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.
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