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February 2020 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Sunday, March 01, 2020



             Black Bears Stretch Win Streak to Seven, 

          Clinch No. 2   Seed in America East Tournament

        Saar, 21, Simon, 20, lead the scoring charge for Maine

DURHAM, N.H. -- Dor Saar (Ma'anit, ISRAEL) registered 17 of her team-high 21 points in the first half as the University of Maine women's basketball team reeled off its seventh consecutive win, locking up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament with a 71-62 victory at New Hampshire on Wednesday evening.

The Black Bears, who have now won nine in a row against the Wildcats, outscored New Hampshire 21-16 in the fourth quarter to seal their fourth road win of the season. Saar was impressive in the first half, tallying 10 points in the first quarter and seven more in the second before finishing in double-figures for the 17th time this season. 

               Daniel Cukierman, University of Southern California        

                    Daniel Cukierman and USC #1

USC opened up 2020 as the No. 3 team in the preseason national Oracle/ITA men's tennis rankings — a notable upgrade from last season's No. 8 finish and reflective of the depth of talent on the Trojans' roster. On Feb. 5, USC leapt to No. 1 in the nation — the first time at the top spot since Feb. 24, 2015 — and the Trojans remain on top in the latest set of national rankings (released Feb. 25). In the latest ITA individual rankings (released Feb. 18, 2020), USC has six Trojans ranked in singles. Daniel Cukierman (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) looms largest as he continues to grip his #1 singles ranking, which set him as the first Trojan since 2012 to stand as the top-ranked player in the nation. Sticking with him in the top-25 are #15 Mor Bulis (Petach Tikvah, ISRAEL) and #24 Brandon Holt. Three other Trojans are still slated in the singles rankings — #27 Riley Smith, #78 Stefan Dostanic and #83 Ryder Jackson. In doubles, USC still has four ranked pairs. Riley Smith weighs in on three of those, standing at #19 with Cukierman, #35 with Bradley Frye and #50 with Dostanic. Now sitting at #49 is Bulis and Holt.

                     Noam Hannoun, Quincy University

Hannoun Named MIVA Defensive Player of the Week

QUINCY, Ill. - Quincy University sophomore libero Noam Hannoun was named the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week the league announced Tuesday (Feb. 18).

Hannoun is the first weekly honoree for the Hawks this season and the first QU player to win since 2017.

The Givaat, Israel native helped lead Quincy to its first MIVA win since 2017, as the Hawks knocked off No. 9 Purdue Fort Wayne. Hannoun recorded 47 digs over three matches throughout the week. He tallied a career-high 25 digs at Culver-Stockton, following it up with eight digs against Loyola and 14 against Purdue Fort Wayne. Hannoun helped hold the Wildcats to a .095 hitting percentage and the Mastodons to .149.

He currently leads the MIVA with 2.60 digs per set and 112 total digs.

           Ori Maori/Paul Giroud, University of San Francisco

2/18/2020  SAN BRUNO, Calif. - It was announced earlier today by the conference office that doubles pair Ori Maior (Yokneam Illit, ISRAEL) and Paul Giraud from the University of San Francisco men's tennis team received WCC men's tennis doubles Team of the Week honors. 

Over the weekend, the Dons faced Boise State at the Cal Club on Sunday, February 15. Maior and Giraud clinched the doubles point for the Dons when they took down their opponents Blake Bayldon and Simon Arca Costas 6-4. The Dons eventually went on to win the match, defeating the Broncos 4-0.

This is the first Team of the Week honors for the doubles pair, and first Player of the Week honors for both players.

Adva Cohen (on right) and her distance medley teammates
                 University of New Mexico   

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Championship season is in full effect and it didn't take long for The University of New Mexico track and field team to get on top of the podium.

In the final event on the first day of the Mountain West Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the women's distance medley relay team of Adva Cohen, Abigail Bendle, Elise Thorner and Weini Kelati delivered a dominating performance to win the event title for the Lobos, and in the process, currently has secured a spot in the NCAA Indoor Championships.

With other conference championships still to run the DMR, the Lobos have a little under a second lead over the eighth-best time and a 3.79 second advantage over the 12th-best time, which is the cutoff for NCAA qualifying.

In addition, in the first DMR entry of the season for UNM, the Lobos won by a commanding 31.37 seconds (raw time) over runner-up Colorado State, who crossed the line at 11:43.64 (11:33.00 altitude converted).

Cohen (Jerusalem, ISRAEL) led off the race with the 1200-meter leg and took the lead early, pushing the pace and building a lead through the first two laps. The junior continued to build a considerable lead for UNM through the first four laps and turned over the baton to freshman Bendle at 3:27 for the 400-meter leg. Bendle continued to maintain the lead for her two laps, turning over the baton to fellow freshman Thorner as the clock read 4:25, after running a 58 second leg.

Thorner ran the 800-meters in 2:09, still comfortably holding the lead over Colorado State and the rest of the teams battling for position behind her. At the 6:35 mark, Thorner turned it over to the closer, Kelati, for the final 1600-meters. In true Weini fashion, Kelati did what she does best and started to pass teams one after one with three laps remaining, eventually lapping almost the entire field albeit Colorado State by the bell lap, before finishing in 11:12.27 (11:02.10 altitude converted).






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