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Sophomore Jamie Henikoff qualified for the United States Maccabiah tennis team, which will represent the U.S. at the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
The Maccabiah Games are held every four years. Over 40 countires will participate in this year's games, which run from June 25 to July 14.
"I'm really excited about it," Henikoff said. "Four years ago, I tried out for the team and didn't make it."
"She's put in a lot of work," Harvard Coach Ed Krass said. "She's definitely at the top of her game. It's good to see one of the Harvard players do well in January. She made a commitment to train harder over the break. She should do very well."
In her first match, Henikoff captured a 6-2, 6-3 decision to move into a second-round match against Andrea Berger, the number-three player on the University of Florida's ladder.
Henikoff lost a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Berger and entered the consolation round. One more loss and Henikoff would be eliminated from the tournament.
In her first consolation match, Henikoff defeated Penn's Andrea Skowitz, 6-2, 6-3, then crushed Yale's Jennifer Brown, 6-3, 6-2.
Her next match was against Stanford's Cyndy Buschbaum, who transferred to Stanford after a successful first-year stint at Harvard. While at Harvard, Buschbaum played at the number-two position. At Stanford, she helped the Cardinal capture the 1988 NCAA title.
Henikoff blanked Buschbaum in the first set, 6-0, and was on her way to winning the second set before Buschbaum retired with an injury. Henikoff led, 4-3, before Buschbaum suffered a leg injury.
"It always feels good to beat players from [top] schools. It gives the team a little more recogniztion," Henikoff said.
Henikoff pulled out a 6-2, 7-6 victory against Ericka Winston of Miami University to qualify for the team.
"The last match was the hardest," Henikoff said. "I just played really well and got to make the team. Both of us knew the winner would go. I won the first set set really easily. She got up 3-0 and I got a little worried."
Henikoff rallied to take a 5-4 lead in the second set was two match points away from winning. She eventually won the set and match in the tiebreaker.
NCAA Rules: The NCAA Rules Committee voted down a proposal to implement a tie-breaking procedure for college football. However, the committee did add two new rules and altered several others.
The committee banned the use of kicking tees on field goals and extra points. The committee also changed the option of assessing a penalty after a scoring play. If a penalty occurs after a touchdown, teams now have the option of having penalties assessed on either the point-after attempt or the ensuring kickoff.
Statistics helped the committee's decision to ban kicking tees. In the last 30 years, point-after-touchdown accuracy has gone from 68 percent to 95.8 percent.
"The percentages will definitely go down," Harvard kicker Alan Hall said. "The field goals won't be guaranteed anymore. From a kicker's standpoint, they're going to be upset by it. It's such a big change without the tee."
Other minor rule changes included:
Reducing taunting: Players who point fingers or hands at an opponent will be charged with unsportsmanlike conduct. If you watched college football the last couple of years, then you know this rule is needed.
Now they should get rid all of the dancing on the field.
Reducing crowd-noise delays: Defensive teams will be penalized five yards after the first charged timeout. Before the new rule was accepted, defensive teams could only be penalized after all of its timeouts had been used.
Reducing injuries: Officials will now be able to blow the ball dead if a player simulates being down. Defensive players can't continuously contact opponents above the shoulders.
Equipment changes: Yellow or other colored mouthpieces will be allowed. Twenty-five second clocks will be mandatory by 1990. Players may not alter their uniforms with knots or other protrusions.
Basketball: Yale freshman Ed Petersen was named the season's first Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Petersen led the Elis with 22 points in their 83-80 win over Brown. Petersen has a 93.5 accuracy rate from the free throw line.
Yale's Randi Meber was named the women's Ivy Player of the Week. Meber led the Elis past Brown, 58-56, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 boards. Cornell's Angie Rodriguez earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
Quote of the Week: "One year at Arkansas we beat Oklahoma [31-6] in the Orange Bowl and the state put out a commemorative stamp with my face on it. I was impressed. The next year, we lost to Texas and people were spitting on the wrong side of the stamp."--Notre Dame football Coach Lou Holtz discussing his days as the Head Coach of Arkansas football team.
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