Nevada Rallies From Early Deficit to Down Texas Tech
Miara Cave led Texas Tech with 16 kills in a 3-2 loss at Nevada Wednesday night.
Sept. 19, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Tessa Lea'ea connected on 21 kills to lead three Nevada players in double digits as the Wolf Pack held off a late Texas Tech rally to score a 3-2 (24-26, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 15-11) victory Wednesday at Virginia Street Gym.
Janelle Batista and Grace Anxo also added 15 and 12 kills for the Wolf Pack (3-10), who wrapped the match hitting .256 as a team, including a .346 mark during the final frame.
Tech (11-4) opened the match with an impressive .342 average during the first set before errors began to plague the Red Raiders, who finished with a .227 hitting percentage after totaling 26 attacking errors.
The Red Raiders totaled nine attacking errors during the second frame alone as Nevada rallied from a 17-12 deficit to win the set and turn the tide until Tech evened the match again with a victory in the fourth.
Miara Cave led the Red Raiders with a season-high 16 kills while Emily Ehrle added 15 of her own off the bench. Lydia McKay and Aubree Piper boosted Tech in the middle with 10 and seven kills each as both players hit over .300 in the match.
Rachel Brummitt once again boosted the back line with a match-high 26 digs, including 11 during the opening set. Emily Wright posted 10 digs as well while Emily Ruetter finished one dig shy of a double-double as she totaled nine in the match along with 51 assists.
Kelly Chang led Nevada defensively with 19 digs to go along with three aces as the Wolf Pack finished with eight in the match, the most Tech has allowed this season. Dana Holt also added seven digs to go along with 55 assists.
The loss marked Texas Tech's (11-4) third straight after an impressive start to the year where the Red Raiders won eight-consecutive matches. It was also Tech's first loss in a five-set match this year as the Red Raiders were 3-0 previously.
The Red Raiders will look to snap their three-match losing streak Saturday evening when the Kansas Jayhawks travel to Lubbock to open Big 12 play. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.