The Wright State volleyball team battled Northern Kentucky tight the entire match, including a 30-28 second set, but dropped a 3-0 decision to the Norse in the home opener Tuesday night at the C.J. McLin Gymnasium.
The first set featured six ties and three lead changes in the early going before NKU took the lead for good at 10-8 on a service error and a block by Jenna Ruble and Kelly Morrissey.
WSU looked to be in good position to even up the match at a set apiece as a Heidi Splinter kill made it 24-21, but Northern Kentucky stayed alive with three straight points. The Raiders later reached set point at 25-24, 26-25, and 28-27, but could not come up with the decisive point before the Norse claimed the set by tallying the final three points.
The final set was tied nine times, including at 18-18 after three consecutive Wright State points, only to see NKU go ahead for good with three in a row. Another Splinter kill and an attack error drew the Raiders to within one at 23-22, but the Norse scored the next two points to close out the match.
Northern Kentucky finished with a 52-39 kill advantage for the match and outhit the Raiders .271-.190.
Natalie Catani led the way for WSU with 12 kills and added seven digs while Splinter recorded a double-double of 11 kills and 12 digs. Setter Ashleigh Lucco also posted a double-double of 33 assists and 13 digs and libero Katie Glassmeyer chipped in 13 digs.
Wright State (0-4) heads to Martin, Tennessee, this weekend for the First State Skyhawk Invitational. The Raiders take on DePaul at 6:00 Eastern on Friday followed by UT-Martin on Saturday at 2:00 and Troy later that day at 6:00.