Prior to the first meeting between John Jay and Hen Hud, I had heard a lot of talk about this Amanda Flayhan girl; and after seeing some of the stat lines she was putting up, I made it a point to see her that night.
I arrived at Hen Hud, found a seat, opened my notebook, and just as I was beginning to write, I heard it: “WHACK!”
I quickly shot my neck up, and asked the nearest person to me, “Who just hit that ball?” The older gentleman kindly pointed to a short girl sporting a white headband. Perhaps the man was confused; I mean, this girl couldn’t have been taller than 5-foot-5, they were all wearing the same jersey (except libero Theresa Swertfager) and they were all together at once; so it’s easy to lose one in the bunch.
So, I stopped writing, and watched her go through another round of warmups. Again the set went up, and again you heard a loud “WHACK” ring through the gymnasium. I asked another fan in the stands, “Who is that girl in the white headband?”
Just as he was mouthing the “Ah” to answer, we said in unison, “Amanda Flayhan.”
Flayhan (pictured above, No. 7) went on to post a triple-double that match — an even 10 kills, 10 assists and 10 digs; her second triple-double of the season, making her the first person in the section to accomplish the feat this year. Weeks later, Flayhan is still tearing up the hardwood (figuratively, of course).
The setter helped lead the Indians to three massive wins last week — Hen Hud, Panas and Fox Lane — putting her team in great shape to grab a top seed in Class A come time for the Section 1 tournament. Flayhan’s solid weekly stat line of 11 kills, 50 assists, 10 aces and 25 digs, as well as the nature of John Jay’s wins this week, have earned her “Player of the Week” honors.
Flayhan was listed at 5-foot-2 last year, and I’m assuming she didn’t sprout up over the summer. Like I said, I guesstimated she was at around 5-foot-5 or so. Between the vertical leap and power from a person of such short stature, it’s incredible what she is able to do.
And for the record, I was 4-foot-9 as a freshman, so I’m allowed to use the “s-word.”
Despite her talents on the volleyball court, Flayhan will focus on her other sport at the collegiate level. A standout lacrosse player, the junior will suit up for the University of Michigan in 2015-16.
October 6 — Kelly Vahos, Haldane
September 29 — Nicole Franciosa, Pelham
September 22 — Kristen Sweeney and Danielle DeIulio, Yorktown
September 15 — Brigitte Burcescu, Panas
September 8 — Barbara Kapustin, Clarkstown South