Check out all the matches tonight involving NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams and how to follow those matches live.
No. 4 Pepperdine (11-1, 7-1 MPSF) vs. No. 5 UC Irvine (12-3, 7-2 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Irvine, California
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
What to know: No. 4 Pepperdine less than 24 hours after moving into first place in the MPSF will now only have to beat a top-five nationally ranked team to remain atop of the conference standings. Pepperdine will play host to No. 5 UC Irvine with the Waves starting the day a half-match ahead of the Anteaters for first place in the conference. The Waves are on a conference-best six match winning streak and are undefeated at home this season. In addition, Pepperdine leads the conference holding opponents to a .165 attack percentage, including keeping UC San Diego to less than .100 attack percentage in a sweep of the Tritons on Friday. Middle attacker Mitchell Penning also entered the weekend first in the MPSF with a 1.32 blocks per game average, while middle attacker Matt Tarantino is in the conference’s top 15 at a 1.06 blocks per game average. UC Irvine began the weekend with a nation-best .354 attack percentage. Outside attacker Tamhir Hershko leads the Anteaters and is among the MPSF leaders with a 3.82 kills per game average. In addition, UC Irvine Preseason All-American opposite Zack La Cavera had a match-high 17 kills and more than a .400 attack percentage the last time these two teams played each other in 2014.
No. 1 Loyola (9-0, 2-0 MIVA) vs. No. 15 Ball State (7-4, 2-2 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Chicago
Follow live: Live stats, In-match tweets
What to know: No. 15 Ball State will spend its Valentine’s Day trying to end two streaks that both last longer than a decade. Ball State will travel to No. 1 Loyola in search of the team’s first road victory against the Ramblers since 1999 — their longest conference losing streak at one location in program history. The Cardinals, though, in recent years have almost pulled off several road upsets against the Ramblers, including pushing Loyola to a decisive fifth game last season. Loyola is the only undefeated team remaining in the nation and is on a 36-match winning streak dating back to last season. The Ramblers are also leading the conference and second in the nation with a .351 attack percentage, including hitting more than .400 in both their conference matches this season. Ball State has a nation-best 3.19 blocks per game average and freshman middle attacker Matt Walsh leads the nation with a 1.79 blocks per game average. In addition, if Ball State pulled off the upset against Loyola it would be the program’s first win against a team ranked No. 1 since beating UCLA in 1995.