CHATHAM, NJ - Slow starts to sets have been a bugaboo for the Chatham girls volleyball team thus far this season. Climbing out of holes takes a lot of energy and Monday there wasn't enough left in the tank to finish in a three-set loss to Union.
"In the third set, we created a lot more work for ourselves than we needed to," Chatham coach Anna Amster said. "We came out for the third set relaxed, which should never happen. The other team really wanted it and they played like it. They were very scrappy and didn't let the gall drop. We were just slow in getting it going.
Union won the first set, 25-19, the Cougars took the second set, 25-18 and the Lancers won the match with a 25-21 third set.
"I think we underestimated them, so we came out flat in the first set."
In the decisive third set, Union (6-5) scored the first three points and built a 16-11 advantage before Chatham (3-6) battled back to take the lead. Senior Laura Macri knocked down a kill off a set from junior Brenda Jaroker and then scored a block (see video below) to give the Cougars a 21-20 edge.
But Union closed out the third set and the match by taking the final five points.
Macri ended with 14 kills, four blocks and a service ace and Jaroker collected 22 assists, eight digs and an ace for Chatham, which received five kills, two blocks and 11 digs from Lauren Burke and 10 digs from Eesha Nagpal.
Laura Macri finishes a kill in Chatham's winning second set
Greta Luria puts away the point off a set by Jaroker for Chatham
Sara Iuzzolino makes the dig and scores the point for Chatham