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For Immediate Release: June 9, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Leibowicz to compete in women's tennis at Maccabiah Games

Maccabiah Games Website

VESTAL, N.Y.--Rising sophomore women's tennis player Emma Leibowicz will compete in the Maccabiah Games, which will be held in Jerusalem from July 12-23. Out of the many who tried out to represent the United States, Leibowicz is one of only six players heading to Israel. She will compete in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles tournaments during the competition.

"We are very happy for Emma," head coach Mike Stevens said. "This is a great opportunity for her and we know she will represent us well."

The Maccabiah Games is an international Jewish athletic event similar to the Olympics. First established in 1932, the Maccabiah Games have been a quadrennial event since 1957. They are held in Israel every four years under the auspices of the Maccabi Federation, a part of the Maccabi World Union. Although primarily for Jewish athletes, Arab Israelis can also participate. Sanctioned by both the International Olympic Committee and World Federation of Sports, the Maccabiah Games is one of the five largest sporting events in the world by participation.

In her freshman season at Binghamton, Leibowicz earned first-team all-conference honors at No. 2 doubles (along with rising junior Yulia Smirnova). She was part of a Bearcat squad that won a school record 17 matches and was the runner up at the America East Tournament for the second straight season.

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