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Newark only trailed once in the first set, but was slightly off its game in the second. Aurora Christian, to its credit, scrapped and led 20-19 late in the second. Williams' kill of a block and two Eagles' errors got Newark ahead 22-20, but even then Aurora Christian surged back ahead 24-23.
"We just needed to calm down," Malone said. "We were getting a little skittish. They have a good defensive team. We came back, came together and put away the last couple points."
At one point, Newark even had to deal with the down referee pulling out a yellow card.
"It got a little mental in the second set," Grayson added. "They're a sound defensive team, credit to them for keeping some balls alive, but we just weren't executing as well in the second set and we were giving them points on unforced errors."