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February 2021 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Tuesday, March 09, 2021


     DALLAS - 48 SMU student-athletes were named to the school's honor roll for their academic achievement in the fall of 2020. Women's swimming and diving had seven team members named to the honor roll, with cross country/track and field and men's swimming and diving each boasting six members.  Lior Kremer, a sophomore from Holon, ISRAEL who competes on the cross country and track teams, made the honor roll with high distinction, placing her in the upper 5% of her class.       


NORFOLK, Va. 2/27/21

 The Old Dominion women's tennis team (3-4) claimed the doubles point and then won five of six singles matches (four coming in straight sets) en route to a 6-1 victory over William & Mary (0-2) on Saturday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
"Doubles was impressive, it is so hard to win that many games the way we did," said ODU head 
coach   Dominic Manilla. "I was impressed with our focus and attention to details that we played with and we were able to carry that momentum over to singles. It felt great to get back and play at home and it always feels good to beat William & Mary."
Winning in straight sets in singles for Old Dominion were Yulia Starodubtseva (6-3, 6-4), Tatsiana Sasnouskaya (6-2, 6-2), Alesya Yakubovich (6-4, 6-3) and Shahar Biran (Hod Hasharon, ISRAEL) (6-3, 6-0). Brooke Pilkington handled business in the third set tiebreaker over Raffaela Alhach (6-2, 4-6, 11-9).

Matvey (Moty) Radionov, 
Drexel University

Men's Tennis Falls Short to NJIT, 4-3, to Open Season

NEWARK, N.J. 2/21/21  – The Drexel men's tennis team opened the spring season on Sunday, dropping a match to NJIT, 4-3.  

Matvey Radionov (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) won both the No. 3 doubles match and the No. 6 singles match. Hugo Brungs won his singles match, 7-5, 6-1. Alex De Sousa paired up with Sanil Jagtiani to win his first collegiate match and help the Dragons win the doubles point. De Sousa fell short of his first singles victory by taking it into the third set.



    Orel Ovil, Wichita State

Match Recap: Men's Tennis     2/13/2021

Shockers Split Matches in Denver

DENVER, Co. - Wichita State men's tennis dropped a match to Denver, 6-1, on Friday but bounced back on Saturday by beating UNLV, 4-0, at the Denver Tennis Park.

Orel Ovil (Petach Tikva, ISRAEL) picked up the only point for the Shocker's against Denver. He came back from down a set to win at No. 5 against Denver's Krulig, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.  The next day Ovil won again at the #5 position, this time against UNLV's Clayton Alenik 7-5, 6-2.





Frankel Earns February Scholar-Athlete of the Month

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Freshman Tomer Frankel was named the IU Scholar-Athlete of the Month for February.
"Tomer is a true freshman who is originally from Israel. In addition to the unique circumstances surrounding his first term, Tomer also experienced challenges as he navigated his first semester of college having to rely on English, which is not his primary language," said Allen Kohn, IU's assistant director of academic services. "I was, and still am, inspired by the amount of effort and time that Tomer put into each of his courses.
"Throughout the semester he sought out assistance from professors, teammates and learning services to help him build confidence in his reading and writing skills."
On top of his successes in the classroom, Frankel has also won the 200 Freestyle in both meets to open his career. He also was a key member of the winning 400 Freestyle Relay squad against Michigan and Northwestern.


                           Itamar Basteker, University of Arkansas

Arkansas’ Team Depth Secures 24th SEC Indoor Championship

MONROE, La. – Louisiana Tech had its four-match winning streak come to a heartbreaking end on Wednesday, falling 4-3 to ULM at Heard Stadium.
LA Tech (4-3) got off to a strong start, claiming the doubles point and even having a 2-1 advantage through the first two finished singles matches.  However, ULM (3-1) came roaring back with three straight victories to get to four points.
The Lady Techsters and Warhawks traded wins in the first two doubles matches.  ULM picked up a 6-3 win on court two while Leonie Schuknecht and Ilana Tetruashvili grabbed a 6-3 win of their own on court one, making court three the decider.
LA Tech's Alexia Romero and Lara Unkovich were up 5-4 on ULM's Jimena Paula Garbino and Daniela Hernandez.  The Warhawks won back-to-back games to go up 6-5, but the Techster tandem forced a tiebreaker and won it, 7-6 (5). 
ULM struck first in singles, taking a straight-sets victory at the No. 2 position, but Tetruashvili recorded another win, overpowering Madalina Grigoriu by a final score of 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 3 position to give LA Tech a 2-1 advantage.





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                                       ABOUT THE ISRAELBRIDGE

Who We Are: 

Ross Greenstein, former Scholarship for Athletes President and Founder of The Israel Bridge

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge

Our Vision: 
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Current activities: 
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