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JV Volleyball Wins Three-Set Thriller

JV Volleyball Wins Three-Set Quarterfinal Thriller
Posted on 02/05/2019

The Flatbush JV Girls Volleyball Team opened the playoffs on Tuesday night (2/5) with an exciting three-set victory over a very talented SAR Sting squad, coming back to take the final two sets after dropping the opener to advance to the MYHSAL Semifinals after the 2-1 win at the Aux nest in Brooklyn, NY.

 Ayash Drives the ball

In the world of MYHSAL JV Volleyball, it all starts with serving, and that was 100% clear from the way this contest played out. Flatbush, having finished second in the Eastern Division earned the home game, and welcomed in the SAR Sting who finished third in the very competitive Western Division. Serving is a premium quality, and it showed from the outset.

SAR got quality serving to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Meanwhile, Flatbush got solid serving from Trina Cayre and Rochelle Hafif to pull even at 11-11. But at 15-15, the Sting went on a 5-point run, eventually taking set 1 by a score of 21-16.

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Flatbush needed to regroup, and they needed to do it quickly. They took the early 1-0 lead on a Ruthy Dwek serve, but SAR soon swung the lead to their advantage. Solid returns from Hafif, Cayre and Renee Cohen on a long rally pulled Flatbush even at 7-7. Cohen then evened the game again at 10-10 with two powerful serves. Cayre was handed the ball next and served the Falcons to the lead at 14-12 leading SAR to call for a timeout. A Cayre ace out of the timeout added to the Flatbush lead. The Falcons kept rolling with great net play from Hafif and Adele Ayash to move out to an 18-12 lead before yielding the serve back to the Sting. SAR scored three straight points before Flatbush took back control. Head Coach Irene Eisdorfer then turned towards her bench for a lift. She inserted Marcelle Sasson who responded, getting Flatbush one point away from the win. SAR put the next serve in the net for the final Falcon point. Flatbush took set two, 21-16, to send the match to a decisive third set.

 return overhand drive

SAR started set number three serving the first point in the net, and everything went downhill for the Sting from there. Dwek, who has been a rock-solid server for Flatbush all season long, ripped of 6 more points - including back-to-back aces - to take a 7-0 lead and generating a Sting timeout. Dwek hit two more low line power drive serves before SAR finally got on the board at 9-1. The Falcons immediately got the ball back, and then scored their 11th point on Cayre’s serve, leading the teams to changing ends with the Falcons in control 11-1. Cayre kept it going from the new side for another point before yielding the serve. But, Flatbush took it right back again, and a brilliant drive from Dwek made it 14-2.

 Dwek serves a winner

SAR was completely out of rhythm and could not get their serves to fall in at all. A strong block from Sarah Benun was put down by a Dwek spike to keep the pressure on and preserve Hafif’s serve, moving Flatbush to a commanding 19-3 lead. Coach Eisdorfer then went to her bench to get some of her rookies playoff experience. The Falcons won the next two points to close out the set 21-3, and the match 2-1, earning a well-deserved berth in the Semifinals and a date with the top-seeded and mighty Maayanot Rapids.

 Dwek spikes Celebration!

Coach Eisdorfer could not have been prouder of her Falcons. “This was a very good team we beat tonight. SAR is well coached and they are fundamentally sound. But our girls never gave up. They stayed focused, and when it mattered most we made big plays. What a great win for us!”

Team of winners

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