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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ma’ayanot senior Eden Schechter (center) hits the ball over the net after set-ups from junior Tamar Pasternack (left) and senior captain Shoshi Blech (right) at Bruriah.

Junior Gila Shep (center), of Ma’ayanot, prepares to set up a shot for juniors Tamar Waltuch and Meital Fuksbrumer, while being defended by Bruriah senior Gila Allen (far right) at Ma’ayanot.

The Ma’ayanot Rapids defeated the Bruriah Lighting twice in one week to stay in first place in the MYHSAL Volleyball A Western Conference. Despite a valiant effort by the Lightning, Ma’ayanot took both matches in three straight sets.

On December 26, Bruriah hosted the Rapids. Ma’ayanot jumped out to a quick lead in the first set and never looked back, winning 21-10. They took the second set 21-11, though the Lightning made things difficult for them throughout. The final set’s score was 21-18, after Bruriah launched an impressive comeback at the end, at one point scoring 10 straight points.

On January 3, the Lightning traveled to Teaneck. Thanks to a strong serving game, the Rapids easily took the first two sets 21-9 and 21-7. Once again, Bruriah tried a last minute surge in the third set, before falling 21-13.

The Rapids are now in first place in the West with a 7-1 record. The Lightning are in sixth place at 2-7.

By Barry Schechter