Loyola men's coach Shane Davis, wife Andrea and daughter Sydney with the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association trophy the Ramblers won Saturday night. (Steve Woltmann/ Loyola Athletics)

Loyola men's coach Shane Davis, wife Andrea and daughter Sydney with the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association trophy the Ramblers won Saturday night. (Steve Woltmann / Loyola Athletics / April 27, 2013)

Finally.

After falling one win short of making the NCAA men's volleyball tournament seven times, Loyola is on its way for the first time in program history.

The Ramblers rallied from a 2-1 deficit Saturday night to beat Lewis 3-2 in Romeoville and advance to the Final Four at UCLA.

No. 3 seed Loyola meets No. 2 UC Irvine, the defending champion, in Thursday's semifinals.  No. 1 seed champion Brigham Young plays No. 4 Penn State in the other semi.  The championship match is Saturday.

The victory over Lewis also gave Loyola (22-9) its first Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament title.

Loyola's Joe Smalzer, a redshirt junior from Marist, won most outstanding player for the tournament.  Smalzer had four of his 20 kills in the fifth set, which Loyola won 15-7.