LANCASTER, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2015) – Senior Catherine Jamshidi (Burke, Va. / Lake Braddock Secondary School) stepped up to record double-digit dig totals in both games as the Caltech volleyball team took on the University of Antelope Valley on Saturday.
The Pioneers took both matches by 3-0 scores to improve to 3-2 while the Beavers drop to 0-4.
Both teams traded blows throughout the first set, with neither leading by more than two points until the final, when UAV completed a 5-2 run to break a 20-20 tie and take the 1-0 match lead. The Pioneers surged out to a 9-0 lead to begin the second set, but the Beavers quickly rallied to pull within four at 12-8 before eventually bowing out, 25-15. UAV never looked back from there, cruising to a 25-8 third-set victory to clinch the first match.
Freshman Subhadra Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake School) smacked a team-high seven kills while Jamshidi and senior Meghana Pagadala (Rock Island, Ill. / Rivermont Collegiate) added three each, along with 12 and 13 digs, respectively. Senior Harinee Maiyuran (Irvine, Calif. / Arnold O. Beckman) made seven assists and senior Amarise Little (Orlando, Fla. / Freedom) registered two solo blocks.
The hosts jumped out to another big lead to open the second match, taking an 8-0 lead at the outset and extending it to 15 in a 25-10 win. Caltech recovered to keep the second set considerably closer, but ran out of gas after pulling within one point at 12-13 and fell, 25-16. The third set was almost identical, with the Beavers again staying within one at 11-12 before a four-point run gave UAV enough breathing room to finish off the 25-17 victory to sweep the doubleheader.
Jamshidi led the Beavers with six kills on a .200 hitting percentage while adding 13 digs and four total blocks. Vetrivel and Pagadala notched five and four kills, respectively, while Little added another pair of block assists. Maiyuran tallied six assists and a whopping 15 digs.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will host Providence Christian College in their home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.