Hounds Finish Strong, Top Morgan State In Charm City Challenge
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland rallied from a first-set loss Friday night to top nearby Morgan State University, 3-1, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-14, in the Fairfield Inn & Suites Inner Harbor Charm City Challenge.
Morgan State (1-8) scored seven-straight points early in the first set to take control of the opening stanza, but Loyola hit .270 in the final three sets to ease to the victory.
Ann Ernst led the Greyhounds (4-4) with 15 kills with Haley Puddy and Stacey Kazalas close behind with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Molly Werts posted 32 assists and tied for team-high honors with 14 honors, matching fellow setter Ashley Kozer.
Morgan State was led by Cristen Coryatt who contributed 14 kills and 19 digs on the match. Natashia Barker and Keana Browne each added twelve kills. Jasmins Hubbard had 22 digs. Roi Wallace led the match with 41 assists.
Loyola opened the first set with three-straight kills to take an early lead, which Morgan State quickly caught up with when the team evened the score up at 4-4. The Lady Bears scored six consecutive points to gain the biggest advantage of the set at 9-4. The Greyhounds chipped away at the score and with kills by Ernst and Kazalas, the score leveled at 10-10. From there the scoring was back-and-forth with an even score nine times. Morgan State pulled away by three at most, but maintained the lead and took the set 25-22.
A kill by Ernst brought the Greyhounds to an even 6-6in the second set before slowly gaining the lead. The Greyhounds scored five-straight to bring the tally to 13-8, which would be the biggest deficit of the set. They held a lead Morgan State was unable to touch, and won 25-21.
The Greyhounds were able to tie up the score, 10-10, with the Lady Bears thanks to a kill by Molly Jarvis. A back-and-forth ensued with five tied scores occurring. After a kill by Puddy evened the tally at 15-15, the Greyhounds kept the advantage and topped Morgan State 25-22.
Loyola kept Morgan State scoreless for eight-straight to take an early advantage in the third set. The Lady Bears got the deficit down to six at 9-3 before a kill by Kazalas opened a five-straight run for Loyola to land at 14-3. From then on the closest the Lady Bears were able to get was an eight-point deficit. Loyola held a solid lead and downed Morgan State 25-14 to win the match.
Loyola will face UMBC on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
- Kendra Farrell '18