PASADENA, CA –In a match that saw numerous lead changes and countless ties, Mills College did just enough at the end to pull off a 3-1 win (25-20, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21) over Caltech on Saturday afternoon.
While the Beavers were able to produce more kills (38) and service aces (22) then their opponents, Mills was able to claim the tight win with fewer errors. When combining attack, service, blocking and general ball handling errors, the Cyclones committed 16 less than Caltech.
In the opening set the Cyclones and Beavers traded points through the early portion of the stanza until the Beavers nudged out in front 12-10. However, a 13-3 scoring spurt put the visitors up 23-15. Caltech responded by cutting their deficit to 23-20 but couldn't get any closer as Mills went up 1-0 in the match.
Mills held an 11-5 edge to open the second but Caltech wouldn't go down without a fight. The Beavers chipped away at their disadvantage with a 5-2 scoring spree. Mills continued to hold their lead and eventually grew that edge to 19-12. One final push from Caltech tied the score at 22-22 but the Beavers couldn't grab the lead as Mills went up 2-0.
Caltech played a solid set three while taking advantage of an error-filled set from the Cyclones. Caltech trailed only once in the set at 4-3 but quickly took the lead and cruised to the third set victory. The Beavers held their opponents to a negative hitting percentage in that frame to force a back-and-forth fourth set.
The home squad took an early lead at 3-2 but a resilient Mills squad continued to fight. Although Caltech held a 19-15 lead, the Cyclones concluded the match by winning 10 of the next 12 points to post a set four comeback win.
Caltech's Paige Logan and Catherine Jamshidi each had a match high 12 kills. Megan Jackson played well along the back row as she dug up a season high 20 balls. Setter Rachel Hess dished out 29 assists while accumulating a personal best nine digs. Jamshidi had a match high and personal best seven service aces.
As a team Caltech had a season high22 service aces.
Nina Rogers had a team best 11 kills for the Cyclones while posting a double-double with her 15-dig effort. Libero Aisha Gonzalez had a team best 19 digs.