STORRS, Conn. - Ann Ernst logged her first collegiate double-double Friday night, leading Loyola University Maryland to a 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 25-14 non-conference victory over Saint Francis Brooklyn College in the Dog Pound Challenge.
Ernst finished one-shy of her season-high with 23 kills, and she picked up a new high of 13 digs. Zoe Pawlak added eight kills and 10 digs, while a third freshman Molly Jarvis had seven kills and six total blocks.
Saint Francis (3-6 overall) opened up a four-point lead more than midway through the first set, going ahead 17-13 on a Loyola hitting miscue. The Greyhounds, however, scored six of the next seven points to lead 20-18. During the run, Molly Werts and Pawlak each had a pair of kills.
The Terriers came back to tie the match at 20-20 and then take a 21-20 lead, but Loyola would even the score twice. Saint Francis again went up by one, 24-23, on an Aleksandra Gligoric kill, but she then committed a service error, and the Terriers were denied a set-point.
A Saint Francis hitting error gave Loyola a set point, and they Greyhounds took advantage, winning the opening frame with an Ernst kill.
The Terriers again led in the early going of the second set, going up 10-6 on a Ernst attempt that went long. They held another four-point lead, 12-8, but Loyola tallied nine of the next 10 points to fiip the score to a four-point lead in its favor.
Saint Francis got back within four, 19-15, but Pawlak had three kills, and Ernst recorded two, thereafter to close out the stanza.
Back-to-back kills in the third set by Ernst and Pawlak helped Loyola grab a 13-6 advantage as the Greyhounds looked to close out the sweep. This time, however, it was the Terriers’ turn for a rally. Saint Francis scored 11 of the ensuing 13 points to take a 17-16 lead on a Loyola attack error.
The Terriers went ahead 23-18, but three Ernst kills helped Loyola get within a point, 24-23, before Saint Francis closed out the set to force a fourth.
Saint Francis came out strong in the fourth set, leading 8-2 on an Angela Hudelson kill, but Loyola quickly trimmed its disadvantage to 9-7 with Ernst putting away three kills during the stretch. The Terriers then led 14-12, but Loyola scored the last 13 points of the match for the win.
Loyola had a season-high 10 total blocks in the match, led by Jarvis’ six and five total by Stacey Kazalas. The block helped the Greyhounds hold Saint Francis to a .055 hitting percentage.
Erin Cunningham led four Greyhounds in double-figure with a team-high 16; she also had four aces and seven assists. Molly Werts added a double-double with 13 assists and 10 digs. Megan Mondon had 18 assists, as well.
The Greyhounds close action in the Dog Pound Challenge on Saturday afternoon when they play Yale University at 11 a.m.