A controversial call in the fourth game kept Santa Monica alive, but Loyola came back strong to win 15-6, 8-15, 15-8, 14-16, 15-4 in a Southern Section Division I second-round match at Santa Monica on Tuesday.
Leading 14-13 in the fourth game, Loyola appeared to have won the match when a Santa Monica player came in contact with the net on a spike. One referee called it and Loyola celebrated, but the other referee overruled the call, saying the player ran into padding below the net. Play resumed, and Santa Monica eventually won that game, 16-14.
In the decisive game, Loyola took offense to the call and soundly beat the Vikings.
The Cubs (19-1) were led by Pat Klein, who had 30 kills and the final point of the match. Setter Vaughn Montgomery had 33 assists, but didn't play in the final game and outside hitter Davey Olson had 23 kills.
Carlos Haro led Santa Monica with 59 assists and Ryan Heumann had 23 kills and four blocks.