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January 2015 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Tuesday, February 03, 2015



            Katya Tour, University of Maryland

College Park, Md. - The 68th ranked University of Maryland Women's Tennis Team opened its 2015 season against 61st ranked Georgia State team at the ITA Kickoff Weekend at Gainsville, Fla.  The Terps enter the season ranked No. 61 in the ITA's preseason ratings.In doubles, the duo of Olivia Gaudreault and Alexandra Stanova checks in at No. 48 in the ITA’s rankings. The Terps will look to create depth behind that pair to help take the opening point of matches this season. An All-ACC selection last season, Stanova will also be a key part of the Terps’ efforts in singles. Junior Nataliya Bredikhina had a breakout season last year as Maryland’s No. 2 singles player while Kristina Hovsepyan and Welma Luus will provide depth after solid seasons in 2014. Ekaterina (Katya) Tour (Tel Aviv, Israel) the lone freshman on the squad, comes to Maryland after representing Israel in Fed Cup play. Olga Gaistruk and Olga Bredikhina will try to improve on last year’s results while Cassandre Thebault looks to rebound after an injury plagued 2014. 



                     Dar Raz, Florida Tech

                 Neta Saar, Florida Tech

Florida Tech Women’s Swimming Flies Past Lewis

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s & Women’s Swimming) – Hitting the pool for the first time in 2015, Florida Tech women’s swimming notched a win over Lewis at the Panther Aquatic Center Monday. The Panther men made a late push but were unable to overcome the Flyers.

The Panther women won 122-83, while the FIT men fell 109-96.

The women’s 200-yard medley relay team of Dar Raz (Ramat Gan, Israel), Samantha Conger, Madison Hart and Lauren Suarez kicked off the meet by winning in 1:52.00. Neta Saar (Haifa, Israel) also got in the win column, racing to a 2:01.68 in the 200-yard freestyle.




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   Semion Branzburg, University of Montana


In the first coach’s poll created for the 2015 Big Sky Conference tennis season, the University of Montana Grizzlies received 87 points, good enough for the fourth spot in the rankings.

The Griz, fresh off their first ever Big Sky Championship last season, received two first place votes and trail only Big Sky rookie Idaho, Sacramento State and Weber State.

Montana returns junior Semion Branzburg Ashdod, Israel), who was First Team All-Conference last season after a 9-1 regular season. Junior Tomasz Soltyka also returns from last season's title squad, as does sophomore Peter Mimnagh-Fleming.

The roster for Montana doesn't feature a single senior. Branzburg and Soltyka are the only juniors. Alex Braun of Missoula joins Mimnagh-Fleming as the only two sophomores.



         Karam Mashour, Morehead State University                  

Karam Mashour Makes His Move, Second Double-Double This Month For Morehead State

Men’s Hoops Rolls to 91-63 Win Over SIU

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Morehead State men's basketball team jumped out to a 16-point advantage by making its first 12 field-goal attempts and never looked back in a 91-63 Ohio Valley Conference win over SIU Edwardsville on Thursday night at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles improve to 7-12 overall, 2-2 in league action and 3-4 at home.  The Cougars, who had previously won six of their last seven, slip to 7-9 overall, 3-2 in OVC play and 0-7 on the road.  MSU also moves to 6-1 in the series with its fourth straight win over SIUE.

"I'm proud of our young men," Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "Tonight was what Morehead State basketball is supposed to look like.  Our defense was relentless and our offense was efficient.  We played solid on both ends and had confidence from start to finish."

The 28-point victory was Morehead State's largest in 36 OVC contests under Woods.

Morehead State, which never trailed, didn't miss from the field until the 10:02 mark of the first half.  The Eagles pushed their lead to a game-high 30 points in the final minute.  MSU drilled 54 percent (34-of-63) overall, including 65 percent (20-of-31) before intermission.

"We had big-time performances up and down the roster," Woods said.  "We had good energy and chemistry on both ends of the floor.  We are finally playing just two games per week, which gives us more practice time.  That's why we are starting to shoot better."

Senior Karam Mashour (Nazareth, Israel) led Morehead State with game highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds.  It was his second career double-double, both of which have come this month.  The point total was also a career best.  He made 8-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the foul line.


         Tamir Hershko, UC Irvine


Irvine, Calif. -- UC Irvine outside hitter Tamir Hershko was named the MPSF Player of the Week after leading the Anteaters in four matches last week.

The sophomore was honored as the Most Outstanding Player of the Outrigger Resorts Invitational after leading the Anteaters to a 3-0 record and the tournament title. Over three tournament matches, he put away 45 kills and hit .544 (45-8-68) and averaged 0.55 aces, 1.00 digs and 0.45 blocks per set on his was to MOP accolades. In the championship match against Hawaii, Hershko hit .696, committing just one error with a match-high 17 kills on 23 attempts. The outside hitter led UCI with 17 kills and a career-best five aces in the upset over then No. 3 Penn State to start the tournament.

Hershko also led UCI with 17 kills in the season opener against Lewis. For the week, he averaged 4.43 kills, 0.43 aces, 1.07 digs and 5.07 points per set.






         Gal Hakak, University of Washington

Huskies earn weekend sweep, defeat Wisconsin 4-0

Release: 01/25/2015

 SEATTLE - Washington men’s tennis earned its third win of the season Sunday morning over Wisconsin en route to a weekend sweep.

 “Sometimes you worry how your guys are going to come out in the morning, but our guys came out pretty solid and stayed solid the whole way through. I was very happy and impressed,” expressed Head Coach Matt Anger.

The men opened the morning winning the doubles point against the Badgers. Mitch Stewart and Joao Barra, who made his doubles debut, defeated Wisconsin’s Lamar Remy and Darius Mackenzie 6-3.

The Huskies returned for singles just as strong, winning five of the six first sets. To earn Washington’s second point, freshman Mitch Stewart took down Wisconsin’s Alex Kokorev 6-0, 6-2 at the number one spot. Shortly after, on court three, freshman Jake Douglas defeated Lamar Remy 6-1, 6-3 to move to 7-0 on the season in singles action. Gal Hakak (Ra'anana, Israel) scored Washington’s fourth and final point after going 6-0, 6-2 over Joe Dodridge of Wisconsin.  Hakak is 3-0 so far in January with wins over East Tennessee State and Portland State.

“These were obviously much tougher matches, so it was great to experience for the guys, especially the freshman as they get going. Mitch and Jake were able to get wins today. Joao wasn’t able to finish, but he’s been in the fire now and knows what a tough matches are like so he’ll be ready to go,” said Coach Anger.

The Huskies return to the Nordstrom Tennis Center this Thursday, Jan. 29th when they face Hawai’i at 3:00 p.m.






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