The Flatbush Girls Volleyball Teams closed out the regular season on Thursday night (2/1), with the JV prevailing in a 3-setter, 2-1, while the Varsity fell, 3-1, at the Aux Nest in Brooklyn, NY.
The JV’s opened the night’s contests, and it looked like they might run away and hide right from the start. Ruthy Dwek had a beautiful return for a point and served for two more to stake Flatbush to early 7-1 lead. Esti Vizgan and Barbara Dayan combined for a return to make the score 12-6. But, HAFTR then ripped off 10 straight points before serving the ball out to take a 16-13 lead. Dwek soon served the Falcons even at 18. Then, a controversial missed call on a HAFTR ball played off the wall that would have gotten Flatbush back even at 19 was ruled a replay. The Hawks took advantage, and served the next two points to take set 1, 21-18.
With 1st Place on the line and facing defeat, Alice Franco staked the Falcons to a 9-5 lead. A Danielle Tawil set for a Rochelle Hafif finish added to the total and sparked a HAFTR timeout at 10-6, which Flatbush scored out of to add to their lead. Vizgan rolled for 4 Straight service points for a 14-6 lead before giving control back to the Hawks. HAFTR responded with 5 straight points of their own. It was now 14-11, Flatbush. Dayan then came up with the big hit of the day, finishing a return to take service back at 19-15. Dayan then served out the set to even the match at 1-1, setting up a third and decisive set.
Set three was a back and forth affair, before Franco strung together a run of service winners for a 10-5 lead. Vizgan followed with 4 service points and Adele Ayash scored one of her own for a 17-9 lead. The teams exchanged points the rest of the way, but that was to Flatbush’s advantage. When the Hawks final serve did not clear the net, the game was over. Flatbush was victorious by a score of 21-14, winning the match 3 games to 2, and securing at least a share of first place in the Eastern Division for the second season in a row!
The Varsity team stepped out on to the court next, with the team’s three Seniors doing so for the final time as Flatbush Falcons. Senior Fernanda Mosseri started things strong with a powerful service winner. The teams then went back and forth with neither having a lead greater than one until the Falcons strung three together behind Senior Jessica Vaysman’s serves for a 17-14 lead. However, the Hawks soon pulled even at 18-18. At 19-19, Mosseri came up with a big winner, and Sally Missry hit a service ace to bring home set number 1, 21-19.
Things would not go well for the Falcons after that. The second set saw HAFTR take an early 4-0 lead as Flatbush napped to open the set. Mosseri answered with strong serves to even the score at 4 before relinquishing the service back to the Hawks. HAFTR again reasserted themselves, and moved out to an 11-6 lead. Vaysman closed to 11-9 before giving HAFTR back the ball. Missry pulled Flatbush even at 15, them continued on for one more point before HAFTR again took the ball back even at 16-16. HAFTR advanced to 20-17, then finished the set when a Falcon hit landed just out of bounds, giving the Hawks the win, and evening the contest at 1 set apiece.
In the third set, Senior Marlo Dayon gave Flatbush it’s first lead of more than one with a service winner at 6-4, but HAFTR soon pulled even at 6-6. Miss-hits soon gave the advantage to the visitors in a big way, with the Hawks running off 7 straight, going up 13-7. Mosseri’s serving closed the gap to 3, but HAFTR soon put it back out to 5. Flatbush could not get closer, losing set three, 21-14.
Set four was another see-saw battle, with Flatbush getting a lift from a Dayon serve and a beautiful dink from Mosseri for an 8-6 advantage. But again, HAFTR responded to take a 10-8 lead. Julie Saadia served Flatbush even at 12-12, but yet again a controversial call on a ball in the ceiling pipes that probably should have been a Falcon point ended up with a replay which yielded a Hawk point instead. HAFTR took the momentum and closed out the win, 21-14.
NEST NOTES: The JV win secures at least a tie for 1st Place in the MYHSLA’s Eastern Division, marking the second season in a row in which the Flatbush JV’s finished in the top spot. They now await the completion of the regular season to see who they will face in the playoffs.