12/6/19 - Minneapolis, Minn. - The University of Arizona Men's swim team qualified 13 swimmers for the NCAA Championships, among them 2 Israelis. Etay Gurevich (Meitar, ISRAEL) qualified in the 400 IM with a time of 3:45.98 and Daniel Namir (Netanya, ISRAEL) qualified in the 200 Free with a time of 1:34.17. Etay is a senior majoring in Consumer Science. He earned an All-American Honorable Mention in the 400 IM after placing 11th at NCAAs in 2017. Daniel is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. Last year he earned an All-American Honorable Mention in the 800 free relay.
Shira Lahav, University of California, Davis
LONG BEACH, Calif. — UC Davis senior Lauren Matias finished with a match-high 13 kills while sophomore setter Jane Seslar recorded a double-double with 34 assists and 11 digs on the night, but the Aggies could not hold back Tulsa, which rebounded from an opening set loss to post a 3-1 win in the opening match of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Wednesday night at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif.
Making its Division I postseason debut — and its first postseason appearance since 1996 — UC Davis wrapped up the 2019 campaign with a 17-13 overall record and a tie for fourth in the Big West Conference standings with a 9-7 mark. The 17 wins were the most since 2012 and the nine league wins were the most since 2015.
The Golden Hurricane improved to 16-15 overall and advanced to the second round, where they will meet either Long Beach State or Santa Clara on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Matias wrapped up her Aggie career with her 14th consecutive double-digit kill performance and 1,052 for her career, moving her into a tie for eighth on the all-time list with Jen Bryan (1993-96). She added five digs and three block assists.
Seslar, meanwhile, recorded her 10th double-double of the season, finishing as one of three UC Davis players with 10-or-more digs. Senior Ally Reyes added 12 more digs, while freshman Shira Lahav (Bat Hefer, ISRAEL) posted her team-high 18th match with double-digit digs, finishing with 20 scoops on the night — her eighth, 20-dig performance of the year.
Update on Dor Saar, University of Maine
through the women’s basketball season, third-year point guard Dor Saar (Ma'anit, ISRAEL) leads
the way for Maine, ranking in the top 15 among America East leaders in seven
categories. Saar leads Maine in scoring, ranking 14th in the league at 10.6
points per game, and is the Black Bears' top disher as she ranks fourth in the
conference with 4.2 assists per game. Saar has been a threat from downtown
where she checks in fourth in both 3-point field goals made per game (2.5) and
3-point field goal percentage (32.0). Saar, the America East active leader in
assists (308), ranks 10th best in the league in steals per game (1.5)
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DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis sophomore Nir Gross (Hod Hasharon, ISRAEL) became the second Aggie in as many seasons to earn All-America second team honors, while junior goalkeeper Jonah Addington was named to the honorable mention squad, as the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches named its 2019 Division I men's All-America squads on Tuesday morning.
Gross follows in the footsteps of former teammate Ido Goldschmidt (Hertzeliya, ISRAEL), the program's first four-time All-American who became the first UC Davis men's water polo player to earn higher than third-team status with his own second-team nod in 2018.
Cukierman wins second consecutive Israeli Men’s Championships
Dec. 29, 2019
Daniel Cukierman (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL), a junior at the University of Southern California, captured the 2019 Israeli Men’s Championships defeating Or Ram Harel 6-4, 7-6. Cukierman, currently ranked #1 in NCAA D1 men’s tennis, did not lose a set during the tournament. Or Ram Harel graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2017, at his peak reaching the top 20 in the NCAA men’s tennis D1 rankings. He is currently pursuing his MBA in London.
The tournament turned out to be a showcase for Israeli tennis players that have chosen to go to school in the US in order to improve their tennis games and receive a degree. Winning the women’s tournament was Shelly Bereznyak, who recently took the SAT test and is looking forward to a college career. Other notable players in the draw included Igor Smilansky (formerly of the University of Tennessee) who won the men’s doubles with Or Ram Harel, Shachar Biran, a freshman at Old Dominion University who reached the women’s semifinals and Orel Ovil, a sophomore at Wichita State who reached the men’s quarterfinals.
Hagay Jalon, Florida Atlantic University
Jalon Becomes Men's Soccer'sFirst CoSIDA
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University goalkeeper Hagay Jalon (Haifa, ISRAEL) was tabbed to the 2019
Academic All-America® Division I men's soccer team, as announced Thursday by
the College Sports Information Directors of America. Jalon, a Third Team
selection, becomes men's soccer's first academic All-American and third in FAU
"It's an unbelievable feeling to have my efforts on and off the field
recognized on a national level and to leave another mark on the program in my
last season," said Jalon. "I'm grateful to the entire department from
my coaches to my academic advisor [Eric Zeaman]
for giving me the support to earn this award."
In November, Jalon was named to the All-District First Team, which
distinguishes the nation's top student-athletes based on their performances on
the field and in the classroom. As an honoree, Jalon was placed on the
All-America ballot and was one of three goalkeepers and one of 34 men's soccer
student-athletes in the nation chosen.
Jalon graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology in May, while holding a 3.80 GPA.
A captain of the team, Jalon has held one of the top GPAs during his three
years on the team. He is a two-time CoSIDA First Team All-District honoree and
has collected an array of academic awards from Conference USA, including
All-Academic Team, Commissioner's Academic medal and Honor Roll. Jalon is
currently enrolled in the Master of Psychology program with the desire of
becoming a sports psychologist.
The Haifa, Israel native recorded a 1.64 Goals Against Average along with 39
saves. Jalon has been tabbed as the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week twice
this past season after shutouts against No. 15 Marshall and No. 17 James
Madison. He sits at fifth in school history in career blank sheets.
Jalon joins Chris Saxton of baseball and Blair Bodenmiller of softball as
Academic All-Americans in FAU Athletics history. Saxton was a pitcher on the
baseball team from 2003-04 and was awarded Third Team in 2004. Bodenmiller
played shortstop for the Owls from 2006-10 and was recognized to the Second
Team in 2010.
Noam Hannoun, Quincy University
Volleyball 12/16/2019 9:48:00 AM Dylan Shick
Named To Preseason All-MIVA Team
Ill. – Quincy University sophomore libero Noam Hannoun was named to the 2020
Preseason All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association team the league
announced Monday morning (Dec. 16).
was named to the All-MIVA Freshman Team last season, while also earning NCAA
Division NC statistical champion honors for digs per set.
sophomore from Givaat, Israel started in all 96 sets in 2019. Hannoun led the
nation in total digs with 277 and digs per set at a 2.89 clip. He also set a
school record for digs in a single match with 24 last January against St.
MIVA also released its preseason coaches' poll, in which the Hawks were picked
to finish eighth in the league standings.