Bring on all the rematches with this slate of matches.
No. 4 Pepperdine attempting to complete the two-match series sweep against No. 6 BYU highlights the matches. In addition, No. 10 Penn State will play host to No. 10 Ohio State in a critical non-conference match.
Check out the nation’s top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight.
No. 4 Pepperdine (16-14, 11-4 MPSF) vs. No. 6 BYU (13-6, 10-5 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Malibu, California
Follow live: Live stats, Online video, In-match tweets
What to know: The encore performance between No. 4 Pepperdine and No. 6 BYU will have a lot to live up to. The two teams will conclude their two-match conference series after the Waves rallied from a one-game deficit to beat the Cougars in five games on Friday. All-American setter Matt West had a career-high 68 assists to guide Pepperdine’s offense to out-hit BYU .403 to .350. The Waves also had a season-high five players finish with double-digit kills. Both middle attackers Mitchell Penning and Matt Tarantino committed zero attack errors while Penning had 11 kills and Tarantino added 10 kills. In addition, All-American outside attacker Josh Taylor for the second consecutive match led the Waves with at least 20 kills. Outside attacker Jake Langlois in the loss had a team-high 18 kills. Libero Jaylen Reyes also finished with a match-high 16 digs as BYU’s losing streak extended to three matches. BYU needs to win the series finale to move back into a tie with Pepperdine for third place in the MPSF standings. However, a Waves’ victory would keep the team in sole possession of third place and move it within one-match of first-place No. 1 Hawai’i.
No. 10 Penn State (9-9, 4-0 EIVA) vs. No. 11 Ohio State (16-5, 7-3 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania
Follow live: Live stats, Radio feed, In-match tweets
What to know: No. 11 Ohio State will have the daunting task of doing something few teams have been able to do this season — find a way to slow down All-American outside attacker Aaron Russell. Russell leads the EIVA and is second in the nation with a 4.63 kills per game average as No. 10 Penn State enters its non-conference home match against Ohio State. The senior also had a combined 55 kills and .537 attack percentage in the Nittany Lions’ three-match West Coast road trip last week. In addition, Russell was named the National Player of the Week after helping the Nittany Lions go undefeated during that annual mid-season West Coast road trip for the first time since 2008. Ohio State has won four of its last five matches, including a five-game victory against No. 3 Lewis last week. All-conference outside attacker Michael Henchy in that upset had a career-high 32 kills on a .756 attack percentage. Henchy is also one of three Buckeyes in the top 15 of the MIVA with more than a 2.75 kills per game average. This will also be the second meeting between the two Big Ten schools this season. Ohio State swept Penn State in February despite Russell having a team-high 14 kills.