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December 2012 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Wednesday, January 09, 2013




 Maxim Salitra

Oklahoma Christian University

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 21, 2012) – Former Oklahoma Christian player Maxim Salitra has been named as a student assistant tennis coach for the university’s men’s and women’s programs for the 2012-13 academic year.

Salitra, from Rehovot, Israel, graduated from OC this past April with a degree in finance. Salitra, who had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, received the OC President’s Medal at graduation. He was named as a NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2011.

Salitra played for the Eagles during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, going 5-16 in singles and 6-11 in doubles. He didn’t play the past two seasons but was a key figure in the OC men’s program nonetheless, serving as a fitness adviser in 2011 and 2012 under head coach Kris Miller. Salitra made the trip to the national tournament in Mobile, Ala., in May, and watched the Eagles win the program’s second NAIA championship.

He also served as the executive treasurer for OC’s Student Government Association during the 2011-12 school year and worked as an intern in Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller’s office from June 2011 to April 2012.

Before coming to OC, the 27-year-old Salitra attended Ankori School in Rishon Letzion, Israel, and was one of the top tennis players in his native country, reaching as high as No. 9 in Israel’s under-18 age-group rankings. He worked for more than two years as a teacher for the Israeli Tennis Federation.

He also served for three years in the Israeli Defense Forces, earning the rank of first sergeant.




                            Fahoum Fahoum

Link to a great video featuring 

Fahoum Fahoum of Quinnipiac University


Growing up in Haifa, Israel, Fahoum Fahoum learned at a very young age that the game of tennis can be used as a language and communicative tool.

Fahoum, a Palestinian-Arab-Muslim-Israeli, was ranked No. 1 in Israel when he was just 14. After many competitions and tournaments held worldwide, Fahoum was accepted into Quinnipiac University where he now pursues a career in marketing, while also balancing his time on the tennis courts where he represents not only QU, but his home country of Israel.

Israel Tennis Center israeltenniscenters.com/ 
Quinnipiac Men's Tennis quinnipiacbobcats.com/sports/mten/index





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

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge


Our Vision: 

The Israel Bridge will work to be the largest resource for connecting and developing relationships between Israelis and Americans.


Current activities: 

Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US and introducing them to local Jewish families. We have had over 80 athletes attending schools like UCLA, Ohio State, Temple, Northwestern, Duke, Maryland, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, Rutgers, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the University of San Francisco and many others.

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                                  Rebecca (Becky) Kopilovitch

USF Volleyball Places Three on WCC All-Academic Squad
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco women's volleyball team was recognized for its academic achievement with three women making the West Coast Conference All-Academic team, announced today.
Two USF set the standard of high grade point average, each earning a stellar mark of 3.96. Rebecca Kopilovitch (center of picture), a redshirt sophomore from Israel, and Valentina Zaloznik, a sophomore from Ljubno ob Savinji, Slovenia, both pace the 12 honorees and set the academic benchmark for the group. Kopilovitch excelled on the court as well and was named the WCC's Defensive Player of the Year for 2012.
Joining Kopilovitch and Zaloznik on the All-Academic team is senior Jocelyn Levig, who maintains a 3.78 gpa in her design classes while leading the Dons on the court in kills. Kopilovitch paced the team in digs with 522 while Zaloznik's 78 total blocks led the way for USF.
Seniors Alycia Cox and Leanna Ludes both earned their second-consecutive honorable mention nod to round out USF's student-athletes recognized for their work in the classroom. With a total tally of five, the Dons are only matched by San Diego for total number of women to be honored by the conference.
In order to be considered for the WCC all-academic team, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a sophomore or above in academic standing and provide a significant contribution to the team while on the court.



                             Naama Shafir, University of Toledo

CLEVELAND, OH - Senior Naama Shafir was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week by the league office on Monday.

Shafir's selection marks the fourth time this season that a Rocket has been picked as the MAC West Division Player of the Week. Senior Yolanda Richardson won the award following the week of Nov. 12-18, Shafir won the prize following the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2 and most recently junior Andola Dortch captured the honor following the week of Dec. 10-16.

Shafir was named the Toledo Invite Tournament MVP on Thursday-Friday, Dec. 20-21, averaging a team-high 18.5 ppg, a squad-best 6.5 apg, 1.5 rpg and 1.0 spg in wins against Evansville and Prairie View A&M.

Shafir was the only Rocket to score in double figures in both contests to earn tourney MVP accolades for the third time in as many tournaments this season. She opened last weekend with 12 points and a season-high 10 helpers, while committing no turnovers against the Purple Aces to record her fourth collegiate double-double. The following evening against the Panthers, she finished with a season-high 25 points, three assists, two boards and one steal to help UT extend its win streak to nine-consecutive games. With the PVA&M game still close in the waning moments of the first half, Shafir took control and tallied 12 of her team's final 13 points to break it open and give the home team an insurmountable lead at the intermission.

Overall this season, Shafir is contributing a team-high 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, a squad-best 5.6 assists and 1.9 steals in a team-high 28.0 minutes per game. She currently ranks second in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.3), tied for second in assists, seventh in scoring, 10th in free throw percentage (77.5%, 31-of-40), 11th in thefts, 15th in overall field goal percentage (42.5%, 51-of-120) and tied for 15th in three-point field goal percentage (36.1%, 13-of-36).

Shafir is returning to the Rockets for the 2012-13 campaign after being granted a medical hardship waiver from the MAC. She has one season of competition remaining before her five-year eligibility clock expires.

The Hoshaya, Israel native 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 117 consecutive games, is averaging 13.7 points, 5.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 30.1 minutes in her UT career.

The three-time All-MAC honoree currently sits third in Toledo annals in career free throws attempted (614), fourth in helpers (630), fifth in free throws made (472) and minutes played (3,518), tied for fifth in steals (189), seventh in points (1,598), eighth in scoring average and free throw percentage (76.9%, 472-of-614) and tied for ninth in field goals made (508) and field goals attempted (1,217).

Shafir and the MAC West Division leading Rockets return to the hardwood this weekend to wrap up their non-conference slate at the Georgia State Holiday Tournament in Atlanta. UT will face Atlantic 10 member Charlotte (8-2) in the opening round on Saturday, Dec. 29 at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena.  











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