February 2020 TIB Newsletter
Matan Segall, Southern Methodist University
Matan Segall completed his collegiate swimming career with a season best time in the 800 yard relay at the American Athletic Conference Championships. Matan, from Lehavim, ISRAEL, won all-conference honors in the 800 free relay in 2020 as well as the 400 medley and 400 free relay in 2019. A member of the Athletic Conference All-Academic team and the SMU Honor Roll, Matan finishes 19 years of competitive swimming which led him to Wingate, Eastern Michigan University and to graduate at SMU this year.
Matvey Radionov, Appalachian State University
BOONE, N.C. - After back-to-back 4-3 losses on Friday and Saturday, App State men's tennis put together a solid effort in a 4-1 victory over Winthrop on Sunday afternoon at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.
App State snaps a seven-game skid and earns its first home victory, improving to 2-7 on the season. The Eagles drop to 1-8.
The Mountaineers recorded their much-needed win on Sunday, registering the doubles point for the second consecutive contest, while three student-athletes notched singles victories.
Aleksandar Petrovic/Matvey Radionov got the match started when they posted a 6-3 win over Abhi Vannemreddy/Connor Williamson as the No. 2 tandem in the lineup to move to 2-0 as partners.
Tallying the doubles point was Milo Bargeron/Zion Heaven in a 6-3 victory against Lluis Miralles/Miha Velicki in a matchup between the top duos on Court No. 1. The pairing helped App win the doubles point in back-to-back matches for the first time this season.
Bargeron continued his solid day as he dealt Williamson a 6-4, 6-1 setback to get things started in singles and push App to a 2-0 lead.
Radionov (Jaffa, ISRAEL) extended his win streak to four straight wins in singles after downing Miralles, 7-5, 7-5, on Court No. 3 and improving to team-best 5-4 on the season.
Eddie Winner, Illinois State University
Earns First MVC Field Athlete of the Week Award
LOUIS – Sophomore
Eddie Winner (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) earned the first Missouri Valley Conference Field Athlete of the Week honor of
his career for his performance in the pole vault at the Meyo Invite over the
weekend, becoming the fifth Redbird student-athlete in the last four weeks to
earn an MVC weekly award.
second overall in the pole vault at the Meyo Invite, Winner cleared his best
mark as a Redbird at 5.15 meters (16-10.75 ft.). Winner who has been moving up
the ISU indoor top-10 list since his very first meet now ranks No. 4 all-time
in Illinois State track & field history.
clearance of 5.15 meters keeps him at the No. 1 spot in the Valley and tied for
No. 51 in the nation, leading the next closest MVC competitor (his teammate) by
six inches. Winner is one of only two MVC student-athletes to have cleared at
least 5.00 meters this season.
this award, Illinois State has had seven student-athletes be recognized for
their athletic performance by the Valley. Winner joins three other field
athletes and three track athletes to be honored.
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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
Cukierman and USC #1
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).