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  • Loyola of Chicago downs Stanford for men's title

  • CHICAGO — Cody Caldwell had 20 kills and top-seeded Loyola of Chicago beat third-seeded Stanford 3-1 on Saturday night for its first NCAA men's volleyball title.
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  • CHICAGO — Cody Caldwell had 20 kills and top-seeded Loyola of Chicago beat third-seeded Stanford 3-1 on Saturday night for its first NCAA men's volleyball title.
    Thomas Jaeschke and Joe Smalzer each had 12 kills for Loyola (29-1), which won the final set 25-15. The Ramblers won their final 27 matches after losing to Southern California on Jan. 4.
    Brian Cook had 15 kills for Stanford (24-9), and Steven Irvin added 10. The Cardinal, the national champion in 1997 and 2010, are 3-1 overall against Loyola.
    Loyola hit .452 to Stanford's .266.
    West Coast schools have won 40 of the 45 NCAA titles. Penn State won two championships, and Ohio State one. Lewis' 2003 title was vacated due to player eligibility.
    The Ramblers took a 2-1 lead after hitting .500 in the third set to win it 25-19.
    Loyola won the first set 25-17, hitting .696 to Stanford's .296. The Ramblers ended the set on an 11-4 run. Caldwell had nine kills.
    Stanford took the second set 25-19 to tie the match. The Cardinal had four service aces and hit .444 to Loyola's .241.
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