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May 2015 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

       Or Ram-Harel,          University of Tulsa



Ram-Harel Falls in Opening Round of NCAA Singles Championship



May 20, 2015

WACO, Texas - Sophomore Or Ram-Harel's postseason run came to an end on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships, when he fell to Texas A&M's Jeremy Efferding, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 2-6, at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University.

The loss concludes Ram-Harel's season. The Israeli native accumulated a 17-11 overall record, and went 13-9 in dual play this season. Seven of those nine losses came against ranked opponents.

The No. 27th-ranked Ram-Harel looked strong out of the gate, taking a commanding 6-3 win in the opening frame. He looked good for the majority of the second set, after going up 5-4, a game away from advancing to the second round. However, No. 47 Efferding made a brave effort to comeback and take the second frame in the tiebreak. The Aggie senior took advantage of his momentum to pick up the match-clinching third set, 6-2.


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      Alon Leichman Leads UCSD to Title Game  

WALNUT, Calif. - The 30th-ranked UC San Diego baseball team saw an incredible season and improbable run ended and its Cary dreams deferred another year in a tough 7-4 defeat to No. 13 Cal Poly Pomona in the title game of the 2015 NCAA Division II Championship West Regional Monday, May 18th at Mazmanian Field. The six-team, double-elimination tournament was hosted by top-seeded CPP on the Mt. San Antonio College campus.

Fifth-seeded UCSD, which battled through the bracket after an opening loss on Thursday night with three consecutive wins in elimination games to reach the final, concluded the 2015 campaign at 36-21 overall.  Alon Leichman (Kibbutz Gezer, ISRAEL) got the win against Azusa Pacific in the penultimate game, raising his season win-loss record to 7-2.




    Outstanding Season Ends With All-American Honors for University of California Irvine's Tamir Hershko                 


May 14, 2015        UCI 2015 Season In Review

UC Irvine ended the season 28-5 overall, tying Loyola with the most wins in the nation. The 28 wins are the second most in UC Irvine history.

UCI competed in its sixth NCAA Championship, falling to eventual champion Loyola Chicago in the semifinals, 3-0.

All five losses came against teams that were ranked in the nation's final top seven.

The Anteaters end the year ranked No. 3 in the AVCA Coaches poll.

The Anteaters have been ranked in the nation's top 15 for 169 consecutive weeks. UCI has been ranked No. 1 in eight different seasons (2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Zack La Cavera, Tamir Hershko (Hod Hasharon, ISRAEL) and Michael Brinkley were named first-team All-American, the first time in school history UCI has three first-team All-Americans.  

Brinkley became UCI's the first three-time All-American and was the 14th player in AVCA history to earn first-team honors three times.

The libero ended his UCI career second on the UCI all-time list with 1,099 digs. He had 330 digs this season which was second on the UCI season list. He set the UC Irvine single game record for digs with 25 against Long Beach State (Apr. 3). The senior averaged 2.95 digs per set, which led the MPSF and was fourth best in the nation.

UC Irvine led the nation in hitting percentage (.350) and kills (13.86) and was second in assists (13.09).

UCI was the best serving team in the MPSF with a 1.48 mark. The Anteaters fired five or more aces in 20 matches this season, including a season-high 11 twice at CSUN on Feb. 11 and at Cal Baptist Jan. 24. La Cavera led with 44 followed by Hershko and Michael Saeta with 38 a piece.

Head coach David Kniffin was named MPSF Coach of the Year. He ended his third season with a 71-23 overall record.

Tamir Hershko (Jan. 13), Travis Woloson (Mar. 31) and Zack La Cavera (Apr. 7) each garnered AVCA National Player of the Week this season. UCI's was the only school to have three athletes earn the distinction this year.

Hershko, who was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team, also garnered first team All-MPSF honors, MPSF Player of the Week accolades twice as well as Most Valuable Player of the Outrigger Invitational. He was second on the team with a 3.56 kill and 4.14 point average.

The Anteaters won their third MPSF regular season title with a 19-3 mark.

UCI won their third MPSF Tournament crown with wins over UCLA (3-0), USC (3-2) and Pepperdine (3-1). Along with La Cavera, Andrew Benz and Michael Brinkley were named to the all-tournament team.

UCI won the Outrigger Resorts Invitational title with wins over Penn State (3-2), Ohio State (3-0) and host Hawaii (3-0).  Hershko was named the MVP, while La Cavera and Saeta were named to the all-tournament team.

At the end of March, UCI beat BYU twice on the road, snapping the Cougars 36-home match winning streak which dates back to Feb. 1, 2013. The last time a team beat BYU twice dates back to Feb. 3 & 4, 2012 when Stanford accomplished the feat.

The Anteaters were 15-3 at home, 11-1 on the road and 2-1 on neutral courts this season. The squad was 14-2 in three set matches, 8-1 in four games and 6-2 when going five.

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