FJA’s Aviva Lupovitch passes the ball to a teammate.
FJA’s Aviva Lupovitch passes the ball to a teammate. Photo by Dennis Yashinsky

Steve Stein Contributing Writer

The Frankel Jewish Academy volleyball team had some nice accomplishments on the court this season.

Despite losing several players from last year’s team, the Jaguars finished 5-9 and “we improved dramatically from the beginning to the end of the season,” said Coach Joe Bernstein.

That improvement left Bernstein optimistic because only two seniors were among the 15 players on FJA’s roster.

Perhaps more important this season were FJA’s off-court achievements.

The team’s annual Pink Out fundraiser for breast cancer raised more than $1,000, the most in the five years Bernstein has been involved in the volleyball program, including the last three as head coach.

For the first time in program history, FJA earned team Academic All-State honors from the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association.

A minimum 3.3 GPA is required for that honor. The Jaguars’ GPA was 3.87.

FJA’s two seniors — Stephanie Snover and Aviva Lupovitch — earned Academic All-State as individuals.

Let’s go back to the student-led breast cancer fundraiser held Oct. 24 in a home match against Pontiac Academy.

FJA students, faculty and staff and community members bought more than 100 T-shirts for the cause and fans at the match got in free, but could make a donation.

“The bleachers were packed that night,” Bernstein said, adding that the wife of an FJA teacher battling breast cancer was at that game.

The money raised from Pink Out went to the Bloomfield Hills-based Pink Fund.

FJA won the match 3-0.

Bernstein, a social studies teacher at FJA, has both coached and taught Snover and Lupovitch, so he’s doubly proud of their Academic All-State accomplishments.

“Stephanie Snover’s GPA is above a 4.0,” he said. “She’s a model student. Aviva has had wondrous growth academically the past 2½ years. She’s done great since she found her stride.

“Stephanie and Aviva were our team captains this season. They’re incredible young women who lead by example.”

Each senior spent four years in the FJA volleyball program and was a starter the last three years.

Snover, a setter, was named All-Catholic this season. Lupovitch, an outside hitter, was All-League and FJA’s most valuable player.

FJA junior inside hitter Emily Feldman and sophomore outside hitter Mackenzie Morton were the Jaguars’ most improved players, and junior libero Hannah Resnick received the coach’s award.

FJA roster

Here’s the roster of the Frankel Jewish Academy volleyball team.

  • Seniors: Aviva Lupovitch, Stephanie Snover.
  • Juniors: Emily Feldman, Hannah Resnick.
  • Sophomores: Hannah Goreman, Alexis Morton, Mackenzie Morton, Adina
    Robbins, Arielle Shlafer, Anna Weinbaum.
  • Freshmen: Ashley Adelson, Natalie Cherrin, Shayna Foreman, Bella Gotlieb,
    Leah Phillips.

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