Of course the final four isn't the only final the Ramblers face this week.

Their historic run comes right in the midst of final exams week. For a guy like Daliege, the timing isn't much of an issue.

"Because I'm a fifth-year senior, I'm only taking one class right now," he said. "Obviously school does come first so I'm doing everything I can for my one class, but I'm really lucky that I have a lot of free time so obviously it's not hindering my volleyball."

Others say their professors have been flexible.

"All my thought is on the final four but I have to try to buckle down and work on those exams and study," Olson said. "I have a couple exams I'll be able to make up after and one of them I'll actually have to take on the road, but that's OK. [My professors are] being very generous."

"I'm actually taking all of mine once I get back from L.A. which is really nice," Hutz said. "It's tough and a little stressful but we're all focusing on volleyball right now, so I think we'll do pretty well."

Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.


Loyola (22-9) takes on defending national champ and second-seeded UC-Irvine (23-7) at 8 p.m. Thursday at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. The game will be streamed live on ncaa.com. It's the first appearance for the Ramblers in the Final Four and the fifth for the Anteaters. The teams have met five times, with Loyola holding a 3-2 edge.

If the Ramblers advance to the national championship match against the BYU-Penn State winner, it will be televised at 8 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.



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