OAKLAND, Calif. – The volleyball team traveled to Northern California this weekend to participate in the Mills College/UCSC Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Beavers opened the tournament against Mills and ran into a squad that was much improved from the team that Caltech defeated last year.
The Cyclones won the hard fought match (21-25, 12-25, 24-26) despite a third set surge by the Beavers. The second opponent that Caltech faced was Pacific University from Oregon. In Pacific, the Beavers faced a very athletic and talented group who ran away with the match 8-25, 6-25, 11-25. The final match of the tournament pitted the Beavers against the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz. Though the scores do not reflect it, this was the best played match of the year for the Beavers as they turned in good rallies and well-earned points. The set results were 14-25, 16-25, 8-25 in favor of UCSC.
During the weekend, the Beavers were led by outstanding play from co-captain, Catherine Jamshidi, who totaled 21 kills, 6 blocks, 9 digs—she passed a solid 2.03. There were also strong contributions from co-captain Meghana Pagadala who had 11 kills, and Harinee Maiyuran, who had 19 assists.
"This was a great playing experience and opportunity for the team to grow closer," said coach Tom Gardner. "We played hard all weekend against some really strong teams, but we didn't back down and showed improvement throughout the tournament. I am really proud of the team and their constant fight and desire to play hard. The best match of the weekend was our final match and that is the way it should be, playing better and better in each set. We played an excellent team in Santa Cruz and walked out of the gym feeling great about ourselves and the effort that we put forward."
Caltech is in action next on Wednesday at Santa Ana College at 7 pm.