New Culture, Talent Boosting Caltech Volleyball’s Expectations

first_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Business News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things You Should Never Share With Other PeopleHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuffcenter_img Photo by Michael WongThe departure of four of a team’s top performers, including the program’s all-time kills leader, does not typically portend success the following year. An exceedingly young 2016 Caltech volleyball squad is prepared to challenge those odds, however, as five experienced incoming freshmen, a handful of key returners and a vastly improved team culture have the Beavers already setting their sights even higher than last year’s modest success.Schedule ReleaseRecruit Release“We are actually further ahead of last year from an experience and developmental standpoint,” Head Coach Tom Gardner said. “We are having fun, showing passion and positive energy, which I’m confident we can channel into improvement in every area on the court. We’re focusing on cohesiveness and making the process enjoyable – a positive experience leads to success on the court.Sophomore Sakthi Vetrivel (Redmond, Wash. / Overlake School) headlines a small band of returners, having ranked second on last year’s squad in three statistical categories with just over a kill per set, 32 total blocks and 20 service aces. Junior Mayra Melendez (Salinas, Calif. / York) once again will have the first opportunity to lock down the libero position while senior Suzannah Osekowsky (Saratoga, Calif. / Saratoga) is also the early leader in the right-side hitter competition.“We are counting on our few returners, and especially Sakthi, for leadership with such a young group,” Gardner said. “She gained some good experience last year and has the versatility to play across the front row. Mayra is a key component in our serve-receive who will help solidify a young back row, while Suzy combines well with Sakthi to put up a big blocking presence.”Despite the graduation of the program’s all-time kills leader as well as the departure of three other hitters ranked in the team’s top five last season, the 2016 squad could post similar production thanks to a more balanced attack as freshmen Alexa Lauinger (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) and Lauren Li (Bellaire, Texas / Bellaire) enter Caltech ready to stake their claim to the outside hitter berths for the next four years.“Alexa and Lauren are going to be great six-rotation players,” Gardner said. “They can play both offense and defense at a high level, have a variety of different shots and compete hard and push each other.”Building chemistry with a pair of new setters will of course be key, with classmates Ellie Walker (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) and Mei-Ling Laures (Chicago, Ill. / British Int’l School of Chicago) both showing they are capable of manning the position on their own or splitting duties, at least in the early stages.“We’re fortunate to have brought in two players with setting experience; now we’re just looking to make good connections with the hitters and see how our lineup shakes out,” Gardner said. “They’re both doing a good job figuring out how to make the hitters better and put them in position to succeed.”Freshman Julia Fay (Oakland, Calif. / Coll. Prep School) rounds out the incoming group as a valuable front row piece who will contribute to the team’s blocking presence in particular.“We are more balanced, more experienced and more confident this year,” Gardner said. “We are still finding out exactly what we have and where everyone fits, and with a small squad we need to stay healthy, but we feel good about being able to compete with the teams we have on the schedule. We are going to be able to weather more and longer rallies, side-out an overcome adversity, all things we struggled with last year. We’re really going to challenge teams – there’s not going to be anything easy against us this year.”Gardner and the Beavers head to Lancaster on Tuesday, Sept. 6 for the season opener at West Coast Baptist College, which Caltech has beaten in the season finale each of the last two years. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News New Culture, Talent Boosting Caltech Volleyball’s Expectations From GoCaltech.com Published on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 | 1:55 pm Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

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first_img Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty SHIRLEE SMITH,Columnist Shirlee Smith | Parent Power is No Joke By SHIRLEE SMITH Published on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 5:32 am April has been designated National Humor Month. While laughter is said to be therapeutic and an opportunity to make life’s burdens a little easer to bear, there’s also the chance to learn a few good lessons from the occasion that brought about the hee-haws.The Problem/ The Set-UpMy son Paul said the principal of his junior high school pulled him out of the lineup for school pictures.“I wasn’t wearing a shirt and tie,” he said with a smattering of shame and went on to explain that the principal sent him and another boy who was also dressed inappropriately to the office, and the secretary presented them with a box of dingy-looking clothing items to choose from that neither of the boys wanted to put on.I scrambled through the papers on my desk to find the announcement for Class Picture Day.It was there and to my satisfaction there was nothing on the announcement that said a shirt and tie were required.Be patient – the chuckle is coming.I went to see the principal; he wasn’t budging. No shirt. No tie. No Picture.I went to see the school district assistant superintendent. He fiddled around with stuff on his desk, avoided making eye contact with me and, in the end, said there was nothing to be done as the principal made policy at the school.I went to see the superintendent. He said nothing to me after hearing the story but called his secretary and told her to get the principal on the telephone.I sat there at his desk watching, waiting and listening.The Solution/The Last laughOnce the principal was on the line, the superintendent picked up his telephone and said, “This is Ray, your friendly photographer at school district headquarters. Get a photographer to that school immediately and take every 7th-grader’s picture.”He hung up the phone, looked at me, smiled and asked if there was anything else he could do.Unfortunately, the principal got the last laugh. He brought the photographer back to the school, but made sure to have the class picture taken right after lunch time when the kids were sweaty and in disarray from playing on the field.Where’s the Laugh?Raising kids provides many stories with a set-up and a punch line, but often it’s hard to determine where’s the laugh.“Ha, ha,” I chuckled to myself as I left the school district headquarters having met a man, the superintendent, who took my small issue seriously but at the same time could add a little humor by referring to himself as the “friendly photographer.”Concealed in humor is most often serious reality. “Crackin’ but Fackin” was an expression that was once used to define this scenario.More to Humor than a LaughThe principal may have had the “one-up” last laugh with the after-lunch photograph. But, on the Fackin side, the Superintendent set in motion the creation of a militant education advocate – me.Ramon Cortines, who was the Superintendent of Pasadena Schools who I met with, later became superintendent of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles School Districts.It’s no joke that retired from many school districts, Superintendent Ramon Cortines believes in parent power. Business News More Cool Stuff Subscribe Community News Top of the News Shirlee Smith can be reached by email at [email protected] Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more