By Josh Levine
For the third consecutive year, Jewish Community High School defeated Kehillah High School in the annual Kiddush Cup game 25-12, 25-20, 25-19 on Sunday at the University of San Francisco’s Koret Center.
Over the three games, the Wolves (9-2, 8-0) had 23 aces and 13 kills. Senior captain Jessica Katzki had seven aces and was named the game’s most valuable player after the game.
“I was really happy to have such a great team to play with,” said Katzki. “Having [outside hitter Florencia Hasson] back was so awesome. The best moment today was when she got her first kill early and just smiled.”
The Rams (1-7, 1-6) also had a fair amount of aces, but were ultimately taken down by multiple service errors and bad communication.
“Today was a big day and a big rivalry,” said Kehillah head coach Jennifer Idleman. “The same issues that have been problems all year from us were still problems today. Our seniors (captains Kayla Sculnick and Ashley Kaplan) really took this one to heart.”
In game three, Kaplan served first for the Rams and led them to an early 7-0 lead. The Wolves tied the score at 11-11, and then traded points until both teams were tied at 17-17. Then, with a 7-2 run, the Wolves closed out the game and the match.
“The game is important to the girls, since it’s a rival match and it’s played for the Kiddush Cup, but to me it’s just another game,” said Wolves Head Coach Marie Cabugos. “I’m very proud of us. Every game I try to play all of my players, and that doesn’t work out every game, but today it did.”
Jewish Community has three Private School Athletic League games left against East Palo Alto, Downtown College Prep, and Mid-Peninsula to potentially complete an undefeated league season. The Wolves have only lost three games in eight league matches this year.