PASADENA (Oct. 1, 2019) – The Caltech volleyball team came up out on the wrong side of two tightly contested sets in Tuesday's SCIAC clash with the University of Redlands.
The Beavers opened the match by digging their way out of a 10-3 hole. Caltech caught Redlands in the nick of time at 24-24 thanks to a key kill from junior Sydney Richardson (Granite Bay, Calif. / Roseville) just moments after re-entering the game. While Caltech came up short in the first frame, they managed to get off to a better start in the second, but couldn't quite shake the visiting team in what ended up being a back-and-forth affair. The Beavers set themselves up with set-point opportunities on four different occasions but were unable to capitalize as the Bulldogs went up two sets and eventually finished out the match.
Two different players registered double-digit kills for the shorthanded Beavers. Richardson led the way with 11 kills and an impressive .375 percentage while classmate Hannah Fan (Saratoga, Calif. / Saratoga) had 10 kills of her own on 35 total attacks. Freshman Charley Lafayette (Toronto, Ontario, Can. / Branksome Hall) maintained a .400 percentage on an additional seven kills and junior Krystyna Maruszko (Redondo Beach, Calif. / Marymount) assisted on 30 kills and came one dig away from posting her first 30-20 game of the 2019 season.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will go back on the road for a Friday, Oct. 4 game at SCIAC contender Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.