COLLEGE STATION, Texas (SMU) – Charlotte Tara Murphy led the way for the Mustangs with a 17th-place finish as SMU cross country finished in fourth at the A&M Invite on Saturday morning at the Dale Watts Cross Country Course. Lior Kremer (Holon, ISRAEL) moved up 12 spots after the first 2K, the largest jump of anyone in the field. Kremer moved from 61st to her final placing of 49th with a time of 20:46.7. Fellow freshman Eve Hoeltgen finished in 62nd in 21:51.7.
Men's Tennis | September 25, 2019
USC junior Daniel Cukierman (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) is making a repeat appearance at the Oracle ITA Masters, cruising over to Malibu for another shot at a fall singles title. Cukierman opens action at the event tomorrow (Sept. 26) with eyes on making a run through to the championship bout on Sept. 29. The event will be hosted at Malibu Racquet Club and Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
Cukierman kicks off his junior campaign ranked No. 8 in the nation in singles. Last year at the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, Cukierman nabbed two swift victories to reach the quarterfinals, where he fell in three sets to an eventual finalist. Cukierman will be looking to become the third consecutive Trojan to win the singles crown at the Oracle ITA Masters. Brandon Holt won it all in 2017, and Laurens Verboven took the title last year.
Cukierman is the No. 2 seed in this year's singles draw. He'll open up action in the Round of 32 tomorrow (Sept. 26) with a 2 p.m. matchup against Bryant's Guido Argentini.
Cukierman will also pull double duty with action in the mixed doubles draw. He's paired up with UCLA's Jada Hart as the No. 2 seeded duo in mixed doubles.
Hagay Jalon, Florida Atlantic University
– The Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team (3-3-0, 0-2-0) earned a 3-1
win against FGCU (3-4-1) on Wednesday night. The Owls' three goals were a
season high for FAU with two goals from Ivan Mykhailenko.
The Owls dominated possession in the first half and it showed with two first
half goals. In the 12th minute, Mykhailenko put the Owls on a board. Tom Abrahamsson
found Alex Alexis
streaking towards the box. Alexis took one touch and found Mykhailenko for the
score. In the 28th minute, Mykailenko found the back of the net again after
booting a shot off of an Edgardo Obregon
In the second half, FAU added another goal this time from Axel Pantaleon.
Alexis and Mykhailenko once again played a part in the action. Alexis got a
takeaway from a FGCU defender in the midfield and drove towards the goal. He
crossed into the box, finding Mykhailenko who headed it into Pantaleon's
direction. Pantaleon took one touch and sailed it past the Eagles' keeper.
A few minutes later, a FAU player was given a red card and the Owls were down a
player for the remainder of the match. FGCU took advantage, outshooting FAU 9-4
in the half but the Owls allowed only one shorthanded goal.
The Owls' three goals were the most
in a match by FAU in three years. The last time FAU scored three was
September 27, 2016 against Stetso
Mykhailenko had five points on the
night, bringing his season total to 10. His four goals lead the team. Out
of FAU's seven goals this season, Mykhailenko has scored or assisted on
all but one.
Goalie Hagay Jalon (Haifa, ISRAEL) had eight saves on the night and
picked up his second win of the season.
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Calif. — UC Davis freshman Shira Lahav was
named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping the
Aggies to a tournament title at CSU Bakersfield over the weekend thanks to wins
over Fresno State and San Francisco.
Lahav becomes the first weekly award winner of the season for UC Davis, and the
first Aggie to be named the league's top defender since Ally Reyes won
the award on Sept. 17 of last season.
Leading the team with 128 digs overall this season, the Bat Hefer, Israel, native
added 58 to her season total over the tournament's three matches, averaging
5.27 digs per set as her team finished 2-1 on the weekend.
She finished with 23 digs in the Aggies' sweep of San Francisco — their fifth
such victory of the season — and falling just one scoop shy of her career high
of 24 set in five games against Wyoming to close out the South Dakota Classic
two weeks ago.
Lahav opened with 14 digs in a four-set victory over Fresno State, and added 21
more in a four-set loss to the tournament host Roadrunners to open Saturday's
play. The freshman now has three performances of 20-or-more digs this season
and has posted double digits in each of her last five contests after combining
for just 29 digs in the first eight matches of her career.
Nir Gross, UC Davis
Men's Water PoloJason Spencer, Assistant Director
Back-and-forth battle falls in favor of Aggies
LOS ANGELES — Following up his five-goal performance in the opening match of the day, senior Nir Gross (Hod Hasharon, ISRAEL) set a new career high with six goals while Eric Martel added a career-high five scores in the nightcap, helping No. 9 UC Davis shade No. 13 Loyola Marymount on Saturday evening at the Burns Aquatics Center on the LMU campus.
