Some stats are just cooler than others.
Check out the top 10 stats to know about the upcoming NCAA Tournament championship match between the No. 1 seed Loyola and the No. 3 seed Stanford.
1. Loyola’s 21 service errors in its five-game semifinal victory against Penn State was the fourth most errors in a NCAA Tournament match since 2008. Ohio State holds the record during this time span with 26 service errors in a single-match but accomplished the feat en route to winning the 2011 national championship.
2. Outside attacker Thomas Jaeschke had a match-high 24 kills in Loyola’s NCAA semifinals victory. Former Ohio State opposite Shawn Sangrey holds record for most kills in a NCAA Tournament since college men’s volleyball moved to 25-point games with 45 combined kills in 2011.
3. Loyola is making its program’s second appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Two of last three teams to make its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament went on to win the national title that season — UC Irvine in 2007 and BYU in 2001.
4. The last two NCAA Tournament championship matches have been sweeps. There has not been three consecutive sweeps in the NCAA Tournament championship match since 1998-2000.
5. The two semifinals on Thursday marked the first time in NCAA Tournament’s history both semifinal matches went to a decisive fifth. A NCAA championship match has reached a decisive fifth game five times during the rally scoring era.
6. Stanford is an 11-match winning against the MIVA dating back to 2008, including a victories against Loyola in 2011 and 2012.
7. The MPSF is 2-1 all-time versus non-West Coast teams in NCAA Tournament championship matches played in the Midwest. In addition, Stanford won its first NCAA title in program history in 1997 at Ohio State.
8. Stanford libero Grant Delgado had a match-high 19 digs in its semifinal victory against Stanford — eight digs short of tying the single-match NCAA Tournament record. Delgado would also need 21 digs in the championship match to tie George Mason’s Uvaldo Acosta record of 40 combined digs during the NCAA Tournament.
9. A Stanford victory would make John Kosty the sixth coach in the sport’s history to win multiple Division I-II NCAA Tournament championships.
10. This is the fifth time in NCAA Tournament history that two private universities have reached the NCAA Tournament championship match and the first time since Lewis and BYU played in the 2003 NCAA Tournament championship match.