Retrievers Rally Past Volleyball In Charm City Challenge Final
BALTIMORE - Elena Scarano had a career-high 17 digs, and Ann Ernst posted a double-double with 19 kills and 14 digs Saturday afternoon, but UMBC rallied to best host Loyola University Maryland volleyball in four, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21, in the final match of the Faifield Inn & Suites Inner Harbor Charm City Challenge.
Ernst and Scarano were named to the All-Tournament Team as the Greyhounds finished second in the event. UMBC won the Challenge title, and its Lauren Mortimer earned Most Valuable Player honors. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammates Krystia Negron and Ashley Ramos. Presbyterian College was represented by Erin Eulitz, and Morgan State University’s Keana Browne joined the All-Tournament team.
In addition to Ernst’s double-double and Scarano’s team- and career-high digs mark, Haley Puddy and Molly Jarvis each had 10 kills for Loyola. Ernst hit .350 in the match, while Jarvis hit at a .474 clip.
Mortimer and Carmen Freeman each posted 14 kills for UMBC (5-5 overall), while Franchesca Reed came off the bench to record 11 kills with just one kill in 17 swings over the last three sets. Negron dished out a match-high 51 assists.
A five-point run by the Greyhounds allowed them to pull ahead from a tight race in the first set to an 11-7 lead, but the Retrievers were able to answer with two consecutive, 11-9. A kill by Corri Waters set the Greyhounds on a short run that would secure their lead with 14-9, and UMBC was unable to catch up for the remainder of the set that Loyola would win, 25-20.
Loyola opened the second set by scoring the first five points of the frame, including two service aces by Ernst. UMBC got one point on the board before the Greyhounds were able to put up three more.
The Greyhounds pushed as far ahead as 12-3 before the Retrievers started to rack up the points. Seven consecutive scores by UMBC left Loyola down, 15-14. A kill by Ernst evened it up at 15-15,but the Greyhounds were unable to regain any lead for the remainder of the set. Loyola fell to a six-point deficit losing the set 25-19.
Points were traded on both ends with no clear advantage in the third set until a Loyola error brought the Retrievers into their largest advantage of the stanza, 21-16. The Greyhounds were able to get the gap to two, but UMBC finished with a point and won the set 25-22.
UMBC scored eight-straight to pull ahead 12-8 in the fourth set. A kill by Molly Jarvis broke the streak and put the Greyhounds down by just three.
The Retrievers later interrupted what would have be a streak of six by the Greyhounds, and evened up the score 16-16. UMBC managed to create the gap again and pulled forward 19-16. Loyola was able to answer and get within two but the team wasn’t able to get closer than that. The Retrievers managed a 25-21 win.
Loyola faces Coppin State on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
- Kendra Farrell '18