Photo by Michael Wong
PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2015) – Senior Cat Jamshidi (Burke, Va. / Lake Braddock Secondary School) and her four fellow Caltech volleyball seniors went out in style with a 3-0 sweep of West Coast Baptist College on Tuesday.
The Beavers end the season 3-22 overall – recording the most wins in a season since 2007 – making for a memorable final match for seniors Amy Hu (Rockville, Md. / Montgomery Blair), Jamshidi, Amarise Little (Orlando, Fla. / Freedom), Harinee Maiyuran (Irvine, Calif. / Arnold O. Beckman) and Meghana Pagadala (Rock Island, Ill. / Rivermont Collegiate).
Jamshidi made a statement in her final collegiate match, setting a new personal best with 22 kills to end her career with 599 kills. As a team, the Beavers played arguably their best attacking match with a season-high .256 hitting percentage.
WCB gave away the opening point on an attack error and Caltech was off to the races, surging ahead 7-2 and closing the set on a 9-2 run in a 25-12 win as Jamshidi racked up nine kills. The Beavers cruised to a 15-5 lead in the second set before the Eagles gathered some momentum, rattling off an 8-2 run to pull within four and riding five unanswered points to make it a one-point set at 23-22. Freshman Subhadra Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake School) came up with a clutch kill to give the Beavers set point and after an attacking error made it 24-23, WCB missed on the serve to give Caltech the set.
The third set was the tightest of the night. WCB went ahead 4-2 at the outset, but Caltech bounced back to take a 6-5 lead and soon ran the margin to six at 14-8. The Eagles steadily clawed back within three at 23-20, when an attack error gave Caltech match point. WCB smacked a big kill to regain some momentum at 24-21 when a bit of controversy occurred on a 50-50 ball that initially went Caltech's way, but on which Little was whistled for reaching over the net after the fact, resulting in a replay. Jamshidi then put everything to rest with a well-placed kill to cap the season with the 25-21 victory.
Jamshidi's 22 kills came on a career-best .541 hitting percentage while Maiyuran contributed 20 assists and Little made three total blocks, including two solo. Jamshidi and Vetrivel served up four aces each, with Jamshidi also pacing the team in digs (five).
The 2015 Beavers improved on last year across the board, totaling over 100 more kills, posting a higher positive hitting percentage, serving 35 more aces, making 27 more blocks, committing 79 fewer reception errors and racking up a whopping 249 more digs. Caltech averaged 9.5 additional points per match while recording four more set wins and one more victory than last season.