The Midwest is in the spotlight tonight for college men’s volleyball.
No. 4 Ohio State and Lewis highlight tonight’s matches in a battle between two undefeated MIVA teams. In addition, out on the West Coast two top-10 nationally ranked teams meet as No. 5 Pepperdine takes on No. 6 Stanford.
Check out the top-five men’s volleyball matches from around the nation to follow this tonight.
1. No. 4 Ohio State (12-2, 5-0 MIVA) vs. Lewis (11-5, 7-0 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio.
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What to know: Lewis and Ohio State is not only a battle of undefeated teams in conference play — it’s the first rematch of last season’s MIVA championship match. Both teams start the second half of their seasons after going undefeated in February. The defending-MIVA champion Fylers are on a 10-match winning streak and has only lost one game in its last five matches, while the Buckeyes are also on a 10-match winning streak. In addition, this match will feature two of the top underclassmen outside attackers in the MIVA this season. Ohio State sophomore outside attacker Andrew Lutz is second in the MIVA with a 3.76 kills per game average. Lewis sophomore outside attacker Geoff Powell also is fourth in the MIVA averaging 3.61 kills per game.
2. No.5 Pepperdine (9-5, 9-5 MPSF) vs. No. 6 Stanford (10-6, 7-6 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Palo Alto, Calif.
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What to know: There is still two months until selection Sunday, but the Pepperdine-Stanford match has a feel of a must-win match for both teams to remain in serious contention for the lone at-large bid to the four-team NCAA Tournament. Pepperdine was upset at home match against UCLA last week to drop into fourth place in the MPSF and two-and-half match out of first place. Stanford defeated Cal Baptist on Monday to snap its two-match losing streak and is in fifth place in the MPSF. This also will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. Pepperdine All-American outside attacker Maurice Torres had a match-high 20 kills as the Waves at home defeated the Cardinal in four games in January. Stanford, though, enters this match conference-best 7-1 at home this season.
3. No. 3 BYU (12-3, 11-2 MPSF) vs. UC San Diego (6-12, 3-10 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in San Diego
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What to know: The Cougars will attempt to solidify their chances at retaking the No. 1 national rankings if it can complete the weekend road trip sweep with a victory against UC San Diego. BYU enters this match one day after rallying from a two-game deficit to beat No. 1 UC Irvine. Outside attacker Ben Patch in the victory had a career-high 35 kills and set the school record for most kills in a match during the rally scoring era. UC San Diego enters this match in last place in the MPSF. In addition, the Tritons have never defeated the Cougars in their program history.
4. No. 10 Harvard (9-3, 5-2 EIVA) vs. Princeton (6-3, 4-2 EIVA)
Match vitals: 4 p.m. in Princeton, N.J.
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What to know: The two Ivy League men’s volleyball teams will meet in one of the biggest matches during their rivalry’s history. Princeton and Harvard will play each other for the first time in recent history when they are both receiving votes in the national coaches poll. The Tigers are in third place in the EIVA and have won five of their last six matches, including a four-game victory against Sacred Heart on Friday. The Crimson earlier this week became nationally ranked in the coaches poll and media poll for the first time in their program’s history. However, Harvard lost to George Mason on Friday to snap its seven-match winning streak and move into second place in the EIVA.
5. USC (3-8, 3-8 MPSF) vs. Pacific (5-8, 3-8 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Stockton, Calif.
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What to know: Two teams trying to get back into the race for the eight-team MPSF Tournament will play each other as USC plays host to Pacific. The Trojans and Tigers are tied for 11th place in the MPSF and one-match behind eighth-place Cal Baptist. USC is on a three-match losing streak and has lost seven of their last eight matches. Pacific is on a five-match losing streak, including a four-game loss to Pepperdine on Friday. Pacific earlier this season, though, defeated USC for its first victory against the Trojans in more than five years.