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April 2021 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Tuesday, May 04, 2021



    Lior Ben David Recognized as President's Scholar with 4.0 GPA 

Lior, from Ramot Menashe in Israel, was one of 45 SJSU athletes to receive the President's scholar award recently. To earn a President's Scholar designation, a student must earn a 4.00 grade-point average in one of the two semesters (Spring 2020 & Fall 2020) before the Honors Convocation.  Lior is a sophomore at SJSU and plays on the women's water polo team.

            Ella Saada, Syracuse University

Orange Close Regular Season at FSU

Senior Ella Saada recorded 14 digs and six kills and redshirt sophomore Viktoriia Lokhmanchuk added eight kills in Syracuse's 3-0 loss at Florida State on Friday in the final match of the 2020-21 season. The Orange finish the COVID-19 altered season with a 7-9 overall record and a 7-8 record in the ACC. Florida State (14-5, 9-5) took advantage of early set scoring runs in each of the three sets to win the match 3-0.

A native of Kfar Masaryk, Israel, Saada closes her Orange career with 891 kills, 810 digs, 130 blocks, 88 assists and 78 service aces. She played in every match during her four years on the Syracuse team. Syracuse posted a 60-45 record in Saada's four years. In 2018 Saada and the Orange earned the program's first NCAA Tournament invitation and beat Yale in the first round. She will earn Syracuse degrees in forensic science and psychology.

  Ilana Tetruashvilli, Louisiana Tech

LA Tech Caps Regular Season with Road Shutout

Lady Techsters improve to 9-10 on the season

LAKE CHARLES, La. – Louisiana Tech put it all together on Sunday afternoon, claiming a 7-0 shutout victory over McNeese State at the Nancy Hank Tennis Center.
After downing in-state foe Northwestern State in its home finale, LA Tech (9-10) concluded the regular season with a sweep of all six singles courts and the doubles point on the road against another in-state opponent in McNeese (1-17).
"Today was exactly the kind of win we needed to close out the regular season before heading into the conference tournament," said head coach Amanda Stone.  "We have been playing hard and fighting all year and getting a shutout win feels good and earned.  We showed up big on all the lines and really delivered. 
"I am really proud of our team this year.  We battled the full season and hope to carry this momentum into the tourney."
This was the Lady Techsters first 7-0 road shutout since 2019 and it all got started with courts one and three setting the table in doubles.
Leonie Schuknecht and Ilana Tetruashvili (Holon, ISRAEL) remained in their winning groove, taking all six games for the 6-0 win at the No. 1 spot.  It was their team-leading 10th victory (have won 10 of their last 12 matches).  They are the first LA Tech duo to reach double-digit wins at the top spot since 2016.  Tetruashvili also took the #3 singles match 6-3, 6-3. 

  Matvey (Moty) Radionov, Drexel 

PHILADELPHIA – The Drexel men's tennis team defeated the Villanova Wildcats, 4-2, on Tuesday afternoon. After dropping the doubles point, the Dragons took over in singles play.

Matvey Radionov and Alvaro Cruz Chamorro were able to stop the Wildcats from finishing the sweep of the doubles point by winning their No. 3 match, 6-2.

Alvaro Cruz Chamorro defeated his opponent in the first-seeded match in singles play, 6-3, 6-3. Djordje Janackovic defeated his opponent in the No. 5 singles match, 6-1, 6-2. In the sixth-seeded match, Radionov defeated his opponent in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. With the match on the line, Hugo Brungs took care of his opponent in two sets, 6-0, 7-6 (6).

"The guys have been working hard and managing injuries the best they can," head coach Mehdi Rhazali said. "I am proud of how we focused today as a team and how we have shifted the momentum in our favor. The guys are working hard on some details to help us compete hard and play free."   







     Daniel Cukierman, University of Southern California                     

Men's Tennis | April 17, 2021

LOS ANGELES — The No. 13 USC men's tennis team secured a Senior Day victory in beating rival UCLA 6-1 today at Marks Stadium. Both USC seniors — Daniel Cukierman and Riley Smith —helped manufacture the Trojans' comeback effort after the Bruins scored the doubles point. Cukierman claimed the first singles win of day, followed by straight-set victories from Lodewijk Weststrate and Smith to set up the clincher from Bradley Frye. USC improves to 17-6 overall and to 5-2 in Pac-12 play with the Trojans' third straight win of the year over UCLA. 

The doubles point came down to the top spot after UCLA claimed a win on court three and USC fired back with a victory on court two from still-undefeated Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye. With all eyes on court one, the Trojans had match point taken away by an overruled line call, and the match would stretch into a deciding tiebreaker. There, the Bruins' Baird/Nanda pulled off the win for a 7-6 (4) decision over USC's 35 Daniel Cukierman and Riley Smith to make it a 1-0 UCLA lead entering singles.

The Trojans would rebound by snagging first sets down the line and pressed on from there. At the top slot, #42 Daniel Cukierman hit the gas and sped out of reach of #62 Govind Nanda for a 6-2, 6-0 win that evened things up 1-1. 

           Orel Ovil, Wichita State University

WICHITA, Kan. - April 21, 2021  

No. 33/32 Wichita State heads to the AAC Men's Tennis Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 Memphis in the first round on Thursday at 7:30 a.m., CT, at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
Five Shockers have ten or more singles wins on the season: Nicolas AcevedoMurkel DellienMarius FrosaRay Lo, and Orel Ovil (Petach Tikva, ISRAEL). The Shockers are unbeaten at home in nine tries.

Yannai Barkai, North Carolina State

Men's Tennis 

Men’s Tennis Earns Second Consecutive ACC Championships Semifinal Berth

ROME, GA. - The fourth-seeded NC State men's tennis team (11-7, 7-3) defeated 12-seed Florida State (9-16, 2-10 ACC) in the ACC Championships Quarterfinals on Friday, taking down the Seminoles 4-1

The Wolfpack's win earned them a spot in the Semifinals for only the second time in program history since the team tournament began. NC State will take on one-seed Virginia in the match.

NC State came out swinging in doubles play, jumping out to early leads on courts one and two. The team took both courts to win the point. Alexis Galarneau and Robin Catry were the first with a win, defeating Sebastian Arcila and Alex Knaff 6-1.

No. 31 Tadas Babelis and Yannai Barkai (Kiriyat Ono, ISRAEL) claimed a ranked win as they took down 43rd-ranked Loris Pourroy and Marcus Walters, 6-3.  Barkai also won the #6 singles match 6-3, 6-0.

    Daniel Dudockin, University of Nevada, Reno


LAS VEGAS - Nevada's first road trip in a month got off to a tough start Friday, as the Pack fell, 4-1, at arch-rival UNLV.

Daniel Dudockin (Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk, ISRAEL) picked up the Pack's lone win of the day, defeating Milos Dabic, 6-4, 6-2, to bring Nevada within 2-1 early in singles action.





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