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June 2021 TIB Graduation Issue

Dan Aronovic - Tuesday, July 06, 2021


   Honors and Awards

USC’s Daniel Cukierman Selected ITA Southwest Region Senior Player of the Year

He is the eighth Trojan to earn the honor

After a successful four seasons of work as a Trojan, USC men's tennis senior Daniel Cukierman (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) has been honored as the 2021 ITA Southwest Region Senior Player of the Year. His selection marks the second straight season with a Trojan in that seat, following Brandon Holt's pick in 2020. Cukierman is now the eighth USC player to earn this ITA regional honor.

A four-time ITA All-American, Cukierman opened his senior season ranked No. 1 in both singles and in doubles. He would cap his career with a second set of ITA All-America singles honors in reaching the NCAA Singles Round of 16, while also earning repeat ITA All-America doubles status in reaching the NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals alongside Riley Smith. In the final 2021 ITA rankings, Cukierman stood at No. 24 in the  nation in singles and at the No. 6 in doubles with Smith. 

Cukierman finished his senior season with a 19-6 overall singles record, bumping up his career count as a Trojan to a 95-24 career singles record. Additionally, he and Smith collected a 23-5 record together in doubles action in 2021. Cukierman closed out his USC career with an 82-23 overall doubles record in his four seasons as a Trojan. 

Khazan Named Finalist For Division-II Honda Athlete of the Year

Top women's tennis player in D-II


PHILADELPHIA -- Deniz Khazan was named one of seven NCAA Division II Honda Athlete of the Year finalists as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.

Khazan, a junior hailing from Netanya, Israel, led Barry University to its fourth straight D-II National Championship after defeating the top-ranked player in the nation, Nikol Alekseeva of Indianapolis at No. 1 singles. She then moved into the top ranking herself in the final ITA DII national rankings. A first-team All-SSC honoree, she did not lose in singles all season going 11-0 and combined to finish 10-1 in doubles on the year with partner Madeline Bosnjak. She was selected as the Sunshine State Conference Female Athlete of the Year as well.


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         Nitzan (below), from Tel Mond, ISRAEL, played one year of varsity volleyball for the IU women's team. She majored in Economics and after graduation married Steven Halcomb.  Congratulations Nitzan! 


             Nitzan Lasry Holcombe - Indiana University



                           Daniel Cukierman, USC    

 Ending up as the top Israeli tennis player ever in college tennis, Cukierman reached the #1 ranking in 2020 in both singles and doubles. A 4X All-American, he led USC to PAC-12 Championships in 2019 and 2021. Graduating with a degree in Real Estate Development, he continues to play tennis at the professional level.

               Adva Cohen, University of New Mexico

Adva Cohen (Jerusalem, ISRAEL) started her college career running for Iowa Central Community College, winning the National Junior College Athlete of the Year for cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.  She was an All-American at New Mexico as well as a Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete.  This summer Adva will represent Israel at the Tokyo Olympics in the 3000m Steeplechase.


                         Gilron Tsabkevich, Princeton University

  The native of Petach Tikva came to Princeton as the reigning Israeli Men's Long Jump Champion, finishing with a degree in Computer Science and will be starting work for Microsoft in Seattle as a software engineer.     


                  Daniel Butael, University of Michigan

   A member of the University of Michigan track team, Daniel competed in the long jump and triple jump.  He graduated with a degree in Computer Science.


                   Liza Buzhanski, Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Liza played on the volleyball team at TAMUCC, helping her team reach the NCAA tournament in her senior year.  Liza graduated this year with a degree in Psychology.

                     Matan Segall, Southern Methodist University                                                                                     

After starting his college swim career at Eastern Michigan University, Matan found a home at SMU where he excelled athletically and academically.  Graduating Summa Cum Laude, he was on the All-Conference Academic Team in 2019 and 2020, the honor roll for SMU and won All-Conference swimming honors in the 400 and 800 relays.










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