Photo by Bob Palermini
PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2015) – Senior Amarise Little (Orlando, Fla. / Freedom) keyed a strong showing in the second set as the Caltech volleyball team fell, 3-0, to No. 6 California Lutheran University on Thursday night.
The Regals improve to 18-2 overall and 8-0 in the SCIAC while the Beavers are now 0-14 (0-9).
The visitors stormed out to a 9-2 lead and cruised to a 25-9 victory in the first set, surrendering consecutive points just once. Caltech turned the match completely around to open the second set, scoring the first four points on a kill and block assist by Little and a service ace by senior Meghana Pagadala (Rock Island, Ill. / Rivermont Collegiate). CLU scored six of the next seven points, with another kill from Little allowing the Beavers to stay within one, but Caltech responded with a 4-1 run of its own to retake the lead at 9-7. Senior Cat Jamshidi (Burke, Va. / Lake Braddock Secondary School) kicked things off with a kill, followed by an ace from junior Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) and another ace by Jamshidi to cap the run.
CLU's offense came alive at that point, rattling off five straight points and another eight unanswered soon after to close out the set at 25-14. The Regals then took the third set, 25-8, including 12 of the final 13 points.
Freshman Subhadra Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake School) led the Beavers with three kills as Jamshidi, Lewis and Little each smacked two. Lewis added a team-high six digs while joining Little and Vetrivel with two blocks apiece.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will host Mills College (0-11) in a doubleheader on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 12 and 2 p.m. Caltech split last year's matchup, with Jamshidi tallying a career-high 21 kills in both matches.