Three players who were ranked among the top recruits in the nation will join the program that has won two NCAA titles in the last three years.
Loyola announced Tuesday that high school seniors Devin Joslyn, Thomas Kovanic and Garret Zolg all signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Ramblers beginning in 2018.
“We are excited to announce the singing of three guys who we feel will have a major impact on our program as we continue to compete for a national championship,” Mark Hulse said in a statement. “We think that they will complement the guys currently in the gym and come in ready to compete from day one. Best of all, they are all fantastic students and young men, and they fit the mold of high character people that are part of this program.”
All three commits earned a spot on the Top Underclassmen to Watch list from Volleyball Magazine earlier this year.
Joslyn, a 6-foot-6 outside attacker from Angola, New York, was a member of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that qualified for the 2017 FIVB U19 World Championship. The outside attacker also earned his second all-conference honor as his high school team won its 17th consecutive conference title in 2016.
Kovanic, a 6-foot-8 outside attacker from Aurora, Illinois, was a First-Team All-State selection with his high school team earlier this year. In addition, Kovanic led his club team to back-to-back silver medals at the last two USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships.
Zolg, a 6-foot-3 setter from Santa Ana, California, twice earned most valuable player honors in his high school league. He also won a gold medal at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships and with his club team twice qualified for the National Championships.
Loyola as the two-time defending NCAA champions finished last season in second place in the MIVA and reached the conference tournament semifinals. The Ramblers under second-year head coach Hulse return a multiple starters, including All-American middle attacker Jeff Jendryk.