April 2020 TIB Newsletter
Our Work Goes On
Even with the cancellation of college sports Spring season in 2020, we continue to work with athletes that want to start school in September 2020. As of this writing, the SAT tests have been cancelled in Israel and around the world but colleges are being more flexible with their admissions requirements. College coaches are responding to our athletes and we all hope schools start up again in the Fall. While nobody knows exactly how the next few months will look, it is business as usual for TIB.
Without any current events to write about at this crazy time, I would like to nominate the top 10 Israeli college athletes of all-time, based on their athletic accomplishments. Let me know if you think I missed anybody.
Tzipi Obziler, Old Dominion University
In 1995, Tzipi Obziler became the first and is still the only Israeli men's or women's tennis player to win a major college national championship. She won 12 matches over 9 days to take the Women's Clay Court Championships, one of college tennis' four major tournaments at the time. She accomplished this even though Israel did not have any clay courts for her to practice on while she was growing up. Tzipi later played many years on the WTA tour and competed for Israel at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Doron Shefer, University of Connecticut
Doron Sheffer was a Guard for the Huskies basketball team from 1993 – 1996. He is the only
player from UConn to score 1,000 points and add over 500 assists in three
varsity seasons and he was Big East Conference Rookie of the Year in
1993-94. Doron, along with fellow Israeli Nadav Henefeld, is a member of the UConn Basketball All Century Team.
Gal Nevo, Georgia Tech University
Gal Nevo's impressive swimming career at Georgia Tech included two ACC Swimmer of the Year awards, two All-American awards, National runner-up finishes in the 400IM in 2009 and 2010, as well as being named to the 2009-10 the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Gal competed for Israel in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and still holds 4 records in the Georgia Tech record books.
Laetitia Beck, Duke University
A two-time All-America as a junior and senior ... became
just the 11th Duke golfer to earn All-ACC accolades in each of her four years
... totaled 45 rounds of even or under par over her career, which ranks tied
fifth on Duke’s career record charts ... her 73.58 stroke average ranks as the 10th
best in school history for a career ... played in 125 career rounds to rank
10th at Duke ... the first native of Israel to compete in an LPGA event when
she played in the 2011 CN Canadian Open and finished tied for 70th. Laetitia continues to play on the LPGA circuit.
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Top 10 Israeli College Athletes of All-Time
University of Southern California
The University of Southern California men's tennis team finished the D1 2020 season ranked #1, with Israeli Daniel Cukierman (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) at #1 in the country. This is the top US college achievement for Israeli men's tennis ever. On April 28th, Cukierman was named All-American in both singles and doubles, completing an extraordinary year.
Michael Kogan, Tulane University
C-USA Championships. He was the C-USA Conference player of the year all 4 years and took his team to the NCAA Championship tournament 3 years. In his senior year, he reached both the NCAA singles final and the doubles final.
Yuval Katz, University of Hawaii
Yuval Katz led the University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team to consecutive NCAA Championship tournament appearances including a national runner-up finish in 1996, the same year he was named AVCA Player of the Year. He was also named AVCA Newcomer of the Year in 1995. A two-time All-American, he completed his career with 1,444 kills, a school-record 7.81 kills per set average, 100 service aces, and a hitting percentage of .394. He and his teammates created statewide frenzy, playing before numerous sell-out crowds while averaging more than 7,500 fans per match in 1996.
Naama Shafir, University of Toledo
2011, Naama Shafir, a junior guard, poured in a career-high 40 points to lead
the University of Toledo to victory in the Women’s National Invitation
Tournament championship over USC. She was crowned the basketball tournament’s
MVP. As an Orthodox Jewish woman, she had to walk home after the game in order to preserve the Sabbath. Read more about Shafir in the article published by The Foward.
Nadav Henefeld, University of Connecticut
Nadav Henefeld was a Forward for the UConn Huskies during the 1989 – 1990
“Dream Season.” Nadav is a member of the UConn Basketball All Century
Team. He was selected as the player and rookie of the year, was Big East
Conference Rookie of the Year and set an all time National Collegiate
Athletic Association freshman record with 138 steals, which also stands as
a UConn single season record. See his entry here in the UConn Hall of Fame.
Guy Barnea, University of California, Berkeley
Barnea attended UC Berkeley, where he studied Business Administration and was an All-American in men's swimming for the Golden Bears. He was named First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic in both 2009 and 2010. He was a member of Cal's 2010 NCAA champion 200m free (anchor leg), 200m medley (backstroke leg), and 400m medley (backstroke leg) relay teams. At the 2010 NCAA Swimming Championships, he came in third in the 100m backstroke with a time of 46.23. He represented Israel at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.