The Aggies improved to 7-5 overall on the year and advanced to the defacto consolation championship at the 2019 MPSF Invitational against another Western Water Polo Association rival in the ninth-place game against No. 11 UC San Diego on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
UC Davis' 18 goals marked the second-highest total of the year, trailing only the 22 scores in the season opener against Chapman at the Triton Invitational. The 16 goals allowed were also tied for the most surrendered by the Aggies' defense this season, matching the 16 allowed to then-No. 1 Stanford on Sept. 21.
Saturday's result also marked the second Aggie victory over LMU this season after they edged the Lions, 14-13, to close out the Triton Invitational.
Both Gross, who tied his then-career high with five goals earlier in the day in the win over Air Force, and Martel were brutally efficient as the former scored his six goals on just seven shots, while the latter tied his career best on only six attempts in the win.
Neither team led by more than three in the contest, but it was Gross' sixth goal of the day at the 58 second mark of the third that broke a 12-all tie and put the Aggies in front for good. Martel followed for a 14-12 lead, but the Aggies led by just one at the end of three, setting up a tense fourth.
Senior Max Somple and junior Jack Stafford added back-to-back goals to start the fourth as UC Davis attempted to silence the homestanding crowd, and led 17-14 on another goal by Martel with 5:09 to play. The Lions were undaunted, however, rallying back once again on goals by Jonny Rimlinger and Luke Chandler to make it a one-score game once again.
Goalkeeper Jonah Addington, who finished with 11 saves in the game, then came up big, denying Daniel Roth and the Aggies scored in transition, as Ian Ambidge put home his first of the contest for the final 18-16 advantage.
Avital Jaloba (#4), Arizona State University
September 26, 2019
SunDevilVB Dominates Arizona In Straight Sets
TEMPE, Ariz. – With a roaring home crowd, Arizona State volleyball swept rival Arizona in straight sets (25-20, 25-16, 25-19) for the first time in six years in Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday night, posting the highest hitting percentage of the season.
Arizona State (9-3, 1-0 Pac-12) beat Arizona (10-3, 0-1 Pac-12) for the first time since 2016, sweeping them for the first time since 2013.
The Sun Devils hit .330 with only 11 hitting errors in three sets.
Outside hitter Claire Kovensky led the offense with a match-high 14 kills, hitting .393.
Outside hitter Ivana Jeremic had 11 kills on 15 attempts, hitting an impressive .600.
Middle hitter Avital Jaloba (Ariel, ISRAEL) hit .741 with five kills on seven attempts.
ASU team celebrating the win: https://twitter.com/i/status/1177431713275731968
Mor Bulis Wins Singles Crown At Milwaukee Tennis Classic
It’s the first tournament title as a Trojan for the sophomore.
Mor Bullis, University of Southern California
Men's Tennis | September 23, 2019
MILWAUKEE, WISC. — Sophomore Mor Bulis (Petach Tikva, ISRAEL) capped off his tear through the singles draw at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic with another smooth straight-set victory to claim the singles championship today (Sept. 23). The singles crown is Bulis' first individual title as a Trojan and comes after surrendering just two sets in six matches at the event.
A spring addition to the Trojan roster in 2019, this was Bulis' first fall action at USC. He's settled right in, having cruised right through to this singles crown in Milwaukee. The No. 7 seed in the singles draw, Bulis opened up with a straight-set win in the Round of 64. After dropping the first set in his Round of 32 match, Bulis made a comeback push to win that one, and then did the same in the Round of 16 to force his way into the quarterfinals. There, Bulis was up against No. 2 seed and #24-ranked Giovanni Oradini of Mississippi State, and the USC sophomore was unfazed as he dispatched the higher seed in straight sets. He'd do the same to Alex Kobelt of UNLV in the semis, setting up his dominating effort in the final. Today, Bulis topped Notre Dame's No. 6 seeded Richard Ciamarra 6-3, 6-2 to stake his claim on the trophy.
Bulis' championship run follows up a sweep of titles won by Trojans at the Battle in the Bay Classic yesterday (Sept. 22). At that San Francisco event, USC senior Brandon Holt won the singles title and also combined forces with freshman Stefan Dostanic to win the doubles crown.
Also in action in Milwaukee were Bulis' fellow sophomores Bradley Frye and Jake Sands. Both rang up wins in their first two matches, but fell in the Round of 16 to wrap their runs in Milwaukee. Bulis and Frye also paired up in doubles, going 1-1 with a Round of 16 appearance.