Celebrating YU Champions
The Yeshiva University Athletics Department held its annual awards banquet on Monday, May 13, 2019, in the Max Stern Athletic Center Gymnasium. More than 300 student-athletes as well as many coaches, administrators and guests were present to celebrate the success of the fifteen Yeshiva University varsity athletic teams.
This was an amazing year in Yeshiva athletics. Eight teams reached their sport’s championship event or playoffs. The men’s tennis team won the Skyline Conference tournament championship for the sixth straight year and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The men’s basketball team won a program all-time best 17 straight games en route to its second straight appearance in the Skyline Conference championship game. The men’s volleyball team clinched a berth in the Skyline Conference championships for the second year in a row.
Four fencers, three from the men’s team and one from the women’s unit, qualified for the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Junior Gabriel Leifer was named the Skyline Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and became the first player in school history to be named a National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American as well as a member of the All-Met first team.
Thirteen student-athletes received Skyline All-Conference honors. During the ceremony, the YU Athletics Department handed out NCAA tournament rings to members of the following Skyline championship teams: 2013-14 Men’s Tennis Team, 2014-15 Men’s Tennis Team, 2015-16 Men’s Tennis Team, 2016-17 Men’s Tennis Team, 2017-18 Women’s Tennis Team, 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Team, and 2017-18 Men’s Tennis Team.
Senior Michal Alge, of the women’s basketball team, finished her illustrious career by setting program records in scoring and rebounding with 1,159 points and 1,236 rebounds. The four-year standout became the first 1,000-1,000 player in program history.
Freshman phenoms Jonah Beberman (men’s soccer) and Ryan Turell (men’s basketball) were both named the Skyline Rookie of the Year for their respective sports.
Stan Watson was honored during the dinner. He is retiring at the end of the year. Watson currently serves as Intramural Director and coached the YU men’s cross country program for 25 years (1986-2011). The proud army veteran also served as the head coach for the women’s cross country program from 2007-2011.
Senior Aryeh Salovey, of the baseball team, received his 2018 NCAA Statistical Championship Plaque (for Triples Per Game).
Here is a list of the award winners for the 2018-19 season.
David Hanelin (Baseball)
Tal Gweta (Men’s Basketball)
Nicole Bick (Women’s Basketball)
Noah Hazan (Men’s Cross Country)
Shira Perton (Women’s Cross Country)
Noah Frydman (Men’s Fencing – Foil)
Sammy Teichberg (Men’s Fencing – Sabre)
Sara Dobkin (Women’s Fencing – Epee)
Liel Silverstone (Women’s Fencing – Foil)
Gal Gir (Women’s Fencing – Sabre)
Alberto Benhamu (Men’s Soccer)
Moreet Levine (Women’s Soccer)
Sarah Hiller (Softball)
Lior Brik (Men’s Tennis)
Bailey Frohlich (Women’s Tennis)
Chaim Aryeh Rubin (Men’s Volleyball)
Batya Schreier (Women’s Volleyball)
Jordan Soclof (Golf)
The Aaron Meyer Memorial Award in recognition of selfless dedication to the athletics program. Presented to Sarah Hiller (for the second year in a row)
The Norman Palefski Memorial Award
Presented to Chaim Aryeh Rubin as the most outstanding Yeshiva University graduating male scholar-athlete
The SCW/SSSB Merit Award
Presented to Sarah Hiller as the most outstanding Yeshiva University graduating female scholar-athlete
Male Graduating Student-Athlete of the Year (Individual Sports)
Presented to Mikey Ozery for Men’s Tennis
Female Graduating Student-Athlete of the Year (Individual Sports)
Presented to Sara Dobkin for Women’s Fencing
Male Graduating Student-Athlete of the Year (Team Sports)
Presented to Joseph Grobman for Men’s Soccer
Female Graduating Student-Athlete of the Year (Team Sports)
Presented to Michal Alge for Women’s Basketball