Head coach: Lionel Ebeling, 14th season

2017 season: 21-16 (4-4 Catholic Blue), lost to Glenbrook South 20-25, 25-23, 26-24 in regional final

Players to watch: Nick Howard, sr., M; Drake Johnson, sr., RS; Matt Wiertel, sr., M; Henry Clemons, jr., OH; Jack Howard, jr., OH; John Hitt, so., OH/S; Ryan Merk, fr., L

Notes: Ramblers return three starters in Drake Johnson, Matt Wiertel and Jack Howard. An all-conference player as a sophomore and junior, the 6-foot-5 Howard led the Ramblers with 303 kills to go with 40 blocks and 32 aces last spring. Henry Clemons became a starter midway through his sophomore season and finished with 89 kills and 37 aces. … According to head coach Lionel Ebeling, John Hitt had a standout summer on the club circuit and is expected to be a contributor this season. … Ryan Merk follows brother Collin Merk (Class of 2014) as a varsity player and will anchor the defense, Ebeling said. Collin is a senior libero at Quincy University and one of the best back row players in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. … For the ninth season in a row, the Ramblers enjoyed a winning season and finished with 20 or more victories for the ninth consecutive year. Loyola is looking for its first regional title since 2015.