Winning a national championship in Chicago has its perks.
The defending-NCAA champions Loyola announced Wednesday that it will be honored next week during a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
Coach Shane Davis will throw out the honorary first pitch before the Cubs’ home game against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. In addition, players from the Ramblers’ championship team will lead fans in the Wrigley Field tradition of singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Loyola on its home-court in May defeated Penn State and Stanford in the NCAA Tournament to win its first national championship in program history.
The Ramblers ended the season on a nation-best 27-match winning streak and became the first MIVA team since 1998 to go undefeated in the conference play.
Among the individual awards Loyola received last season included Davis being named the AVCA National Coach of the Year. Sophomore outside attacker Thomas Jaeschke also became the youngest player in the conference’s history selected as the MIVA Player of the Year.
This is second time a college men’s volleyball team has been honored during the MLB season. Springfield coach Charlie Sullivan was selected to throw out the honorary first pitch at a Boston Red Sox home game earlier this summer after the Pride won their third consecutive NCAA championship in April.