Photo by Bob Paz
Claremont, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2016) – Freshman Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) came up just short of her fifth double-double with nine digs and nine kills in a 3-0 loss in the SCIAC opener to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday evening.
The Beavers dip to 1-4 overall and begin SCIAC play 0-1 while the Sagehens improve to 5-4 overall (1-0).
Caltech started slowly in the first set, going down 10-2 before a run including two service aces by senior Sakthi Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake) pulled the visitors within three points. The Sagehens responded with their own 10-4 run to take the first set, 25-16.
The Beavers kept the second set close and were within two points through the first half of the set before Pomona-Pitzer took control with the score at 12-10, going on to win 25-16. The Sagehens came out firing in the third set and took a quick 7-2 lead. With the hosts looking to close out the match, Caltech fought to stay in the match but could not quite get back into it, falling 25-9 to suffer the defeat.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers host Whittier College (2-9, 0-2) this Frida, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.