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TIB February 2015 newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Tuesday, March 31, 2015



    Amir Zari, Wingate University Men's Tennis          

     Amir Zari (Jerusalem, Israel) won his first match for the 30th ranked Wingate University men's tennis team at the 3rd doubles position.  Zari, a redshirt freshman, and his partner beat the opponents from Mars Hill College 8-1 in the opening match of the South Atlantic Conference season.


Dar Raz, Florida Tech University

Dar Raz Becomes FIT's First-Ever SSC Gold Medalist


ORLANDO, Fla. (Men’s & Women’s Swimming) –Sophomore Dar Raz (Ramat Gan, Israel) became Florida Tech’s first-ever Sunshine State Conference gold medalist Saturday, winning the 100-yard backstroke with a school-record time of 55.36 at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center.                ____________________________________


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Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US and introducing them to local Jewish families. We have helped over 110 athletes attending schools such as UCLA, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Temple, Northwestern, Duke, Maryland, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, Rutgers, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the University of San Francisco and many others.

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                    Gal Hakak - U of W     Or-Ram Harel, Tulsa

Two ranked men's tennis teams with two of the top Israelis in college tennis played against each other on February 14th.  Each won his individual match for his team.  In the end, the #62 ranked University of Washington team with Gal Hakak (Raanana, Israel) at #4 singles won the match.  Tulsa's Or-Ram Harel (Kiryat Tivon, Israel)  won both his #1 singles match and #3 doubles match.  Tulsa's team is currently ranked #40 in the US. 


         Katya Tour, University of Maryland  

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women’s tennis team improved to 2-2 on the season, claiming victory over the Ladyjacks of Stephen F. Austin, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at the Schlief Tennis Complex.

"We had to play without Alex so everyone moved up," head coach Daria Panova said. "Katya started the third set knowing that it's 3-3 and the match is on her and did an amazing job closing."

Terp duo senior Welma Luus and junioor Nataliya Bredikhina defeated Dhanielly Quevedo and Malena Gordo, 6-1, giving advantage to the Terps in doubles. Sophomore Kristina Hovsepyan and freshman Ekaterina (Katya) Tour (Tel Aviv, Israel) downed Denise Maxl and Macarena Acosta, 6-3, clinching the opening point for Maryland.



He Did It Again!  Tamir Hershko Collects Another MPSF Player Of The Week Honor


    Tamir Hershko, UC Irvine Volleyball           


Irvine, Calif. -- For the second time this season, sophomore Tamir Hershko was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week after leading UC Irvine to a trio of wins over No. 14 CSUN, Stanford and then-No. 4 Pepperdine.

The outside hitter, who also claimed the weekly award on Jan. 12, started the week with 14 kills, three aces and a match-high eight digs versus the Matadors then put away a match-high 16 kills in the sweep of the Cardinal and a team-best 18 kills in the win over the Waves. In the fifth game against Pepperdine, the sophomore had four kills and a block to help the Anteaters to a victory.

For the week, Hershko averaged 4.00 kills, 4.79 points, 0.50 aces, 1.08 and 0.58 blocks per set.

The third-ranked Anteaters now have a five match winning streak after defeating Stanford this past weekend (February 20th).







        Karam Mashour Stays Hot at MSU  
Morehead State Men’s Basketball Posts 86-70 Win at Tennessee State   
February 23, 2015 NASHVILLE -- Seniors Angelo Warner and Karam Mashour combined for 40 points and 16 rebounds to power the Morehead State men's basketball team to an 86-70 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Tennessee State on Monday evening at the Gentry Center.

The Eagles improved to 13-16 overall, 8-6 in league play and 7-9 on the road.  The Tigers, who have lost six straight games, slipped to 5-24 overall, 2-12 in conference action and 5-7 at home.  MSU swept the season series and moved to 35-30 all-time versus TSU.

"I thought we were solid tonight," Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "We did what we needed to on the road.  We got an early lead and kept our foot on the gas, which I was proud of.  We hadn't played in over a week (due to weather), but came out pretty focused."

Warner knocked down 7-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the free-throw stripe to finish with 21 points, nine rebounds and three assists.  The performance was his 16th of 20-or-more points as an Eagle.  He also moved into 10th all-time at MSU with 1,480 points.

"We needed Angelo tonight, and he delivered," Woods said.  "Angelo has been our guy every season I've been here, and I'm hoping this will get him going for the duration of the year.  He's one of our leaders and his production is very important to our team success."

Mashour (Nazareth, Israel) drilled 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line to finish with 19 points and seven rebounds.  The effort was his 15th this season of 10-or-more points.  He continues to pace the Eagles in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg) during OVC play.

"Karam has been very steady for us in conference play, and we've needed that," Woods said.  "I have stayed on Karam because he's talented, and I think we can get even more out of him.  He is one of the better players in this league when he's hungry and aggressive."






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