Photo by Michael Wong
REDLANDS, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2016) – Freshman Lauren Li (Bellaire, Texas / Bellaire) led the Caltech volleyball team's attack in the first of two matches on Saturday afternoon, with the Beavers falling to both the University of Redlands and UC Santa Cruz.
Caltech 0, Redlands 3
The Beavers came out strong as they jumped to a 5-2 lead, with Walker assisting the first three points. The lead vanished quickly, however, as the Bulldogs went on a 4-0 run to flip the score and go ahead, 10-9. The teams traded points until the Bulldogs went on the first of three 3-0 runs which helped solidify the first-set victory, 25-21.
Despite suffering from their lowest hitting percentage in a set this season, the Beavers kept the second set close early, trailing by just three before the hosts took control and went on to win, 25-15. Caltech continued to battle in the third set but could not get back on the same page offensively. Another three-point lead at 7-4 was soon erased, although the Beavers made one last stand at 11-9 before Redlands exploded for 13 straight points thanks to a deluge of attacking errors, closing the match with a 25-14 victory.
Li recorded a team-high-tying seven kills and added seven digs, one assist, one ace and a block. Freshman Ellie Walker (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) recorded 13 assists and four digs while fellow freshman Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) recorded seven kills and 11 digs.
Caltech 0, UC Santa Cruz 3
Starting the first set slow, the Beavers trailed 6-2 until a kill by Lauinger rallied Caltech to a 5-1 run to pull within one. The Beavers had the momentum until a kill by the Banana Slugs led them on a four-point run to lead, 11-6, after which another six-point rally saw the Banana Slugs take the first set, 25-15.
The Beavers started the second set slow as well, trailing 5-1 but holding steady through to a 10-7 disadvantage until UCSC rattle off six straight points to win the set, 25-12, and carried the momentum into a 25-9 third set win.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers host Chapman University (6-5, 2-3) this Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.