FORT WORTH, Texas – Four different Ole Miss Rebels reached double figure kill totals Saturday evening at TCU, but the Ole Miss volleyball team (7-3) fell 3-2 (22-25, 25-15, 25-20, 16-25, 9-15) to the Horned Frogs in front of a raucous environment at the Unversity Rec. Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
“We really competed hard,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “I was really pleased with our performance. We fell a little bit in set four, couldn’t stop one of their players and we lost a little bit of confidence. There are a couple things we can correct moving forward, but overall for the day I thought we had a good performance.”
Laporte and Morgan were each named to the TCU Nike/Molten Invitational All-Tournament team for their high level of play. Morgan averaged a team-high 2.86 kills per set and 1.43 digs per set in the Rebels’ four matches in the Lonestar State. Laporte was second on the team with a 2.75 kills per set average while hitting at a .458 clip. Laporte also averaged 1.42 blocks per set.
After a back-and-forth start to the opening set, TCU (8-3) went on a 10-3 run to take a 17-10 lead and force the Rebels into their second timeout. Trailing by eight points at 21-13, Ole Miss went on a 9-3 run to cut its deficit to two, but could not finish the comeback and fell 25-22. Laporte had four kills on seven attempts in the set, while Edie had 10 assists and Brashear had seven digs.
The Rebels rebounded nicely in the second set with a 25-15 victory. Ole Miss used a 4-0 run to take a 10-6 lead and led by at least three points for the remainder of the set. Ole Miss hit at a .478 clip in the second set and notched three service aces, including back-to-back aces from Evan St. Laurent that capped off the Rebels’ early 4-0 run.
The Rebels took the lead early in the third set thanks to a 5-0 run highlighted by a pair of kills from Bakima and a pair of service aces from Brashear. TCU fought back late in the set to pull within three at 23-20, but the Rebels held on to win the set 25-20 and take a 2-1 lead in the match. Morgan had five kills in the set and Edie passed out a dozen assists.
TCU raced out to a quick 7-1 lead in the fourth set and tied the match at two sets apiece with a 25-16 win.
After Ole Miss scored the opening two points in the fifth set, TCU went on a five-point run to prompt a Rebel timeout. Ole Miss couldn’t quiet the TCU attack after the break and dropped the final set 15-9.
Ole Miss will now return home to compete in the Rebel Classic on Sept. 20-21. It is the first time since 2004 the Rebels have hosted two tournaments in one season. Ole Miss hosted the Magnolia Invitational earlier this season on Sept. 6-7.
The Rebels will face Southern Miss on Friday at 7 p.m. CT, followed by a doubleheader Saturday against Chattanooga (11 a.m. CT) and Louisiana-Lafayette (7 p.m. CT).
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, including recaps after each match, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans can also follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and on Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
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