The Raiders conclude the Cardinal & Gold Challenge on Saturday afternoon


AMES, IA – Wright State’s volleyball team was unable to overcome a slow start on Saturday, falling to tournament host Iowa State 3-1 to wrap up the weekend at the Cardinal & Gold Challenge.

Wright State (5-3) now returns home for the first time in 2022, hosting the Tru by Hilton Dayton-Beavercreek Invitational Thursday and Saturday, as the Raiders host Dayton and Wichita State at McLin Gymnasium.

Against Iowa State, the Raiders lost the first set, 25-14, before bouncing back to take the second set, 25-16, to tie up the afternoon. The host Cyclones (5-4) collected 25-16 and 25-19 set wins to wrap up the win.

Megan Alders, Taylor Bransfield and Sam Ott all had eight kills to pace the Raider attack, while Aaliyah Byers added six. Jenny Morey provided four of Wright State’s five service aces and Lainey Stephenson passed out 28 of 35 assists for the Raiders. Jenna’s story A game-high 16 digs led the Raiders to double digits in the defensive column, as Martin added 12 and Morey and Stephenson had 10 digs apiece.

Wright State took a 3-1 lead before Iowa State got a foothold and the set went back and forth early. Up two, the hosts raced from 6-0 to take an 18-10 lead and then recorded three of the final four points in the set for the 25-14 win.

Back and forth early, the Raiders used a 7-0 run behind Bransfield and Ott to take a 15-6 advantage, later doubling Iowa State on a Byers win to push to 18-9. After a brief push from Iowa State, Wright State closed the set with the final three points thanks to a trio of offensive errors from the hosts.

Neither team could gain firm control until a 4-0 run from Iowa State pushed the hosts to a 15-10 advantage. A five-of-six run streak for the Cyclones took them to a 20-12 mark, where they and the Raiders traded points before a kill gave Iowa State the set victory at 25-16.

The tightest set of the afternoon, Iowa State took an early 5-2 lead before the Raiders came back in the set and within two at 12-10. Later, Wright State had four straight points to take a 15-13 lead, only to see Iowa State respond with four straight points to regain the lead. Wright State recorded two of three to shoot within one at 20-19 before the hosts finished the afternoon with a 5-0 run.


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