PASADENA (Oct. 2, 2018) – Led by a big line from senior Sakthi Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake School), the Caltech volleyball team picked took its first set from visiting Occidental College since 2005 on Tuesday evening. The Beavers also held leads in the first three sets, all of which needed more than the allotted 25 winning points to finish.
Trailing by two sets, the Beavers asserted themselves in the third set, and from 15-15 embarked on a 9-4 run to set themselves up with four set points. The Tigers made things interesting by fending off all four set points. The Beavers, keyed by an Isabell Yang (Arcadia, Calif. / Arcadia) kill followed by a Vetrivel solo block took the final two points and with it their first SCIAC set of 2018. Caltech also held leads in the first and second sets and had one set point turned back in each frame. Vetrivel finished the match with 11 kills, setting a new season-best mark while tying her career-high number. She also added an assisted block in addition to her third set-clinching solo block.
Junior Helena Shield (Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island) nearly totaled double-digit kills as well, finishing with nine kills and a .261 attacking percentage while junior Lauren Li (Bellaire, Texas / Bellaire) added seven kills. Freshman Alexandra Frymire (Dallas, Texas / Greenhill) set a new career-high with 27 kills, and added 14 digs and six kills, needing just four kills to pick up the Beavers' first triple-double of the season. Freshman libero Megan Wang (Henderson, Nev. / Advanced Technologies Academy) led the Beavers defensively with 21 digs. Caltech will rematch Occidental in Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 27, in its final match of the season.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will return home on Saturday, Oct. 6 for a tri-match with Mills College and the University of St. Katherine.