Initial look at upcoming conference tournament semifinals

It took until early Sunday morning but the semifinals are all set for the EIVA Tournament, MIVA Tournament and MPSF Tournament.

Check out the match-ups and the stats to know for the upcoming conference tournament semifinal matches.


MIVA TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS

No. 1 seed Lewis (25-2, 16-1 MIVA) vs. No. 5 seed Lindenwood (13-11, 8-9 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. Tuesday in Romeoville, Illinois
Season series: Lewis leads 2-0
Historical stats to know: The No. 1 seed in the MIVA Tournament has advanced to the championship match every season since 2005. Lindenwood is making its first appearance in the MIVA Tournament semifinals after winning in the quarterfinals for its first postseason victory since joining the MIVA.

No. 2 seed Loyola (23-2, 15-2 MIVA) vs. No. 3 seed Ohio State (22-8, 12-5 MIVA)
Match vitals:
7 p.m. Wednesday in Chicago
Season series: Loyola leads 2-0
Historical stats to know: Loyola is on a 16-match postseason home winning streak dating back to 2007. This will also be the first time Ohio State has played a road MIVA Tournament semifinal match since 2006 when it lost to Loyola.

MPSF TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS

No. 1 seed UC Irvine (26-4, 19-3 MPSF) vs. No. 4 seed USC (19-8, 15-7 MPSF)
Match vitals:
7:30 p.m. Thursday in Irvine, California
Season series: Tied at 1-1
Historical stats to know: The last two times UC Irvine was the No. 1 seed it lost in the MPSF Tournament semifinal, including a three-game loss to USC in 2009. USC was the last No. 1 seed to lose in the MPSF Tournament as the Anteaters rallied from a two-game deficit to beat the Trojans in the 2012 conference tournament semifinals.

No. 2 seed Hawai’i (24-5, 18-4 MPSF) vs. No. 3 seed Pepperdine (23-5, 17-5 MPSF)
Match vitals:
5 p.m. Thursday in Irvine, California
Season series: Hawai’i leads 2-0
Historical stats to know: Hawai’i is 9-25 all-time in neutral site and road postseason matches, including losing its last neutral site postseason match in 2003. Pepperdine All-American senior outside attacker Josh Taylor has 106 career kills against Hawai’i.

EIVA TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS

No. 1 seed Penn State (18-9, 12-0 EIVA) vs. No. 4 seed Princeton (11-12, 6-6 EIVA)
Match vitals:
7:30 p.m. Wednesday in University Park, Pennsylvania
Season series: Penn State leads 2-0
Last EIVA Tournament title: Penn State (2014); Princeton (1998)
Historical stats to know: Penn State coach Mark Pavlik earned his 500th career victory on Saturday and is 49-1 all-time in the EIVA Tournament. Princeton is the only EIVA team to beat Penn State under Pavlik in the postseason but that victory happened in 1998 when a majority of the current Tigers’ roster had yet to enroll in kindergarten.

No. 2 seed Harvard (13-11, 7-5 EIVA) vs. No. 3 seed George Mason (14-12, 7-5 EIVA)
Match vitals:
5 p.m. Wednesday in University Park, Pennsylvania
Season series: Harvard leads 2-0
Last EIVA Tournament title: Harvard (never); George Mason (1988)
Historical stats to know: Harvard’s only EIVA Tournament semifinal victory in its program history came against George Mason in 2013. The No. 3 seed has advanced to EIVA Tournament championship match the last three seasons, including when George Mason beat Harvard in the 2012 conference tournament semifinals.