CHATHAM, NJ - After a tough loss in the first set, it looked like Chatham had righted its ship and was sailing toward a win that would move the Cougars into a decisive third set in their girls volleyball match with Morris Hills.
But Morris Hills rallied to erase a nine-point Chatham lead in the second set, sending the Scarlet Knights to a 25-23, 28-26 win on Thursday.
"I think we underestimated them a little bit," Anna Amster, Chatham coach, said. "They're a good team, they competed, they pushed. They didn't let the fact that they were down stop them from ending it in two sets."
Chatham (1-4) got it going in the second set with Brenda Jaroker serving. Lauren Burke put down a kill, Rachel Baker scored with a block and Laura Macri finished a kill off a set from Eesha Nagpal for an 18-10 lead. A Burke ace pushed the lead to 20-11 for Chatham.
Morris Hills (2-2) managed to rally and climbed back up from a 24-22 deficit with Chatham serving for the set.
"Once we decided to really show up and play our game, it was a little too late," Amster said. "We're always within grasp of a set and a match. You just have to step forward and finish."
Chatham digs it out for a point in the first set
Chatham wins the point on Greta Luria's serve