The Flatbush Varrsity Boys Volleyball team opened its season Monday night (3/13) on the right foot, winning three straight sets after dropping the opener to defeat the Kushner Cobras on their home court in Livingston, NJ.
This newest edition of Falcon Volleyballers has been preparing for this day since the fall, hoping to get a head start on a season in which the team looks much improved on paper, as the returning players like Sammy Burekhovich and Yair Aiash have s few years of competition under their belts, and a crop of Senior rookies have begun to buy in to the promise of the season under the third year of leadership of Co-Head Coaches Abie Silvers and Charles Harary. But, the team did not count on an impending snowstorm and the delays it coused in getting through NYC on the way to Centtal Jersey. The team arrived after 8 pm (the originally scheduled start time), and by the time they found any rhythm at all, they were trailing the match one game to none, and needing to regroup fast.
The Falcons did just that, taking control of game number two from the outset and sprinting out to an early lead, riding the front line play of Burekhovich and Albert Dweck, while getting strong backcourt digs from Aiash and Morris Matalon – a very pleasant surprise for the Flatbush coaches. More importantly, the Falcon servers efficiently placed nearly every serve in play, with Rookie Senior Teddy Beyda showing a penchant for consistency and along with deep ball placement. The Boys from Brooklyn closed out the second game by a score of 21-13, evening the match and holding all the momentum.
Flatbush rode that momentum through the remainder of the match, Games three and four went just like game two, Flatbush jumped out to a lead, Kushner stemmed the tide, then Flatbush strung together another run of points, putting the game virtually out of reach. The Cobras would batled down the stretch, but it would fall short. Along the way, the Falcons found floor leadership from old and new places. Veteran player Jason Dayan directed traffic with confidence and poise while Rookie Senior Elliot Shammah demonstrated he will be a great source of game control as a setter. The Falcons took game three, 21-15 and then followed up with the closer, 21-17 in the fourth and final set.
The coaches were very pleased with the effort in the season opener. “The Boys banded together for a good ‘W’, they were scrappy and had to assert themselves after falling behind, but it’s nice to open the season off 1-0.” It most cetainly is!
NEST NOTES: The game was not only the seasdon opener for the Falcons, it was the season opener for the entire MYHSAL.
The Varsity Boys will get hte opportunity to tae what they learned from the opeing win obver Kusher and put it back in action, as the boys will be back on the floor in just two days, as they host HAFTR in their home opener on Wednesday night, 3/15, at the Aux Nest. Game time is 7:00 pm.