The Wright State volleyball team dropped a four-set decision to Valparaiso Friday at the C.J. McLin Gymnasium. The Crusaders won the match 27-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18.
The Raiders overcame a 14-12 deficit in the first set by scoring eight straight points as Haley Garr had two kills and three block assists and reached set point at 24-21 following a Crusader attack error, only to see Valparaiso rally to tie it at 24-all. A Stephanie Ruffing kill put WSU up one before Valpo completed the comeback win by tallying the final three points.
Wright State again battled tough in the second set as there were 11 ties and three lead change, only to see Valpo again score the final three points to take the set.
In the third set, the Raiders snapped a 21-all tie with a Marisa Aiello kill and a Crusader attack error and later won it on another Aiello kill and one from Ruffing, but Valparaiso closed out the match by gradually pulling away in the fourth set.
Valpo finished with a 60-55 kill advantage and outhit WSU .242-.174.
Ruffing led the Raiders with a double-double of 18 kills and 11 digs while Heidi Splinter also had a double-double of 10 kills and 17 digs. Haley Garr had 10 kills and six blocks, Miranda Puthoff 47 assists, nine digs and seven blocks and Katie Glassmeyer chipped in 21 digs.
Wright State (6-25, 0-13 Horizon) closes out the season Saturday by hosting UIC at 5:00. The two WSU seniors--Ellen Senf and Splinter--will be honored before the match.