Initial look at upcoming NCAA Tournament finals

It’s all down to one more match to decide the 2015 national champion.

Check out the quick-hit facts and stats to know as Loyola plays Lewis in the NCAA Tournament finals.


No. 1 seed Lewis (27-3, 15-1 MIVA) vs. No. 3 seed Loyola (27-2, 14-2 MIVA)
Match vitals:
6:30 p.m. Saturday in Palo Alto, California
Last meeting: Loyola beat Lewis in the MIVA Tournament championship match
Last NCAA Tournament title: Lewis (2003); Loyola (2014)
NCAA Tournament record: Lewis (3-5); Loyola (4-1)
How they got here: Lewis (defeated Penn State in the NCAA Tournament semifinals); Loyola (swept UC Irvine in the NCAA Tournament semifinals
Historical stats to know: This is the first NCAA Tournament finals featuring two non-West Coast teams in the tournament’s history. Lewis has a chance to become the first program to win a NCAA championship after having to vacate a national championship. In addition, the championship match will be the first time in the Flyers’ history that they will play an opponent four times in a season. With a Loyola victory, All-American outside attacker Thomas Jaeschke will become the first player to win both a national championship and the National Player of the Year award during the same season since 2010. The Ramblers also have a chance to become the fourth college men’s volleyball program to win back-to-back NCAA championships.