The postseason picture and conference tournament brackets have a chance to get further solidified with several critical matches tonight.
No. 11 Ohio State and No. 14 IPFW will play each other in a late-season conference match with both teams needing a victory a improve their postseason seeding. In addition, No. 6 BYU will look to avoid a possible upset as it continues its weekend series against No. 13 CSUN.
Check out the nation’s top college men’s volleyball matches to follow tonight.
No. 11 Ohio State (20-6, 10-3 MIVA) vs. No. 14 IPFW (17-9, 7-6 MIVA)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio
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What to know: Two of the top freshmen in the nation will go up against each other and try to help their team get a critical late-season conference victory as No. 11 Ohio State plays host to No. 14 IPFW. Outside attacker Nicolas Szerszen leads the Buckeyes and is first in the nation among freshmen with a 3.15 kills per game average. He also had a match-high 10 kills and 13 digs in a road sweep against IPFW in February. IPFW outside attacker Alex Harthaller is third among freshmen in the nation averaging 2.97 kills per game. In addition, Harthaller was named the National Freshman of the Week on Monday after having a match-high 16 kills on a .609 percentage in a sweep against Ball State last week. Ohio State enters this conference match needing to win one game from IPFW to clinch the No. 3 seed for the upcoming MIVA Tournament. A victory for the Buckeyes would also keep them among the teams under consideration for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology projects. IPFW is in third place and needs to win one of its three remaining matches to clinch the No. 4 seed and a home match for the conference tournament quarterfinals.
No. 6 BYU (14-9, 11-8 MPSF) vs. No. 13 CSUN (10-16, 7-13 MPSF)
Match vitals: 7 p.m. in Northridge, California
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What to know: No. 6 BYU after snapping its losing streak last night will now attempt to complete the series sweep against No. 13 CSUN. Opposite Matt Underwood had a match-high 13 kills and five blocks to help the Cougars defeat the Matadors in the opener of their two-match series on Friday. With this victory, the Cougars ended their longest losing streak in almost 25 years at six matches and stayed in fifth place in the MPSF standings. BYU out-hit CSUN .318 to .168 and held the Matadors to a match-worst negative-.033 attack percentage in the final game. In addition, the Cougars had eight aces, including outside attacker Jake Langlois having a game-winning ace in the first-game overtime. CSUN enters this series finale tied for ninth place in the MPSF and a half-match behind eight-place No. 15 Stanford for the final berth to the MPSF Tournament. This is also a near must-win match for the Matadors tonight to avoid missing the postseason for the third consecutive season.
NJIT (9-10, 2-6) vs. Springfield (22-6)
Match vitals: 3 p.m. in Srpingfield, Massachusetts
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