CLAREMONT, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2017) – Freshman Isabell Yang (Arcadia, Calif. / Arcadia) led the Caltech offensive attack with six kills in Friday's SCIAC volleyball match at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.
Yang also had six digs to go with her six kills and assisted on one successful block. Meanwhile, the Beavers rebounded from a tough first set to test the 16-5 Athenas in the second and third frames. Caltech led CMS, 9-7 in the second set following a Helena Shield (Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island) kill that resulted in a CMS blocking error. The Beavers hung with the Athenas all the way to the end of the set but saw even greater success in the third set when they led as late as 16-15. Neither set featured a dominant Caltech run but rather showcased the Beavers' ability to hang with a deeper, more experienced opponent. Freshman Krystyna Maruszko (Redondo Beach, Calif. / Marymount) had 11 assists and nine digs and sophomore Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) led the Caltech defense with 10 digs. Positive numbers in the blocking department also played a role in the Beavers' late success. Junior Sakthi Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake School) assisted on three blocks while Maruszko and Shield logged the team's two solo blocks of the evening.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will return home tomorrow to host another SCIAC foe in the University of La Verne at 2 p.m.