The Wright State volleyball team pushed Loyola to the limit, but came up on the short end of a five-set thriller Saturday night at the C.J. McLin Gymnasium. The Ramblers won the match 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 15-13.
WSU broke a 17-17 tie in the first set on a Marisa Aiello kill and a Mariah Nussbaum service ace and held the lead the rest of the way, clinching the set on a Heidi Splinter kill.
Loyola, though, looked to be in control of the match by winning the second and third sets, only trailing 1-0 and 2-1 in the second set, and jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
The Raiders, however, went on a 12-2 run to go up 14-8 and maintained the advantage the rest of the way to force the decisive fifth set.
The two teams were tied 11 times in the final set, the last at 12-12, before a service error and an attack error gave the Ramblers a 14-12 edge. Aiello kept the WSU hopes alive with a kill, but Nichole Riedel closed out the match with a kill to give Loyola the win.
Loyola had just three more kills on the night (55-52), but the Ramblers hit .141 compared to .116 for the Raiders.
Splinter paced WSU with a double-double of a career-high 24 kills and 18 digs along with six block assists. Aiello added 15 kills in hitting .290 on the night with five block assists while libero Katie Glassmeyer had 28 digs, Nussbaum and Kenzie Egan 11 each and setter Ashleigh Lucco nine to go with 46 assists.
Wright State (2-24, 0-9 Horizon) has just one match on the schedule next week, traveling on Friday, October 26, for a match at Valparaiso that starts at 8:00 Eastern time.