Ramblers will compete for the national title for the second straight year
Junior all-american blasts 17 kills as Ramblers bounce back with impressive win
Ramblers will play two matches against the `Lopes in Phoenix, Ariz.
Team looks to make return trip to Final Four
Joe Smalzer pounds match-high 17 kills to lead Ramblers
Photos from Loyola's national championship victory over Lewis
Photos from Loyola vs. UC Irvine
+ MIVA Academic All-Conference - 2013, 2014
2014: Appeared in 18 matches... Recorded a season-high 6 kills against McKendree (2/8)...Appeared in the NCAA Championship victory over Stanford...Also appeared in Loyola's MIVA Championship game victory over Lewis...Named to MIVA Academic All-Conference Team.
2013: Played in 61 sets over 26 matches...Recorded three kills in his Loyola debut against St. Ambrose (1/12)...racked up season-high ten kills vs. Harvard (2/1)...followed that up with an eight kill and three block performance against Springfield College (2/2)...also saw action in Loyola's National Semifinal matchup with UC-Irvine (5/2)...MIVA Academic All-Conference selection.
High School: Chosen team captain his junior and senior years, helping Catholic Memorial High School to the 2010 Wisconsin State Championship...named Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year and Wisconsin Coaches Association State Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011...selected Journal Sentinel's Area Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011...named to Volleyball Magazine's "Fab 50" seniors for the 2012 class...played for West Allis Lightning club team with current Loyola teammates Nicholas Olson and Peter Hutz, earning the 2010 and 2012 USAV Junior National Championships...selected as the Junior Nationals Most Valuable Player in 2010 and 2012, earning Junior Nationals All-Tournament accolades four straight years (2009-12).