A New Chapter for Caltech Volleyball in 2014

A New Chapter for Caltech Volleyball in 2014

With new faces all around, the 2014 season marks a new chapter for the Caltech volleyball program.

The Beavers graduated four key contributors and welcomed a new head coach during the off season. Yet, the team is striving to reach its potential as the group moves forward.

“I expect 100 percent effort and visible improvement in each practice, great team chemistry, and the desire to compete at the highest level,” said first-year head coach Tom Gardner. “We are a young team as far as experience goes, but we make up for it in heart and the willingness to learn and be the best that we can be.”

Gardner comes to the Caltech after successfully building the University of Southern Maine from a winless team to a 22-win squad in three seasons. For his success he was honored by the Little East Conference as the coach of the year. He takes over a team that while young still has veterans to looks towards.

The top returning player is Catherine Jamshidi. The junior was second on the team in kills (109) and third in digs (98) during the 2013 season. The native of Burke, Virginia has accumulated 248 career kills and is less than 100 kills away from third most ever in Institute history.

Amarise Little is another returner who will be looked upon to provide a lift. After seeing action in just a handful of games during her first-year with the team, the junior played in all 66 games last season. Amy Hu was an impact defensive player off the bench in 2013 as she recorded 100 digs in 51 sets.

There are three other individuals who saw playing time off the bench are going to be called upon for increased playing time this season. Harinee Maiyuran is expected to step into the setter position while Juliet Su and Mehana Pagadala will be nudged towards significant playing time after participating in 26 and 15 sets respectively in 2013.

“I believe that we will be solid in the outside hitter and setter positions this season and the other positions have the potential to make a difference in our offense,” Gardner said. “We are lacking height, but will use our intelligence to overcome that perceived disadvantage.”

Two sophomores, Suzannah Osekowsky and Ker Lee Yap, will also suit-up in 2014 after seeing playing time off the bench last season.

The new era in Caltech volleyball gets underway on Sept. 8 with a road match at West Coast Baptist. The Beavers open the home portion of their schedule on Sept. 20 against SCIAC foe Redlands.