Claremont, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2015) – The Caltech volleyball team's defense recorded a season-high 24 digs as the Beavers fell to SCIAC rival No. 11 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 3-0, on Friday night.
The win improved the Athenas' record to 4-1 and granted them their first win against a SCIAC opponent, while the Beavers dipped to 0-2 (0-1).
The Beavers started slowly but recovered to make a statement in the first set, tallying 16 points – more than they had in any set against the Athenas since the 2012 season. The second began similarly CMS built up a 14-6 lead before Caltech went on a four-point run, which included kills from senior Harinee Maiyuran (Irvine, Calif. / Arnold O. Beckman), freshman Subhadra Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake School) and senior Amarise Little (Orlando, Fla. / Freedom). CMS would recover to notch the 25-13 win, but the Beavers continued to fight as the third set commenced, even taking a 5-4 lead over the nationally ranked Athenas before going down, 25-15.
Little, Vetrivel and senior Meghana Pagadala (Rock Island, Ill. / Rivermont Collegiate) recorded three kills apiece as the Beavers committed just nine attacking errors – fewer than all but three matches last year. Maiyuran made eight of the team's 13 assists and senior Catherine Jamshidi (Burke, Va. / Lake Braddock Secondary School) recorded seven digs.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will travel to Lancaster, Calif. to take on the University of Antelope Valley in a doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m.