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.
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November 4, 2014 Volleyball Triumphs in Five Set Thriller to Cap Season
November 1, 2014 Inspired Start Nearly Nets Set Win as Volleyball Hosts Pomona-Pitzer
November 1, 2014 Defense Posts Seventh Straight 20-Dig Effort at Rival Occidental
October 31, 2014 Jamshidi, Little Lead Volleyball at No. 3 Cal Lu
October 25, 2014 Little Breaks Out, Jamshidi Stars as Volleyball Hosts Whittier
October 24, 2014 Volleyball Celebrates Cancer Awareness Day at SCIAC Foe La Verne
October 18, 2014 Third Set Rally Falls Short for Volleyball Against SCIAC Foe Chapman
October 17, 2014 Jamshidi Near Double-Double Paces Volleyball in Loss at Redlands
October 11, 2014 In Exciting Doubleheader, Volleyball Seizes First Victory
October 7, 2014 Jamshidi Leads Beavers in Rival Match
October 3, 2014 Caltech Faces No. 2 in the Nation
September 30, 2014 Volleyball Plays the Poets, Shows Good Direction
September 27, 2014 Beavers Battle Late but Leopards Leap Early
September 20, 2014 Caltech Shows Solid Spurts in Home Opener
September 17, 2014 Beavers Battle Dons on the Road
September 13, 2014 Trip to the North Nets Experience and Fight
September 10, 2014 SCIAC Volleyball Opens at Chapman
September 8, 2014 Volleyball Begins at West Coast Baptist
August 13, 2014 A New Chapter for Caltech Volleyball in 2014
July 7, 2014 2014 Volleyball Schedule Released