Caltech Plays Three, Freshmen Step Up

Caltech Plays Three, Freshmen Step Up

Box Score at La Sierra (away)
Box Score at WCBC
Box Score vs. La Siera (home)

After its first victory this season, Caltech has dropped three matches. Last Friday, the Beavers traveled to La Sierra University where they lost in three sets.  The match started off slowly for Caltech, and it went down 25-14 in the first game. In game two, the visitors came out with more fire and led most of the game, but still came up short, 25-19. La Sierra closed the match in the third game 25-18. 

There were plenty of highlights for the Beaver volleyball team. The team tallied an impressive 45 digs on the match. Junior outside hitter Teri Juarez led the team with 11. Senior Katie Peters and freshman Paige Logan combined for 14 kills.

On Monday, the Caltech traveled to Lancaster to play West Coast Baptist (WCB) for a rematch from September 7. The gym, as always, was filled to the brim with fans, and the energy was high from the first serve to the last kill. WCB ended up on top with set scores of 25-23, 20-15, and 25-20. Juarez and Logan put the pressure on WCB with five service aces. Senior Ying-Ying Tran was all over the court on defense, and she put up 15 digs for the match. 

The team faced another challenge going into the rematch against La Sierra University Wednesday night in Braun Gym. Sophomore setter Megan Jackson was unable to play because of a mild concussion, so other members of the team had to come forward and step up. First-year players Rachel Hess and Lisa Lee attempted and proved their fight in every play to help earn a total of 15 team assists. 

In the end, LSU swept the Beavers in three sets (25-10, 25-12, 25-15). Even with the loss, Caltech had many positives to take from this match.  Sophomore Kelly Swanson made her season debut for the Beavers and Lee once again brought high energy to the court.  Also, freshman Rebekah Kitto doubled her season's kills in this match alone. Caltech volleyball proved to be a true team as each player stepped in to support another teammate in need.

Caltech kicks of SCIAC play on Tuesday September 21 in Braun Gym at 7:30 pm against CMS.