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Wright State volleyball rallies past NKU in Horizon League showdown, extends winning streak to 14

NKyTribune staff

FAIRBORN, Ohio — One winning streak was certain to end Friday night when Wright State played host to Northern Kentucky in a Horizon League volleyball showdown with a share of first place at stake.

Wright State fought off two match points in the fourth set and used its home advantage in McLin Gymnasium to rally for a 21-25, 20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 15-11 win over NKU. The Raiders extended their winning streak to 14 and improved to 14-1 overall, 3-0 in the Horizon League.

Megan Alders finished with 14 kills and hit .293 for Wright State, whose only blemish is a season-opening loss to Bowling Green. The Raiders remained tied for first place with Milwaukee — which defeated Cleveland State on Friday night to move to 3-0 in Horizon League play. Milwaukee has won 13 consecutive matches and is 16-1 overall.

NKU’s Ashton Terrill scooped up 34 digs and served two aces against Wright State on Friday night. (Photo by Jeff McCurry)

Wright State libero Jenna Story, who ranks second in the NCAA with 6.38 digs per set, scooped up 33 digs. Nyssa Baker added 13 kills and attacked at a .414 clip with eight blocks for the Raiders.

Laura Crawford slammed down a career-high 21 kills for NKU, which entered Friday having won four straight matches. The Norse (9-6 overall, 2-1 Horizon League) hit .200 as a team, while Wright State attacked at a .233 clip.

Up 2-1 in sets, NKU rallied from a 23-17 deficit in the fourth frame with a 7-0 run to hold match point at 24-23. Wright State countered with a kill to tie the score at 24-all, but Crawford responded by terminating a ball to give NKU another match point at 25-24.

Wright State closed the set with a 3-0 run to take a 27-25 win, and the Raiders prevailed in a closely contested fifth set, scoring the final four points for a 15-11 victory.

Anna Brinkmann finished with 12 kills and 21 digs for NKU, while teammate Natalie Hardig added 11 kills with a .429 hitting percentage. Miranda Wucherer distributed 30 assists and had 18 digs, while Shelby Olsen dished out 31 assists and chipped in 11 digs.

Ashton Terrill scooped up a career-best 34 digs and served two aces for NKU, which holds a 21-14 lead in the all-time series with Wright State. The Norse defeated the Raiders twice in three meetings last season, including a victory during the Horizon League Tournament.

NKU plays host to IUPUI at 2 p.m. Sunday in Regents Hall. IUPUI is 2-0 in the Horizon League, and the Jaguars are 6-9 overall. The Norse own a 5-2 lead in the all-time series against the Jaguars. 

(Information compiled from NKU Athletics Communications, Wright State and staff reports)

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