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Varsity Volleyball Stays Perfect on the Season

Varsity Volleyball Stays Perfect on the Season
Posted on 04/08/2019
Varsity Volleyball Stays Perfect on the Season

The Flatbush Varsity Boys Volleyball Team closed out the home portion of their 2019 schedule with a win over a very tough HAFTR squad on Monday night (4/8), needing four sets to put away the Hawks - including two that were decided in extra points - winning by a score of 3-1 at the Aux Nest in Brooklyn, NY.

 pre game

Flatbush came in to the match with a great amount of confidence, and with a nearly full squad on hand for Coaches Abie Silvers and Charles Harary. Flatbush then proceeded to jump out to the early 7- 1 lead, behind great front line passing, spikes from Leon Ades, dinks from Victor Terzi and an amazing backline dig from Jakey Tawil. A kick save from Michael Dayan gave Flatbush a 16-5 advantage. Setter Ricky Sasson’s block at the net stopped a three point Hawk run. Dayan’s play from the back line and another Terzi scoring hit helped secure the first set for Flatbush, 21-10.

 Leon Ades Spikes Victor Terzi Dinks

After Flatbush evened the second set at 3-3, HAFTR ran off five straight points to take an 8-3 lead, causing Coach Harary to call for timeout to refocus his Falcons. It was a positive move, as Sasson dinked the ball on the ensuing play to take control back for Flatbush. But, the Hawks maintained control, and soon held a 14-6 lead. Flatbush closed to 14-12 with great play from Dayan, Sasson and reserve Michael Escava. Flatbush trailed 17-14 and had a chance to get closer, but could not convert a few free balls. HAFTR soon moved out to a 19-15 lead and looked close to evening the match. The Falcons showed life, though, riding Sasson’s serves to close to 19-18 and generating a Hawks timeout. Flatbush soon earned set point, but hit the ball into the net. It was all even at 20-20. Flatbush won back the serve on the next point. Coach Silvers then inserted Escava to serve the Falcons home, and he did just that. Set two went to the comeback Falcons, 22-20.

 Sasson Sets at the net Michael Escava celebrates with his teammates

Sasson was setting the ball up, and Alan Sassoon and Victor Terzi were knocking it down as Flatbush moved out to a 6-1 lead in the third set. Up 8-3, silvers subbed in Seniors Michael Gammal and Jack Rosow. For Rosow, it was his first action of his high school career, and he nearly got one down right off the bat, but HAFTR rallied to close to 8-7 before Flatbush took back the serve. Rosow eventually put down a spike for a Flatbush 12-7 lead. HAFTR answered, though, and again closed the gap to just two points, prompting a Falcons timeout. Rosow responded with two monster spikes, but he also had a pair of miss hit balls, and it was soon a one-point game. Sasson play at the net gave Flatbush back its two-point advantage at 16-14. Flatbush moved out to an 18-14 lead on a great Gammal block at the net. Freddy Salem struck a deep-placed ball which moved to the brink. But, now it was HAFTR’S turn for late heroics. The Hawks came back to tie the game at 20-20. HAFTR eventually took the advantage, but Flatbush kept plugging away. It was the Hawks that got the two-point advantage, though, securing set three by a score of 27-25 and sending the match to a fourth set.

 Jack Rosow Spikes Jack Rosow Celebrates

HAFTR had the momentum, and opened up a 5-1 lead to start set number four. At 6-2, the coaches inserted Rosow, who immediately lifted up the Falcons by putting down the ball, scoring for Flatbush. Net play from Dayan and Terzi and solid serving from another first-time player in Michael Smouha swung the lead to Flatbush. Soon the Falcons had an 11-7 advantage, and it was HAFTR that wanted timeout. Dayan and Terzi were in sync, though, and soon Flatbush extended the lead to 14-7. Dayan kept winning balls at the net, as Flatbush moved out to a 17-9 lead, generating a final Hawks timeout. Salem and Sasson scored at the net to get Flatbush to 19 points. HAFTR ran off four points to put the pressure on, but Flatbush finally returned a ball that the Hawks could not handle. The Falcons took the fourth set, 21-13, and the match, 3-1.

 Michael Dayan dinks Victor Terzi spikes it home
Game Over

NEST NOTES: The Boys Varsity Volleyball Team is now a perfect 4-0 on the season, with all of those wins coming in the friendly confines of the Falcons home court, the Aux Nest. Four games remain on the season, all of them on the road. The Boys have a lot of time to prepare for the stretch run, as they will have over three weeks before their next game, a road at the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov Eagles on Tuesday, April 30 (the second day back after the Peasch break). Game time at the Lawrence, NY school is 7:30 pm.

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