Frogs Splash Rebels In Fort Worth
Oct. 25, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - The UNLV Rebels (13-10 overall, 6-4 Mountain West) lost its first match in Forth Worth, Texas to the TCU Horned Frogs (17-6, 6-4) for the first time since 1998 on Saturday afternoon. The Rebels had owned a seven-match winning streak over TCU, since the Texas natives joined the Mountain West Conference in 2005. Today's loss, coupled with Thursday's defeat at New Mexico, gives UNLV its second two-match losing streak of the season. The Rebels lost the match by set scores of 26-28, 25-15, 13-25, 22-25.
The match began with a see-saw first set that witnessed UNLV own a set point at 24-23. Unfortunately, the home squad evened the score and had three set points of their own before eventually taking the opening frame.
UNLV came out strong in the second and built as much as an 11-point lead on two occasions (21-10 and 23-12) before putting the set away and sending the match tied into intermission.
The third began with a 1-0 lead for the Rebels, but TCU managed to reel off five consecutive points to never look back. The Horned Frogs owned multiple 11-point leads until finishing off the stanza up 12.
The fourth and final set was won by TCU, but saw nine ties and four lead changes. UNLV led for most of the set, but watched as the Horned Frogs evened things up at 18-18 for the final tie. TCU took the lead for good in the fourth on a Rebel attacking error.
TCU out-hit UNLV by a .205 to .166 margin, while knocking down eight more kills (58-to-50). The teams hit identical .220s in the first and then traded .000 sets in the second and third before the Horned Frogs took ownership of the better hitting efficiencies in the final two frames. UNLV managed a .250 in the second, its best in the match, before hitting .000 in the third and .105 in the fourth. TCU, on the other hand, hit .000 in the second prior to smashing a .433 in the third and .244 in the fourth.
UNLV was led by Melody Nua's 10th double-double of the year and 37th of her career. Nua combined 15 digs with a team-best 36 assists. She has notched double-digits in assists in 112 of 113 career matches.
The Rebel offense was led by 13-kill tallies by Erin Greenwood and Sara Nehf. Greenwood's .290 hitting efficiency was the best for the Rebels. She contributed defensively with a team-best six blocks (one solo).
TCU got double-doubles from Nirelle Hampton and Lauren Otto. Hampton led her squad in assists (45) and digs (16) to achieve the feat. Otto paired her match-high 18 kills with 13 digs for her achievement.
Christy Hudson smashed an astounding .682 hitting tally with 15 kills and no errors in 22 swings for the Horned Frogs.
The Rebels stay on the road with next week's match at San Diego State on Friday, Oct. 31st (7:00 pm.