The Wright State volleyball team dropped a three-set decision to Radford Friday at the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Challenge in Morgantown. The Highlanders won the match 26-24, 31-29, 25-13.
WSU led 19-15 in the opening set following a Natalie Catani kill, only to see Radford tie with four straight points. A Samantha Daniel kill put the Raiders back in front, but the Highlanders tallied three straight to go in front 22-20. Wright State later tied at 22, 23 and 24 down the stretch, but could not regain the advantage.
The Raiders again had the early lead in the second set, going up 13-7 on a Marisa Aiello kill, but Radford stormed back to go up 18-17 on a Yacine Meyer kill. WSU, though, looked to be in good shape to tie the match as an Ashleigh Lucco kill made it 24-22.
The Highlanders, however, overcame that deficit and another set point at 25-24 to take the set and then jumped out to a 7-2 lead in winning the final set.
Radford led 48-37 in kills, .233-.094 in attack percentage and 10-2 in blocks.
Aiello posted her second strong match of the day as after recording 16 kills earlier against Saint Peter's, the freshman middle blocker had 13 kills in hitting .355. Heidi Splinter had nine kills and nine digs while libero Katie Glassmeyer had 14 digs and Catani 10.
Wright State (1-9) wraps up play in the tournament with two more matches on Saturday, taking on Maryland-Eastern Shore at 2:00 followed by host West Virginia at 6:30.