PASADENA, Calif. – Pacific Union overcame an early deficit to post a 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-10, 25-12) victory over Caltech on Tuesday evening in a non-conference women's volleyball match-up at the Braun Athletic Center.
It was the season opening match for Caltech.
The home standing Beavers came out firing in the opening set. During the first frame neither team held a lead larger than three points. Caltech held a 22-20 lead before three consecutive points by the Pioneers (1-2) shifted momentum to the visitors. However, a kill out of the back row by libero Ashley Lo tied the score at 23-23. Caltech (0-1) capitalized on an attack error by Casey Miller to earn set point before a Katie Ching service ace clinched the opening stanza for the Beavers.
In the second set the story was much the same with four points being the largest margin between the squads. With the set tied at 20-20, Pacific Union closed out the stanza on a 5-1 scoring spurt to tie the match at a set each.
Pacific Union took control early in the final sets to seal the match. The Pioneers scored 12 of the first 15 points in the third set as they took control of the contest. In the fourth set Pacific Union jumped out to a 12-5 lead and never let the Beavers get closer than seven points in clinching the victory.
Casey Miller paced the Pioneers attach with a double-double. The senior tallied a match high 16 kills to go along with her 13 digs. Jenna Glantz tied Miller for team high dig honors with 13 as well.
In her first collegiate match at libero, Ashley Lo posted a match 15 digs. Katie Ching recorded a team best seven kills from the outside hitter position. Teri Juarez pitched in a 12 dig, six kill effort to aid in the home team's effort.
As a team Caltech had 42 digs which is the second most digs in a match for a Beaver squad under second year head coach Jodi Lindsay.