Release: June 9, 2009
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to compete in women's tennis at Maccabiah Games
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
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.