The match-ups for Conference Championship Saturday are set as six teams still control their own fate for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
The conference tournaments will continue with the EIVA, MIVA and MPSF championship matches on Saturday. Here is the initial look and the historical information to know about every conference tournament championship match.
MIVA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
No. 1 seed Loyola (26-1, 14-0 MIVA) vs. No. 2 seed Lewis (23-6, 11-3 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Chicago
Season series: Loyola leads 2-0
Last MIVA Tournament title: Loyola (2013); Lewis (2012)
Historical stats to know: Loyola defeated Lewis in five games last season in the conference championship. This will be the seventh time since 1990 that the same teams have reached the MIVA Tournament championship match in back-to-back years. In these rematches, though, the team entering as the defending MIVA champion is 2-4. A Loyola win would also make it first team since Ohio State in 1969 to go undefeated in a MIVA regular season consisting of at least 10 matches and then win the MIVA Tournament.
MPSF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
No. 1 seed BYU (20-8, 18-6 MPSF) vs. No. 3 seed Stanford (22-7, 17-7 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Provo, Utah
Season series: BYU leads 2-0
Last MPSF Tournament title: BYU (2013); Stanford (2010)
Historical stats to know: Stanford is 3-1 all-time against BYU in the MPSF Tournament but its only loss came on the road at Smith Fieldhouse. The Cougars are attempting to become the first team to repeat as MPSF Tournament championship since they accomplished the feat in 2003-04. BYU All-American outside attacker Taylor Sander also has at 20 kills in three of his team’s last five matches against Stanford dating back to 2012.
EIVA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
No. 1 seed Penn State (23-6, 13-1 EIVA) vs. No. 3 seed Princeton (16-9, 10-4 EIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
Season series: Tied at 1-1
Last EIVA Tournament title: Penn State (2013); Princeton (1998)
Historical stats to know: Penn State since losing to Princeton in the 1998 EIVA Tournament semifinals is on a NCAA-record 38-match winning streak in the conference tournament and has won a NCAA-record 15 consecutive conference championships. Princeton defeated Penn State in five games during the regular season. In addition, the Tigers were the last EIVA team to beat the Nittany Lions twice in a single-season when they accomplished the feat in 1998.