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Chatham Girls Volleyball Squeaks Out Two-Set Victory over Pesky Morristown Squad

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Chatham celebrates a point vs. Morristown Credits: Matthew Ambrose
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Alex Shaw sets the ball for Chatham Credits: Matthew Ambrose
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Chatham huddles after the win over Morristown Credits: Matthew Ambrose
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Sara Szalay hits a serve for Chatham Credits: Matthew Ambrose
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Emily Jaime hits a serve for Chatham Credits: Matthew Ambrose
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Chatham libero Molly Brown gets ready to return a serve Credits: Matthew Ambrose
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CHATHAM, NJ - The Lady Cougars of Chatham had to dig deep to pull out a two-set victory over Morristown on Monday afternoon.

Most two-set wins are relatively easy in nature, but this one was anything but that.

Chatham began the first set strong, getting out to a 15-6 lead and leading by as many as 10 points at one
point of the set. Then, Morristown began its charge, as the Colonials won 14 of the next 19 points to draw
even at 20-20. The Lady Cougars kept their composure, however, and in a set where both teams faced
set point, Chatham found a way to hold on for a close 27-25 set one victory.

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“I told my defense that we need to reset and we need to talk it out a bit more,” Libero Molly Brown said.
“We needed to play smart up front and talk a little bit more. Everybody was getting quieter and I think
we were getting too comfortable.”

Being too comfortable in the first set was a sentiment expressed by Chatham coach Anna Amster, a point that got through to her players in the huddle after their narrow set one victory.

“Once they had the lead, they kind of got comfortable,” Amster said. “I always tell them it doesn’t
matter who is on the other side of the net. Teams wake up and they come back hard, and that’s what
happened with Morristown.”

The second set began much like the first, with Chatham controlling much of the pace of play. However,
Morristown once again came on in the middle of the set to tie the score at 16. Chatham would stand
strong, however, winning nine of the next 14 points to win the set 25-21.

“It wasn’t our best game but we did finish in the end,” Brown said.

Mary Williams and Sara Szalay each had four kills to lead the Lady Cougars, with Brown second on the
team with three. Alex Shaw led the team in assists once again, tallying 15. However, what Chatham will take away from this game is the mindset that they have to maintain strong play throughout the entire set.

“Whats the point of working so hard at the beginning and then making your life so difficult at the end,”
Amster said. “If you fight through in the beginning, then at the end you can just sail through.”

Chatham is back in action Tuesday afternoon when they take on Ridge at home at 4 p.m.

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