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Ramblers win MIVA title, play Thursday in NCAA tourney

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Get tickets to Thursday’s match at Gentile Arena.

> Read Saturday’s game story, plus check out a photo gallery of the action.

Watch the highlights of the victory over Lewis University.

For the second time in as many years, the Ramblers will play for an NCAA title in men’s volleyball—and this time, they’ll get to do it on their home court.

No. 1-ranked Loyola (27-1) beat Lewis University on Saturday at Gentile Arena to claim its second straight Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championship, and with it, another trip to the NCAA volleyball tournament. The Ramblers, who have won 25 matches in a row, are the top seed in this week’s NCAA tournament, which is being held at Loyola for the first time in history.

“Earning the top overall seed is a great reward for all the hard work that our student-athletes have put in this season,” said head coach Shane Davis. “There are some great teams coming in for the championship and a lot of hard work to be done this week to accomplish our main goal, but it will be terrific to have a chance to compete at the highest level in front of our home fans.”

Loyola plays Thursday night against Penn State, a team it beat 3-1 in the regular season. If the Ramblers win Thursday’s semifinal, they’ll play Saturday night for an NCAA championship.

The championship schedule is listed below:

Thursday, May 1 (streamed live on NCAA.com)

(2) BYU vs. (3) Stanford - 6 p.m.
(1) Loyola vs. (5) Penn State - 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 3 (ESPNU)
Semifinal winners - 7 p.m.