CATONSVILLE, Md. - Ann Ernst posted 24 kills, the most by a Loyola University Maryland player in nearly two years, and the Greyhounds closed play in the Charm City Challenge with a 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, win over Akron University.
Ernst hit .340 from the outside, logging her 24 kills with seven errors in 50 attempts. Her kill total was the highest by a Loyola player since Molly Cichosz had 25 in a five-set win over Quinnipiac University on Sept. 4, 2014. The 24 kills are also the most in a four-set match by a Loyola player since the program's all-time kills leader, Nina Camaioni, had 24 against Saint Peter's University on Oct. 9, 2010.
The freshman from Chicago was one dig away from a double-double, and she was joined in double-figure kills by fellow freshman Zoe Pawlak who put away 10. Ernst and Pawlak finished the three-match tournament with 43 and 30 kills, respectively.
Ernst and Kazalas both earned All-Tournament honors as the Greyhounds finished second in the event behind UMBC.
Loyola (2-1 overall) had another solid offensive performance in the match, hitting .232 against the Zips.
Saturday's opening set featured 10 tie scores before Akron (2-4) converted three-straight points to lead 17-13 on a Karley Kusan kill, forcing a Loyola timeout.
The Greyhounds bounded out of the break with four-consecituve points of their own, tying the match at 17-17 on a Jarvis kill. Akron, however, would go back up by three, 21-18, on a Madi Baer-Jessica Kloehn block.
Loyola used its second timeout of the set to stem the run, and again the Greyhounds came back with points out of the break. Kazalas had a kill for a sideout point, and Ernst then scored twice in a row with kills of her own to tie the score at 21-21.
Akron used one of its timeouts, and the Zips broke up the Loyola run with a Greyhounds' service error, but Kazalas responded with a kill to knot the set at 22-22. The Zips took a one-point advantage on a Patience Brown kill, but Loyola closed out the set with three points in a row. Ernst sided out with a kill, and the Greyhounds then scored on combined blocks by Ernst and Jarvis followed by one by Cash and Jarvis.
Loyola trailed just briefly in the second set before opening up a lead that would stretch to as many as five, 20-15. Akron, however, drew within a pair, 22-20, on a Loyola service error, but that was the last Zips point of the set as Cash had a kill and Jarvis served two aces to put Loyola ahead, 2-0, in the match.
Akron controlled the scoring in the third set to force a fourth frame, but in that stanza, Loyola rallied from 11-9 down to take a 13-12 advantage behind three-consecutive Ernst kills.
The Zips went up 15-14 on a Kusan-Brown block, but Jarvis sided out with a kill, and back-to-back Arkon attack errors allowed Loyola to take the lead for good.
The Greyhounds open their home schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 6, when they host George Washington University at 7 o'clock in Reitz Arena.