With a handful of new faces mixed-in with key returning players, the 2013 Caltech volleyball squad is looking to build momentum under the direction of fourth year head coach Jody Lindsay.
“We have made some strides in a positive direction over the last few seasons. Yet, we still have room for improvements before the program reaches it potential,” Lindsay said. “If the squad dedicates themselves to hard work and discipline, we will continue to move in a positive direction.”
Paige Logan and Catherine Jamshidi both provided key contributions last season and will be looked upon to up their game in 2013. Logan was the team leader in kills (159) and hitting percentage (.177) while recording 0.76 blocks per set. The senior returns to her middle blocker position looking to end her career in a Beaver uniform on a solid note.
Jamshidi was second on the team in kills (139) and was a key defender along the front and back lines. The sophomore’s 152 digs was just behind the team leader while her 26 total blocks was second to Logan among the team leaders.
“Paige and Catherine are going to set the tone for the team,” Lindsay said. “Their leadership both on and off the court is going to dictate a lot of our success.”
Three other seniors on the team will make vital contributions. Rachel Hess spent most of last season as the primary setter. She played in all 70 sets where she tallied 330 total assists and 91 digs. Rebekah Kitto returns for a full season after playing just a handful of matches during the second half of 2012. Kitto will see time in the middle where she will be asked to make significant offensive contributions. Lisa Lee, who also joined the team in the second half of last season, played in 23 sets last year and will help provide depth along the back row. Lee also posted 0.35 services aces per set during her limited time with the squad.
“It will be great having Rebekah and Lisa with the team for a full season. They are going to provide vital elements to our system,” Lindsay said. “Rachel has been such a solid rock for this program since she arrived on-campus. She is a hard working player and the rest of the squad feeds off that.”
The lone junior on the team, Connie Hsueh, saw playing time in 56 sets last season mostly as a middle blocker. She was squad’s third most efficient defensive player at the net in 2012 as she recorded 17 total blocks.
Sophomore Amarise Little returns to the squad after playing in 10 sets during her first-year with the team. While she saw limited action last season, Little dedicated herself to a tough off-season workout regime and could be poised a break-out season. Fellow sophomore Amy Hu returns after contributing 28 digs in the 35 sets she played in.
A trio of sophomores joined the squad in the off-season after not playing last season. The combination of Harinee Maiyuran, Juliet Su and Meghana Pagadala will look to break into the line-up in a variety of roles in 2013.
“Our five sophomores will certainly contribute to the squad. Amarise and Amy now know what it takes to compete at this level and I expect them to up their game,” Lindsay said. “Our three new sophomores have shown the willingness to work hard and I’m excited to see how they contribute once matches begin.”
Suzannah Osekowsky and Ker Lee Yap come to Caltech looking to make an immediate impact for the squad. Osekowsky will be plugged into the front lines while Yap will be asked to make significant contribution at the libero position.
“There is no reason to think that Suzannah and Ker Lee can’t contribute to our squad. While they are new to the college game they should be able to adapt quickly and give us a solid effort each time they step onto the court.”
Coach Lindsay Quick Q&A for the Season --