Minisink Valley volleyball’s Wasserman wins gold in Israel

Minisink Valley’s Kayla Wasserman leads by example despite her young age.

Last year as a freshman, she was the youngest player on the Warriors’ volleyball team on a roster full of upperclassmen.

As she approaches her sophomore year of high school, Wasserman has now experienced further success, this time in a different country.

Wasserman and the U16 USA Maccabi volleyball team took home gold in Israel on July 22 after going undefeated. The Americans won all six matches, including beating Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Israel. She served as a co-captain throughout the Games.

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“I just liked seeing the people that lived there and people watching and seeing how they live,” Wasserman said. “And how everything is a lot different but also the same at the same time because we all have common interests. When we were practicing before the games started, we played volleyball with the Israeli team, the one that we played in the championship. So we got to know them first and we did a daily clinic with them. So it was really nice to bond over something. You don’t really have to speak the same language. Volleyball just brings people together.”

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