The Flatbush Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball teams needed a total of 6 games combined to sweep both ends of a JV/Varsity doubleheader on Wednesday night (11/29), defeating the HAFTR Hawks by scores of 2-1 and 3-0 respectively at the Long Island school in Lawrence, NY.
The JV contest was first, and the Falcons came in with much confidence, riding a four game winning streak that started with the opening game of the season. The JV’s were focused from the outset of the match, took control early behind the leadership of Co-Captain Danielle Tawil and cruised to the 21-13 opening game win.
The young Flatbush girls got complacent, though, and lost focus in game number two. As a result, they gave away their edge. They fell behind and never found their groove. HAFTR found some life and evened the match with a 16-21 win.
With the pressure now on, the Falcons regrouped and elevated their level of play. Esty Vizgan served with great consistency, and Freshmen Ruthy Dwek played like an experienced veteran. Flatbush made quick work of their hosts in the deciding game, securing the win with a 21-9 victory.
Head Coach Irene Eisdorfer was please and proud of her JV squad. “Danielle had great serves and was a real leader, and her fellow Sophomore Esty Vizgan was amazing serving the ball. Of the Freshman, Ruthy Dwek is really coming along nicely in all aspects of the game. I was also very impressed with Adelle Ayash. She is confident and not nervous on the court. And, Rita Scaba has great potential. If they continue to play like this, they can accomplish great things!”
The Varsity took the momentum from the JV win and ran with hit. They dominated the Hawks from the first serve of the match, and they never looked back. Nanda Mosseri had her best serving game of her career, and she was complimented by fellow Senior Marlo Dayon who may have turned in her best game as a Falcon ever! For Mosseri, she served consistently, with power and control. HAFTR struggled just to get their hands on her serves, let alone make quality returns on them. Like the JV’s, the Varsity also took the opening game by a score of 21-13.
Unlike the JV’s, the Varsity kept their feet on the pedals, never letting up. Sally Missry took some time to find her groove, but her play improved as the night progressed. And, Jessica Vaysman’s hard work finally began to coalesce. She received the ball with confidence, and controlled its direction with strong bumping skills. She also served with consistency, leading to a run of Flatbush points. The Falcons took game two with ease, 21-12.
The Falcons were rolling now, and they showed it in what would be the final game of the night. Michelle Dweck was glad to be back on the court after finally recovering from an injury, and it showed in her play. And last but not least, the team also welcomed back the return of Becky Warren. With everything now in order off the court, Warren was clearly back in her element, and her teammates were very happy to have her alongside for the ride. Flatbush closed out the Hawks in style, with a 21-8 win.
“Wow! That is what I expected from this group coming into this season,” said a happy and exhausted Coach Eisdorfer. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Every serve and bump were good. I could not be happier for our girls!”
NEST NOTES: The JV team moved to 5-0 on the season. They are in sole possession of the top spot in the Eastern Division of the MYHSAL, with three games left on the season.
Both teams will face a tough test in their next contest, which comes on Tuesday, December 5, when the two teams travel to Long Island for a JV/Varsity doubleheader with the always dangerous SKA Lightning. The JV game is scheduled for a 7:15 pm start with the Varsity to follow shortly afterwards.