CHATHAM, NJ - Wearing their new team uniforms for the first time, the Chatham girls tennis team showed off a crisp new look in sweeping past West Morris, 5-0, for the Cougars' fifth straight win on Tuesday at Colony Courts.
Chatham second singles player Nora Wiekert spent more time than the others breaking in her new tennis outfit, rallying to win at second singles in a match against Gabriella Nowak of West Morris that was decided in a 10-point tiebreaker.
Wiekert, a 14-year-old freshman, had lost the first set 4-6 and was down 3-2 in the second set before she broke her opponent's serve three times to take the second set, 6-4.
"I don't know what was happening in the beginning, I just kept double-faulting," Wiekert said of the opening set. "Coach (James) Cai told me last match that I know I can do this and I just kept repeating that in my head. I just told myself I can win and I kept telling myself that after every point."
Wiekert's Chatham teammates cheered her on through the tiebreaker that stood at 8-8 before she finally clinched the win, 10-8.
Nora Wiekert talks about her 10-point tiebreaker she won at second singles
Chatham's other four points were won in straight sets behind first singles player Libby White and third singles player Cameron Sims, who is undefeated.
Sydney Berkson and Sarah Fidora remained unbeaten at first doubles for the Chatham team, which heads to the County College of Morris this weekend for a chance to win the school's seventh straight Morris County Tournament team title.
Chatham's second doubles team of Siena Wong and Anna Paskalides also won in straight sets.