SAN DIMAS, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2018) – Caltech volleyball kicked off its season with a doubleheader split against Providence Christian College and Life Pacific College on Saturday.
Game One: Caltech 3, Providence Christian 1
The Beavers started their season off on the right foot, winning the final two sets to dispatch Providence Christian. Junior Lauren Li (Bellaire, Texas / Bellaire) turned in one of her strongest performances in a Caltech uniform with 17 kills and a .324 hitting percentage. Fellow outside hitter Hannah Fan (Saratoga, Calif. / Saratoga) registered a solid debut for the Beavers with eight kills to go along with 16 digs, as did freshman libero Megan Wang (Henderson, Nev. / Advanced Technologies Academy), who hit the 20-dig threshold in her first collegiate match. Another freshman, setter Alexandra Frymire (Dallas, Texas / Greenhill), benefitted from Li's proficiency on the kill with 16 assists in her collegiate debut. The Sea Beggars made the Beavers earn each set, with neither team scoring fewer than 21 points at any point. A collective effort on the serve also buoyed the Beavers, as the team combined for seven service aces by seven different players.
Game Two: Life Pacific 3, Caltech 2
Caltech had a similarly hard-fought match in Saturday's second contest. The Beavers went to the wire with Life Pacific and even came out on top in the match's first two sets. The decisive set saw the visitors leading as late as 13-12. Sophomore Krystyna Maruszko (Redondo Beach, Calif. / Marymount) filled the stat sheet with 14 kills, 27 digs and 11 assists for the first Caltech triple-double of 2018, while adding a pair of assisted blocks. The sophomore's all-around game accounted for a team-best 16 points in all. Fan, meanwhile, picked up the first 10-kill game of her career as the Beavers' second-leading attacker. Fellow freshmen Wang and Frymire played their roles once again, with the former picking up another 24 digs while the latter notched 13 more assists. Wang also led the Beavers with three service aces.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will take to the road again for their next match on Tuesday, Sept. 4 against West Coast Baptist College.