The varsity girls volleyball team at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto will enter next week’s Private School Athletic League playoffs as one of the top seeds. The Lady Rams are taking a 12-1 overall record, according to Ryan Greenfield, the school’s athletic director, into their final regular-season match on Thursday, Oct. 24. Kehillah competes in the North-C division of the 19-team PSAL, and the team’s record within its division is a sparkling 9-0.
The tournament, which will be squeezed into two days at Thomas More High School in San Jose, will pit eight small-school teams from the Greater Bay Area vying for the PSAL championship. Two rounds of action will take place on Monday, Oct. 28, with the semifinals and final scheduled for the next day.
The Rams’ 12-player squad, coached by 2008 Kehillah graduate Rachel Toth, has “collectively meshed and created a very positive environment,” Greenfield said. “The school seems more supportive this year, and attendance has certainly gone up.”
The Rams have won 12 matches in a row, including an exhilarating victory over the Jewish Community High School the Bay of San Francisco on Sept. 12 to capture the “Kiddush Cup.” Kehillah prevailed 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21 in a match played at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.
The Rams have been led by senior co-captains Naomi Spritzer and Chloe Jedwood, with other big contributions coming from junior Rebecca Avrutin and freshman Eden Handler. The roster includes six seniors, three juniors, a sophomore and two freshmen.
It’s a huge improvement over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, when the team finished 3-10 and 7-10, respectively. Toth is in her first year as head coach following a number of coaching changes over the previous four years.