The Wright State volleyball team had three players reach double figures in kills, but it wasn't enough as Eastern Kentucky won in four sets Tuesday night at the C.J. McLin Gymnasium. The Colonels won the match 25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20.
EKU led throughout the first set except for a 5-5 tie and gradually broke away from a 9-9 deadlock to win the second set. In the third set, though, the Raiders gained the lead at 18-15 with three straight points, including a kill and block from Haley Garr, and held off a Colonel comeback late with a Heidi Splinter kill on set point.
WSU then led 11-8 in the fourth set following another Splinter kill, only to see Eastern Kentucky score five straight and 14 of the next 19 points to take control.
The Colonels finished with a slight 50-48 edge in kills and Wright State outhit EKU .176-.174, but Eastern Kentucky led 8-3 in service aces and committed just one ball handling error compared to five for the Raiders.
Garr hit .448 for the match as she had 15 kills for WSU, while Stephanie Ruffing posted her first collegiate double-double of 16 kills and 12 digs. Splinter also recorded a double-double of 10 kills and 18 digs while Miranda Puthoff had 40 assists and Katie Glassmeyer 22 digs.
Wright State (6-17) returns to Horizon League play this weekend on the road, taking on UIC on Friday, October 18, at 8:00 Eastern followed by Valparaiso on Saturday, October 19, at 5:00 Dayton time.