Fuchs Mizrachi School graduates Jeremy Seftel and Robby Rubin led Yeshiva University’s tennis team to one of its best seasons in history as the Maccabees finished 13-3 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
“It was a very strong season. We had a goal, practiced for it and reached it,” Seftel said.
Seftel, the team captain, won the Coach’s Award for Outstanding Player at the school’s sports banquet award dinner.
The Maccabees fell to No. 20 Skidmore College of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in the tournament, 5-0.
Rubin and Charles Saka lost at No. 3 doubles, 8-0. Rubin lost 6-1 and was trailing 4-0 in the second set when Skidmore won the tournament.
Seftel and Dmitri Lebedyev were defeated at No. 2 doubles, 8-1. Seftel also was defeated at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-0.
“We were a little bummed but very proud to be part of school history,” said Seftel, a spring graduate.
Rubin, who will be a senior in the fall, said, “For us it was an experience we never thought we’d get to do.”
Seftel was 12-2 this season, while Rubin went 11-2.
Seftel, who graduated with a major in business management, is coaching tennis at Ramapo College in New Jersey He is the son of Allen and Carol Seftel of Beachwood.
Rubin, an English major, is taking summer classes at John Carroll University in University Heights and working as an intern in the creative department at American Greetings. His parents are Dale and Marcie Rubin of University Heights.
The Maccabees advanced to the NCAA tournament was a 5-0 victory over Mount St. Mary College April 30 to win Skyline Conference championship. Mount St. Mary had defeated the Maccabees, 5-4, earlier in the season.
Rubin described the victory in the rematch of the two teams as “sweet revenge.”