Mama Mia! My Mom's the Star of the League

Fathers and children watch from the stands as mothers star on the Newcomb court. 'Mamanet,' the largest women’s league in Israel, is proof that this variation of volleyball is much more than a trend or a sport.

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Dozens of women, mostly between the ages of 30 and 50, run around the floor of the Glili High School sports hall in Kfar Sava, warming up next to the tightly-stretched volleyball net. Their hair is carefully...