The Wright State volleyball team battled First State Skyhawk Invitational champion Troy down to the wire, but came up on the short end of a five-set decision to the Trojans Saturday in Martin, Tennessee. Troy won the match 24-26, 25-18, 21-25, 25-17, 15-10.
Two Natalie Catani service aces and two Marisa Aiello kills gave WSU a quick 4-0 lead in the first set, but the Raiders were down 20-17 following a block from Breanna Cullity and Alexandra Alexander. Another Catani ace and a block by Aiello and Mariah Nussbaum, however, helped tie it at 21 and after being deadlocked at over the next three points, Wright State claimed the set thanks to a part of Trojan attack errors.
After a 12-7 run allowed Troy to take control of the second set, WSU came back strong in the third set by erasing a 20-14 deficit with nine unanswered points, four of those coming on three kills and a block by Catani. After a Trojan kill ended the string, Wright State wrapped up the set on back-to-back Aiello kills.
Troy (3-3), however, rallied back to win the match as the Trojans never trailed in winning the fourth set and broke away from a 5-5 in the final set with a 5-1 burst. A Heidi Splinter kill cut the deficit to 12-10, but the Raiders would get no closer as Troy scored the final three points.
Wright State outhit the Trojans .216-.205, but Troy held a 67-56 kill advantage and led 8-4 in aces.
Splinter recorded her second double-double of the day and third of the season with 18 kills and 15 digs while Ashleigh Lucco did the same with a double-double of 47 assists and 11 digs. Aiello had a season-high 14 kills and five block assists while Catani posted her first career double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs.
Libero Katie Glassmeyer was named to the All-Tournament Team as she tallied 58 digs in three matches, including 21 against the Trojans.
Wright State (0-7) is right back on the road on Tuesday, traveling to IPFW for a 7:00 match.