The Wright State volleyball team battled Milwaukee throughout the match, but came out on the short end of a four-set decision Friday night at the Klotsche Center. The Panthers won the match 26-28, 25-18, 25-22, 27-25.
Down 13-4 early, the Raiders gradually clawed their way back into the first set and tied it at 24-24 on a block by Heidi Splinter and Marisa Aiello and a Milwaukee ball handling error. The two teams were then tied at 25 and 26 before WSU won the set on kills from Splinter and Natalie Catani.
Wright State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second set, only to see the Panthers go in front 11-7 with six straight points. The Raiders came as close as three down the stretch before UWM scored four of the final five points.
WSU looked to rally again in the third set as they trimmed a 19-10 deficit to 23-20 following a Samantha Daniel kill. A Milwaukee attack error later made it 24-22 before an Elizabeth Egerer kill closes out the set.
The Panthers started strong again in the final set, going up 11-4 until the Raiders tied it at 14 with a 5-0 burst, a run that included two Splinter kills. Wright State later led 18-16 and 23-21 and had set point at 24-23 and 25-24 before Milwaukee pulled out the win by tallying the final three points.
Milwaukee (8-11, 3-3 Horizon) finished with a 63-45 kill advantage and outhit WSU .189-.097.
Splinter led the Raiders with her 12th double-double of the season, posting 15 kills and 16 digs, while Marisa Aiello had 10 kills in hitting .346 for the match. Setter Ashleigh Lucco had 36 assists while libero Katie Glassmeyer a season-high 31 digs and Kenzie Egan added 18.
Wright State (2-21, 0-6 Horizon) wraps up the Wisconsin road trip Saturday at Green Bay, starting at 5:00 Eastern.