PASADENA (Oct. 6, 2018) – Led by near record-setting performances from freshmen Megan Wang (Henderson, Nev. / Advanced Technologies Academy) and Alexandra Frymire (Dallas, Texas / Greenhill), the Caltech volleyball defeated Mills College and took a set off the University of St. Katherine over two matches on Saturday.
Game 1: Caltech 3, Mills 0
The Beavers received a test from the visiting Cyclones in the first of Saturday's two matches but ultimately held the visitors off thanks to a dominant third set. Junior Lauren Li (Bellaire, Texas / Bellaire) led the attack with 13 kills while sophomore Isabel Yang (Arcadia, Calif. / Arcadia) double-doubled with 12 kills and 12 digs while also leading all players with four services aces. Wang led the Beavers with 14 digs and Frymire added 26 assists, though both would assert themselves to a greater extent in the St. Katherine match to follow.
Caltech at one point trailed Mills 16-13 in the first set and 22-20 in the second set but rallied to win both before putting the Cyclones away in a third set where five different Beavers registered kills. Caltech's middle blockers also played a major factor, as the Beavers out-blocked the Cyclones at a 2:1 clip.
Game 2: St. Katherine 3, Caltech 1
While Caltech managed to repeat last year's 3-0 victory over Mills this season, the host Beavers also gained ground on St. Katherine, this time taking one set from the Firebirds. Wang's 35 digs will go down as the second-most single-game digs in program history, and Frymire's 37 assists put her within six of the single-game record. The duo's strong set-up game allowed for Li to repeat with 13 kills and for freshman Alison Noyes (Falmouth, Maine / Falmouth) to add nine kills over the four-set match. Frymire and Yang each added 14 digs and Yang also managed to repeat her serving performance from the Mills match with four service aces.
The Beavers came out guns blazing in the victorious third set, staking themselves to a 6-1 lead thanks to five kills but did well to maintain composure when the visitors began to close the gap. Yang put an exclamation point on the set with a kill courtesy of Frymire's 31st assist of the match.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will return to SCIAC play on Tuesday, Oct. 9 when they host Whittier College at 7 p.m.