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Chatham Girls Tennis Wins Fifth Straight Morris County Tournament Championship

L to r: Lana DePasquale, Lena Parsch, Libby White and Julia Gallop Credits: Matthew Ambrose
Chatham senior Lena Parsch receives her second-singles championship award Credits: Matthew Ambrose
Chatham girls tennis coach James Cai after winning the MCT for the fifth straight time Credits: Matthew Ambrose
Champions again: Chatham girls tennis team shows off hardware from winning its fifth straight Morris County Tournament title Credits: Matthew Ambrose
Chatham senior Lena Parsch serves during her second-singles match Credits: Matthew Ambrose

RANDOLPH, NJ -  It was déjà vu all over again for the Chatham High School girls tennis as they notched their fifth consecutive Morris County Tournament title on Sunday afternoon at the County College of Morris.

Chatham ended up with 20 points, edging out Kinnelon with 16 and Mendham with 15, who finished
second and third, respectively.

“I was really happy cause it’s senior year and I just wanted to end it with a good note,” Chatham’s Lenam Parsch said.

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Parsch won her draw in the second singles bracket, edging Kinnelon’s Agatha Malinowski in a back and forth match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

“She’s pretty tough,” Parsch said about her opponent Malinowski. “She challenged me right until the end, so she never really gave up.”

Also winning for Chatham was Lena DePasquale, who took the title in the third-singles draw, besting Mendam’s Marguerite Munley, 6-0, 6-1.

Chatham also took home the title in the first doubles draw, as it was the duo of senior Julia Gallop and freshman Libby White who took down Allie Gregorek and Emma Matkiwsky of Mountain Lakes, 6-3, 6-4.

Chatham also had the runner-up in the first singles draw, as Seden Agar, had her streak of MCT singles titles snapped by Kinnelon’s Britney Lau, 6-0, 6-1, giving Lau back-to- back first-singles titles. Agar had won two straight second-singles MCT titles before this year.

“It was a great tournament,” Chatham head coach James Cai said. “We had good competition from all the teams in the county.”

The title is the fifth in a row for Chatham and Cai, who has won the MCT in each of his five years as the Lady Cougars' coach.

“This year actually means a lot because we lost a lot of seniors,” Cai said. "All the girls knew it
was gonna be a big competition for us.”

Coach Cai was all smiles after the tournament, as were all the players, seeing how all of their hard work had paid off with another title.

“They have a great demeanor, they fought through every single point,” Cai said. “My girls stayed
calm and they just were themselves and they won the title, it’s that simple.”

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