CHATHAM, NJ - With so much versatility built into her varsity roster this year, Chatham girls volleyball coach Anna Amster doesn't expect to see a lot of glowing individual statistics. But she is expecting to see positive results.
"Our success will come quietly," Amster said. "Our stat sheets won't show one player dominating any one category, but our record promises to be impressive."
There are three seniors back from the 2018 team that finished 17-9 - outside hitter Laura Macri, libero Eesha Nagpal and middle Naila Ismail. The junior class dominates in numbers, with returning varsity players setter Brenda Jaroker, outside hitter Lauren Burke, defensive specialist Greta Luria and setter Issy Shaw highlighting that group.
"We plan on developing one of the most balanced squads in Chatham volleyball history," Amster, in her ninth season as the head coach, said. "We have a talented bench, and every practice and every match will see players vying for spots on the floor come game time. This intense atmosphere combined with a program-wide commitment to team unity will lead to success."
The competition for playing time includes junior middle Rachel Baker, junior defensive specialist Kacy Knezovic, junior outside Nikki Lurz, junior outside Jemma Thorne, junior defensive specialist Sara Iuzzolino, sophomore middle Mia Baumgardner and sophomore middle Sydney Dropkin.
"Versatility is our team's biggest strength," Amster said. "We can play all of our players in a variety of positions, and we will be able to adjust our game plan almost immediately, depending on the strengths of our opponents."
Chatham opens Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Sparta.