Bulldogs Pull Out Tight Three-Set Win
PASADENA, CA – The University of Redlands women's volleyball team pull out a close 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-18) match on Tuesday evening over Caltech.
The visitors used big scoring runs in each set that helped decide the outcome of a mostly nip-and-tuck contest.
During the first set the two squads match each other virtually point-for-point early on as they exchanged six lead changes. Then, with the score knotted at 11-11, Redlands went on a 9-1 scoring spurt to take a 20-12 lead. Caltech couldn't recover as the Bulldogs nabbed the first set win.
In the second set the Beavers jumped out to a 6-2 only to see the visitors battle back and eventually tie the score at 9-9. The next 16 points in the match the set was tied on four occasions but Redlands never relinquished their lead. The Bulldogs made their final drive for 25 points with the scoreboard showing 17-17. Redlands finished the stanza on an 8-4 scoring spree to take a commanding lead in the match.
The third set also proved to be a tightly played frame. The lead changed hands on three occasions and was tied four times during the first 25 points of the set. With Redlands trying to pry away the match's momentum at 15-12, Caltech made a final burst and tied the score on three separate occasions down the stretch. Redlands got some breathing room from the Beavers to complete the sweep. With the set tied at 18-18, the Bulldogs scored the final seven points of the evening to grab the win.
Redlands got a big lift from Morgan Buckner's match high 14 kills and .324 hitting percentage. While she was the only player in double figures for the Bulldogs, the visitors seven other played record at least one kill to aid in their victory.
Paige Logan once again posted Caltech high kill honors by tallying nine on 23 attempts. Catherine Jamshidi had an eight-kill evening and a .300 hitting percentage. Katie Ching tied her season high with 11 digs.
The Bulldog's 10-1 advantage in services aces as proved to be a big factor in deciding the outcome.