Gavriela Colton of Teaneck, a junior at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, will head to Chile to compete in the Pan American Maccabi Games on the USA Women’s Volleyball Team. The games are from December 26 to January 5. A middle blocker on the women’s volleyball team at Stern, Gavriela, who was scouted for the Maccabi team by YU coach Joseph Agrest at preseason training, also is a forward on the women’s basketball team and was named an Athlete of the Month by YU Athletics, competing in Division III sports.
Gavriela represents the fourth generation of her family to attend YU. The family’s connection with the school goes all the way back to her great-grandfather, Rabbi Joseph Karasick, who graduated from YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1945. Her grandparents, parents, and cousins also all were YU students, and her younger brother, Yehuda Colton ‘17 YUHSB, is a starting center on the Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy Lions.