The Wright State volleyball team rallied from an 11-6 deficit to win the second set, but could not maintain the momentum as the Raiders fell at Northern Kentucky Tuesday night 25-12, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22.
The NKU lead was just 8-6 in the opening set before the Norse broke it open with an 8-2 run. Northern Kentucky then went up 11-6 in the second set until the Raiders answered with five straight points, including a pair of Marisa Aiello kills. Miranda Puthoff gave WSU the lead at 14-13 with a service ace and after kills by Heidi Splinter and Ellen Senf, added another ace to make it 17-13.
Northern Kentucky later tied it at 19, only to see Wright State reached set point with another 5-0 burst, one that featured two Alana Smith kills, and win it on a Norse attack error.
The Raiders could not build on the win, however, as NKU pulled away from a 17-17 tie in the third set and from a 21-21 deadlock in the final set by scoring four of the match's final five points.
Northern Kentucky (1-3) finished with just a 46-43 edge in kills, but the Norse outhit the Raiders .208 to .141 and had 12 service aces compared to just five for WSU.
Aiello hit an impressive .750 as she had 12 kills and no errors in 16 attempts for Wright State while Splinter had a near double-double of 13 kills and nine digs. Emily Meng posted a double-double of 39 assists and 11 digs while Puthoff added 13 digs.
Wright State (1-4) heads to Pennsylvania this weekend for the Lafayette Tournament. The Raiders will take on Saint Peter's (2 pm) and Lafayette (6 pm) on Friday, face Lehigh (9 am) on its home court on Saturday morning and wrap up the tournament back at Lafayette against Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday at 2:30 pm.