Beavers Fall in Home Opener to West Coast Baptist
PASADENA, Calif. – The West Coast Baptist women's volleyball team overcame a pesky Caltech effort to post a 3-0 win (25-23, 25-23, 25-18) on Tuesday evening.
In the opening set the visitors jumped out a to 9-3 advantage before the Beavers slowly chipped away at their deficit. Caltech got as close as 16-13 before the Golden Eagles nudged back in front to a seemingly comfortable 23-16 lead. However, one last stand by the Beavers pushed West Coast Baptist to the limit. Caltech rattled off five consecutive points to get their deficit down to two points at 23-21 before the visitors halted the rally. The Beavers fought off two set points but a kill by Bri Haulcy at 24-23 sealed the opening set win.
The second set proved to be a nip-and-tuck affair as neither team held a lead larger than four points. The Golden Eagles held a 10-6 lead but Caltech won four consecutive points to knot the set at 10-10. Down the stretch the score was tied on 10 different occasions. Caltech had a 23-22 lead but the Golden Eagles converted three straight points in taking a 2-0 lead in the match.
During the final set West Coast Baptist jumped out to a 7-2 lead and never let the Beavers get closer than three points the remainder of the set in sweeping the match.
Caltech sophomore Katie Ching set a career high with nine kills while Catherine Jamshidi also tallied a nine-kill performance in just her second collegiate match. Megan Jackson chipped in an 11 dig effort at the libero spot.
West Coast Baptist's offense was led by the duo of Bri Haulcy and Chelsea Duran as the pair recorded nine kills each. Jenny Risma had a match best 18 digs along the back row to help the Golden Eagles to the win.