LAU athletes add titles to the university’s trophy wall
LAU’s basketball, handball and futsal teams, and top tennis players won further national recognition at various recent sports events.
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Three teams and two individual players won further national recognition for LAU athletics by taking first place in recent inter-university sports events.
LAU’s basketball, handball and futsal (indoor football) teams competed in a series of rigorous qualifying games that ended with their first championships during the annual University Sports Conference (USC), which began in mid-November and ended in summer.
LAU also savored another round of victories in the 2011 Lebanese Federation of University Sports (FSUL) national tennis championships.
The LAU Captains, the Byblos-campus basketball varsity team, won the Men’s Basketball University Sports Conference (MBUSC) championship on June 4. This triumph came after a series of almost-wins, finishing second place in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
Noting LAU’s emphasis on “excellence in everything we do,” coach and Director of Athletics at LAU Byblos Joe Moujaes stresses his team’s determination “to bring to fruition three years of dedication and hard work.” He adds: “The hard work paid off.”
The LAU Captains defeated AUB, USEK, USJ, Antonine University and Haigazian University (as well as LAU Beirut’s team, the Sailors) and in the finals beat Balamand University 2–0.
Samer Meshref, who won the Most Valuable Player award, attributed this success to the team members “all playing in one spirit, and all for one name — LAU.”
Another intercollegiate national championship was earned by the LAU Beirut-campus women’s futsal team at the USC Futsal League. This championship title — the team’s first — crowned a series of wins against AUB, USJ, Balamand University, Antonine University, and LAU Byblos. In their title win on May 20, LAU beat Antonine University 3–0.
Coach Oscar Boustany credits the victory to the team’s youth, dynamism and commitment throughout the season. “What distinguishes our players is their team spirit, not to mention their amazing individual talents,” says Boustany.
Also in May, the LAU handball team won the USC, in their first participation in the championship. After having defeated USJ and Balamand University, the LAU team triumphed over AUB by five goals in the final game.
Commenting on the performance of the winning teams, Director of Athletics and instructor at LAU’s Beirut campus Sami Garabedian says: “All our players gave their best throughout the year and they’ve certainly made LAU proud.”
During the 2011 FSUL national tennis championships in May, Rami Alayli, the university’s top-ranking player, defended his 2010 national men’s singles title and won the championship.
At the same championships, Reine Alameh earned her first intercollegiate title when she beat fellow LAU player Anastasia Kuvalina two sets to one in a game hosted at the Lebanese University’s Hadath campus. Alameh has also been selected to represent Lebanon in the upcoming Universiade, an international university sporting event, to be held in Shenzhen, China, in August.
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