Fay Steps up with Three Blocks in Loss to No. 22 ULV

Fay Steps up with Three Blocks in Loss to No. 22 ULV

Photo by Michael Wong

PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2016) – Freshman Julia Fay (Oakland, Calif. / Coll. Prep School) made a career-high three blocks in Caltech volleyball's 3-0 defeat to No. 22 University of La Verne on Saturday afternoon.

The Leopards steadily built up a 12-7 lead in the first set before breaking it open with seven unanswered points.  Caltech stopped the bleeding with a kill by freshman Lauren Li (Bellaire, Texas / Bellaire), handing the serve to rookie Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon).  The Beavers proceeded to force La Verne into four straight attack errors, including a block by Li and Fay, to pull back within six at 19-13.  The teams traded points from there, but a final three-point run by the Leopards clinched the set, 25-18. 

La Verne dominated the second set with 15 kills on a .600 hitting percentage to win, 25-5, and surged to an 11-5 lead in the third set, but the Beavers recovered to move back within two at 13-11.  Caltech hung close through a 16-13 score line until the visitors separated for good, taking the match 25-14.

Li led the Beavers with eight kills and added five digs, while Lauinger posted a team-high six digs.

Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers host West Coast Baptist in the season finale on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.


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