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TIB March 2015 newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Wednesday, April 01, 2015




        Mary Malkin, Northern Illinois University                                                                       


March 27, 2015

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's tennis team pulled off an incredible victory against Toledo in Mid-American Conference action on Friday morning, as the Huskies topped the Rockets 4-3 in a thrilling, back-and-forth contest at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.

Two Huskies -- Mary Malkin (Tel Aviv, Israel/Alliance) and Arantza De La Torre(San Luis Potosi, Mexico/Motolinia) -- recorded come-from-behind, three-set victories against Sidnay Huck and Lauren Thai, respectively, while Nelle Youel(Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) kept her undefeated season alive with a straight-set singles win and Cristina Alvarez (Zaragoza, Spain/Cristorey Sagrado Corazon de Jesus) also picked up an impressive singles victory over Lexy Pitt that would prove decisive.

In a match that wasn't decided until the final point, NIU won four singles matches to overcome losing the doubles point, making it the first time this season the team did so. Previously, NIU had been 10-0 when winning the doubles point and 0-4 when losing it, but that changed on Friday.

First-year Huskie head coach Tanya Gombera was thrilled to see her team thrive against the early adversity to notch a victory that moves NIU near the top of the conference standings.

"Wow! I am so proud of the team," Gombera said. "This was a team effort, indeed. We lost the doubles point, but we were able to come back in several singles matches and fight as a team to earn the win."

The Huskies (11-4, 2-1 MAC) defeated the Rockets (11-6, 2-1 MAC) for the first time since 2012, which was also the last time NIU women's tennis won more than one conference match in a season.

Senior star Nelle Youel's doubles match with Alvarez went unfinished, but her 6-2, 6-3 win over Pia Rygh of Toledo in the No. 1 singles match improved her overall record to 25-0 and her singles mark to 15-0 this spring, keeping her unblemished campaign alive and well.

Malkin and De La Torre also moved into double-figure win totals in singles this spring, both improving to 10-5 with their spirited comebacks. 



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Netanel Alcabas, Saint Leo University

PENSACOLA, Fla. Meeting its third ranked foe of the week, the Saint Leo men's tennis team rolled No. 15 Midwestern State University by an 8-1 final score at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex, Thursday afternoon.

The Lions improve to 12-4 on the season while the Mustangs fall to 9-4 overall for their 2015 campaign.

Saint Leo took a 2-1 lead into singles play, as Alex Theiler and Bruno Sisti outdueled Kyle Davidson and Zack Santagate by an 8-6 score while Guillaume Vanelven and Fons Verberne followed suit with an 8-3 doubles win.

The Lions took a clean sweep of singles play, taking the match by an 8-1 final score.  Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarriowas the first to finish, ending the fifth flight against Keegan Sullivan by quick 6-1 and 6-1 scores.

Vanelven picked up the team's fourth win of the match, defeating Chris Norrie by 6-0 and 6-3 sets.  Egor Panyushkin clinched the win with a straight-set victory over No. 32 Kyle Davidson, winning by scores of 6-4 and 6-3.

Netanel Alcabas (Ashkelon, ISRAEL) dueled Ramon Toyos to a third set, winning by 6-2, 1-6 and 6-1 sets while Theiler took the top flight in similar three-set fashion.  Verberne outlasted Matt Tyler to sweep singles play and conclude the contest with an 8-1 score in favor of the Lions.



Raz and Barnea Break 100-Yard

 FIT Records at NCAA


INDIANAPOLIS. Ind. (Men’s & Women’s Swimming) – Florida Tech sophomores Dar Raz (Ramat Gan, ISRAEL) and Nir Barnea (Omer, ISRAEL) each topped their own school record times in the 100-yard freestyle preliminaries Saturday at the NCAA Championship at the IU Natatorium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Raz took 41st in her preliminary race, dashing to a 52.45, one and a half tenths of a second faster than her previous school record in the event.

Barnea grabbed 25th with his 45.02, more than a second quicker than the FIT record that he previously held in the 100-yard race.

With the championship coming to a close, Raz and Barnea wrapped up the Panthers’ 2014-15 season, a campaign that saw the pair become the school’s first-ever NCAA Championship qualifiers.


          Or Ram-Harel, University of Tulsa

Tulsa Tennis Team Tops #1 USC

The No. 51 University of Tulsa men’s tennis shocked the college tennis world on Saturday, upsetting the No. 1 Southern California Trojans, 4-3, at Marks Stadium, in TU’s first outdoor match of the season.

USC, the most dominant program in college tennis history, and having won five of the last six national championships, came into the afternoon as the heavy favorites against Tulsa.

The win improved TU’s record to 9-6, while the Trojans fall to 10-2 on the year.

“This was by far the biggest win in our program’s history,” said Head Tennis Coach Vince Westbrook. “A lot of things fell into place for us. We knew we were going to be a better outdoor team and that showed today. Winning at their place is a big deal and the guys did a great job of holding on for the win in such a hostile environment. It was a great college tennis match.”

Making things even more challenging, Tulsa had to come from behind after the Trojans picked up the doubles point. Tanner Smith and Thibault Forget topped to duo Or Ram-Harel and Juan Matias Gonzalez, 6-0 from the three line. Yannick Hanfmann and Jonny Wang clinched USC’s doubles point by beating Dylan McCloskey and Matthew Kirby, 6-1, from the No. 2 double’s match.

In singles play, No. 71 Ram-Harel, who just broke in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Singles Poll this past week, handed No. 6 Yannick Hanfmann his first loss of the season and doing it in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Hanfmann was the Pac-12 Player of the Year last year, and has been named an ITA All-American in his last two seasons.

The Trojans picked up its second point and took a 2-1 lead, after No. 31 Jonny Wang defeated Juan Matias Gonzalez in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0, from the No. 3 position. Tulsa evened the match after Alejandro Espejo upended No. 20 Roberto Quiroz, 6-0, 7-6(0), handing the senior, and a 2014 Pac-12 First Team member, just his second loss of the year.

Mitchell Pritchard gave the Hurricane the go-ahead point, after topping Connor Farren in one of the afternoons more exciting matches, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).

The match was clinched in the No. 5 singles spot, as Carlos Bautista had to go the distance in a three-set thriller against Rob Bellamy, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5), to give the Golden Hurricane the program’s most memorable win.

The two sides played out the final singles match, where No. 72 Max de Vroom managed to squeak out a three-setter against Matthew Kirby, 7-5, 5-7, 6-5 (4), from the No. 4 spot.







Liat Zimmermann, Rice University

Shutout Gives Owls First Win at Tulsa Since 2005

The Rice women's tennis team found success at the Case Tennis Center for the first time since 2005 on Sunday, picking up a 4-0 shutout over Tulsa. With the win, the 64th ranked Owls (5-7) gained a split of their weekend trip to Oklahoma.   "I am really proud of the team for the fight, energy, and quality of play out there today," Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said "This was a strong rebound after a tough day on Friday (a 4-0 loss at #8 Oklahoma State) and we really did a nice job taking it to them."   The two old rivals, meeting for the first time as non-conference foes, began the match in much the same fashion as many of their recent C-USA showdowns, with the doubles point coming down to the wire.     

After Savannah Durkin and Solomiya Zinko breezed to 6-2 win on court three, the Hurricanes answered with a 6-3 win on two. At the same time Rice's Natalie Beazant and Liat Zimmermann saw Tulsa's 47th ranked duo of Ksenia Laskutova and Renata Kuricova scramble back from a 5-3 deficit to tie the match at 5-5. Zimmermann put the Owls back in front with a strong service game and the Owls then grabbed the first point with a service break in the 12th game. 






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