The Loyola men’s volleyball team (13-5, 9-5) had three members named to First Team All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) April 9. Junior opposite hitter Luke Denton, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Cole Schlothauer and senior setter Garrett Zolg received the honors — the first time Loyola’s had three or more first-team honorees since 2018.
The Ramblers’ three first-team members were tied for the most this year with Lewis University. However, the Ramblers were the only team to not have a representative on the Second Team All-MIVA.
Denton leads the team in total kills and digs with 243 and 120, respectively. He’s had 20 or more kills in a match three times this season, including a career-high 25 against McKendree University March 19. Denton was named to the 2019 MIVA All-Freshman Team, but this is his first time making First Team All-MIVA.
Schlothauer was named First Team All-MIVA for the second year in a row, leading the Ramblers with 3.93 kills per set — ranking 11th in the nation. After winning MIVA Newcomer of the Year last season, Schlothauer became the fourth player in program history to be named to First Team All-MIVA in their first two seasons of eligibility.
After sitting out last season due to injury, Zolg was named to First Team All-MIVA for the third time in his career. Zolg averaged 10.3 assists, 1.8 digs and 0.5 aces per set this season. His assists per set ranks eighth in the country and his aces per set ranks sixth.
Behind the success of Denton, Schlothauer and Zolg, Loyola finished tied for second in the conference out of eight teams. But the Ramblers ended the regular season with a pair of losses to first place Lewis and the MIVA Player of the Year Ryan Coenen April 1-2. Prior to that, the Ramblers had won five straight matches.
The Ramblers are slated to play Lindenwood University in the opening round of the MIVA Tournament April 10 at 7 p.m. on ESPN+.