The Flatbush Varsity Boys Volleyball team had its full complement of players on hand, and the Falcons took the game right to their HAFTR guests from start to finish on their way to a straight sets victory Wednesday night (3/15) in the Aux Nest in Brooklyn, NY.
The game marked the debut of Senior Kevin Haddad, and he put his imprint on the game from the start, opening the scoring for Flatbush with a beautiful drink just over the reach of the HAFTR front line players. From there, it was a game of service runs for the Falcons, putting together scoring streaks for Jason Dayan, Haddad and Sammy Burekhovich, the last preserved by some beautiful passing between Captains Yair Aiash and Elliot Shammah with Aiash finishing things with a deftly placed game-winning dink to close out the first set 21-13.
Burekhovich opened game two establishing his front line presence with a smash that was returned out of bounds. Jason Dayan again showed skill with the serve utilizing great ball placement for 5 straight points. Nex to show off his skills was Teddy Beyda, pulling out a beautiful dig on a dying ball, going low for a looping return that left the Hawks standing around in awe as he took the serve right back. But Flatbush lost its rhythm, giving up a commanding 11-6 lead. In the blink of an eye, the momentum swung and HAFTR took a 14-11 lead before Flatbush could stop the bleeding. Flatbush regrouped, and slowly climbed back into the set, and took the lead back at 18-17 on a Burekhovich block, but it swung back in favor of the Hawks at 19-18. A Shammah dink on the second hit knotted it again. And, Burekhovich put the game away serving the last two points, helped by a well placed Aiash return, to take game two by the score of 21-19.
HAFTR was up 8-4 in the third set before a Morris Matalon-Elliot Shammah-Sammy Burekhovich connection took back the serve, and Flatbush then went on to cut the lead to 1. Next, consecutive sets by Dayan to Aiash for spikes gave the Falcons the lead at 11-10. Beyda, his form still intact, served the Falcons to a 16-12 lead, with help from strong digs and Burekhovich spikes. The serve eventually came back around to Dayan at 17-14, and three quick aces from the master server put Flatbush on the brink of victory. But, HAFTR staved it off and closed to 20-18 before an Alan Mograby bump was finished off by one more Burekhovich power drive, allowing Flatbush to close out the straight sets victory with a 21-18 win in the decisive set.
NEST NOTES: The Falcons now have a few weeks off to prepare for their final game before the Pesach break when they make the trek to Great Neck, NY for a matchup with their counterparts from North Shore. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, 4/5, with first serve at 7:30 pm.