Caltech’s Lauinger Just Misses Fifth Straight Double Double

Freshman Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) came up just short of her fifth double-double with nine digs and nine kills in a 3-0 loss in the SCIAC opener to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday evening. The Beavers dip to 1-4 overall and begin SCIAC play 0-1 while the Sagehens improve to 5-4 overall (1-0). Rookie […]

Freshman Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) came up just short of her fifth double-double with nine digs and nine kills in a 3-0 loss in the SCIAC opener to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday evening.

The Beavers dip to 1-4 overall and begin SCIAC play 0-1 while the Sagehens improve to 5-4 overall (1-0).

Rookie Ellie Walker (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) set for 16 assists and fellow freshman Lauren Li (Bellaire, Texas / Bellaire) recorded five digs and four kills.

Caltech started slowly in the first set, going down 10-2 before a run including two service aces by senior Sakthi Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake) pulled the visitors within three points. The Sagehens responded with their own 10-4 run to take the first set, 25-16.

The Beavers kept the second set close and were within two points through the first half of the set before Pomona-Pitzer took control with the score at 12-10, going on to win 25-16. The Sagehens came out firing in the third set and took a quick 7-2 lead. With the hosts looking to close out the match, Caltech fought to stay in the match but could not quite get back into it, falling 25-9 to suffer the defeat.

Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers host Whittier College (2-9, 0-2) this Frida, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

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