Photo by Michael Wong.
PASADENA, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2015) – Senior Harinee Maiyuran (Irvine, Calif. / Arnold O. Beckman) made a career-high 20 assists as the Caltech volleyball team took a set against Providence Christian College in the Beavers' home opener on Tuesday night.
Caltech outlasted PCC in a 26-24 first set victory, but the Sea Beggars posted a dominant 25-10 second set to level the match and clinched with 25-16 and 25-14 wins in the third and fourth. The Beavers are now 0-5 on the season.
The Sea Beggars jumped out to an 8-2 lead to open the match and held the margin until 14-8. The Beavers then struck for seven of the next eight points to tie the game at 14-14, capped by an ace and kill by freshman Subhadra Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake School). The teams traded points until Caltech pulled ahead at 22-20 and withstood a late PCC charge to take the set on back-to-back errors. Vetrivel notched five of the Beavers' final 14 points on kills, with Maiyuran tallying eight of her assists in the set.
Caltech hung close early in the second set but PCC broke a 7-7 tie with a ridiculous 18-3 run to level the match. The third set was far closer but the Sea Beggars still controlled play throughout to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Beavers stormed out to a 7-3 lead to open the fourth set, but PCC recovered to cruise to the match-clinching victory, with Caltech only mustering a late 5-2 run before succumbing.
Vetrivel led the Beavers with 12 kills while sophomore Mayra Melendez (Salinas, Calif. / York) and senior Meghana Pagadala (Rock Island, Ill. / Rivermont Collegiate) recorded 13 and 12 digs, respectively. Senior Amarise Little (Orlando, Fla. / Freedom) added three block assists.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will host the University of La Verne (4-2, 0-1) on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.