PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2014) – Junior Amarise Little (Orlando, Fla. / Freedom) broke out and junior Catherine Jamshidi (Burke, Va. / Lake Braddock Secondary School) fell just shy of yet another double-double as the Caltech volleyball team played three tight sets but ultimately fell, 3-0, against SCIAC rival Whittier College on Saturday night.
Whittier improves to 8-15 overall and 6-8 in the SCIAC while Caltech is now 1-19 (0-13).
Jamshidi led the Beavers with seven kills, two service aces and 11 digs while Little smashed five kills on a team-best .250 hitting percentage and added one assists and a block assist. Junior Amy Hu (Rockville, Md. / Montgomery Blair) and junior Harinee Maiyuran (Irvine, Calif. / Arnold O. Beckman) combined for a 12 of the team's 13 assists.
The Beavers hung close through a 6-6 tie in the first set, but the Poets gradually outpaced the hosts en route to a 25-18 victory despite a brief late rally by Caltech. Whittier jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second set, but Caltech soon rattled off four straight points behind a pair of aces by Jamshidi to pull within three at 11-8. The Poets would score 14 of the final 17 points to take the set, 25-11, and took another early lead in the third set to cruise to a 25-10 win.
Head Coach Tom Gardner and the Beavers will head to No. 2 Cal Lutheran (23-2, 12-1) on Tuesday, Oct. 28.