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December 2013 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Monday, February 03, 2014

  Spotlight on

Tamir Hershko, Cal Irvine

Tamir Hershko (Hod Hasharon, Israel), a freshman at the University of California at Irvine, played in his first men's volleyball game at opposite for the number 1 ranked Anteaters on December 28th.  He led the team with 11 kills against the opponents from the University of British Colombia.


  Liat Zimmermann, Rice

 Beazant, Zimmermann and Zinko Advance at Longhorn Invite

November 10, 2013  -  Top-seed Natalie Beazant won in straight sets while Liat Zimmermann upset the fourth seed to the quarterfinals in the singles main flight at the Longhorn Invitational held at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin. Solomiya Zinko advanced in the second flight thanks to a bye to highlight first round action

Beazant dispatched Sydney Rider of Wisconsin 6-2, 6-2 in her opening match and faced Lina Padegimaite of the host Longhorns at 10:30 on Saturday. The winner of that match advance to the singles semifinals.

Zimmerman downed fourth-seeded Rebecca Pedrazzi of Wichita State, 6-2, 6-3 and faced Wisconsin's Lauren Burich.  Two days later,  Kimberly Anicete and Liat Zimmerman picked up the win in the consolation doubles final with an 8-5 triumph over UTSA's Isabelle Jonsson and Miriam Rosell Canudas.



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Nof Kedem - Northwestern University

Nof Kedem Gets A Chance To Meet With Chicago Jewish Community (VIDEO)

After getting the opportunity to play basketball at Northwestern University, it has been a challenge for Nof Kedem (Olesh, Israel) to juggle school, sports and being alone in Evanston, Illinois.  Having come from a very supportive family, Nof hasn't had it easy.  So when a Northwestern women's basketball supporter suggested that she meet with a group of local Jewish youngsters, Nof liked the idea.  Already a favorite with Northwestern's sizable Jewish fan base, Nof was the star of a gathering of Jewish fathers and daughters that made it to one of her games.  See the VIDEO.


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           Roni Balzam, Missouri State

Missouri State, TCU, start "Splash Bash" with quality racing

Teams begin meet with combined practice, end with free swim clinic

December 14, 2013   JENKS, Okla. - The Missouri State swimming team opened the 2013 Oklahoma Splash Bash at the Trojan Aquatic Center Saturday with several solid swims as the men won all 10 events contested and the women received victories from sophomore Dora Kiss and seniors Anna Ahlin and Renata Sander.

Through the first day of the meet, the MSU men lead TCU 133-53, while the women trail, 131-55.

Kiss claimed the 200-yard butterfly in a career-best and pool-record 1:51.31. Ahlin and Sander took the 100 backstroke in 57.47 and Sander the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.61 to lead the MSU women. Junior Roni Balzam (Ramat Yishay, Israel) was third in the 200 fly and also achieved a career-best 1:53.61.


                              Shira Shecht, Monmouth University

Shira Shecht (Pardessiya, Israel), after sitting on the bench for 2 years, has started to make her mark on the Monmouth University women's basketball team this year.  Shecht, a junior, is now starting at forward for the team and has scored as many as 20 points in a game against the University of Delaware.  Way to go, Shira!

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