Volleyball Closes Weekend Play With Four-Set Win Over Tennessee Tech
AKRON, Ohio - Ann Ernst had a match-high 17 kills, and Loyola Unviersity Maryland posted its best hitting percentage in a year as the Greyhounds closed the Akron Invitational with a four-set win over Tennessee Tech University, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, on Saturday afternoon.
Haley Puddy joined Ernst with double-figure kills, tallying 11, while Molly Jarvis had nine and Stacey Kazalas added eight. Molly Werts and Ashley Kozer combined for 41 assists as Werts had 24 and Kozer, 17.
Loyola’s .266 hitting percentage was its highest since one year to the date when it hit .268 in a three-set win over Delaware State University on September 2, 2016.
Tennessee Tech (2-4) took an early lead in the match with a 25-22 victory in the first set, aided by a 6-0 run early in the frame. A Kozer service ace gave Loyola an 6-5 advantage, but kills by three different players and three Loyola miscues pushed the Golden Eagles up 11-6. They would extend that lead to 17-10 after a Greyhounds attack error and closed out the set.
The second set saw neither team lead by more than two until late in the stanza. Loyola took a 15-14 advaantage on a bad set by the Golden Eagles, but Tennessee Tech scored three-straight to go up by two, 17-15.
Molly Jarvis later tied the set at 19-19 with a kill for Loyola, and the Greyhounds went up a point on a solo block. K’Vonna Johnson evened the score at 20-20 with a kill for Tennessee Tech, but a service error by the Golden Eagles gave Loyola a lead it would not relinquish. Ernst put away a kill, and Werts had an ace, to give the Greyhounds a 23-20 cushion.
The third set proceeded as closely as the first two. Loyola broke an 11-11 tie with six-straight points to lead 17-11 after a Puddy kill.. The Golden Eagles answered with a Susie Jeziorowski kills, but five of the next six points were by the Greyhounds, bringing the score to 22-13.
Loyola scored five of six points during an early stretch in the fourth set, two coming on Jarvis kills, giving the Greyhounds an 11-8 lead. Tennessee Tech got back within one twice during the remainder of the match, but the Golden Eagles would not draw closer as Loyola held on to win its second match of the tournament.
Shealene Little led the Tennessee Tech (2-4) with 13 kills and 11 digs. Jeziorowski had a match-high 38 assists.
Loyola opens its home schedule next weekend when it hosts the Charm City Challenge. The Greyhounds open the tournament with a Friday, September 8, match against Presbyterian College at 10:30 a.m.