The Wright State volleyball team nearly picked up its first Horizon League win of the season Friday night, but came up short as Valparaiso pulled out a five-set victory at the C.J. McLin Gymnasium. The Crusaders won the match 22-25, 20-25, 25-13, 25-12, 15-13.
Down 4-3 early, WSU scored five straight points to take the lead for good in the opening set and then pulled away from an 18-17 edge in the second set on two straight Heidi Splinter kills and a block from the junior outside hitter along with Anna Norman.
Valparaiso, though, used a 9-1 run to take control of the third set and then gradually pulled away in the fourth to force the decisive fifth set.
The Crusaders looked to be in command in the final set, scoring the first four points and later led 14-8 before the Raiders rallied to within one with five straight, two coming on Splinter kills and two more on a kill and ace from Marisa Aiello.
The rally, however, would end there as an Ellen Vanden Berg attack fell inside the left sideline for a kill.
Valparaiso (10-8, 2-1 Horizon) finished with a 58-52 edge in kills, outhit the Raiders .186-.102 and had 15 blocks compared to six for WSU.
Splinter recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 19 kills and 15 digs while setter Ashleigh Lucco posted her eighth double-double by dishing out 43 assists and adding 12 digs. Aiello and Natalie Catani each had 10 kills while libero Katie Glassmeyer had 22 digs, Mariah Nussbaum 13 and Kenzie Egan 11.
Wright State (2-18, 0-3 Horizon) continues the three-match homestand next weekend, hosting Youngstown State on Friday, October 5, and Cleveland State on Saturday, October 6, with both starting at 7:00.