Seniors Henry Clemons, Gavin Elliott and Jack Howard all closed out their careers Tuesday with a 25-22, 25-19 loss to New Trier in the sectional final at Glenbrook North.
Clemons contributed eight kills and seven digs. Howard finished with four kills, and Elliott had two kills. Junior Liam Roberts added two kills and two blocks. Junior Jake Soucheray had two blocks. Junior John Hitt (15 assists) and sophomore Ryan Merk (9 digs) also contributed.
A Howard kill gave Loyola a 20-19 lead in the first set, but the Trevians went on a 5-0 run to go ahead 24-20. Five service errors hampered the Ramblers.
New Trier jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the second set before the Ramblers tied it up at 8-all. The Trevians won the next two points and never trailed again.
It was the second consecutive season the Ramblers (29-10) lost to the Trevians in the sectional title game. Loyola won its eighth regional championship in 11 seasons and has won at least 20 matches 11 years in a row.