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November 2012 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Wednesday, January 09, 2013





                Amit Inbar,  Brown University

PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown head men's tennis coach David Schwarz has announced the hiring of Amit Inbar as an assistant coach with the program. Inbar comes to Brown after spending the 2011-12 season as a volunteer assistant coach at UCLA.

A 2011 graduate of UCLA, with a degree in International Development Studies, Inbar was a three-year member of the men's tennis team (2009-2011) after competing for the University of Maryland in 2008-09. While at UCLA, Inbar competed in two NCAA Championships, advancing to the Second Round of the 2011 Singles Championship and to the Round of 16 in the 2010 Doubles Championship, earning All-America honors. The Bruins' MVP in 2010, Inbar was a recipient of a PAC-10 post-graduate scholarship in 2011. He was also a two-time Second Team All-Pac-10 honoree, earning recognition in both 2010 and 2011. In three years at UCLA, Inbar accumulated 69 singles wins and 71 doubles victories, ending his career ranked 50th in the nation in singles and 66th in doubles.

A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, Inbar served three years (2003-2007) in the Israeli Army (Air Force Division). He has also worked as a Tennis Instructor at several clubs and camps since the summer of 2009.



                 Laetitia Beck, Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. – The final Golf World/WGCA Division I College Women’s Coaches’ Poll of the 2012 fall season was released on Monday with Duke listed No. 3 nationally. In four tournaments this fall, the Blue Devils turned in two second place ledgers, while also placing fourth and sixth.

Southern California remained the No. 1 team in the nation followed by Washington, Duke, Florida, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, North Carolina and Vanderbilt in the top 10.

Duke concluded the fall with a second place finish at the Landfall Tradition. The Blue Devils were down by only one stroke after the first round and held a four-stroke lead mid-way through the second round before the final two rounds were cancelled due to inclement weather from hurricane Sandy. In the season-opener, Duke turned in a second place ledger at the Cougar Classic.

The Blue Devils were led by the trio of senior
Lindy Duncan, freshman Celine Boutier and junior Laetitia Beck during the fall. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan posted a team-best 71.60 stroke average and notched three top 10 placements. Boutier, who is from Montrouge, France, collected a 73.50 stroke average, one top five and two top 20 finishes. Along with four rounds of even or under par, Beck totaled a 73.80 stroke average and two top 20 placements.




Kosta Blank's Blog from the UNCW Tennis Team

The Blank Page: Installment #2

Courtesy: UNCW Sports Information

Reaching New Heights, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

Well, it's about time to tell you about our last trip to the ITA Regionals, where the best players in the region came to compete in Cary, N.C. The Regionals are considered one of the most important tournaments of the fall since it's the best opportunity to play players that are nationally ranked and it serves as the qualifier for the National Indoors. It has been on our calendar for a while and we felt ready to come and compete "Seahawk Style."

This year the tournament started unusually early - we had matches Thursday morning, which meant that we had to leave Wednesday at Noon in order to have some time to practice up in Cary. The facility that was chosen for the event, Cary Tennis Park, has about 30 courts and appeared to be extremely nice; however there were no free courts to practice on Wednesday afternoon and Coach made a strategic decision to practice on N.C. State's courts. After we grabbed some dinner at an Italian restaurant by NC State's campus (where Pedro semi-jokingly complained about the classical music that was playing at the restaurant) we had to split.

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Ross Greenstein
, Scholarship for Athletes President and Founder of The Israel Bridge

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge


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         Naama Shafir - University of Toledo 


ATLANTA, GA - Senior Naama Shafir has been named to the 2012-13 Naismith Women's Early Season Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced over the weekend. Shafir is the lone representative from the Mid-American Conference to make the prestigious list.

The 50 player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012-13 season. The Naismith Women's College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded on April 8, 2012 in New Orleans.

Shafir is beginning her fifth season as the director of the Rockets' attack in 2012-13. The four-time Preseason All-MAC West Division honoree is contributing 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, a squad-best 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals in a team-high 33.0 minutes through the first two games this season.

Shafir is returning to the Rockets for the 2012-13 campaign after being granted a medical hardship waiver from the Mid-American Conference. The three-time All-MAC selection has one season of competition remaining before her five-year eligibility clock expires.

Shafir was lost for the final 30 contests of the 2011-12 campaign after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee during UT's 69-58 win at Big Ten member Indiana (Nov. 25).

Shafir, who has started 108 consecutive games, is averaging 13.6 points, 5.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 30.3 minutes in her UT career.

The Hoshaya, Israel native currently sits fourth in UT annals in assists (577), fifth in free throws made (441), eighth in points (1,470), tied for eighth in steals (173), tied for ninth in scoring average (13.6 ppg), 10th in minutes played (3,276) and tied for 10th in free-throw percentage (76.6%, 441-of-576).

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. In March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.

The Naismith women's Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the women's college basketball player of the year.

Shafir and the Rockets (1-1) return to the hardwood on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when they battle Mountain West Conference member Colorado State. The opening tip against the Rams is slated for 7:00 p.m. (MT) in Moby Arena.

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. In March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.

The Naismith women's Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the women's college basketball player of the year.



                                  May Dayan, Temple University


PHILADELPHIA – With over 56 percent shooting in the second half, Temple women's basketball was able to put away Seton Hall (2-1) and come away with a 54-38 win over its future BIG EAST rival. Victoria Macaulay notched her second double-double for the Owls (2-1) in three games with a game-high 16 points to go with a game-high 13 rebounds.

Macaulay was the only double-figure scorer for Temple, but seven other Owls also got on the board including five with six points or more. Rateska Brown came off the bench for eight points and three steals, while May Dayan hit 2-of-3 from behind the arc and finished with seven points.












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