PASADENA (Oct. 12, 2019) – Sophomore Alison Noyes (Falmouth, Maine / Falmouth) was a constant for the Caltech volleyball team, which came away with a pair of straight-set victories over the University of St. Katherine and Mills College on Saturday afternoon.
Game 1: Caltech 3, St. Katherine 0
The Beavers met the Firebirds in a rematch from last month's clash in San Marcos, and the result remained the same. Noyes, who played all three sets got involved early and often both offensively and defensively. The sophomore had a perfect game with eight kills in eight attempts and dominated the net with seven total blocks (six assisted, one solo). The first of Noyes' kills came on the very first point of the match, setting an aggressive tone that allowed the Beavers to dictate offensively throughout all three sets.
Caltech rolled through the third set with a season-best 17-0 run capped off by Noyes' final kill of the match. Noyes keyed the run with six total blocks linking up with senior teammate Lauren Li (Bellaire, Texas / Bellaire) on five of them. Sophomore Hannah Fan (Saratoga, Calif. / Saratoga) led the Beavers with nine kills on a .318 percentage, while also chipping in with five service aces. Li, meanwhile put forth seven kills of her own and junior Krystyna Maruszko (Redondo Beach, Calif. / Marymount) set her teammates up with 24 assists at a rate of eight per set. Collectively, the Beavers played perhaps their cleanest match of the month with just eight total attacking errors.
Game 2: Caltech 3, Mills 0
Caltech handled Mills in the second match of the day, as the Beavers ceded just six points to the Cyclones in the second set while further improving upon their offensive efficiency. This time, the host team hit a collective .414, its highest percentage of the season against an NCAA opponent. Senior Ellie Walker (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) got the start at setter and picked up 45 assists, the most ever by a Caltech player within three sets. Walker also had a hand in the Beavers' most significant run of the match. The Beavers got off to a 12-0 run to start the second set on Walker's serve. The senior responded with five service aces over that span in addition to five assists.
The Caltech volleyball team went on to dominate from there on out, giving up just 11 third-set points to follow up on the dominant second frame. Noyes led the attack with 12 kills and a .476 percentage, and finished the day with just two errors over both matches. Defensively, the Beavers held their own with two players reaching double-digit digs. Sophomore libero Megan Wang (Henderson, Nev. / Advanced Technologies Academy) led with 21 digs while senior Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) collected 11 digs of her own.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will return to SCIAC play on Tuesday, Oct. 15 when they look to get even with Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Claremont.