Barak was 4-4 against league foes this year, with a 2-2 record at fourth singles and a 2-2 record at fifth singles.
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Bar Botzer, Wake Forest University
Secures All-America Honors with NCAA Round of 32 Victory
Botzer rallied from a set down to secure his first-ever All-America accolade
Fla. – Wake Forest sophomore Bar
Botzer (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) became the ninth player in
program history to be named a singles All-American on Tuesday (May 21), when
the 50th-ranked Botzer rallied from a set down to defeat Ole Miss' Tim
Sandkaulen in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Singles Championship.
It is the first All-America nod for Botzer, who
joins Petros Chrysochos and Borna Gojo as Demon Deacons to garner the honor in 2019.
It was a closely contested match between Botzer
and the 52nd-ranked Sandkaulen, as Tuesday's battle featured a total of three
Sandkaulen struck first, breaking Bozter's first
service game to take a 2-0 lead. The break would hold as Botzer would go on to
drop the opening set, 4-6.
The two players matched each other throughout the
second set which featured no breaks. Botzer was nearly broken twice in the set,
holding on deuce points for 4-all and then again for 6-all, forcing a
second-set tiebreaker. Tied at three in the tiebreaker, Botzer went on to win
the final four points to claim a 7-3 victory and push the match to a decisive
This time it was Botzer who struck early, breaking
Sandkaulen for a 2-0 lead in the third. Leading 5-2, Botzer broke his opponent
one more time to close out the 6-2 victory, clinching a spot in the Round of 16.
In Wednesday's Round of 16, Botzer had to withdraw
from the tournament after sustaining a foot injury in his previous match.
Yorai Shaoul, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Mass. (May 29) -- Eight members of the MIT men's and women's track and field/cross country programs have been named as Google Cloud Academic All-District selections, as announced by CoSIDA. On the men's side, senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.), senior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.), sophomore Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) and junior Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) were all recognized. For the women, junior Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.), junior Jenna Melanson (La Center, Wash.), junior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) and senior Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany) were selected. Shaoul, a sophomore electrical engineering and computer science, has a perfect 5.0 GPA for his academic career. The 2019 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Triple Jump National Champion, he was also the NCAA Runner-Up outdoors in the long jump and as a first-year, he was the National Runner-Up both indoors and outdoors in the triple jump. A seven-time New England Division III Champion between the long jump and triple jump, he has also won the NEWMAC Championship twice in both the long and triple jumps. In addition, he was recently named as the USTFCCCA Field Athlete of the Meet for his performance at the NCAA Outdoor National Championship.
Daniel Cukierman, University of Southern California
ORLANDO, FLA. May 21, 2019 — USC junior Brandon Holt will be the lone Trojan soldier engaged in NCAA action from here, after another hot and busy day out at the USTA National Campus for NCAA Round of 32 competition. Holt opened his day with a powerful singles win, but fell in doubles with partner Riley Smith later in the day. Senior Tanner Smith and sophomore Daniel Cukierman (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL), meanwhile, both had their debut NCAA Singles runs cut short with Round of 32 losses today in Orlando, Fla. In his Round of 32 singles match, sophomore Daniel Cukierman clashed with an upset-minded Sam Riffice of Florida. Ranked #54 in the nation, Riffice had dispatched #20 Johannes Schretter in yesterday's opening round. Up against #24 Cukierman, the Gator kept up his momentum and captured a 6-3, 6-2 win over the Trojan. That loss capped Cukierman's sophomore season and NCAA Singles debut run with the sophomore gripping a powerful 34-11 overall singles record.
Cohen Qualifies for 2 Races in NCAA Track Championships
Calif. MAY 25, 2019 — On the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary and in the final event
scheduled for The University of New Mexico track and field team, the Lobos had
three runners qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the
the format of the top-five finishers from each of the two heats and the next
two best times advancing to the championships in Austin, Texas, Weini Kelati
and Adva Cohen (Jerusalem, ISRAEL) claimed their spot through finishing in the
top five, while Charlotte Prouse advanced on time.
a result of Saturday's finish, Cohen, Kelati and Prouse qualified for the NCAA
championships in multiple events, with Prouse and Cohen qualifying in the
5000-meter and the 3000-meter steeplechase and Kelati in the 10,000-meter and